A:I have to ask: "After using dozens of jackets"??? What did you dotry them and return them? Just curious.
I dunno about finding a Foraker look-alike. That is really a pretty antique design, although I see the practicality. Must have weighed a ton, or at least two pounds. Lowe Alpine does make a jacket called the Peak Jacket, which is somewhat similar to the Foraker. About $200 U.S., if you can find one. Lowe Alpine has become largely a European maker, and is based in Italy.
Were I shopping for a jacket, I probably would start with REI's Shuksan ($289). It uses eVent fabric, which I think is as good or better than Gore-Tex. Has a hood, hand-warmer pockets, two chest pockets, and two inside pockets. It doesnt have storm flapsit uses waterproof zipsbut hardly anybody uses storm flats (they add weight and manufacturing complexity). It's an excellent piece. And in graphite, fairly low-key.
Another first-rate jacket is the Arc'teryx Beta AR ($425). It uses Gores new 3L Pro Shell, which is nice stuff. Built for mountains, but okay for all-around use. Handwarmer pockets and one chest pocket. Pricy, but a really well-made, durable jacket.
Lastly, Mountain Hardwear's Exposure II Parka ($200) has a classic all-mountain profile, handwarmer, and chest pockets, most of what you seem to be after. It uses Mountain Hardwear's proprietary Conduit fabric, which is a decent waterproof-breathable fabric.
Id start with the Shuksan, and go from there. If that doesnt suit you well, youre a hard man to suit.
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