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A dexterous waterproof glove to keep your digits warm.
Arc'teryx knows you would really rather not have to pull off your gloves to adjust a clip, tighten a buckle, or perform any other winter-sports fine-motor tasks, so they made the Men's Beta AR Glove. It was designed to keep you bone-dry with its waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Pro membrane, tightly-woven the proprietary N80p-X shell fabric, DWR finish, and fully taped seams. Functionality is given a boost with the supple Lezanova goat leather overlay on the palm and tops of fingers, because it's highly breathable, washable, and doesn't require special leather treatment. Elastic at inside wrist snugs the glove against your hand without requiring adjustment, and the short gauntlet length lets you wear it over or under your jacket cuff so the white stuff stays out. A removable wrist leash allows you pull off the glove without worrying about dropping it.
Dexterity was also on the mind of Arc'teryx designers with this glove, so you wouldn't have to pull off the glove every time a buckle or a zipper needs a bit of adjustment. Tri-Dex construction patterns each finger individually for exceptional precision, and smooth, seam-free fingertips let you pick things up without seams getting in the way. The removable liner features a thinner fabric on the palm, you'll be able to put your gear to rights without exposing your fingers to the cold. The liner is made with premium high-loft Polartec Wind Pro on the back and lighter-weight Polartec Thermal on the palm side to balance warmth with maximum dexterity.
- Gore-Tex Pro Shell membrane (3-layer)
- Leather palm overlay
- Tri-Dex Technology
- Short gauntlet
- Removable fleece liner made from Polartec Wind Pro and Thermal Pro
- Self-adjusting elasticized wrist closure
- Removable leashes
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In what range of temperatures could you...
In what range of temperatures could you wear this in?
Its hard to pin-point a temperature rating for gloves, its not like sleeping bags with an EN test. However, I would feel comfortable in these gloves with the Hi-Loft fleece liner in temperatures around or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Most importantly these gloves will keep you dry which goes a really long way with keeping you warm.
Here is the answer from user "Thorishere" on Arc'teryx's website(http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&gender=mens&category=Accessories&subcat=Gloves&model=Beta-AR-Glove), comparing the Beta ARs and the Alpha SVs (check my answer on those, by the way):
"A) The Beta's cuff is significantly smaller/shorter than the SV and don't go over the cuffs of my Alpha SV jacket as well.
B) The Beta AR feels a lot less substantial than the Alpha SV.
C) The Beta's do not have an adjustable wrist strap, which imo is a good thing because I find the wrist adjustment on my Alpha SV gloves really annoying.
D) The Beta's does not have leather covering the back of the fingers whereas the Alpha SV's do.
E) The Beta AR and Alpha SV gloves seem to share the same inner fleece lining."
That user seemed to do a pretty comprehensive comparison, or as thorough as I can find, but Wayne already somewhat told you the way of it - there is no particular method of determining a temperature range for gloves.
Hope this helps
First Arc'teryx Gloves
Wearing Arc'teryx for nearly 10 years, my first pair of gloves.
Of course the fit and dexterity is great. Constructions is really a work of art. Besides that slick Tri Dex fingers construction. They use Gore Pro for the gloves. No loose Gore Glove liner floating around.
i never really liked Gauntlet style gloves, but their attention to detail and slick closure system is so easy.
WaterNOTproof Beta AR gloves
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased the latest Beta AR gloves in September 2013.
I have only started using these during December. Above 6c they are obviously too hot to wear. But last week when I was on Blencathra at a temperature of 1c (windchill -5) I could feel the cold slightly on the back of both hands, ring & little fingers. My thoughts at the time were they aren't going to be any good when I come to use them for proper winter use.
Today 30/12/13, they saw their first proper use. I went up Helvellyn. It rained, and rained, and snowed. Within 2 hours they had wet out. It started at the finger tips and work upwards. In the time it took to put on my crampons my fingers went painfully numb due to them wetting out.
Oh, and yes, the gloves were beneath my Alpha SV sleeves. I'm not daft.
The mention of them being dexterous... Hahaha, they are as challenging as using boxing gloves to open a packet of crisps. Maybe after getting used to them they'd be better but, I WANT A REFUND from the shop that sold them to me (not this website) as I feel that I have been mis-sold them.
Would I recommend these to someone? Like all my previously purchased Arcteryx, NOT A CHANCE!
170 uk pounds. Without a shadow of doubt, I need to give my head a rattle! You would expect them to work. Now knowing how useless that they are, I wouldn't pay 30 uk pounds for a pair.
Arcteryx are good at one thing, its called Marketing. Don't be drawn in by it, because the Arcteryx bubble is an expensive bubble to burst.
Believe the hype
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Google search "best ski glove" and the Arcteryx Alpha SV is the top pick. The Beta AR is the younger brother to that glove having a shorter cuff and less leather (on top). The advantage to the shorter cuff is versatility: over or under the sleeve for wet snow or rain. The Beta AR also has the Tri-Dex construction, giving it the same articulation and dexterity of the Alpha SV. Another great feature is the carabiner loop on the finger tip (not on the Alpha SV), allowing these gloves to hang attached to your backpack/belt loop, without filling up with snow. Three reasons this glove stands out above the rest:
1. Amazing dexterity
2. Fully waterproof
3. Top quality (as you know from Arcteryx)
When I received these gloves I put the dexterity to the test by wearing them from home to the resort (including: starting the car, driving, putting on and tying my boots, etc). Not once did I need to take them off for dexterity! They also performed flawlessly for skiing/snowboarding, etc. Believe the hype!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I searched long and hard for a glove that was waterproof on the outside (not just a membrane on the inside) and a full leather palm, and these are the gloves! :) I actually have these in the women's, but they are the same. I use them winter rafting. They've got great dexterity for rigging and using my hands, and they are perfect for rowing. They stayed pretty much dry, but on a month long trip last year, the leather stayed soaking wet for like 2 weeks and it soaked through. (But that's understandable). These gloves obviously aren't as warm as mittens, but they did keep my hands pretty darn warm, and when they didn't, I just threw a heat pack in the glove on the back of my hand and it stayed in place. Love these gloves!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just got these and I am excited to see how they do on ice. they are super warm and I feel like I have tons of dexterity and grip on my tools. I have run some laps on my ladder board trainer with them. the construction is like a work of art. so beautifully made. I will update this when I climb and ski with them more.