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Cool Stuff: Outdoor Research Jacket Perfection

The OR (Outdoor Research) Men's Foray Jacket is a perfect match for our island rain and humidity. (Old fat ugly model, Samoa flagged sports lens, and Vancouver's BC Place stadium not included).    [Photo by Vince Jewlal, Special to the Samoa News]

Pick the wrong jacket for island travel and you can end up in the ER with your armpits rotting out. Pick the Outdoor Research (OR) Men's Foray Jacket with under arm vent zippers and you will travel the World in comfort and style.

The OR Men's Foray Jacket lists at $215, is Gore Tex rainproof, keeps you cozy inflight, includes heaps of roomy pockets, and a hood that works fine with or without a hat. Pull on some under layers and you can comfortably tolerate freezing temps.

Recently, Cool Stuff traveled from Hawai’i to Guam-Hong Kong-Singapore to discuss a TV show production. Our production participation dissolved, but the OR jacket met Southeast Asia's rain and tropical humidity... and remarkably post snow freezing temps/ rain in our Samoa News coverage of the superb Vancouver HSBC Canada 7s.

Cool Stuff packed his fav Eddie Bauer cozy warm leather jacket, which wandered off to Hawai’i, as Cool Stuff and only his carry-on, with Foray Jacket arrived in Canada. Yup, no extra clothes, no camera supports or straps.  

Thanks to the Foray Jacket, Cool Stuff survived, and you our readers got a visual taste of our proudly resurgent Manu Samoa.

Last July we used a less sophisticated jacket for rugby league coverage in Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, Samoa, Australia and NZ. With no vent and less breathability, Cool Stuff, post trip, had to take antibiotics to kill the fungi. With no vented raincoat, your body becomes a human greenhouse for germs.

Watch for sales at outdoor stores like REI and you will have an easy packable best friend for all environments and many years to come. The max size is XXL... unfortunately. A XXXL would serve us better in our universe of panipopo, pisupo, and the generous breakfast servings at Emilio's, Pago Pago.