The Arc'teryx Men's Beta LT Jacket is a no-nonsense GORE-TEX® Pro waterproof shell that is light enough to take with you on any pursuit. My buddy Jeff owns one of these and I'm always jealous when I see him wearing it on hiking trips. I asked him to give me a quick review but he muttered something about me doing my own job. Jeff is grumpy today. But the Beta LT doesn't care how grumpy or incosiderate you might be towards your friends, it will still keep you fully protected from rain and wind. Weighing in at 12.5 oz, it is extremely packable and will withstand being crammed into your pack, even in a grumpy Jeff-like manner. So pick up this shell and rest assured that it will always be there for you when times get tough, even if you've alienated everybody else in your life. Like Jeff.
The Arc'teryx Men's Beta LT Jacket gives you the lightweight construction you want for fast-and-light alpine assents without sacrificing any of the weather protection you need for life in the mountains. The LT takes the bombproof AR and slims it down in the weight department. A Gore-Tex Pro three-layer, fully seam taped shell holds off the worst storm you'll encounter and breathes incredibly well. The LT is made from N40p-X shell fabric, which is supple, yet durable. The fit is trim, but with e3D Ergonomic 3-Dimensional patterning, including articulated elbows and gusseted underarms, that enhances your mobility and comfort in tight spots.
WaterTight zippers will block out any and all moisture in your wake, and when it gets bad, hide under the helmet-compatible, fully adjustable storm hood with a laminated brim and lock down the cuff tabs and hem drawcord. Even with all this protection, the Beta LT Jacket still only weighs 10.1 ounces, which is less than in years past.
The Arc'teryx Beta LT jacket is a lightweight, waterproof and breathable jacket made from GORE-TEX Pro with supple yet durable N40p-X face fabric.
Ideal for light and fast alpine minimalists, the highly technical Arc'Teryx Beta LT mountain jacket also crosses over to urban environments quite easily.
|Adjustable hem drawcord, Pocket Configuration:||Two hand pockets with WaterTight zippers, Internal chest pocket with zip|
|Available Color(s):||Chipotle, Thalo Blue|
|Back length (in.):||31 inches|
|Care:||Machine wash in warm water, Double rinse, Do not use fabric softener, Tumble dry on medium heat, Do not iron|
|Clothing Fit:||Trim Fit|
|Collar Configuration:||Chin guard with brushed microsuede facing for added comfort|
|Cuff & Sleeves Configuration:||Die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won't catch or tear off|
|Fabric:||Nylon / nylon blend|
|Fit:||Trim with e3D, hip length|
|Hem Configuration:||Drop back hem; Adjustable hem drawcord|
|Hood Configuration:||Laminated brim; Helmet compatible Storm Hood™; Adjustable hood drawcords|
|Material:||N40p-X GORE-TEX Pro|
|Materials:||N40p-X GORE-TEX Pro|
|Pocket Configuration:||Two hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers; Internal chest pocket with zip|
|Pockets:||Two Hand Pockets with WaterTight Zippers, Internal Chest Pocket with Zip|
|Shell lining fabric:||Polyester tricot|
|Technical Features:||Waterproof, Windproof, Packs up small for easy travel storage, Breathable, Lightweight, Durable|
|Type of waterproofing:||Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate|
|Weight:||12.5 oz / 355 g|
|Zippers & Fly Configuration:||WaterTight™ Vislon front zip; Zipper garages to protect zipper closure from snow and rain; Micro corded zipper pulls|
|Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket||$179.99 - $299.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket||$349.95 - $350.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket||$314.95 - $550.00|
|Arc'teryx Beta SL Pant||$128.95 - $199.00|
After discussion with Arc'teryx representatives, I was told that this year (2013-2014 Winter), the Beta LT and Alpha FL are the slimmest jackets available with very similar cuts. Now why the Alpha LT wasn't included in the discussion, I have no idea. Because I wanted the slimmest available jacket in GT-Pro, I went for the Beta LT. I have no regrets. I am ~37" chest, ~30.5" waist, 125 lbs, and my previous favorite jacket was a ca. 2009 Norrona Falketind Pac-Lite jacket (size S). When I replaced it was a ca. 2012 Norrona Falketind GT-Pro jacket (size S), I was really let down because the cut of that jacket is far larger (especially in the upper and lower torso). Now, with this Beta LT (size S), the fit is fabulous - it's slim but I have full range of motion of my arms and have room to fit a Mountain Hardwear Nitrous insulated layer. The construction is top-notch (Made in China, if that matters to you). BUT, there are a few drawbacks that keep it at 4.5 stars if that was an option to select:
1) The hood doesn't cinch as tight as Norrona's. It does cinch down a fair bit, but if I'm not wearing a helmet or another hooded layer underneath, it doesn't quite go tight enough to grasp onto my head like Norrona's.
2) There are no pit-zips. I realize this is by design, but because I tend to use it for more active pursuits, I would have loved the addition.
3) The main zipper is smooth, but I must say that it feels kind of dainty in hand. Only time will tell if it puts up with the abuse over the next few years - I hope so!
I find these to be extraordinarily minor criticisms, so I'll still bestow 5 stars.
Fit: 6'2" 190lbs - Large
Fit is athletic with enough room to layer all but hte thickest of down jackets. Fits perfect with a Atom LT.
The proshell on the lighter weight LT is much nicer in my opinion then that on the AR the ripstop is on the inside instead of the outer layer so its not visible, meaning a smoother face on the fabric.
Jacket is long in the back which is perfect for the hip cut.
Pockets are easy to access and large. the new style zipper on the front works great, really happy to see the laminated zipper gone.
Wish it had pit zips, but more out of nostalgia. Fabric breathes well enough I haven't needed them yet. Seems are stitched and welded perfect, arms are articulated so they are not restrictive when you move. large cuffs so you can get a large gps watch in and out without issue.
Perfect year round jacket, light enough to wear on its own in the summer and just enough room to layer for the winter.
Another Note: The pockets are gore on the interior as well so they cannot be used as vents