- Tiny GORE seam tape reduces weight and eliminates bunching
- Compressible and packable
- Laminated zippers are watertight and reduce bulk
- Adjustable hem drawcord to keep snow out
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Great, light jacket, would like pit zips
I've been using this jacket for two years now and am very satisfied with it. I use it in a variety of sports, activities and conditions, but primarily for mountaineering and backpacking.
After two years of use, the jacket is still in great shape: all the seams and high-wear areas are completely intact. Indeed the jacket still likes fairly new despite heavy use. It breaths well and is completely waterproof and I like how the pockets are high enough so as to not be caught behind my backpack waist strap.
The reason that I give the jacket a 4-star review is because I really wish it had pit-zips. Another nice addition would be a a cord that allows you to tighten the area around the neck. The jacket currently has strings allowing you to tighten the hood around the face, but when it is cold I can feel heat escaping out around my neck and it would be nice to be able to cinch this area down.
I don't have any complaints, but just feel these changes would make a rock-solid product a perfect one. If Arc'teryx made these two changes, the jacket would be an absolute 5-star product.
As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.
My Go-To Jacket for 3 Seasons
I am a Gore MountainTech and I test products for W.L. Gore. I have tested numerous styles and brands and can say that this is definitely my go-to jacket from spring to fall. What I love about it is that it is extremely light-weight and extremely comfortable. It almost feels as though I am not wearing a jacket at all. Although it was clearly designed for expeditions where minimizing weight and bulk are essential, this jacket gets a lot of casual use from me as well. Construction is high quality, which is expected coming from Arc'teryx. Hood is appropriately sized and has a simple and effective rear cord for easy adjustment. I was initially concerned about ventilation, since there are no pit zips, but I am pleased with the breathability of the Gore-Tex PacLite fabric. No pit zips necessary. I am 6'5" tall and 195 pounds and the XL fits great.
Is this hood removeable and/or does it...
Is this hood removeable and/or does it stuff away inside the collar?
Nope and also nope, sorry.
Not sorry....that's exactly what I was hoping.
Versatile With Great Fit
I bought this jacket as my go-to winter shell for San Francisco where it doesnt get very cold, but does get quite wet in the winters. My immediate impressions were that the size Small fit my 5'9" 155lb athletic frame perfectly! I completely love the fit.
I also took the jacket on expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya this past March. As some reviewers have noted, this isn't a severe weather coat, so don't expect a high level of durability or wind protection on 6000M (20,000 ft) peaks. The weather on Kili on our summit day was atrocious but the coat performed as well as to be expected. The 30mph wind certainly got through. On Mt.Kenya we summited Nelion (19 pitches, grade 4) and the coat performed well. The hood doesnt fit well over a helmet (since this isn't a technical jacket), but the gusseted arms were terrific on the climb.
Overall I love this coat for normal 3-season wear, but I'll be taking my Theta SV jacket on future 6000M+ adventures.
Use it for everything, only complaint is it needs pit zips.
Can someone make the case for this jacket...
Can someone make the case for this jacket or one of its brothers over something much cheaper like the Patagonia Torrentshell, which also has killer reviews.
In terms of craftsmanship and finishing of the jackets I would go for the Beta
Gore tex paclite is certainly more expensive than other waterproof breathable fabrics. AFully waterproof, lightweight and very packable. It performs well enough in a wide variety of condition(although it does not breathe as well as their higher end proshell). If you plan on doing vigorous activity go for a shell with pit zips (such as the alpha SL). As with any arcteryx product you pay for clean designs, superb construction and the best warranty in the business.
How would the breathablity compare to the...
How would the breathablity compare to the TNF Blue Ridge, because the material is thicker on the SL?
Both jackets are made from the same material Gore-Tex paclite so there will be no difference in fabric breathablity. The cut, pockets and venting will be the differences between the jackets.
I just bought the Beta SL to repalce an old Beta AR with XCR. I had wanted the Alpha SV as I wanted something bomb proof but was a little uncertain about spending so much on a jacket. I must say I like the lighter weigh and function of the SL. All and All I am very impressed again by Arc Teryx quality!
Excellent jacket. The only improvement would be pit zips, but even without them this is still an extremely high quality piece to take out for several days hiking, backpacking whether in high winds, in heavy rain, or snow.
Does the hood fit a helmet underneath?
Does the hood fit a helmet underneath?
Does anybody have the measurments of the...
Does anybody have the measurments of the front and back in size L and XL??
Holy cow! These jackets are all very different. Maybe you should decide what kind of jacket you need then ask about a couple of different options. Just a thought.
Light and seemingly strong
I got my Beta SL on sale and feel mostly OK with that, however I don't think it's worth the msrp. For 11 oz it makes a good layer to toss in the pack and forget about, just in case. It obviously doesn't weigh much and the zipper and other features are consequently a little bit waifish. I haven't ripped the shell in 2 years of moderate alpine climbing and backpacking, but that doesn't mean I don't worry about a branch eating up my jacket. I use a different, heavier shell for day-to-day use in the Pac NW because I'm afraid of wearing this one out. Pit zips would be good as I get a little overheated when moving around, but then you'd should just get the Alpha SL for an additional ounce. I like the Beta SL for ultralight layering and 'just in case' situations but it's not a daily driver for me. Sizing in the "small" is consistent with other Arc'teryx pieces.
It's made in China or Canada?
It's made in China or Canada?
Probably China, Most of the products I have purchased recently have been from China... except a hat...
Not a good jacket
It looks good, fits well, but it doesn't keep the rain out.
It was waterproof for the first few uses, but soon it started getting soaked and leaky. It can't handle prolongued exposure - eg. 30 minute commute.
I tried to revive it with washes and sprays, but they only help for like 1 use before it goes back to its leaky ways. Terrible.
I bought a Westcomb Cruiser 7 months ago. It is still going strong. I haven't had to wash it or anything.
I've been waiting for this jacket with great anticipation. It is a very light, great all around jacket, if you can justify the price. Mine was made in China, but it really doesn't matter to me as long as it is working the way it's intended to work. My only problem is that the black color only looks black on pictures, in real life it is more of a deep, very dark blue. It is recomended to everyone with the budget.
Great packable shell!
I easily could have spent a hundred dollars less and bought a Precip or Torrentshell jacket but I bought this Arc'teryx Beta SL instead. I have used this jacket in light and hard rain and it sheds water perfectly. Its simply just a Gore-tex shell with a few pockets and a hood - really nothing more to it. I am also not a big fan of the velcro straps on the wrists but I'm sure I'll get used to them eventually. This jacket can be rolled down to a very small packable size for just-in-case scenarios.
Overall, if you can afford the extra 100+, buy it!
does it run on the small size? I have a...
does it run on the small size? I have a 46" chest & 225 lbs. Would a XXL L fit? i run on the warm side, how breathable is this product?
The Alpha SL doesn't run small. According to the sizing chart (right below the Options menu) you could go XL. If you plan on wearing a lot of layers you could go to XXL to accommodate. PacLight breathes just ok. Check the Alpha SL jacket for pit zips. If you want the best breathability, that lasts for years, you could take a look at Gore ProShell jackets, like the Arc'teryx Alpha LT. More spendy, but also significantly more durable and breathable.
I would buy the size jacket you normally buy. If you usually wear an XXL, I'd get that.
Does this jacket come in any size smaller...
Does this jacket come in any size smaller than Large? I am usually a size small in most jackets (5' 10", mdium build). Thanks!
Arc'teryx produces a full size run in every jacket they make. It appears that Backcountry is sold out of anything smaller than a Large though. You may just have to try a different jacket or a different seller.
Quality product, one SMALL complaint
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Am I biased about Arc'teryx? Yes. People may complain that at $250 you are only paying for "Arc'teryx" printed on your jacket, but this jacket works like a charm. Great as a casual rain/snow jacket. I can even wear it with slacks, a shirt and tie and keep a "business" look with a black jacket. But also a champion jacket for light outdoor sports. The jacket is VERY lightweight and breathes well. I am 6'3" and 180lbs and the Large fits well. Sleeves are great length for my long limbs, and it has a slim/athletic fit which is NOT restricting. The cut is short however, which is nice around town and hiking/backpacking. All in all, the jacket has ALWAYS kept me dry, ALWAYS breathed well, and ALWAYS looks good. The fit is exceptional, the quality is evident, and I always get compliments on it from fellow outdoor enthusiasts and even people who dont know what "Arc'teryx" is, let alone Gore-tex. Owning several Arc'teryx pieces I can say the extra money you fork over is worth it once you experience a product of theirs, and the Beta SL is no exception. Four stars only because the velcro wrist adjustments work well and are durable, but still do not measure up to drawcords.
What is the lining of this jacket like?...
What is the lining of this jacket like? And does it fold up into the hood similar to some of the other Arc'teryx Jackets for easy storage?
The Beta SL doesn't have a lining, per se. All the Gore Paclite jackets have a smooth urethane backer, which is laminated, to make a single fabric.
You can roll this into it's hood, and cinch it tight, like other Arc'teryx jackets.