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Arc'teryx keeps the Beta AR Jacket simple without sacrificing much-needed durability or performance.

Arc'teryx created the Men's Beta AR Jacket for mountaineers and skiers who want the performance of Gore-Tex Pro and top-notch durability without a laundry list of un-needed features. The Beta AR Jacket includes polyester-reinforcements on high-abrasion areas like the shoulders and elbows to increase its lifespan. Underarm zips help you stay cool when the going gets tough, and WaterTight zippers combine with the waterproof breathable material to provide moisture protection when the weather turns nasty. What this Arc'teryx jacket doesn't have is a million pockets, a heavy zip-in liner, fancy electronics pockets, or any other weight-adding bells and whistles you don't want.

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5 5

bomber

for the life of me i cant understand how anyone could give this anything less than 5 stars. this jacket does it all. i spent a week in Algonquin park Ontario with this thing and i think that we may have had a combined 24 hours where it didnt rain. i have spent much of my life hiking, traveling, and mountaineering and this was the most rain i have ever had in a week. everything was soaked, it was impossible to keep things dry, but i have to say that not a drop of water got through this jacket, it is impeccable. the finest quality and materials. the craftsmanship is unsurpassed and it will last forever. when i walked out of the park it was unrecognizable as an arc'teryx jack there was so much mud on it, but i threw it in the washer and hung it out to dry and i swear you could bag it up and sell it as new, it was still in perfect condition. after more than a week of bushwacking and just beating the hell out of it i expected scrapes and blemishes, but could find nothing wrong with it. i feel confident in saying that no other jacket could do what this did. if you can afford it this is worth its weight in gold. i have owned a lot of jackets in my day but this is simply the best. pull the trigger, you wont regret it

Is the hood removable?

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Is the hood removable?

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Nope, fixed hood.

This Jacket is adjustable at Waist? Has...

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This Jacket is adjustable at Waist? Has something to adjust it? like a strap or something like that? thanks.

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The Beta AR has a drawcord hem.

Thinking of ordering this jacket...
Not...

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Thinking of ordering this jacket...
Not sure if it is the right one for my needs. I will be using it for skiing/snowboarding/snowmobiling. I have two concerns; no powder skirt and the hood(helmet compliant?) I do not want an insulated jacket. How does this thing work in powder days either skiing or snowmobiling without a skirt?
I'm 5'10" 220lbs 46" chest...L or XL?

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First, your weight and chest dimensions pretty much demand the XL. Sounds like you already know the downside of no powder skirt. Similar jackets that do have one, as well as helmet compatibility, Gore-Tex Pro, full seam taping, and a longer torso length, are the Sidewinder SV and the Stinger. If you might be interested in a waterproof soft shell designed for skiing, also have a look at the Stingray. Hope that helped.

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It's a short cut jacket and I think Phil's suggestion of the Stinger would serve you best. The powder skirt and extra tall collar will be greatly appreciated!

Iv been considering buying an Arc'teryx...

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Iv been considering buying an Arc'teryx shell for years, and have always been hesitant because of the cost, being a "starving college student" as we are often referred to, I checked the sizing chart and im pretty sure that id wear a medium, but with a purchase such as this i want to be pretty sure.

Im 6' with a slightly long torso, I weigh 170 lbs, I obviously want a bit room to layer, but I dont want it baggy as that would seem to defeat the purpose of a world class shell.

any input is greatly appreciated!

PS. as a reference, i wear a medium in stoic for most of the products, but my current shell, the stoic bombshell is a bit short for deep powder days.

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I'm about 2 inches taller and 10 pounds heavier and the medium fits me perfectly. Enjoy you're new shell - they're really great. Also, buy with confidence in regards to the size - backcountry.com has an awesome 100% return policy; you can't go wrong. Hope this helps!

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Keep in mind that this Beta AR (2009) is the shortest of the Arc'teryx Hardshells (there is a redesigned 2010 version that adds 1.5 inches to the bottom hem and fine tunes the torso fit) A medium would fit you just right, but if you want a longer bottom hem, check the Theta AR, or the Stinger for a ski specific version, (powder skirt, more pockets, tall collar with roll-away hood) or ideally, the brand new version of the Beta AR.

So I just bought the Theta AR jacket, it...

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So I just bought the Theta AR jacket, it is made in Canada and I love it but I am considering getting the Beta AR instead. I wanted to know the length difference.. I have the Alpha SL in a medium and it fits perfect on me. My Theta is rather big, and it doesn't help that it fits so long. So if anyone can help me figure out the sizing, thanks! Oh and I forgot to mention, I am 5'8" 130lbs.
I am scared to get a small because the Alpha SL is perfect in the medium, and I personally don't like switching up the sizes for particular jackets..

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The Arc'teryx Beta AR jackets (2009 model) is about 2.5 inches shorter than the Theta AR and has a slightly smaller torso diameter. The Alpha SL has a more trim cut than the AR jackets. The 2010 version of the Beta AR is about an inch longer than the 2009 version, and has a revised pattern that fits even better through the torso, but still has room to layer, as well as the new Watertight zipper that is more durable and slides easier. You're a perfect small according to your size and the Arc'teryx sizing chart.

What the product initials for Arcteryx...

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What the product initials for Arcteryx stand for? They often have the same product with different codes such as: AR, LT, SV, SL...

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Found the answer at http://arcteryx.com/naming-scheme.aspx

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SV-severe
AR-All'Round
LT-Light
SL-super Light (pac-light)
SK-Ski
MX-Mixed
these refer to fabrics and features on particular products.

4 5

You sure it's raining?

Definitely a dry investment. I am a bit scrawny (5'5", 125#) so the shoulder area is a little big but on cold lift-serve tele days I have plenty of room for a primaloft or down layer if necessary. The craftsmanship is what you pay for here; this model is not made in Canada anymore, unfortunately. What I like best about some of the Arc jackets is that there is both a collar AND a hood = good protection! The fabric has a great feel to it. However, I think I'm going to invest in a longer jacket for the backcountry - either a Theta AR or Alpha SV because I can get them in XS.

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You can wear this in the shower and stay dry

This jacket is great. I got it to hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where in the summer it rains a lot in the evenings. Whether it opens up on the summit or in camp, it doesn't matter because this jacket will keep you dry in any kind of rain conditions. Compared to any other shell I've had, this is clearly unrivaled in terms of weather protection. It isn't really fully featured, pockets etc. but if thats something you need Arcteryx makes products like that too

I know it probably would be a bit big...

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I know it probably would be a bit big (given the size chart) but at 5'5--long arms but a short torso-- and 120 lbs , would a small be baggy given the famous Arc'terx fit? I have the Marmot Exum for reference, and it fits well lengthwise but has a bit of excess around my chest and arms which isn't bad but I am always looking for a better fit and I am tempted by the burlier fabric on the Beta AR. Anybody?

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First, I haven't personally tried on the Beta AR, but I have owned the Theta AR and the Alpha LT, both of which are also from Arcteryx's ascent collection. I wear Arcteryx size Medium in these jackets even though my chest size is about an inch greater than what is listed for a medium in the sizing chart. You don't say what your chest measurement is, but if you are significantly below the measurement for the size small, this is going to be baggy on you - the jacket is still going to have a cut that allows people at (or just above) the upper size limit to fit some layers underneath. My wife is the same height as you (and weighs only a little less) and a woman's size small fits her perfectly. I know it wouldn't be the most popular option, but you might at least want to try a woman's jacket to see if it might fit you correctly. Arcteryx jackets are awesome because of their quality and their fit, and I'd personally hate to spend this sort of money and not have the jacket fit right.

By the way, while I have no experience with the Marmot Exum, the Arcteryx Pro Shell fabric is incredible - I can't imagine you being disappointed with it.

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Thanks for the input! I have a 36 chest which falls a bit below the specs so I think I will pass unless a screaming deal comes up on a woman's size.

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6Ft
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43R suit, 34/35 16-16.5 shirt, 33 waist.
I wear a medium Theta AR and large in the Alpha/Beta

I am 6'1 and 180 lbs or so, which size...

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I am 6'1 and 180 lbs or so, which size fits me best? Thanks!

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I would guess that you need a large to accommodate your height; it might be a little big through the body though.

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I'm 6'3" and 240# and the 2X fits me fine. Sounds like the XL might do for you.

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I think an XL may be a bit baggier than what you would want. If a large isn't long enough try a theta or an alpha series; they're cut longer.

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um...prolly just go with the medium, unless you have a huge gut...i guess it really depends on how you would like it to fit. i'm 6'2 and 180.. and normally stick with a small to medium, i'm a slimmer fitting kinda guy too..small will be a little too short on the torso if your pants ride low.....xl and xxl is WAY too big...unless you're going g-unit in here...

Crystal Peak, Ten Mile Range, CO

Crystal Peak, Ten Mile Range, CO

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Nice outer shell, form, fit and function A-OK. It's the real deal without unwanted features and benefits. Simple, direct, to the point, good movement, good protection, comfortable.

5 5

Arc'teryx Beta AR is the bomb!

Scooped up the Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket from BC last month and could not be happier! Skiid and Hiked so far in this jacket in sun/snow/rain with no issues - great athletic fit that doesn't bog ya down with frilly extras. Hood fits any helmet and has very functional draw strings. I toss my NF down vest on underneath when the temp is below 25 if I'm riding front side. 5'10 195lbs, Large fits great. Sometimes you just have to go with the old saying "you get what you pay for" - Arc'teryx and BC can sleep well at night charging what they do for the gear :) If you need a jacket with 20 pockets for your phone, camera, snickers bar, tissue etc. - buy a Columbia...if you want a no nonsense bomber - buy this.

Arc'teryx Beta AR is the bomb!
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Great tip, sounds like a great coat and great service from BC. I've been looking for some new gear and can now buy with confidence from the site.

By the way, I don't recognize the brand hat you are wearing in the picture, what is it and where can I get more information?

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T Anderson: no reservations should be had on working with BC, they ROCK! I'm wearing a "Day1" beanie, from www.liveday1.com - it's a motivational based social network.

Ride on!

I am 5`8", 170 lbs with chest 39". Which...

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I am 5`8", 170 lbs with chest 39". Which size should i get Small or Medium? I need some room for layering (base and insulated) and I'm worried that size S will be too tight. Although size S is by sizing charts for me.
What would you recommend? Thanks

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I have a 40" chest and the Medium fits like a dream! But I am also 6'1" so I'm a bit taller. The Medium will give you the extra room for laying; the Small might be a bit too tight in the chest with a fleece under it. I guess it kind of depends on how you want the rest of the jacket to fit. You being on the shorter side I wonder if the sleeves length and total jacket length of a Medium might be too much. Not that it is going to drowned you, but half the point of buying an arc'teryx jacket it for that famous fit. Lucky for you BC has an unconditional return policy, so buy the Medium and if at any point you decide it is too big send it back for the small, no questions asked! Another option is trying it on, I always recommend trying things on when in doubt…

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i'm 5'9" w/ a 42" chest, i needed the XL just so it would be long enough. this is normal for a jacket with this type of fit. Sleeves are perfect (without being cinched down they end where my fingers start). It is definitely not too baggy, Arc'teryx did a great job in the construction of this jacket to eliminate bulk in the front. i can fit my capilene 2, a heavy fleece, and a puff vest/jacket under it without any problems (this is my winter shell after all). I'd say start with the medium

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I am 5'8 185 and the Medium was snug for me in the chest. I went with the Large and it is little long in the sleeves but not a big deal with the velcro cuffs. I think you may be able to go Medium but Small seems like it will be too small.

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i would say you're prolly safe with a small, and medium if you wanted extra layers to throw in there...

4 5

Arc'Teryx lives up to its name

Outstanding build quality on the jacket. It literally is waterproof and windproof. The Large works great and is big enough to even fit my North Face Nupste underneath it when the conditions get really nasty. Just wished they had a few more pockets inside and the price certainly better at full MSRP. I also wish the jacket to be slightly longer. Luckily got it from the backcountry-Outlet for 225$, at that price I'd buy one anyday. Btw, best hood ever invinted.

Arc'Teryx lives up to its name
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Hey, how tall are you and what is your weight?

5 5

Awesome jacket...just make sure the length is adequate

This is by far the best shell I've used. The face fabric is amazingly abrasion resistant and remarkably breathable. Wind and snow on a recent trip in the Sierras were not an issue.

With that said, I have to echo the complaints of others and say the jacket is cut too short in the front. I'm 6'1" with a relatively short torso and still had issues with wind/water chilling my belly. Wearing a pack only augmented this problem. There is plenty of room for layers and sufficiently long arms.

Unfortunately, I think I may be returning the jacket for an Alpha, which has a significantly longer cut.

Overall this is a great jacket....just make sure it fits properly.

is the jacket darker blue then the picture...

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is the jacket darker blue then the picture shows?

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the Beta AR in Big Sky is a rather light/bright blue. The color I see here is pretty true (image may be a bit overexposed)

I'm 6'3 and 205 lbs. What size would work...

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I'm 6'3 and 205 lbs. What size would work best? I usually wear XL but here Im a bit confused.

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I'm about 6'3 as well and about 180 and usually go for the large, which gives me plenty of room to layer. I'd recommend the XL for yourself. Anything bigger and it'll be like wearing a sail.

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I'm 6'2'', 210lbs. The XL is far too small, in particular if you were going to put a a layer or two, it would be really tight. I just got back from trying them on.

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I am 6'2" 195 lbs with a long torso. I have an XL (only size on sale), and fit is good if a bit loose before I layer. With layers underneath, or a pack on, fit is fine. Only issue, for me is jacket is a bit short in the waist. For climbing with a harness, you might want that. So for skiing you need to wear a bib type ski pant, so you don't get snow up your back.
Overall a super jacket, I rub against trees skiing in Vermont glades and jacket doesn't show any marks/abrasion. Looks new after 2 1/2 ski seasons. Hood is great over a helmet too.

I am 6'2" 195 lbs with a long torso. I have an XL (only size on sale), and fit is good if a bit loose before I layer. With layers underneath, or a pack on, fit is fine. Only issue, for me is jacket is a bit short in the waist. For climbing with a harness, you might want that. So for skiing you need to wear a bib type ski pant, so you don't get snow up your back. <br/> Overall a super jacket, I rub against trees skiing in Vermont glades and jacket doesn't show any marks/abrasion. Looks new after 2 1/2 ski seasons. Hood is great over a helmet too.

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