Arc'teryx Men's Beta AR Jacket

Priced: $314.95 - $550.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 3 reviews.
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket -
Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket - Men's:  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.  The Beta AR has a helmet compatible Drop Hood offering quick access for storm protection.  The elbows and shoulders are reinforced to survive alpine abuse.
Technical Features.
Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight.
DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface.
Taped seams for added weatherproofness.
One-hand adjustable drawcords.
Generous cut for easy layering.
Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort.
Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility.
Articulated elbows.
No-lift gusseted underarms.
Hood Configuration.
Helmet compatible Drop Hood™
Laminated brim.
Collar Configuration.
Chin guard with brushed microsuede facing for added comfort.
Zippers & Fly Configuration.
WaterTight™ external zippers.
Laminated pit zippers allow for faster venting.
Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab.
WaterTight™ Vislon front zip.
Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain.
Cuff & Sleeves Configuration.
Die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off.
Waist & Belt Configuration.
Adjustable elastic waist drawcord.
Hem Configuration.
Drop back hem.
Adjustable hem drawcord.
Laminated hem.
Pocket Configuration.
Internal chest pocket with laminated zip.
Two high-volume hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers.
Note: Our WaterTight™ zippers are highly water resistant, but not waterproof. We do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture.
Reinforced shoulders and arms.
Logos & Label Configuration.
Embroidered logo.
Non-chafing label.


  • Helmet-compatible DropHood with separate high collar and laminated visor
  • 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


  • Embroidered logo


  • Features a full-length front zipper backed by a laminated interior windflap; laminated chin guard protects sensitive skin

Weather and Wind:

  • Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)
  • Fewer seams mean lighter weight; thin (flat seams) reduce chafing and abrasion
  • Snow-shedding
  • Fully taped seams with low-bulk microseam allowances
  • Fully seam-sealed for waterproofness
  • 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 one hand
  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
  • Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer laminate fabric is tough, extremely breathable and durably waterproof and windproof


  • Hand pockets are vertically oriented in a traditional "chicken-wing" position for everyday comfort and are accessible while wearing a harness or backpack


  • #5 WaterTight Vislon centre front zipper
  • Internal chest pocket features a durable, low-bulk laminated zipper
  • WaterTight™ front zipper and pocket zippers reduce flap bulkiness; Molded Zipper Garages™ ensure a leak-free seal
  • Two hand pockets, internal laminated pocket with zipper
  • Corded zipper-pulls reduce noise and are easy to grab


  • 2 high hand pockets and 1 internal laminated pocket


  • No-lift gusseted underarms allow jacket to stay in place when arms are raised, ensuring unhindered movement; articulated elbows ensure a non-binding fit
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
  • Athletic, close-fitting cut aids warmth without inhibiting movement

Lining and Layers:

  • Thin, low-denier, low-density Gore Micro Grid lining slides easily over layers
  • Hip-length Gore-Tex® Pro Shell jacket reduces layering overlap and bulkiness; the reinforced shoulders and elbows survive alpine abuse
  • Generous cut for easy layering


  • DWR finish (Durable Water Repellent) helps bead water from fabric surface
  • Rugged, highly breathable Gore-Tex Pro utilizing light and supple N40r-X ripstop face fabric in main body and reinforced with hardwearing N80p-X in high wear areas
  • The Arc-teryx Beta AR jacket features a dropped rear hem exceptional coverage
  • Features a laminated hem drawcord and micro die-cut cuffs with rip-and-stick closures


  • Glove-friendly hood adjusters


  • Laminated underarm zip vents
  • Pit zippers allow easy and efficient ventilation; WaterTight zippers do away with bulky zipper flaps
  • Laminated pit zippers allow for faster venting


  • Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off
  • Die-cut hook-and-loop cuff tabs
  • Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable elastic waist drawcord
  • Gender specific patterning
  • Laminated brim
  • Laminated high-strength hanger loop
  • Non-chafing label

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'.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Beta AR Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Beta AR Jacket.

Arc'teryx designed the Beta Men's Beta AR Jacket as a backcountry workhorse for alpinists who like to take a beating from the elements without sacrificing performance. This jacket features Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer construction, with the proprietary, tightly-woven N40p-X shell fabric that includes a DWR treatment to slough off rainfall while you romp up 14ers or get caught in a snowstorm at the top. The Beta AR is reinforced in hard-wear areas like the shoulders and arms with N80p-X nylon so it will handle pack straps and ice encounters season after season.

Fully taped low-bulk seams and WaterTight zippers will block out any moisture you encounter. When it starts puking, take shelter under the helmet-compatible DropHood with its draft-blocking separate collar, and stuff your hands in the two hand pockets, which are placed high so they play well with hip-belts and harnesses. Underarm zip vents let you cool off without sacrificing any protection from the weather. The storm will pass (it always does) and you will reign supreme on the mountain top.

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Storm protection guaranteed with the Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket for men. Lightweight to reduce weight and still provides superb waterproofing and breathability when trekking the backcountry. A helmet compatible Drop Hood™ and a high collar for draft protection and WaterTight™ zippers seal out the weather. e3D anatomical patterning and fit provide enhanced range-of-motion and an athletic fit eliminates extra bulk but still allows for additional winter layers. The men's Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket packs away small in the pack but still provides complete protection from the weather and highly abrasion resistant fabric extends the lifetime of the garment.
The Arcteryx Beta AR jacket is a winter bulwark for alpinists that spend life above the timber line. Ideal for alpine climbing/trekking the Beta AR’s lightweight and durable Gore-Tex 3L Pro Shell is fully taped with Gore-Seam tape creating a waterproof/weatherproof barrier that sheds snow and cuts through wind. Water Tight external zippers and a helmet compatible Drop Hood also ad to the Beta AR’s tenacious outdoor defense making life in alpine climates a whole lot better.


Perfect for backcountry minimalists, the Arc'teryx Beta AR jacket ensures durable storm protection in a lightweight, waterproof and windproof jacket that's easy to take along.

The streamlined Beta AR Jacket provides the backcountry minimalist with durable storm protection in a lightweight and packable format.
Waterproof, breathable, lightweight, and durable fabric.
Taped seams for added weatherproofness.
and anatomical shaping for fit and comfort.
and no-lift gusseted underarms.
Helmet compatible Drop Hood™ with laminated brim and adjustable drawcords.
Chin guard with brushed microsuede facing for added comfort.
Water resistant WaterTight™ external zippers with garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain.
Die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off.
Laminated, drop back hem with adjustable drawcords.
100% nylon N70p GORE-TEX® Pro.
Machine wash warm, tumble dry low.
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Also available for: Women
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):30 inches
Cuffs:Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off
Fabric:Nylon / nylon blend
Fabrics/Materials:380NR GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L / 480N GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L
Fit:Generous cut for easy layering
Hem:Drop back hem
Hood:Helmet compatible Drop Hood™ Collar Configuration
Length:30 in
Material:N150p GORE-TEX Pro 3L
Pockets:Internal chest pocket with laminated zip, Two high-volume hand pockets
Seam Sealed:Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm)
Shell fabric:Nylon
Shell lining fabric:Polyester tricot
Sleeve Length:37 in
Type of waterproofing:Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate
Weight:16.2 oz / 460 g
Zipper:WaterTight™ external zippers
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Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket Reviews:


Fit & finish are without match

I tried on a lot of shells before settling on the Beta AR... a LOT of shells. I was dead-set on a Gore-Tex Pro shell jacket, partly due to its enhanced breathability and partly due to the extra durability in the Pro fabrics. I do a lot of off-trail field work, which involves bush-whacking through prickers and thorns, so I don't need my waterproof shell to rip in half the first time I put it to use!

Once I'd narrowed it down to the pro shells, it mostly came down to fit for me, and the fit of the Arc'teryx Beta AR is just perfect. As soon as I put it on, I knew I had a winner. I'd tried on a couple of Marmot shell jackets, but they seemed very boxy to me, and very baggy around the mid-section; I prefer a more athletic fit. I also tried a Mountain Hardwear pro shell, which was stretchy with a trim fit, but it was too narrow in the shoulders, and the zipper was so difficult to use that I felt trapped in the jacket!

The Beta AR fits like it was designed for real people to do real things in the real world. This is something that I think Arc'teryx does very well; they pay a lot of attention to seam placement and tailoring, and their outerwear just seems to FIT better.

In regard to the zipper, well, Arc'teryx has been making the best waterproof zippers for a long time, and I'm happy about that every time I put the jacket on. It's not like those cheap waterproof zippers you have to fight with... just nice and smooth, up and down.

Before I purchased it, I talked to a couple of friends, both of whom have had their own Beta AR shells for 8-10 years, with no complaints. Without a doubt, Arc'teryx makes the best waterproof shell jackets out there, and I couldn't be happier with my Beta AR.
Jeff at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2011

Get what you pay for!

In 2010, I had an experience on a cold weather trip that could really only be described as a severe gear-failure. A 3-night trip on the AT resulted in turning around after end of day 2. Short story is that I got wet and couldn't get warm. Almost 3 feet of packed snow and 14"+ while we were out. While at the overcrowded shelter (due to the weather) the 2nd night, I witnessed almost every brand of outdoor wear Jackets. The only "waterproof" jacket that actually was truly waterproof was the Arc'teryx. I was sold then.

They are expensive, but now that I have taken mine out on several trips…it is well worth it. It doesn't leak. It doesn't fail. I have been thoroughly pleased with this jacket (as well as the down mid layer). It keeps wind and water off you like a champ! If it is in budget, it is a must have!
Doc Ray Ray at REI on 01/01/2014

It's a good jacket

All in all this is a sweet jacket, and for the price it should be :-)
Da5idr at REI on 10/10/2013