What are they?
The OR Foray Pants are a lightweight rain pant made of Paclite Gore-Tex fabric. They weigh in at a very respectable 327 grams and have 3/4 length side zippers. They have a single back pocket that also works as a stuff sack for the pants when not worn.
How I use them and what’s good?
The Foray pants are in my pack on every hike and I usually have them on while hiking in rain or snow. They breathe well enough for hiking and the side zips can be opened up for added ventilation. Those zips also make it very easy to get the pants on and off over boots.
The medium fits good as I’m typically a size 32 waist and they pack down very small into their own back pocket.
They stand up well to rain and I’ve never had any dampness soak through, they also do a good job blocking out the wind.
What’s not so good?
The Paclite fabric seems relatively fragile so I wouldn’t use these pants while rock scrambling or bush bashing. However, with all the use they’ve had so far they still look practically new with no scuffs or tears.
The other thing that’s problematic with the Foray pants is the tight bottom cuff. This design seems to the same for a number of rain pants and I cannot understand why. The bottom cuff ends tight around the ankle, just above your hiking boot. This means that water pours directly off the bottom of the pant straight into the top of your boot and wicks right through your socks.
I’ve stood in pouring rain with these pants and my legs have been completely dry, but my ankles and socks were starting to soak.
They should definitely be worn with a gaiter under the pant, but if the pant cuff was loose and extended past your boot tops then it wouldn’t always be necessary to stop and put on gaiters each time a little drizzle starts up.
I’m happy with the rain and wind proofing of these pants. They are also very lightweight, but you have to consider that you need to pack along gaiters as well.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/m_s_foray_pants.html
MSRP: $199 Cdn