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This baby is ready for whatever Mother Nature throws her way.

What was supposed to be a bluebird day in the backcountry has become one filled with howling winds and snow, but at least you wore the lightweight, durable, and extremely packable Arc'teryx Women's Beta AR Jacket. Made with 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric, tiny Gore-taped seams, and laminated zippers, this gem of a jacket fully protects you from the freezing rain, blinding snow, and rain.

  • Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Pro membrane, DWR finish, and super-tight weave of the proprietary N70p shell fabric work together to keep you dry in raging storms
  • N70p nylon is also extremely durable, yet supple and soft to the touch
  • Ergonomic e3D fit allows free movement
  • Extra-long underarm vents close with WaterTight zippers
  • Upgraded WaterTight Vislon front zipper glides smoothly in any conditions
  • Draft-resistant tall stand-up collar is topped by helmet-compatible drop hood that makes noggin' saturation a thing of the past
  • Light weight enhances the jacket's versatility; feel free to take it on your longest treks
  • Laminated cuff tabs and adjustable hem drawcord seal out drafts
  • Front pockets are placed high up so you can reach them even in a climbing harness, and close with laminated WaterTight zippers so the contents stay dry
  • Internal laminated pocket gives you secure storage

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4 5

Awesome All Around Waterproof Shell

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

This shell met my expectation in every way. I used it for my 7 day trekking in Peru and also used it for snowboarding when it was dumping. The jacket held up to its claim and I was completely dry even after a full day in heavy rain and winter snow.

The only thing I wish was different was the length of the jacket. I got a size S and it fits me well everywhere else except the jacket is too short. But then when I tried on a size M the arm length is too long. I ended up sticking to the size S but the short length has become an issue when I use it snowboarding because snow sometimes will get in through the bottom of my jacket.

is this warm enough for the brutal east...

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is this warm enough for the brutal east coast winters (down to -20 lets say) when doing moderate outdoor activities too?

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by itself this jackets will not keep you very warm as their is no insulation to it. However, this jacket will keep the elements out fantastically and will maintain breathability well. Pair this with a nice down jacket like the Thorium AR Down jacket and you should be able to face those cold and windy days on the east coast like a professional.

So I've been looking at this jacket and...

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So I've been looking at this jacket and the theta AR jacket. I love arc'teryx gear, but I'm a little concerned about sizing and fit. If I buy one of these jackets it would also need to be a rain jacket and used for hiking/backpacking, really just about everything. I know these jackets can be worn year round, but I don't want to buy this jacket too big. I need to be able to fit base layers under it in the winter and not have it be too tight, but then in spring/summer/and fall not have it be too big/bulky. I hope this makes sense. I do have the arc'teryx atom hoody in a size large. I have heard that whatever size that jacket is I should order the shell in the same size, I guess I'm just worried that if I get the shell in size large it will be to big for non-winter activities.

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Hey there! I too have the Atom hoody and have tried this AR jacket on, I would suggest to stick with the size Large. The problem I saw going with a size Medium was that the length of the jacket was too short, I do typically prefer a little length on my winter jacket. If you are interested, you can reach me at 800.409.4502 ext 4315. You could also order both size M and L, then try them on at home with layers and without to determine what size is best. Then send the incorrect size back for a full refund, just be sure to leave the tags attached to the garment.

5 5

Seriously Obsessed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is amazing. It is incredibly versatile- lots of room for layers but doesn't look baggy without them.

The performance is obviously amazing. In conjunction with the right layering systems this jacket could work anywhere from -25 to 75 degrees. You really can't beat versatility like that, which is what makes this a product worth spending extra for. I could tell you how wonderfully waterproof, windproof, and breathable this jacket is, but I'm assuming you already know that.

Originally I purchased it as an upgrade to my nylon Patagonia rain jacket for cold winter skiing (3L is, apparently, pretty much a necessity below freezing), but was pleased to learn that it is great for literally everything.

While I seriously love Patagonia, including the rain jacket mentioned above, I find that the cut of this jacket is just so much more flattering. To me, this aspect of the jacket is what justifies the price tag. In truth, I hadn't realized how ill-fitting my other jackets actually are until I had this. It just hangs right and feels comfortable no matter what, without any awkward bunching. To me, it's the perfect balance between boxy (read: room for layers) and fitted (read: flattering). It is so perfect, in fact, that it feels like the natural solution to the question of fit, as opposed to a compromise between two options. And, while vanity isn't a concern when buying gear, looking good is definitely a great bonus! And, truthfully, well-fitting gear makes all the difference in terms of performance and utility as well. More importantly to me, the fit of the jacket signifies the thought and care put into the design, which is evident in all aspects of the jacket.

This may be one of the more expensive articles of clothing I ever own, but I will want to wear it forever, so the math actually works out. (HINT: Watch for sales on this jacket. I got mine half off. People flexible about color should have no trouble getting a good deal if they are patient.)

10000000% Waterproof

10000000% Waterproof

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This coat is awesome paired with the Beta AR pant. Here is a picture of me wearing the pants and jacket over jeans and a sweatshirt getting sprayed and showered on, I stayed 100% dry. Very lightweight and fits true to size.

5 5

A favorite

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Gave as a gift to my girlfriend. She hasn't stopped wearing it, climbing, hiking, in town.

4 5

Also a favorite!

Perfect all year round weight. Very packable, took it up to the grand this past weekend,layered over some down in the morning and used it to block the wind the rest of the day. Pocket placement and length was perfect for under a harness! And hood fit perfectly over a helmet. Tiger Lilly is exceptionally bright, with some adorable magenta zipper pulls!

5 5

My favorite hard shell ever

Our most abundant natural resource here in the Northwest is water, which makes this jacket the most-used gear that I own. Better than AmEx, I don't leave home without it. Since I bought it in February, I've worn this jacket up 11 different mountains, on half a dozen snowboarding outings, on lots of day hikes and climbing outings, and generally every day that it rains. It still looks brand new, and has performed perfectly. The huge pit zips are great for ventilation, and the hood is adjustable for over my helmet or without. I ordered a larger size than normal so I could wear it over every layer I own, but the cut is still flattering enough that I don't look like I'm wearing my tent. It is also lightweight enough (14.08 oz, to be exact) that I can pack it for every hike without worrying about unnecessary weight. Other shells I've owned in the past were narrow through the shoulders and really restricted movement, but this one is perfect. Last but not least, the internal pocket is just large enough for my cell phone with its bulky waterproof impact-resistant case. Expensive yes, but with the quality and lifetime warranty, it is worth the investment. (Also good to find it on a 30% off sale ;-)

can i wear this jacket skiing?

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can i wear this jacket skiing?

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Of course. It's not a ski specific coat, in that there isn't a powder skirt, but it does have a waist and hem cinch, helmet compatible hood, and is totally wind and waterproof. The nice thing about this is it's great as a year round foul weather jacket. For more ski specific Arc'teryx jackets, check the Scimitar, Stingray or Tempest.