The trail can often be an unforgiving place, but the Arc'teryx Zeta AR Men's Jacket brushes off precipitation, fends off grabby branches, and fights off discomfort whether you're out for a short hike or on a month-long trek. Its 3L Gore-Tex membrane is totally waterproof and seriously breathable, with fully taped seams that banish even the most insidious forms of dampness and Gore-Tex C-Knit backing that feels good against skin.
At just one pound, the Zeta's nice and light on your back and in your pack, but the DWR-coated 40D nylon shell is plenty tough enough to handle bushwhacks, grabby branches, and repeated rubbing from pack straps. Arc'teryx made the cuffs, hem, and hood all fully adjustable, made sure all the WaterTight zippers provide extra water resistance, and gave the sleeves and underarms an articulated, gusseted cut that makes it easy to hike, scramble, fight off mosquitoes, or do a celebratory dance when the rain stops falling and the sky turns blue.
- 3L Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane
- 40D nylon fabric with a Gore-Tex C-Knit backing
- Fully taped seams
- Articulated elbows and gusseted underarms
- Fixed hood
- Tall collar with soft chin guard
- Hook-and-loop cuffs and drawcord hem
- WaterTight front zipper
- Item #ARC008A
What do you think about this product?
March 28, 2018
Perfect For The Trail
I bought this shell specifically for the trail but I like it so much I wear it for almost everything. It's cut a little slim and I'm not all that slim so I got an XXL. I'm 6'2", 260 lbs and it fits perfectly. Not a lot of room for layering but enough for a light puffy jacket. The materials and the way this thing is built is top shelf....high priced but worth every penny....at least to me. The only thing I might possibly add would be an inside mesh pocket like my Arc'teryx Patrol jacket has.
May 4, 2017
Exceptional quality, comfort and color
I've been wearing this jacket for casual events and the morning commute to work at temperature between 30 to low 50's layered with Atom LT or a thin vest. I have to say it's comfortable to wear and the snug fit kept me warm from the wet and breezy days. The pit zip helps to regulate the internal temperature pretty well. The actual Sangria color is outstanding. It's between bright and dark red and it's perfect to pair with my dark dress pants. Regarding the fitment. I'm 5'11, 185 lbs and ordered a Medium. It fits just right with a medium Atom LT. If you happen to wear just a t-shirt underneath, definitely there will be a bit of empty space. However, thanks to the draw cords, they keep the jacket stylish and functional. Finally, a special shout-out to Austin @ BC. He take a good care of a picky customer like me.
April 23, 2017
Overall a great jacket
I bought this jacket a month ago and so far have really liked it,but it might not be for everyone. The c-knit material is great for my uses.Already I can tell that it's not as durable as the other 3-layer goretex options from arc-teryx but the feel is amazing.It is light,quiet, and feels great to move around in.I don't think this material will hold up to serious abuse though and it says in the instructions that c-knit is more prone to snagging as well as stains so be aware what you want to use it for. Overall the fit on this jacket is nice but a bit on the baggy side for an arcteryx jacket,it's noticeably different from their other model as well as other jackets I've tried on in general.It fits more like a trench coat,this means it fits under the butt,has longer sleeves,and it has lots of room for layers while still feeling really mobile.It is definitely more of a performance long distance trekking/walking piece so if you're looking for a slim fit for running or climbing I would look elsewhere . I am 5"11 and 155 pounds with a long lanky build and I find the sleeves on this jacket almost too long in a size medium.To put it in perspective I don't fit mediums in pretty much any other company so keep that it mind if you want a slimmer/tighter fit,this jacket was designed for mobility and layering while hiking/walking,it will probably be too big for climbing or more high output activities. Overall I'm really pleased with it.I live and trek in the pacific northwest and the combination of the elongated fit,the material,and general quality makes it great for trudging through the rain and exploring wet trails where you need a lot of protection/coverage.
November 4, 2016
Bought this a a gift for a friend. It is a great jacket. It hits all the high points. Keeps you dry. Great feautres like tapped seams and pit zips. comfortable. light.
March 21, 2016
Zeta AR vs Beta AR
Does anyone here have experience with the Zeta AR vs Beta AR? I understand the Zeta AR uses the new Gore C Knit Backer Gore. And that the Zeta AR runs a little longer than the Beta. But from everything I've read, most people say the Beta AR is the best jacket Arc'Teryx makes. According to the Arc'Teryx site, the Zeta AR should be an ounce or two lighter than the Beta AR. I'm trying to decide between the two jackets.
March 9, 2016
After exchanging for different color other than black i got the new version with c-nit, n70p, and pit zips, its way nicer than the previous version although the previous version is n40p and feels thicker but that is more than okay. Solid little jacket, nice and long if you have a long torso like me it is a plus. Works well even in snow, I am not a powder skirt guy so this longer jacket is great roomy enough for layering, just straight bombproof in the wettest of weather ( i lived on the oregon Coast and put his bad boy through the ringer on a nearly daily basis).
December 8, 2015
Happy with purchase!
I did not have the previous reviewer's experience. Bought the Zeta AR for a great price. It was shipped with the C-Knit Backer technology and pit zips. My Atom LT fits nicely under it as a base layer. Happy with purchase of both.
December 21, 2015
Hi, can you post pics? Backcountry has yet to respond to my review. Also wondering why this tech isn't listed above?
March 11, 2016
did you order a specific color? Like the blue or Orange? I am thinking the blacks are new-old stock and maybe the other colors are the updated version
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March 18, 2016
this description says it's tricot backing, not gore c-knit. is this not the latest version?
March 31, 2016
Travis, the Zeta AR does feature the GORE C-KNIT backer. The tricot backer in the description is an error. Thank you for catching that, we'll have the description updated.
April 15, 2015
Center back length?
April 15, 2015
30 inches, medium
June 8, 2015
what about the xl, same question please...is it much shorter than the theta ar? thanks
June 9, 2015
32 inches on the XL
January 20, 2015
Is this jacket only available in the US? I live in Canada and I can't seem to find this on the Arc'teryx website for some reason.
January 20, 2015
Hey VuDuu, This jacket can only be shipped within the US. The only way I know around this is if you know someone within the US. Have the item shipped to them and forwarded to you! Hope this helps!