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What's next? A jacket with built-in rocket propulsion?

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.
  • Bombproof Gore-Tex three-layer Pro Shell with Tiny Gore taped seams sheds even the heaviest rain and snow, and it still permits exceptional breathability
  • This jacket is extra-long, which means it tucks down easily into a harness and also protects your lower back as you ski
  • Tall collar and helmet-compatible Drop Hood block the elements
  • WaterTight external zippers and Molded Zipper garages maintain the jacket's smooth, waterproof outer
  • Zippered underarm vents allow extra heat-dumping on the summit push
  • Front pockets are higher on the chest so you can access them easily even when you're wearing a harness

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I have a question about determining the...

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I have a question about determining the correct size. I am 6'3, 177 lbs. with a fairly long torso. I usually buy XL in jackets, but am wondering if the extra long feature on this coat would be too long for me. Should I get an XL or a L? I am torn.

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I am 6"1 and 170, and usually wear a M in Arc'teryx (I like an athletic fit), so I would be likely to recommend a L, as I would imagine you would be swimming in an XL... but at the same time if you usually buy an XL that makes it kind of hard to say. For this situation I would honestly recommend either finding a store where you can try one on, or order both L and XL and then returning the one that doesn't fit.

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How about we take the guess work out of the equation and work based on facts. The size chart listed up by the ADD TO CART buttons is provided to us by Arc'teryx and depicts the model that their jackets are based around. The XXL that we have in stock was based on a model with a 50 inch chest and a 37 inch sleeve length. Get your measurements to compare and if they are Price is Right rules (close without going over) then this jacket should fit you well.

5 5

Really nice ...

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

I read a lot about this jacket before I purchased. I'm very happy with this jacket. Build quality, comfort alone, comfort over layers, hood with and without helmet, zippers, water shedding, good looks ... all have met or exceeded my expectations.

I do want to mention sizing since there always seems to be a lot of discussion re sizes running large with Arcteryx. I'm 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, 34-inch waist, 46/7-inch chest. I bought a large knowing that I would be layering during the winter months. All I can say is that the fit is awesome. Looks great, is really comfy with or without something underneath.

This is my first Arcteryx product. Always seemed a bit pricey however I bought it on sale here at Backcountry. So far, I have absolutely no regrets. However, only time will tell on durability.

I've read some reviews about wearing the hood without a helmet being an issue. It hasn't been for me. I just tightened up the drawstring on the hood and was good to go, pretty sturdy even in big weather sailing in the Atlantic.

Recommend this jacket ...

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Awesome review!! Let's see a picture of the big weather sailing!

5 5

Love the Theta

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

Arcteryx Theta jackets run, in general, longer than Alphas or Betas. For someone with a long torso, this makes them the ideal fit. The fit also works great as a crossover piece for skiing, as well as other outdoor pursuits. I have a couple different Thetas, and I find the AR to be exactly what its initials mean. It is the All Around jacket.

Fit wise, I am 5'11", 155lbs and found the medium to fit best. It still had room for layering as well.

4 5

Pretty Big

I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck
Bought a Large for layering, but it looks like a grandma's night gown on me. I bought a Beta AR instead, however I think this would definitely be the better ski/snowboard jacket. Since there is no insulation, you have to layer it anyways. I sent it back.

Pretty Big
5 5

Classic

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a classic Arc teryx piece mixing function with fashion, made for shredding and sloughing your way down steep alpine lines.

Classic
5 5

My two cents.

This review is more about sizing on this jacket. First, most people stated that the Theta AR runs a bit larger than most Arc'teryx textiles. My size is 6'2, weight is 180lbs and I'm a large in every Arc'teryx jacket style. I went with the large and you might want to consider this also. Now, If you're wanting to use the jacket more for street wear then down size to a medium. However, with a size large you are able to layer anything under this jacket, if you Ice climb or nordic ski in extremely cold conditions you'll understand my case then.

Olympus Blue vs Summit Sky

Olympus Blue vs Summit Sky

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Venta MX - Theta SL (both olympus blue), Atom SV - Theta AR (both Summit Sky)

5 5

Grunt Approved!

Extremely reliable and functional,yet lightweight.

5 5

Just what you need

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perfect lightweight Pro shell with minimalistic well thought out features.
At 5'10" 165 I was almost in between sizes. The Medium fit well with big layers underneath but was huge when wearing it with just a T shirt. I opted for the small and its a better fit. I typically wear a Medium Gamma MX jacket under it and it fits great, no restrictions in movement and not too bulky.
The jacket is cut nice and long providing ample coverage. 2 large volume pockets on the chest along with an arm pocket for a ski key or coffee money.
1 inside stretch pocket with is large enough to accommodate a wallet or a few snacks.
Hood fits large over a ski helmet and cinches down enough to walk around town without looking goofy.

Just what you need
5 5

I absolutely LOVE this shell!

I bought this shell with the sole intentention of wearing it, all of the time, for everything. Sometimes I forget to take it off it is so comfortable. I wear it for football games in the fall, skiing all winter with layers underneath depending on the temperature, and I will wear it for spring track meets.
It rolls up well so I can keep it in my backpack that accompanies me everywhere, every day. It is starting to get a little dirty and it drives my wife insane that I won't be without it long enough for her to give it a proper cleaning. Everyone should own one!

Is the current model of this jacket made...

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Is the current model of this jacket made in Canada?

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Hey Scott,

Thanks for the question. Did some checking and the Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket is not made in Canada, but in China.

5 5

Minimalist Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times


Arcteryx jacket- Ultralight, ultra packable, and pretty bomber exterior on this thing. Love the articulation, high quality construction and tight tolerances on stitching etc. Pretty minimalist, so if you want lots of pockets and/or bells look elsewhere. If you want light, tough, and fast this is it.

5 5

Awesome Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had my Theta AR for two winter seasons and absolutely love it. It is bullet proof and wear it almost every day.

It has gone through freezing rain, white out snow storms, and just cold days. It has been outstanding through each occasion.

The fit is a little roomer than usual in Arc'teryx jackets. It is because my layers fit better underneath.

It breathes well and zippers are better than I have seen on many jackets. They kept the water and snow out.

Awesome Jacket
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Very interesting photo. I bought mine back in 2009 (it was I think the 2008 model). The inner pocket depicted above is on the inside right hand side of my jacket and there is a pocket on the left hand side that is accessible via an externally taped (of course) zipper. I wonder if people complained that there were too many pockets or if Arcteryx decided to cut costs by cutting out one taped zipper. I guess I should also check to see if mine was made in China.

The jacket is my go to jacket year round for any activity that involves rain or snow. I have even used it on hiking trips in the middle of summer because it breathes so well.

The vent zippers under each arm pit came in handy this weekend while skiing,

4 5

amazing jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The quality, the fit and the features are outstanding but I'm beyond bummed that its made in China! I like supporting jobs locally which was one of my reasons for choosing arcteryx. So this is the only flaw with this jacket. Some may not understand why its a flaw but outsourcing along with the footprint it takes to travel here isn't anything that is helping the economy or environment.

I am 6'3", 230 and bought the xl in nightshade. Backcountry offered free 2 day shipping which was a bonus. The fit is superb. I was worried as I usually buy jackets in tall but this fits awesome!

amazing jacket
5 5

Bombproof!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear this shell just to wear it! Simply because it is just that good. No matter what winter situation you get yourself into this jacket will do its job! Crazy light and fits perfectly. I am 6'2" and 170 lbs and it is great! You only have to wear a nice base layer and a good down jacket as a mid layer and you are ready to go!

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Hi Eric,
Thinking of getting this for a gift - four questions (feel free to answer or not answer some of them depending on your availability).
1. What size did you purchase? My boyfriend is exactly your height and weight.
2. In the size you chose, how roomy is it for other layers? I am looking for something that is versatile depending on how cold it is, but still attractive. He does outdoor work every day in the summer when it is quite humid and hot but would also need the jacket for winter activities.
3. How far below the waist does the jacket fall?
4. In your opinion, if you are trying to choose between the theta and the alpha, if fitting into a climbing harness isn't an issue, then do you think the theta is a better choice? From my research, it seems that way...
Thank you!!

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This jacket runs a little longer than some of the other gear I have. I have a medium because of the jacket running a little longer. It is roomy enough for a nice arcteryx, or icebreaker baselayer. Another layer to consider would be the patagonia down sweater. Mine falls right at the hip. I have very long legs and a medium sized torso. Go with the Theta

Is Hood removable or not?
The spec says...

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Is Hood removable or not?
The spec says it's removable but some comments say otherwise. Can anyone clarify?

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The description is wrong. The hood is not removable.

5 5

Awesome Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If your looking for a jacket with a slightly longer cut and bomproof protection this is the one, great fit (6'1" 40" chest) size medium is perfect fit,enough room for layering when the digits drop, if you buy this you wont be dissapointed.

Does anyone know the zipper length on the...

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Does anyone know the zipper length on the xl and xxl? I like my jackets cut longer and I'm liking the price of this. Thanks!

5 5

Theta AR jacket is OUTSTANDING!

Got my shell in August and was worried about it being to warm to wear as a summer rain jacket but this is the most comfortable shell I've ever owned! I like my jackets to be 4-season and so far I can't see myself wearing anything else in the winter than my Theta AR and a fleace. I bought a 2X because I'm a big guy and like to layer in the cold months. I'm 5'11 and a barrel chested 255 pounds and could have gone with an XL, but am more than happy with the 2XL. More than enough shoulder room, which was a problem with all TNF shells and some ArcTeryx but not this one. Can reach over head and not have any restrictions.

5 5

Best ski coat I have owned

Fits well, stays WAY warmer than it should for its weight. Two full seasons, 50+ days, still looks like new except for some dirt.

Best ski coat I have owned

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