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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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Unanswered Question

Which year is this jacket produced?(Color: Black Size: S)

Is just a shell or is there any insulation. Im going to tropical area where it rains randomly so no insulation needed.

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This is a great jacket but if you're heading to a tropical location, you might want to consider a jacket that has Gore-Tex Active instead of the Gore-Tex Pro. Pro is great and durable but the Active will breath better an that is what you'll want for tropical locations.

Try looking at these items:

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

5 5

AWESOME.... and bright Red!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

I have put this jacket to the test over the last several months, driving rain and snow around Maroon Bells in CO, skiing, and some climbing. I feel it is particularly suited for climbing, with the integrated removable foam in the waist to keep the jacket from riding up under your harness. Of course with the Gore Pro Shell construction it will keep you warm and dry no matter what!
* I am a member of the Gore Mountain Tech Community and periodically submit reviews of Gore products

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Matt, I'm the same height, but have about 5-7 lbs on you. How's the fit? Are the sleeves and length long enough? Medium tall sizes are hard to come by, and I'm finding that most mediums are designed for the 5'9" crowd.

5 5

Betcha can't beat it ... EVER.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Light, extremely durable, great athletic fit, pit venting, and FULLY waterproof. This jacket lives up to the hype in every way. The best go to shell out there in my opinion.

5 5

Awesome Jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I got this jacket recently and have used it a couple times already and am impressed already. I wore it skiing and it did great while on the slopes. The pit zips were great for the warmer temperatures. This seems like it will be a go to jacket for skiing, hiking, climbing, backpacking, etc. I'm 6' 180 lbs and got a large and fits well with some layers underneath.

What is the center back length of a medium?

5 5

One Piece fits all

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The Beta AR is the most versatile jacket i own. It can be worn 4 in all 4 seasons and it will protect you in all conditions. The perfect outer layering piece. It fits great at the waist, for comfort. The pockets are in the right place if you have a hipbelt on. The adjustable hood is super simple and makes the jacket perfect if wearing a helmet or not. I am 6 feet 190lbs and the large fits great with a down sweater underneath. If you are looking for the one waterproof shell that you can wear skiing, backpacking, around town this is it.

5 5

You get what you pay for!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have found the Beta AR Jacket to be all that Arcteryx is known for! In the short time that I have had the jacket I have used it very heavily. The quality construction is evident in the stitching, articulated shoulders,elbow and the zippers. If you are looking for a BOMB proof garment that can deliver when you want it too then take this jacket with you on your next adventure. Great with the a mid layer fleece for the colder days. Jacket Medium; my build 67" 170lbs.

5 5

Solid Workhorse

Over the past year I've reached for this jacket more than I thought I would. Originally purchased for ski touring, it has ended up being the main jacket used from rainy day hikes with the kids to windy days around town....hence the All Around (AR) in the jacket name.

I'm a heavy sweater and usually climb without a shell. While I still take the Beta AR off to climb, I don't have to take it off as soon as the skin track turns upwards. It breathes well and the pit zips help dump a lot of heat too.

I appreciate that there are not a ton of pockets on this jacket as well. It's a very functional technical shell that is really comfortable. Arc'teryx did an exceptional job with the fit. The 3D shoulder pattern they came up with offers exceptional range of won't feel your arms hang up as a result. In fact you could probably do a gymnastics routine and not feel any restriction in this jacket.

The Gore Tex Pro is a little loud upon arrival (makes a crinkling noise) but as I've stuffed the jacket in my pack, over the past year, it makes less noise.

If you're looking for a shell that can handle just about any type of weather, the Beta AR is tough to beat.

Solid Workhorse
5 5

All purpose gangster

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket literally can do it all. I've worn this in rain, snow, sleet, sun, and everything in between. Great if you sweat a lot. Keeps the wind off you. I use it for skiing, fishing, hiking...everything. Arc'teryx product is sometimes expensive, but worth every penny. It's kind of like buying new tires for your car...I hate buying tires because it's so damn expensive, but when a storm hits and there's 6 inches of snow on the ground, I'm always psyched I bought them. Same with this jacket, expensive, but when all hell breaks loose and I know I'll weather the storm in this jacket, it completely changes the perspective, and also the experience. Fit is athletic, arms aren't too short. It's perfect.

I'm 5'5'' and 140 lbs, I currently have the Small in this, thinking about returning it for an XS. The arms are too long and the chest a little bit big but the fit is good everywhere else, . Will I be happier with an XS or should I keep the S?

Responded on

Hey Ky,
Height and weight aren't going to be the best measurements for jacket sizing. Chest measurement, torso length, and sleeve length are going to be better indicators. That being said, The XS is going to be 2 inches smaller in the chest and one inch shorter in the sleeve length. If you would like to further discuss this jacket or others, give me a call at 1-800-409-4502 ext 4446 or email at

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

As usual with arcteryx the quality is great. The fit is perfect. I bought this more as a three season jacket. I wear my Stingray in the winter. I am 6 foot 185 lbs slim build and i can wear a long sleeve capaleine and my aphix jaket underneath and still move fine. I ordered the nighthawk, it is dark blue. I prefer darker colors to hide stains.

Does anyone have the Nighthawk color? Is...

Does anyone have the Nighthawk color? Is it a navy blue shade or more of a gray shade? Can't quite tell from the pics.

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According to the tracking number mine will be here in two days. I ordered the the nighthawk, I will let you know Thursday

5 5

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

Responded on

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.

Best Answer Responded on

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.

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Bodybuilder problems! I tried a large on at REI with a fleece and a down vest on and it fit perfect. I also have large chest issues.

Bodybuilder problems! I tried a large on at REI with a fleece and a down vest on and it fit perfect. I also have large chest issues.
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I do too haha - 5'6", 175 lbs here and the Large suits me very well, lets me layer up even with my down puffy, and I don't feel like I'm swimming in it without the puffy.

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?

Best Answer Responded on

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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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