An all-around necessity for alpine playgrounds.
- Micro seam allowance (1.6mm) cuts back on bulk so space-oriented mountain men don’t have to worry about extra pack space or weight
- One-hand adjustable drawcords and articulated elbows ensure an custom fit for maximum comfort and performance
- Laminated underarm zips allow you to cool off if you’re overheating on a bid for the crux of a cool-weather climb
- No-lift gusseted underarms mean you can fully extend your wingspan to reach for the next handhold (or the next beer) without disturbing the custom waistline fit
- WaterTightVision front zip further seals out moisture and precip for bad weather excursions
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Not exactly as pictured, but great overall jacket.
I bought this for my boyfriend because it was on sale for a ridiculously cheap price (I think $274, regular $449) which is a serious bargain for good gore-tex. He's a bigger guy, around 6'1" and 250lbs. His biggest issue is that he's got 'linebacker shoulders', which often makes finding shirts and jackets TOUGH. Luckily, this jacket fit really nicely on him in an XL. Plenty of pit-zips, extra pockets, etc., and a flattering cut. The only thing is, the picture shows some green on the jacket, but the one we received is all black. Not a big deal for us, but if you're buying it based on that feature, be careful. Overall, a good jacket for a great price!
Thanks Mitch, I'm torn between a small or...
Thanks Mitch, I'm torn between a small or medium as the Arcteryx sizing guidelines suggests a small for my size but I'm a perfect medium in Rab or ME kit. Really not sure..
If you plan on layering, I would suggest the medium. It might be a bit long on the arms. I'm 6'0, 135 and I wear a small in the Beta.
Backcountry has a great 100% no questions asked return policy. If it were to be the wrong size, exchanging is a very simple process.
Cheers Mitch will give it some thought as I will be layering.
Hi, I am 5ft 9", 38" chest and weigh 72Kg...
Hi, I am 5ft 9", 38" chest and weigh 72Kg any advice on what size would work for me? Cheers
Hey Tikahuna, a Medium should work great for you.
How does it compare to The North Face...
How does it compare to The North Face Enzo?
The Beta is a better choice if you are looking for a jacket that will perform well as you move from ascending to descending in the backcountry. Both are Gore tex pro top of the line shells. The Beta is The 3 layer gore tex pro shell, and has added protection were needed, for things like pack straps etc..
The Beta does not have powder skirt. The north face does and it is remoavble. As my wife told me skirts are for girls. But that is your choice.
A plus on the north face is the off set zipper closer near the mouth. Arcteryx innovated with this in their sidewinder jacket and it is a nice way to keep,your zipper off your chin and mouth.
Arcteryx in my opinion does a better job with this jacket when it comes to design. They consider everything down to how the cut performs in motion to the zipper pulls.
If you are looking to get out into the backcountry and climb and ski, go with the beta. But regardless both are sick bomber jackets and will take most any gnarly snow, rain or hail storm you throw at them.
I am 5'9 feet tall, 190 lbs, 40 inch hip...
I am 5'9 feet tall, 190 lbs, 40 inch hip and have a 41.5 inch chest...what size should I get? Large or Medium? Does the Beta AR run a bit smaller than Theta AR?
I think a Large is your size in the Beta AR, which is cut a bit shorter in the hem than the Theta AR, by about 1.5 inches.
Should I still get large if I do not layer?
Is Gortex pro the best water proof ...
Is Gortex pro the best water proof breathable protection for jackets?
You'll hear a million different opinions on this one. I can tell you that Arc'teryx has tested every version of waterproof/breathable membrane out there and still uses only Goretex Proshell for their hardshell jackets because it performs the best over time.
I would say yes, however eVent and Gore's new Active shell are quite breathable.
How warm would the Beta AR and the Hyllus...
How warm would the Beta AR and the Hyllus fleece goody fair in sub zero hiking weather?
You should be pretty warm, although there are plenty of choices that'll serve you as well or better for a whole lot less money... Try combining the Stoic Welder Hi with a hardshell like the Patagonia M10 (which is on sale right now), and you'll save some weight and a couple hundred bucks.
I assume you are refering to the centigrade scale. Put on a nice baselayer underneath and you should be fine. If you are referring to Fahrenheit - damn thats cold! and you will most likely need a mid layer.
Yes the centigrade scale,and would the Hyllus be considered a strong base layer?? I've only ever gotten down insulated coats. I'm new to the layer system.
This is a great system for cold weather activity because you can regulate your temp according to activity level and temp. For a proper layering system, start with a close fitting wicking shirt (like the Arc'teryx Phase AR) to keep sweat off your skin. The Hyllus would be the next layer (typically referred to as a mid-layer), then the Beta AR for the outer layer. For warmer temps or high activity the Hyllus can be your outerwear and will block most wind and snow, but breathe very well so you don't overheat. If it's extra cold, windy or wet, the Beta AR over top will keep you dry and comfortable, and for summer rainstorms can be worn over your baselayer to keep you dry and not too hot. The Beta rolls down quite small so it doesn't take up too much room in a pack. Super versatile kit.
Is this jacket ideal for snowsports?...
Is this jacket ideal for snowsports? Wondering if anyone as tested it in some powder...
They will work for snowsports even though they are designed for all around use. The Beta is cut a little shorter than most other arcteryx jackets so if you have a long torso you may find it riding up. Its a fully waterproof breatheable shell and haas large enough pockets and pit zips to aid you during activity. It is missing a powder skirt and some of the articulation you will find in arcteryx white line of jackets.
I'm 180cm (5' 10" to 5' 11") and 67kg...
I'm 180cm (5' 10" to 5' 11") and 67kg (148lb) and I'll be using this jacket for hiking, backpacking and also for mainly on piste skiing. Is the waist low enough to deal with the occasional crash on packed snow and what size would you folks recomend?
You are probably a small in the Beta. These are cut slightly shorter than most arc jackets so you may want to look at another model for your height. I would check out the Theta AR since it has a similar cut but is longer in front and back and only a few grams heavier.
I'm 5"10 and weigh around 140ish. My chest...
I'm 5"10 and weigh around 140ish. My chest is about 37". Should I go with the small or medium?
Sounds like a Small Beta AR would work best. It will fit proper in length (sleeve and hem) and still have room for a bit of layering. That is, unless you like 'em baggy.
Beta AR in Vermont backcountry
great jacket, I bought in an XL. size. Stuffs well in a pack, hood fits over helmet.,
Waist rides up a bit on me, no problem with a pack on though. I wear it with theta SV bib pants, so high waist isn't an issue. Perfect length, if you wear a climbing harness
I'm 178cm and 75kg，with 50cm shoulders...
I'm 178cm and 75kg，with 50cm shoulders and a 100cm chest,What size should I buy in this jacket?
It might be a tad long on the arms, but the medium should fit you great around your shoulders and chest.
Mt Washington 75 mph sustained winds at -5 windchill. Had a patagonia puff pull over and merino wool base on. Not one hint of wind except for my shades flapping and my nose running :). I actually put the hood on in the wind and synched it down with gloves on effortlessly. The hood never moved or wanted to rip from my head. Truly an amazing jacket. Was on the summit for 3.5 hours roaming about and never got cold and never over heated. Glad i bought it. Of course I could not pass down $260 for it. BTW, I am 6ft 205 lbs and I bought an Xl. Plenty of room underneath. This jacket is durable as hell. Check out DOG for the deal. Picked up an Alpha SV for $360 too.
Trust the Arc
Status Quo, this Arc'teryx jacket is super good. All of the tape seams and zippers are impenetrable to the elements. If you like a minimalistic jacket that will do exactly what you expect in any circumstance, go with this. It has one pocket on the inside that is good for essentials. The two breast pockets are perfectly placed for taking care of all of your business on the lift. I always throw my Sigma ARs (No doubt a large glove) in there, and keep some North Face E-touch liners in there so I always have some glove on my fingers to use my phone. The great thing about this jacket is you don't have to over thing sizing too much because it is so adjustable. The hood can be set to exact measurements, and the waist can be cinched in to fit your waist and block out any snow. The articulation of the arms makes it so the arms only feel in the "right" place when your skiing which I like. Overall, bomber Jacket, poppy colors if you like that, black if you don't. Grab yours right now at a steal for 25% off!
I am 6' and weigh 220, with big shoulders...
I am 6' and weigh 220, with big shoulders and a 50" chest. What size should I buy in this jacket?
Sounds like you have a large chest, I'd go with XL. Might be able to get away with Large, but could be tight with layering.
Does anybody have the measurments of the...
Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size L and XL??
I'm about ready to pull the trigger on the...
I'm about ready to pull the trigger on the Beta AR. However, I am undecided about size - medium or large? I am 5'5", 165 lbs. I intend to use as a stand alone and as outer layering in combination with non-bulky fleece or synthetic vest (ie TNF Redpoint) for alpine hiking/trekking. Any thoughts is much appreciated.
You would be best suited in the Medium, and that will give you room to layer. You could even consider a small depending on your chest diameter. Check the size chart above to be sure.
medium is the correct size for you grid runner.
I am 5'6" 155lbs and the medium is perfect. Good room for a north face redpoint underneath and not too baggy with just a t shirt!
I am 5'9 and 180lbs and find plenty of room to layer with my small Beta AR (2007). I maxed out my layering with Patagonia Cap 2 and North face SDS 1/4 Zip in 0F and ~50mph winds and still stayed comfortable climbing. If I need more layering its because I am in a sleeping bag.
Arc'teryx nails it once again, great fit and bomber seams and waterproofing
Is the black all black? or does it have...
Is the black all black? or does it have the green zippers like in the picture?
The black is all black (green zips were an older model).
Near Perfect for All Conditions
I love this jacket, period. I've tried a ton of different jackets from many brands, but never really got one that I loved as much as this one. Now, for me, I was looking for a minimalist yet rugged jacket for severe weather. I dont ski, so I didnt want a powder skirt, and I dont climb often, so I didnt need a big hood like the Alpha SV. I wanted something that I could wear when standing out in the rain, sleet, or snow for hours on end without getting wet, or hiking through dense brush without tearing apart. There isnt a single thing I dont like about this jacket except for two things; One, I personally prefer napolean pockets like on the Alpha SV, for phones, knives, ect, as opposed to the hand pocket type. Two, I wish you could cinch the actual collar tighter when the hood isnt up. Other than that, the pit zips are great length, the hood works great, its not too bulky, and its comfortable even in hot, humid weather, unless I'm in the sun since mine is black. In even the worst weather, I wear a wool baselayer, an Arc'Teryx Atom, and this on top, and am comfortable down into low single digits.
Also, while it is not made in the USA, I'm happy to see it's made in Canada at least. I'm sure a little of the extra cost is attributable to this, which I dont mind at all.