The streamlined Beta AR Jacket provides the backcountry minimalist with durable storm protection in a lightweight and packable format. This hip length GORE-TEX® Pro Shell jacket reduces layering overlap and bulk, a helmet compatible Drop Hood™ offers quick storm protection, and reinforced shoulder and elbows survive alpine abuse.
A mainstay in the Arc'teryx lineup since 2000, the Beta AR is the do everything, most versatile waterproof/breathable jacket for mountain environments. Hand pockets, athletic fit that accommodates maximum layers and a hood with an internal collar mean comfort in storms, climbing, skiing or simply enjoying the outdoors.
Hip length is the easiest to work with when layering waterproof/breathable garments. Not too short so it doesn't ride up or expose the lower back and not so long as to be cumbersome underneath a harness or a pack belt, the Beta AR hits the middle ground.
A good hood is a crucial detail on any serious alpine jacket. The Beta AR features the Arc'teryx DropHood™, a helmet-compatible, fast adjust hood with a separate collar for draft protection.
If a person can only choose one jacket for all their activities, the Beta AR is a solid, well-rounded piece. Durable, lightweight, with hand pockets and pit zippers for ventilation, it can manage storms, rock, snow and cool seasons. GORE-TEX® Pro delivers the highest level of waterproof/breathable performance.
Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket - Men's: The Beta AR jacket from Arc’teryx is one of the most versatile Gore-Tex Pro jackets that they make. This is a great jacket to have for year round use. Take it back packing, take it to the slopes, it will exceed your expectations in all environments.
The Arc'Teryx Beta AR is almost certainly one of the most talked-about hard shell jackets out there, and it comes up in so many conversations thanks to its remarkable versatility. The "AR" stands for "All-Around" in Arc'Teryx lingo, and the Beta is indeed a true all-arounder. From mountaineering to skiing to wearing to the grocery store on a rainy day, it will follow you everywhere thanks to its fusion of high-quality materials and good-looking, easy-to-wear design.
The Beta AR is cut from two different weights of GORE-TEX® Pro fabric, which is widely acclaimed as one of the most "bombproof" fabrics on the market in terms of both waterproofness and durability. The beta AR uses a lighter 40 denier Pro fabric in the body and top of the sleeves, with heavier 150 denier Pro fabric in the shoulders and underside of the sleeves. It features a Drop Hood™ that will fit over a climbing helmet and stay out of the way when you don't need it, and the hip-length cut hits the middle ground between too short and too long to be worn with a harness or backpack.
If you can choose only one hardshell from the Arc'Teryx line, make it the Beta AR. Countless outdoor enthusiasts have done so since 2000, and we've never heard a word of regret.
Feature list from Arc'Teryx (and there are quite a lot of them):
Ever since their founding in Vancouver in 1989, Arc’Teryx has been producing products that demonstrate their philosophy of evolution in action. The company’s mascot, Archaeopteryx Lithographica, was the first reptile to sprout feathers and free itself from the constraints of the horizontal world. LikeArchaeopteryx, Arc’Teryx is constantly pursuing new innovations that allow you to do the same.
GearX.com customers often ask why Arc’Teryx items are comparatively expensive. The answer is that unlike other brands which try to hit many different price points for many different customers, Arc’Teryx goes all-out in design and materials on every item they make, whether it’s a mountaineering shell or a cotton t-shirt. This uncompromising commitment to making the best items possible is the true value of the brand.
The Arcteryx Men's Beta AR Jacket. This streamlined, hip-length Arcteryx jacket provides the backcountry minimalist with reliable storm protection and packs away easily. The helmet compatible Drop Hood offers the flexability of a high collar for draft protection and a fast adjust hood. Gender specific patterning provides a superb fit and enhances mobility to help keep you movin'.
Built tough for harsh mountain environments, the ARCTERYX Beta AR Jacket is all business with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric, fully taped seams, and watertight zips. e3D anatomical patterning allows you to move freely as you climb or ski and a helmet-compatible drop hood provides extra coverage when you need it.
|Back length (in.):||28.7 inches|
|Center Back Length:||29 in|
|Collar Configuration:||Laminated chin guard|
|Construction:||DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Cuff and Sleeves Configuration:||Laminated die-cut Velcro cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off|
|Cuffs:||Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off|
|Design:||One-hand adjustable drawcords|
|Fabric:||Nylon / nylon blend|
|Fabric Breathability Rating:||guaranteed breathable|
|Fabrics/Materials:||380NR GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L / 480N GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L|
|Fit:||Generous cut for easy layering|
|Hem:||Drop back hem|
|Hem Configuration:||Laminated, Drop back hem with adjustable drawcord|
|Hood:||Helmet compatible Drop Hood™ Collar Configuration|
|Hood Configuration:||Helmet compatible Drop Hood|
|Insulation :||GORE-TEX three-layer construction|
|Lining :||GORE-TEX three-layer construction|
|Material:||[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro 3L, [shell] 40D nylon, [reinforcements] 150D nylon|
|Pocket Configuration:||Internal chest pocket with laminated zip; Two hand pockets with laminated zippers|
|Pockets:||Internal chest pocket with laminated zip, Two high-volume hand pockets|
|Recommended Use:||climbing, alpine touring|
|Seam Sealed:||Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)|
|Type of waterproofing:||Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate|
|Venting:||underarm zip vents|
|Waist and Belt Configuration:||Laminated wind flap|
|Waterproof Rating:||guaranteed waterproof|
|Weight:||433.40 g; 15.3 oz|
|Zipper:||WaterTight™ external zippers|
|Zippers & Fly Configuration:||WaterTight external zippers; Molded zipper garages|
|Arc'teryx Beta AR Pant||$349.95 - $350.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta AR Glove||$224.95 - $225.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket||$167.37 - $299.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta FL Jacket||$313.99 - $450.00|
BETA is BETTAH!
I'm A GORE-TEX Mt. Tech. Meaning that I get to test a lot of awesome jackets and clothing. And while I do not get paid, I am often able to keep the gear after the testing concludes. Regardless of all that, and in spite of it, this jacket will serve you day in and day out. It's very light weight and it's a good, athletic fit.Not overly baggy. It keeps sleet out all day, and keeps your own little self-climate a nice dry place.
I'm 6-foot, 175 lbs and the large is a good match for me. I have monkey-arms, but the sleeves make it to mid-hand which has been a problem with other jackets. (No cold wet wrists in the middle of a powder day!) The hood is also roomy enough for a ski helmet, but not excessive in size. I skied in the Tahoe area all season, front country and back, in sun and on dump-days and this jacket remained my go-to. Kept me amazingly dry for how light it is, and had room for layers when the temps dropped. I also took a end of March trip to Alaska for some Back country skiing and used the jacket everyday for full days of skinning and skiing. The jacket breaths very well. Wearing it on the ups, with only a base layer,was the right temperature, even when windy.No clammyness. Pit zips help control the temp too. Didn't end up sweating my face off on the skin track. This jacket performed extremely well and kept me comfy. Really can not say enough about it.
Note: This jacket probably is not cut to be a regular ski jacket, more like an ice-climbing or alpine jacket. Comes to mid hip on me. Also, no powder skirt, but works great with bibs-
Get one, you'll be glad you did!
I'm fortunate enough to be in a program that allows me to test Gore products (Gore MountainTech). I do not get paid for this but i do get to keep most products. That being said, i have a lot of jackets (including 4 Arcteryx). And the Beta AR is the one i use the most. The rest aren't even close...
The first thing you are going to notice when you put this jacket on is the weight, as in, where is it? Its very light in construction and has held up to countless hours in the backcountry, including some amazing cartwheels;o). After a full season and a few washes, it still looks brand new. I love how roomy it is, allowing me to easily layer up depending on the conditions and not sport the Michelin man effect. In the Back country i usually only wear a light or mid weight thermal underneath, on the lift, i'd wear a heavy thermal and my down vest. Front pockets are ample enough to store your skins, The hood fits comfortably over a helmet and can be adjusted down to fit on a head. The GoreTex is going to keep the wind and water out, and the Arc'teryx style will keep you looking good on and off the mountain. I even like to wear this jacket walking to the grocery store (which is often, it rains a lot here in Portland)
I'm 6'4 180 and the xl is the fit for me.
If you are thinking of getting this jacket, i have to say go for it. You won't be disappointed
Let me start by saying I'm not affiliated with Arcteryx. Those who are product testers should not be allowed to vote.
I tried many jackets before choosing this one. I bought it for fit, style and color was a big issue for me. There are many other equally good jackets out there, make sure you get the one that fits in a color you can live with for years becuase they will last a long time. This jacket will work for me down to 40F with only a medium weight base underneath. I don't see my wearing it if it's over 65F unless I really need to stay dry. I'm 5'9", 140 lbs. and a 36 chest, I bought the small and it is a nice intermediate fit, some light layering will work without completly filling the jacket out. One thing I'll mention is the jacket comes about two inches below my belt and in the back covers half my butt. You may need to consider a different jacket if you want lower coverage. I have the nightshade and it is gray in low light and changes to a dark blue/gray in sunlight. 4 stars since it is made in China and not Canada.
This Jacket is a durable product that fends off the elements extraordinarily well. Its advertised as a versatile jacket suitable for all activities which I will attest to. I use this jacket for everyday use along with skiing, rafting, hiking, climbing and golfing. It is a good fit for slimmer people and provides sufficient dexterity in the joints for any activity. I will say in really cold temperatures I can't fit enough warm layers underneath it to stay warm, but that is a rare occasion. It is advertised as having a hood that can fit ski helmets but I never can get my helmet inside. Small flaws for an otherwise excellent jacket. I have had mine for a little over a year and have used it hard; It is showing little to no signs of wear and tear. A testament to its durability! Finally, Gore-Tex remains the superior breathable water repellant I have used and this jacket does just that. I recommend it for all people whatever your interests may be.
Great shell for alpine climbing, I've had it up Rainier and Baker (and randomly assorted other smaller climbs) thus far. Amazed with it's ability to cut fairly significant wind down to almost nothing. It breathes well and the zips are sizable allowing for less stops to put on or take off layers. I've also been pleasantly surprised with the toughness - it's been rubbed on sharp rock, had a few brushes with ice tools, and been in constant abrasion with a harness, pack, and rope and it still looks brand new.
I'm 5 10, 175 lbs with an athletic build and the medium fits great. Long enough that it won't keep coming untucked from your harness, but still packs very small. There is enough room for several layers, including down, but there doesn't seem to be any baggy excess material to get in the way.
Growing to be a bigger and bigger fan of Arc'teryx. You get what you pay for.
Ive had this jacket over a year now and put it to the test in a variety of environments. To start, the fit is spot on. I am 6' 195 and wear a large with room to layer underneath but not so roomy that I am swimming in it. There aren't a lot of "frills" on this jacket but it certainly gets the job done. The water proofness has held up really well through repeated usage and DWR still beads up and I haven't even retreated it yet. One of my favorite qualities about this jacket was that it dried out super fast when the precip stops. Rarely have I ever felt clammy in this jacket unless its pretty warm outside.
(Full disclosure: I received this jacket from Gore-Tex as a part of the MountainTechs product testing initiative in which products are received for participation.