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Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket - Men's

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The Arc'teryx Beta AR jacket provides the backcountry minimalist durable storm protection in a lightweight and packable jacket.

  • Hip-length Gore-Tex® Pro Shell jacket reduces layering overlap and bulkiness; the reinforced shoulders and elbows survive alpine abuse
  • Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3-layer laminate fabric is tough, extremely breathable and durably waterproof and windproof
  • Reduced seam quantity and thickness saves weight and offers excellent abrasion- and snag-resistance
  • Gore Micro Grid backer is a thin, low-denier, low-density woven fabric that allows the shell to slide easily over mid layers
  • Helmet-compatible Drop Hood™ offers fast access to storm protection; it lies below the high collar when not in use and can be cinched in to seal the collar
  • Hood's cord locks are concealed underneath a waterproof flap to maintain a clean finish and protect them from potential snow and ice buildup; they adjust easily with 1 hand
  • WaterTight™ front and pocket zippers reduce flap bulkiness; Molded Zipper Garages™ ensure a leak-free seal
  • Features a full-length front zipper backed by a laminated interior windflap; laminated chin guard protects sensitive skin
  • Pit zippers allow easy and efficient ventilation; WaterTight zippers do away with bulky zipper flaps
  • Features a laminated hem drawcord and micro die-cut cuffs with rip-and-stick closures
  • Hand pockets are vertically oriented in a traditional "chicken-wing" position for everyday comfort and are accessible while wearing a harness or backpack
  • Internal chest pocket features a durable, low-bulk laminated zipper
  • No-lift gusseted underarms allow jacket to stay in place when arms are raised, and ensure unhindered movement; articulated elbows ensure a non-binding fit
  • The Arc-teryx Beta AR jacket features a dropped rear hem exceptional coverage
  • Athletic, close-fitting cut aids warmth without inhibiting movement


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Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket - Men's Specs
Best use
Nylon / nylon blend
Tricot backer
Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate
28.7 inches
15.5 ounces
Fabric type
Shell fabric
Shell lining fabric
Type of waterproofing
Back length
Back length (in.)
Average weight

Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket - Men's

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Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket - Men'sis rated5.0out of5by9.
Rated5out of5byfromPromise low and deliver high.I love this jacket. I got it for an incredible price and I absolutely love it! The promises of the manufacture are accurate if not understated. I have been in some fairly harsh conditions with this jacket and it performs great. It is quite comfortable. It fits well as my second layer and also fits over a few additional layers. It has been extremely durable, though I baby it a bit as it doesn't have its first flaw yet. I expect to have this jacket for many years to come.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated5out of5byfromExpensive but great fit and performanceSome rain jackets fit ok when zipped but may drape oddly when open. This jacket fits well regardless of the zipper position. Besides the good fabric breathability the pit zips add further flexibility. It is lightweight but not flimsy.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated5out of5byfromFinally, the right jacketI previously purchased two other jackets, one Gore Packlight and one house brand waterproof breathable material. Neither lived up to my expectations. After researching every jacket I could find, I decided to buck up and buy the Beta. Although my wife will never let me forget how much it cost, it is worth every penny. The fit is spot on, trim yet enough room to layer underneath. I purchased the medium and I measure out almost exactly to Arc'teryx's recommended sizing. The hood is a bit large, to fit a helmet, but synches down perfectly. The arms are a touch long with just a baselayer underneath but are great when layered up. So far it has been used in torrential downpours and packed in for backpacking. It was excellent for both. Perfectly watertight, breathable, very light and packs down very small. My only complaint is I didn't get it first.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated5out of5byfromGreat jacketI love the feel and fit of this jacket. This is my regular every day jacket, that is also great for use on weekend adventures. I would highly recommend this jacket for all types and trips.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated5out of5byfromWorth itI doubt this review will vary much from all the others. To sum up, The Beta AR is expensive but it's worth it. I recently got one to go hike the W-Loop in Torres del Paine and while the ~$500 price tag hurt at first, when I was out there, I was glad I spent it. To put it simply, nothing is getting through this. At one point, we were getting barraged with wind and rain for a good three hours non-stop but I was toasty inside this. The pit zips are huge for the volatile weather in Patagonia because you can open and close them for when you start and stop moving to regulate the heat without taking off your precious rain protection. I can't speak to the long term durability but it handled our time out there really well, not a single rip or pull. It also folds up pretty small and neatly but really, all that matters is no matter how long you're in the rain, you're going to stay dry with this thing. If you need rain protection, this is a great, lightweight, durable jacket. I had zero complaints.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated5out of5byfromBest jacket I have ever purchasedI use the Beta AR Jacket year round in wet/windy weather activities, hiking and camping (including winter), and alpine skiing. This jacket is everything it claims to be: a perfectly designed, stylish, lightweight rain/wind shell able to handle most anything you throw at it. If I were traveling to Antarctica or a similarly rugged environment, I might go for a jacket made entirely of triple layer pro-shell fabric. For my activities in the continental US (e.g., hiking the Appalachian trail in all seasons, ice climbing, or skiing at Mad River Glen), the slightly lighter weight of the Beta AR is ideal. It's certainly a bit more pack-able. The athletic fit for Arcteryx jackets is phenomenal, but you'll want to try it on if you've never bought Arcteryx before. I typically wear a men's medium or small shirt, but with Arcteryx, I always go with small because of the brand's overall size trend. Final note: My last Arcteryx jacket has lasted over 10 years, and I still use it as a backup.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated5out of5byfromYou're gonna love itPerhaps I am a gear hoarder, but that is a conversation for me to have with my psychologist. Regardless, this is my go to jacket. It goes everywhere with me. To work, on trips, in my backpack, occasionally, even in the bathroom. The ProShell fabric and light weight design coupled with the dynamically awesome cut of the entire Arcteryx line makes this jacket rise above the rest. The hood is great, the pockets are great, and the length is great. *please note that I was provided this jacket as part of the MountainTechs program, however, even if I was not, this jacket is far superior to most other technical jackets on the market. Go to the store and try one on, you'll be a believer.
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated5out of5byfrommy 'go to' jacketthis is the jacket i reach for when the weather is rough and i'm running out the door. It's light and built right.... pit zips and waterproof. It's lived next to the door for almost a year now. i am 6.1 215 pounds and i have a large. the cut seems to be a bit slimmer than other brands but i can still layer a little. I feel the fit is perfect for me. length is perfect. If you like a longer jacket, they have other models that can accommodate. This jackets been hit by trees and bounced off rocks and it's still in one piece. Still waterproof. Enjoy! As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.
Date published: 2012-09-18

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