A workhorse in alpine playgrounds.
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.
- Gore-Tex Pro Shell membrane (3-layer)
- N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabric
- Fully taped seams with low-bulk microseam allowances
- WaterTight zippers
- Laminated underarm zip vents
- Helmet-compatible DropHood with separate high collar and laminated visor
- Die-cut hook-and-loop cuff tabs
- 2 high hand pockets and 1 internal laminated pocket
- Generous fit with no-lift gusseted underarms and articulated elbows
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Great All-around performer!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This was my first piece of Arc'teryx gear that I ever acquire and this review is of a 2012 version. They've since updated the fabric of this jacket to make it a bit smoother and breath upwards of 20% better. With that said, Even with the older version I haven't had any significant issues with even the older fabric, so those of you looking to purchase this piece now should have no issues with the face fabric or breathability.
Being in the Southwest I don't have the opportunities to beat this thing up on a daily basis sadly. I've used it every opportunity I could but I like to really tune my kit to the conditions and thankfully I have a nice quiver of gear to choose from. I can conclude that the Beta AR has become my most trusted and relied upon hardshell for just about anything. I've fiddled with some lightweight shells (Marmot Super Mica) and if I'm going somewhere where I'd be SOL if things got nasty, this thing goes in my pack. The feature set of the Beta AR allow it to be used in just about any scenario making it a super versatile jacket.
The cut of this jacket is long enough that it has no problems staying tucked into a harness and the face fabric around the waist is of a low enough denier that you're not bulking up. The high wear areas are burlier so you can strap on a heavy pack without worry. The pocket placement is flawless with a pack or harness. The hood easily adjusted to your head or helmet equally. Visibility is not impaired or limited.
And of course the thing is totally waterproof. Breathability is surprisingly well for as much hate as hardshells get these days. And if things get a bit too stuffy the pit-zips are long enough to dump serious heat in a hurry should you need too. The cut will allow you to layer if you size according to the sizing chart, so follow that and you won't be let down.
This jacket will not disappoint. Period..
Hello, I am 5'9" and weigh 163. Do you...
Hello, I am 5'9" and weigh 163. Do you think I need a large if I am going to layer with a midweight Merino baselayer? Looking at the Beta AR
A medium will be fine. A mid weight merino is still very thin, though still very good for insulation, and the Beta AR runs a tad big. To be sure you might check your measurements with the size chart.
Late answer but this may help others looking at sizing. I am 5'10", 165, 32" waist and 42" chest. My shoulders are also a little bit more beefy than say a runner or other cario-oriented person's. Every Arc'Teryx piece I've tried on is tight around the armpit area in size medium. Large always fits fairly well, with a bit more arm length than I want (32-34 dress shirt arm length). With the newer fit system they use, the large still hugs my body closely enough to be functional, and not look too wide. Hope this helps those who are gym goers as well as outdoor enthusiasts.
I am interested in a Beta AR jacket and...
I am interested in a Beta AR jacket and am curious about if there is a difference between the outlet version and the full price one?
This year they are using a new version of Pro shell which is more durable and more breathable (they got rid of the oil barrier layer and made a sort of sandwich construction of the ePTFE membrane). It should be 22% more breathable according to Gore.
Typically there really isn't much different between the full priced models and the outlet products other than color since that's about all that changes from model years. However, in this case Gore-Tex has actually updated their Pro-Shell and made it 22% more breathable while still making it more durable. So in this case the current full price model will have that difference over the past season models, and that is why we gave it a new item number, instead of keeping all model years on the same product page and just change the price for the specific options.
Im just under 5'10" with approx a 41" chest...
Im just under 5'10" with approx a 41" chest and weight 178 lbs. What would be the best fit to layer either a atom lt or montbell alpine light? also has the fit changed from last years model?
Fit is the same and has a generous amount of room for the dimensions Arc'Teryx states. I bought a Medium and a Large in their "athletic fit" Beta AR. My dimensions : 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck . The Large was huge in the chest and arms and could fit a full 800 fill down coat under it. I returned the Large and kept the Medium which I think fits way better in the arms and chest. However, the Medium is slightly constricting when you put big layers under it, so I think the Large would give you the guaranteed room and movement you might want with those coats underneath.
What has changed for 2013, other than the...
What has changed for 2013, other than the price?
The Gore-Tex material has changed. Not sure exactly whats different but I know that now its called the N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabric where-as before it was called something different. It's also 2.3oz lighter than the previous model which I think probably comes from the new material. The new Gore-Tex Pro which touts a 28% improvement in "breathability", improved ruggedness, and more durable water and windproofness than last years Pro Shell product. There might be more changes but those are the ones I'm thinking changed the price. Hope this helped.
In the 2013 Beta AR Jacket, the material crosses over to GORE-TEX's new N80p-x Pro Shell. Same material used in the Alpha SV and and Alpha LT, whilst serving a greater purpose of being an all around jacket. Hope this has helped.
I had the alpha SV with the new face fabric. It's much quieter than the older fabric they used. Also if you look close the older material has these little squares all over and can catch on tree branches and all. The new stuff is snag resistant. It's very smooth. That said I went with the older beta AR