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Lightweight, durable, extremely packable, and ready for action at the drop of a hat.

You hike, you climb, you board, you walk your kids to school, and you hate three things: getting wet, being unprepared, and eating eggplant. The Arc'teryx Women's Beta AR Jacket solves the first two problems, but can't do much about the eggplant thing. As #2 in Arc'teryx's essential line, the Beta AR bears an uncanny resemblance to it's big sister, the Theta AR. Both jackets are sleek, all-weather and all-conditions beasts, but the big difference between the siblings is the Beta AR sports a higher hemline.

Just like the Theta AR, the Beta AR is made from N70p Gore-Tex Pro fabric and reinforced with tiny Gore-taped seams. Laminated zippers are icing on the cake, and in combination with the construction, offer you weatherproof protection from blinding snow, sideways rain storms, and even your toddler throwing apple juice your way. Precipitation is just one foe this jacket fends off. Gore-Tex Pro fabric is tightly woven to give you abrasion resistance without sacrificing breathability or adding unwanted weight.

The Beta AR is heavy on features that fit your active life. Laminated underarm vents open quickly and without hassle, and the underarm gussets give you the chance to move to the beat of your own drum without the entire jacket bunching up. The microsuede facing on the full collar protects your chin from chafing against the jacket in chilly temps, and the hood sports a laminated brim so the rain and sleet won't cloud your vision. Zipper garages offer another line of defense against wet weather, preventing precipitation (and wind) from creeping in between zipper teeth.

  • N70p Gore-Tex Pro (3-layer)
  • Athletic fit with e3D design, thigh length
  • Articulated elbows, gusseted underarms
  • Underarm ventilation
  • DropHood, helmet compatible
  • Watertight Vislon center zipper
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs, adjustable waist drawcord

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5 5

On the way to the Yukon with my Beta AR!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Love this tough guy. Beginning with the quality of the piece, I'll say that durability isn't even really a question when it comes to Arc'Teryx hard shells. Bottom line: pretty much every Arc'Teryx piece I have experience with is durable and worth the price (though I picked this up during an AMAZING Backcountry Arc'Teryx sale). In terms of sizing, I'll say that I hemmed and hawed quite a bit when deciding between a medium and a large. I'm a medium in almost everything I own, but I did plan on layering quite a bit under this jacket. Therefore, a large was on the table. I eventually chose the medium and am now glad I did! This jacket leaves ample room for multiple layers underneath. I can fit a mid-weight wool base layer, a pretty thick fleece, and a jacket with over 100g of Primaloft Gold. I might even be able to fit another expedition weight zip top between my base layer and fleece. It is pretty snug in the torso with those layers, but, for me, not uncomfortably so. The arms are very roomy! Even with many layers, I can wave my arms around all I want (full range of motion). The hood is quite magical. It is adjustable in all the right places and hugs your head like the perfect pair of jeans (without sacrificing visibility). Well, the perfect jeans for your head, I guess. THE POCKETS ARE IDEAL FOR A BACKPACKER. I'll be taking this piece with me on a backpacking trip through the Yukon and I'm pretty psyched about it. The pockets are higher up than typical hand warmer pockets and are therefore very accessible with a pack on. They require a little getting used to, but I have quickly grown to love them. They are also INCREDIBLY roomy. Durable and perfectly slick zippers. Pit zips. Fairly flattering fit. Gore-Tex Pro membrane. This jacket is a rock star! I'll be updating my review once I get this puppy out on the trail!

4 5

Arcteryx Beta AR

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 2"
    Weight: 131 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Just received my new jacket which is replacing the Arcteryx jacket I bought in 2003. The hood is even roomier and will fit my climbing helmet or my hardhat. Sleeves a titch long but better coverage when reaching. Length in back is a bit longer which is great. The old jacket was a titch short. Fit is great. True to size. The new jacket is about an ounce lighter than my old one!
My old jacket is still in good shape but after 12 years of hard wear right off the rack, it eventually wets out no matter how it's washed, dried, and treated. Around town it is fine, heavy prolonged rain on a trail not so fine.
Here's to the new jacket lasting 12 or more years too.

Keeping me dry!

Keeping me dry!

Juno ain't got nothing on the Beta AR! Snow is above my knees!

What is the center back length of a medium?

5 5

Favorite Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I got a promo one from Gore-Tex that didn't fit a friend when I was young and it ROCKED - but in time it no longer fit right so I moved on to other jackets. Nothing ever compared. I finally found one on SAC for "cheap" (Arc never seems really cheap by my definition) and convinced my fiancé to get it for me for a birthday/Christmas combined gift. I'll seriously love him forever for getting it for me. This jacket keeps me dry in torrential rain and breathes really well. It works great as a winter shell hiking in the white mountains in NH.

One thing to be aware of is that Arc designed it so that the same sized Atom and other such layers fit perfect under - so it ran a bit big on me (which is fine because it means it's more "airy" when its warm out and there's plenty of room for good layers when it's cold).

It's really good for fall-winter-spring and if you can afford it, get it!

Favorite Jacket
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Awesome picture Lauren !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Warm and dry in rainy Ecuador.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't speak to the current season version, but I have had this jacket for nearly three years and couldn't imagine taking an outdoor adventure to a snowy or wet climate without bringing it along. I hiked for hours in the rain and was comfy and dry compared to companions who were wearing non-gore-tex jackets. It's my go-to in the city as well during spring downpours. I'm 5'9" and about 145 pounds--I chose a medium and it's big enough to put over layers, but doesn't look ridiculous when I wear it in town.

2 5

Soaks up water

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

I bought this jacket for my girlfriend on S+C. On a day when it was snowing and just under freezing the jacket became soaking wet. The gore pro membrane did what it was supposed to and no water got through the shell however, the water did not bead off either. Arc'teryx needs to work on their DWR finnish as I have heard this is a common problem with their products. In comparison I used a Trew gear soft shell and skied with her all day and my jacket was bone dry at the end of the day while hers was soaking wet.

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The jackets on SAC were the old model - not the same presented here.

Figure the old model was a few years old by the time it hit SAC - probably needs to have its DWR redone. If you check the ArcT website it shows you how to do this properly. Gear needs to be treated and cared for... sitting in a bag may mean its clean but coatings wear off in time.

Just a thought...