The Beta AR: A Do-All Jacket
BETA is BETTAH!
I'm A GORE-TEX Mt. Tech. Meaning that I get to test a lot of awesome jackets and clothing. And while I do not get paid, I am often able to keep the gear after the testing concludes. Regardless of all that, and in spite of it, this jacket will serve you day in and day out. It's very light weight and it's a good, athletic fit.Not overly baggy. It keeps sleet out all day, and keeps your own little self-climate a nice dry place.
I'm 6-foot, 175 lbs and the large is a good match for me. I have monkey-arms, but the sleeves make it to mid-hand which has been a problem with other jackets. (No cold wet wrists in the middle of a powder day!) The hood is also roomy enough for a ski helmet, but not excessive in size. I skied in the Tahoe area all season, front country and back, in sun and on dump-days and this jacket remained my go-to. Kept me amazingly dry for how light it is, and had room for layers when the temps dropped. I also took a end of March trip to Alaska for some Back country skiing and used the jacket everyday for full days of skinning and skiing. The jacket breaths very well. Wearing it on the ups, with only a base layer,was the right temperature, even when windy.No clammyness. Pit zips help control the temp too. Didn't end up sweating my face off on the skin track. This jacket performed extremely well and kept me comfy. Really can not say enough about it.
Note: This jacket probably is not cut to be a regular ski jacket, more like an ice-climbing or alpine jacket. Comes to mid hip on me. Also, no powder skirt, but works great with bibs-
Get one, you'll be glad you did!