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    Your own impervious micro-climate.

    Arc'teryx decked out the Men's Theta AR Jacket for true multi-sport versatility. Ideal for mountaineering and alpine climbing, this jacket also provides your own comfortable micro-climate on backcountry ski tours. The Theta AR offers many of the same features as its brother, the Beta AR, but is cut longer (hitting at the thigh) to offer extra protection when it's really coming down. It features Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer construction, with the proprietary, tightly-woven N40p-X shell fabric that includes a DWR treatment to slough off rainfall while you romp up 14ers or get caught in a snowstorm at the top. The Theta AR is reinforced in hard-wear areas like the shoulders and arms with N80p-X nylon so it will handle pack straps and ice encounters season after season.

    Fully taped low-bulk seams and WaterTight zippers will block out any moisture you encounter. When it starts puking, take shelter under the helmet-compatible DropHood with its draft-blocking separate collar, and stuff your hands in the two hand pockets, which are placed high so they play well with hip-belts and harnesses. Underarm zip vents let you cool off without sacrificing any protection from the weather.

    • Gore-Tex Pro Shell membrane (3-layer)
    • N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabric
    • Fully taped seams with low-bulk microseam allowances
    • WaterTight zippers
    • Laminated underarm zip vents
    • Helmet-compatible DropHood with separate high collar and laminated visor
    • Die-cut hook-and-loop cuff tabs
    • 2 high hand pockets and 1 internal laminated pocket
    • Generous fit with no-lift gusseted underarms and articulated elbows
    • Longer cut with full seat coverage
    • Item #ARC3654

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro, [shell] 40D nylon, [reinforcements] 80D nylon
    Fabric Waterproof Rating
    guaranteed waterproof
    Fabric Breathability Rating
    guaranteed breathable
    Fit
    athletic with e3D
    Center Back Length
    31.25 in
    Hood
    yes, helmet-compatible DropHood
    Venting
    WaterTight underarm zip vents
    Pockets
    [external] 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered sleeve, [internal] 1 zippered
    Seams
    fully taped
    Claimed Weight
    [M] 14.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, outdoor activities
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Best of the best

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

    I love this piece. Clocking in under a pound, you can't ask for more when it comes to weight, durability, and performance in a 3L Gore-Tex shell. I dare you to try and get wet, cause it's not going to happen! The Theta AR is one of the longer fitting cuts in the Arc'teryx line. I primarily use this piece for snowboarding and days around town. If you're looking for something more climbing oriented, this piece probably isn't the one for you, but Arc'teryx has plenty of other hard shells that will fit much closer and not be in the way of your climbing harness. One thing I wish this had was a powder skirt, but that would be the only con that I can think of. In the photo I posted I am standing on the right

    Best of the best

    nice all purpose shell

    • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit:True to size

    This Arc'teryx jacket it a great all around coat for several types of weather. Use it for a rainstorm while biking or a shell over layers for skiing. The chest pockets are nice because they are out of the way but may be hard to get used to for those who are used to pockets lower on the jacket. Adequate hood for a ski helmet.

    Nice, but better AR coats for the money

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    I'm a designer and gearhead who tried on a buttload of coats in an effort to find a jacket I could snowboard in, and walk around the city in comfortably. Love this coats trim fit and long length, gore pro.. this coat is a simple piece of perfection. HOWEVER, simple is the key word. You then try on the Marmot Alpinist 70D jacket, and instantly will become extremely upset at how expensive the theta AR is, and how little it offers in comparison. I really wanted to love the Arc theta AR. I'm a designer and love the Arc brand and what they make..... but you then ask yourself, where's my Zip off powder skirt... you notice there's only 3 main pockets on the jacket, (only 1 on the inside)... you notice the lazy piece of rope you have to pull to open any of the zippers... it's like the more details you look at, the more upset you become. Until you're like, seriously why in the balls is this coat $600. Then you try on the Marmot alpinist, and gladly fork over the cash because it answers all of these problems, with an even better gore text outer. This coat is great if you just wanna wear Arc'teryx and feel like the man. I certainly did, then I actually got the coat I needed and was much happier. 3 stars because it is a great coat and does the job, however, would love to give it 0 stars because you can get a much much better coat that offers all of the things this one does, and then makes it look bad with all of the features you'll find.

    Nice Hardshell

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

    I was looking for a hardshell for layering on alpine climbs. I am happy with the quality and durability of this jacket. The attention to detail in design and manufacture is excellent. The jacket is quite tough and light. Very happy. Keep in mind, the fit is trim. I am 6.0" 210 lbs and take a 46 sport coat. I got an XL, but it is quite trim . . . I'm happy with the fit, but on summits, my down parka goes over the top of this jacket.

    came with hole in back

    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    This jacket seems great. The quality is very nice and the long cut is sweet too. I am 6 feet 170 with around a 41 inch chest and the medium fits great. I am kinda in between sizes (M and L) for other arcteryx jackets but this fits nice in medium. I can't speak to the performance because unfortunately the one I bought came with a small little hole in the back (nighthawk color). It was not available and then one came available all of a sudden in my size so I picked it up. Mysteriously I see this jacket again now available in the same size and color the same day my return was processed....Kinda sketchy. I have never once had a single problem with a backcountry purchase ( I have made far too many) but this was kinda disappointing. Luckily I was able to return it.

    High quality

    • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit:Runs large

    This is a very nice jacket, if features a 2 layer Gore Tex shell that will keep out everything. This jacket will keep you dry in a torrential downpour or in the biggest snow storm of a lifetime. Gore Tex is a proven technology that never ceases to impress. With it's breath ability it will insure that you don't get clammy inside your shell jacket. I like it so much I will probably get another.

    Theta AR vs Beta AR Sizing

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I've been searching for a new shell for hiking, climbing, and most of all, skiing (backcountry and lifts). I spent tons of time reading reviews before dropping some serious coinage on a shell. I'm 5'9 175 lbs, athletic build, 33" sleeve, 40" chest, and I'm somewhere in between a large and a medium in everything.

    I figured large was the way to go for layering, but I was afraid I'd be swimming in the Theta, so I opted for the Beta in large instead. Whoops. Don't get me wrong... the Beta is a beautiful shell, but I had wayyy to much room in the chest/shoulders while the length was definitely too short for skiing. I promptly returned it and purchased a Theta in medium. YES!

    I'm amping to get this thing outdoors. The fit of the Theta is perfect! It's not too baggie without layers, but I can comfortably fit a base layer and Atom AR under it. I can squeeze a fleece under the Atom AR if necessary, but things start getting a little cramped at that point. I love the sleeve pocket, and the pocket placement will accommodate a pack nicely. The length is spot on, but not too long to stop me from using this while climbing/hiking.

    Maybe I'll report back in a couple months about how the Theta holds up, but from everything I've read, this thing's bombproof. But if you're trying to figure out the fit, definitely size down...even if you're layering. And average height guys, don't worry about the length. Its perfect unless you're picking this up for around town. But no one here does that, right?

    bomber protection

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

    I've had a Theta AR for 8 years now. The first lasted 7 years of hard 6-month-per-year use until the hem came unglued. Arc'Teryx replaced it for free with a brand new one.

    The size and cut are great. I'm 5'10" and a fairly athletic 180lbs (climber shoulders, cyclist legs) and this fits me perfectly. I can layer a wool base layer and size medium Atom LT under it with no problem, and squeeze a thick fleece under the Atom for sub-zero days.

    It clears climbing/biking helmets, harnesses and backpacks without any annoyances, though it's long enough to cover gear loops up and that you need to rearrange it a bit around a bike saddle. Small price to pay for how well it covers you. It seals out EVERYTHING on a really cold day, but still breathes great with the vents open.

    As with every arc'teryx jacket I've tried, what really shines are all the little details. Everything is superb, right where you want it to be, easy to operate one-handed with gloves on and feels like it'll last a lifetime.

    tl;dr: you'll never find yourself saying "I wish this jacket..." because it's perfect.

    The blue is amazing

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

    The color is not like the picture in the web.But the ture color is amazing.It feels a little large but still look well.

    Runs Large

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

    I got this jacket this spring. It replaced an old Patagonia Torrentshell and it quite the step up. I wear it fishing, running, biking, hiking and as a general rain jacket. I haven't had any issues with leaking at any of the seams. The pit zips are large enough to dump a lot of heat and prevent the inside from getting too clammy. I decided to go with the Theta over the Beta because of the length, since it is longer I get more coverage on my lower back when bent over my handlebars.

    I am 6'0 165 lbs and went with the Small. The Theta AR in small is longer than the Beta AR in medium while fitting my narrow shoulders and skinny arms better than the Beta as well. Pictured below in Nighthawk.

    Great All Purpose Shell

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

    I bought this to replace my tired Alpha SV from Arc'teryx. The primary goal was snowboarding. I like the shell/insulation layer approach as I run hot and it's nice to be able to shed a layer. I didn't like the storm hood style collar that becomes the hood all in one piece. I felt that the hood pulled the shell from the back of my neck when it wasn't on my head. The Theta and Beta have a drop-hood design which gives you a designated collar and hood that work separately. Love it. The extra length is great too. It's just a longer Beta AR more or less. The fabric is bomber and impervious to nature and spilled beer.



    It may be a bit long to wear around town. Your call on that one. I got the two tone green and it looks Boss.

    Great All Purpose Shell

    Stellar Shell from Arc'teryx

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large

    Have used the jacket a handful of times now. I live in the pacific NW and it rains a lot here, yet this jacket keeps me cool and dry. Took it on a 4 mile hike and despite being a little noisy the jacket stood up great to the elements. I got it 20% off too thanks to the excellent sale going on at Backcountry.com! The glued seems do worry me a little bit but it ensures no puncturing in the gortex fabric. The jacket looks sharp as well and has ample storage, yet it folds up nicely into a small space in my pack! I am 6'2 200lbs with a pretty long torso and very broad shoulders / chest and the Large size fits me just right. I originally ordered an XL as that size fits me best in most situations but it was a little too long in the waist and the arms. I hope to get a lot of use out of this shell for years to come!

    Yeah the large would have enough room for a smaller thermal or polar fleece, would probably be a little tight if you wanted to do more than one extra insulation layer. I do a compression long sleeve shirt and a light weight down vest and that keeps me pretty toasty but I still have full range of motion in the jacket. The theta AR is definitely one of the larger jackets size wise.

    Great shell for many uses

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

    I purchased this jacket at the end of ski season and have used it skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, wearing in to work, coaching and watching sporting events. It has worked extremely well for all of the above as I pair it with an Atom AR when it is colder than 40 and the wind is blowing ( I run cold). It is water tight. I actually got in the shower, put the hood up, cinched it and turned on the water to really test it (wife thinks I am crazy). Only thing wet was my face and lower extremities. It is truly waterproof. With the pit zips open, I was not hot on a 70 degree San Francisco windy day followed by a San Fran 50 degree rainy day biking the golden gate. A cold north wind is no match for this jacket and the longer bottom to cover mine was nice, especially when biking. I consider this a very expensive jacket and my first Arc product, but I also plan on using it for 20 years. It replaced my 22 year old North Face Goretex parka that got holes in the sleeves. I would not say this jacket is warm but it is a shell so I was not expecting parka warmth. That is why I paired it with something else (Atom AR) to keep me toasty warm. I was concerned with sizing and the small was too tight in chest and the large was too long in the arms for me (6-1, 185 lbs). The medium fits well and is not too tight, even with a base layer and my Atom AR (thicker than the LT). The pockets work out fine and another pocket on the inside would have been nice also, but that is talking about the color of sprinkles on a great frosted cake. It is also very lightweight but it does not feel cheap or thin like a running rain layer It looks good, performs well in medium temps, sheds water like a duck and paired with midlayer, keeps you toasty warm. Very expensive, but it does everything that is advertised, which I why I bought it.

    This is the one.

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

    There are so many different variations of the Arc'teryx jackets to chose from, but the Theta AR's construction and features make it a very well rounded and versatile jacket ready for any activity. The 3-layer Gore-Tex and taped seams truly keep out the wet. The considerate length of the pit zips allows you to pull your entire arm out of the sleeve and turn the jacket into a waterproof vest by tying the sleeves together behind your head. This is a must when hiking in warm yet inclement weather. Also, one of the best features about the Theta AR compared to it's counterparts is the length. Many of Arc'teryx's other jackets are cut at the waist, which may be great for climbing, doesn't exactly lend itself to looking good when rocking it out around town. Although function before fashion in technical gear, you shouldn't have to be seen in public wearing a belly-shirt cut jacket. This jacket comes down to about the hips, looks great for more casual occasions in crum weather, is great for minimalist traveling, and most importantly, this jacket really stands up to those torrents. It has an incredible amount of features, but none that are simply just bells and whistles. Balanced between weight and durability. Sizing was just perfect for laying with a merino and insulation.

    This is the one.

    Sizing

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    I bought the Theta AR because it is long, I'm long, and it wasn't over-the-top expensive (compared to other Arc'teryx). I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I work in the Arctic over summers on wet, rocky cliffs and have to layer quite a bit. My work includes long periods of activity mixed with extended periods of inactivity. My initial impression is that the jacket fits too tight under the armpits and that the jacket may be too restrictive after fitting a bulky layer (like my icelandic sweater or down jacket) underneath. A size XL fixed the problem, but then I was swimming in fabric around my torso, so I sent it back. This is my first Arc'teryx, and the rest of my team likes the brand, but I'm still looking for the perfect jacket. I'm taking this one with me this summer, and we'll see how it goes.

    (I gave it three stars because I am basing the rating on my initial impression of the awkward fit for my size and shape (tall & lanky). I haven't used it. The rest of the jacket seems great.)

    Bullet Proof.

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

    I'm on my second in 10 years and I only bought one. I loved my first, sent it back to have the pocket sewed back in and they sent me a brand new one. Epic. This jacket is bullet proof, zippers never snag, water and bullets get stopped in their track. Short cut is perfect for us short guys and man does it look good. Seems like Patagucci just copied the color scheme as I got one of their nano puffs to rock under this bad boy, same blue and orange. Matches like a dream. Don't $leep on it, totally worth it over time.



    I'm 5'7, 155Lbs, Small fits like I have my own italian tailor.

    Great Shell

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

    I have had this shell for over three years and it still performs and looks great. Bought it for both backcountry and in-bounds skiing, but also wear it around town, and to work (at a college) when it is blustery. Well worth the extra to go with arc'teryx. It fits well under a day pack (I ski with one in bounds as well) and rolls up tight for storing for skinning up. the sleeve pocket is just right for a regular cell phone, but not the larger ones out there now. The pit zips are very functional. all in all, it is very functional, keeps the weather out, and able to layer underneath. It is a trim fit, so the bulky downs may make it snug. Otherwise layering is efficient. I'm 5'8", 160 lbs, and the medium fits great.

    Great Shell

    Comparing the Theta and Alpha

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

    I recently ordered three Arc’teryk shells trying to get exactly what I wanted (with plans to return two of them): Alpha SV, Alpha LT, and Theta AR. I tried them on with my climbing helmet, alpine harness, and a down hoody liner:

    -Alpha has a great overhead reach and the hood fit my helmet quite well, though the hood hung limply when not over my head. The SV has a waste cinch six inches from the bottom and a bicep pocket, which the LT doesn’t have. The main difference is: LT used 2 layer 40D GoreTex, SV used 3 layer 80D. The result is that the SV feels a lot more durable. It’s probably worth the extra 100 dollars if you’re planning to rough it, and it’s only another ½ pound of weight. One big downside: the only exterior pockets are a pair on your chest near the zipper, which you have to reach over to use (i.e. you use your right hand to reach into the pocket on your left side). This leaves nowhere to put your hands.

    -Theta: the Theta looks strangely long, though that does add some waterproofing below the waist. The “AR” designation means it uses 40D GoreTex in most of the jacket, but 80D GoreTex in the forearms, shoulders, upper back, and lower back. I find this to be an optimal tradeoff in terms of weight, durability, and cost. The jacket also has a different neck/hood layout that looks more natural when wore down and still adjusted okay on the helmet. The pockets are set wide on the chest making them a comfortable place to put your hands. Conclusion: Theta AR wins because it uses the right mix of materials and has the right pockets/hood for wearing on the mountain and around town. If you don’t love the length, get the Alpha AR.

    -Regarding fit. I ordered the Alpha SV in small, the other two in medium (just to get a feel for the difference). I’m 5-11 and very skinny. The small was okay but slightly restricted my overhead movements and was a bit tight with layers. The mediums are puffy on me, but, then, I need to eat more.

    Another great offerering from the BIRD

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

    A perfect combination of lightness and durability in a longer cut jacket. im 5'10" and 165lbs. I ordered a medium at first and I was swimming in it. Got the small and found a perfect fit. Just the right length in the front a rear to cover nasty gusts of wind, and nice long sleeves for those of us with ape arms. 2 hand pockets work well with a pack and without. Sleeve pocket is hit or miss depending on what you plan to put in there. Inner pocket is Huge and fits my passport and phone with room to spare (could put a flask in there if needed).

    shoulders wrists and hem are reinforced with a tougher fabric, lighter weight 40D nylon in the main body keeps the weight down. Could start using 8mm gore seam in some areas to take down the weight, bulk and add a bit more breatheability. Drophood could be placed higher on the collar like previous proshell models (before F13 redesign). Im just nit pickin' a little.....

    Overall great shell. Cant go wrong with a great pice like this

    I have the sidewinder SV for over 3 years now and it still looks pretty new because the whole jacket is made with n80p-x. The theta is a mix of that and n40p-x. How rugged is this jacket abrasion wise?

    The n40p-x is still a very durable face fabric. The Theta AR is designed as a solid hardshell, good for year-round use. It's great for hiking/trekking in the spring/summer/fall and also works well as a ski/snowboard jacket (altho it doesn't have a powder skirt.) Having said that, it really depends on what your objective is. If you're going to be using this in an extremely abrasive alpine environment you might consider the Alpha SV, which uses n80p-x only.

    I had the alpha sv for a few years also. I know that it was very durable but never got use to the pockets cause im not a climber. So I sold it and got the sidewinder. I always like the look of the theta. I generally just use my Arcteryx gear for snowboarding and the NYC weather. Thanks for your input.

    what are the differences between the Theta...

    what are the differences between the Theta AR and Theta SVX? besides $180 in price.

    Best Answer

    The differences between the two jackets, when compared from the listed specs on Arc'teryx's website

    are as follows:

    -The Theta SVX is listed as being "highly durable," whereas the TAR is listed as being "durable."

    -The TAR is listed as having "gender specific patterning," whereas the TSVX does not boast that feature.

    -While both jackets have a laminated brim on the hood, the TSVX is listed as having the "StormBrim,"

    which is purportedly "longer in length for extra protection from the elements."

    -On the construction, I'm a bit confused, due to the fact that they are both made of GTX Pro 3L material,

    but the TSVX is the only jacket that has specified features stating that it is comprised of "GORE-TEX

    three-layer construction." I find that interesting, because the TSVX is shown to be made solely of

    N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L, whereas the the TAR is shown to be made of both N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L &

    N40p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L materials, so I'm unclear as to what the discrepany in listing specs is on the

    Arc'teryx website.

    -While both jackets have chest pockets with laminated zippers, the TSVX has both an EXTERNAL chest pocket AND

    an INTERNAL chest pocket in addition to an internal mesh pocket; on the other hand, the TAR has an

    INTERNAL chest pocket, and that seems to be about it.

    Cont. from above, sorry about the length....

    -The TAR is shown to have "full seat coverage," so you can pop a squat when the ground is nice and soggy,

    keeping you totally dry while you grub a delicious trail bar; moreover, it is shown to have "reinforced

    shoulders, arms and hips," whereas the TSVX is listed as having neither of those details.

    -The TAR is catalogued as having a "Helmet compatible DropHood," where on the other hand, the TSVX has

    advertised as having a "Helmet compatible StormHood." I do not actually know what the difference is between

    those two hoods, if there is any extant difference at all... perhaps that harks back to the foregone "StormBrim,"

    just a thought.

    -The TAR is presented as boasting "one-hand adjustable drawcords," but it doesn't seem as though the TSVX

    mentions that feature.

    -Although this seems to be a somewhat trivial addition to the spec lineup, the TSVX is shown to have a

    "laminated high-strength hanger loop," though I guess that would be a potentially large pro if you are used

    to having jacket loops snap while they're hanging up.

    -Finally, both the TSVX and the TAR vaunt WaterTight Vislon front zippers, it is apparent from the listed

    specs that only the TSVX has a "double back flap to ensure weather protection." Now, if that is the

    equivalent of the TAR's "full seat coverage," I cannot say; it is definitely something worth thinking about or inquiring

    into.