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    33 Reviews


    A workhorse in alpine playgrounds.

    Arc'teryx designed the Beta Men's Beta AR Jacket as a backcountry workhorse for alpinists who like to take a beating from the elements without sacrificing performance. This jacket features a Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer construction with Arc'teryx's 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 Beta AR is reinforced in prone-to-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. The storm will pass (it always does) and you will reign supreme on the mountain top.

    • An all-around shell for hiking, climbing, and spring skiing
    • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Pro shell
    • Fully taped seams with low-bulk microseam allowances
    • N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabrics are lightweight and durable
    • WaterTight zippers prevent moisture from getting through
    • Helmet-compatible hood with separate high collar and laminated visor
    • High hand pockets and 1 internal laminated pocket
    • Trim fit with no-lift gusseted underarms and articulated elbows
    • Item #ARC3653

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro, [shell] 40D nylon, [reinforcements] 80D nylon, DWR treatment
    fully taped
    athletic with e3D
    Center Back Length
    29 in
    [external] 2 zippered hand, [internal] 1 zippered
    Claimed Weight
    [M] 12.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, climbing, alpine
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Shell So Good

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

    I've owned and "put through the ringer" about 3 shells (Mountain Hardwear, OR, Marmot) over the past 20 years. The Beta AR fits and functions great, whether I have a backpack or utility belt on, or just walking in town. I can easily say it's my favorite so far. The construction is the best I've seen and I haven't noticed any of the QC issues people have commented on. For whatever reason, one of the most expensive brands, Arcteryx, fits my build the best. And considering I'm wearing this for work as well as play, it's been worth it to wear something that fits great and inspires great mobility.

    Also to note: I layer this with the Arc'teryx Atom AR Hooded Insulated Jacket and they work together great. It's a surprisingly warm combination as I've been outside 2-4 hours in 20 degrees (or less) with wind and I never got as much as a shiver.

    As advertised

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

    Blue with maroon looks exactly as pictured. Nice color.
    Totally waterproof. Definitely stiff and crinkle-y loud.
    Fit is perfect for me with or without a mid layer. Too small for use as a ski coat due to length and chest.

    Large size chest limit is 44".

    Great raincoat (but pricey compared to others).

    Perfect shell for any occasion

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

    I normally wear an XL jacket or shirt and this arcteryx jacket was no exception.

    Jacket has a great athletic style fit to it. Makes even us "soft shaped" individuals look athletic! I often wear this to work and when I see my reflection in a mirror I double take. Length and sleeves are perfect for me.

    Pockets are perfect location for backpacking. You can access them with all your straps are done. I brought this on a 4 day backpack trip to isle royale and it was just what the doctor ordered. We got stuck in 2 days of rain and this jacket didn't falter once. Its a great hard shell for any occasion. I wear it in winter with my arcteryx cerium jacket below it. Basically this can be anything from a summer rain jacket to the shell of a winter system.

    The quality is outstanding. The coat feels great. The zippers feel bullet proof. The wrist cuffs seem to look brand new no mater how dirty I get them. Plus it is backed by a lifetime warranty; can't beat that with how good this jacket is.

    I can not personally tell you if a $550 jacket is right for you. I got mine on sale for $425 from steep and cheap. I was hesitant at first but have never looked back since I got my hands on the jacket.

    I don't often give 5 star reviews. Numerous 4 star reviews.

    Excellent jacket perfect length.

      Great jacket. Not really too much else to say that hasn't already been said. I like the length just below the hip not too long not too short.

      Appalachian Trail

        My son took this on a 100+ mile hike this summer on the trail and got caught in a 3 day rain storm and said this coat was amazing! I love it and highly recommend it.

        Functional Jacket

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

        While the sleeves initially seemed a bit long, they were highly functional. The jacket is tight and has provided solid protection in the Cascades wind, rain and snow. This jacket looks good and has the right amount and placement of pockets.

        Men's BETA AR

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

        The BETA AR is an incrediblely well made garment. While sleeve length, and shoulder fit well, ( I have 35in arm, and broad shoulders ), the fit isn't bad through the chest, although the sides are a little full, even though the shell is rated athletic. Any one out there that's built like me knows how hard it is to buy clothing. But I went large in size knowing that mid layers would be used, ( bought Atom LT, review later. ) As for wind and water resistance, it works very well! I've only been able to use a couple of times, but, as they get what you pay for, and pay for what you get! Totally satisfied! Look forward to trying out my new Men's ATOM LT ( bought this in Med, fits perfect! )

        Top of the line

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

        I have been using the Beta SL for a number of years but wanted to upgrade to a more heavy duty design. I am not disappointed. As with nearly all Arcteryx products, the attention to detail and performance are top notch. You will not be disappointed with this jacket.

        Keeps the Bad Weather Out

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

        I made my little brother's year by giving him this jacket for Christmas 2015. He wears it primarily for skiing as it is super solid at keeping any wind or moisture out. On most days he can get away with wearing just a base layer and a down vest/jacket underneath.

        I got him the size he normally wears and the fit is roomy enough for layers underneath yet isn't bulky or restrictive. Also worth noting is that he has a pretty long torso and unlike some jackets, this one keeps his midriff under wraps.

        Lightweight, practical, and keeps all the elements out. He loves it!!

        Excellent Jacket

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

        What can I say that hasn't already been said? It's incredibly comfortable, with a large hood that fits over all helmets. It has kept the elements out in all weather and it looks amazing.
        p.s. The Riptide color looks much better in person.

        Awesome jacket

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

        I've used this jacket boarding without fault. Able to layer up or layer down depending on climate. Sleeves are long just as the measurements indicate but the beautifully designed velcro cuffs mean that's no negative at all! Love IT!!

        This jacket is amazing

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

        I had an Arc'teryx Rush jacket prior to this one, but left it in a hotel room and lost it forever. I enjoyed it so much that I had to get another Arc'teryx jacket.

        I chose the Beta AR this time around because the Rush was a bit on the roomier side, and the Beta is a bit more slim and is supposed to be one of Arc'teryx's shortest jackets. I'm 5'5", typically wear large t-shirts, and the medium fits well.

        The Beta and the Rush are very similar, but the Beta has a collar and no powder skirt. If you've ever worn a Gore-Tex piece before, it's a bit like wearing a more breathable tarp. It's quite loud, but the water and wind blocking performance is top notch.

        The only things to note is that the collar kind of gets in the way of your softshell's hood if you're layering, at least relative to jackets without collars, but it's not a big deal. You get used to it or you can fold the collar down like a shirt.

        And like any helmet-compatible hood, it's quite large and can be a bit awkward to wear if you don't have a helmet on. You'll have to cinch it so that it hugs your head and doesn't get fall in the way of your eyes.


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

        There's a reason the Beta AR has so many 5-star reviews. It's just that good! It's the shortest fit out of Arc'teryx's Alpha, Beta and Theta jackets, but still provides full coverage over other layers like an equally sized Atom LT.
        The best thing about the Beta AR is its versatility. Whether you're skiing the resort, hiking in the woods, or just heading to work in the rain, the Beta AR has got you covered. It's 100% waterproof, breathable and extremely durable.
        Pick your favorite color, select your size and enjoy. Treat it right and this jacket will last a lifetime.

        What is the real difference between this Jacket and the Theta AR? I've compared the specs, but they seem so similar that any difference feels negligible. Could someone explain?

        Best Answer

        Hi Sahil, the main difference is that the theta is a little longer and has an additional sleeve pocket but yes, they are very similar. The Theta tends to be the preferable jacket for climbers as they usually like a longer jacket that wont ride up from the harness.

        Let me know if I can be of further assistance!

        I'm looking for a good all around waterproof shell for wet ski days and also rainy hikes, etc in warmer weather. Contemplating Arcteryx AR, Procline, and Stingray. Suggestions? Other comparable brands/models in the same price range or less to consider, as well? Waterproof and warmer weather versatility are key. Thanks

        Beta AR is a great jacket, but the length may not cover your hips. Good if you ski /tour with say a bib snow pant, like I do, or need to wear a climbing harness. With a pack on, it cinches tight for me around the waist. Sleeves are long for reaching, and the minimal design (no powder waist, or extra pockets ) means it packs small. The Goretex fabric is very tough. Hood is great, covers a ski helmet for those cold chair rides. I am wearing it in my insert pic here.

        I like this jacket so much I have 3 of them!

        Best Answer

        Of the three jackets you listed, the Beta AR would be your best bet. The Stingray is geared more toward resort skiing and the Procline is a nice composite piece but to really seal out the wet, the Beta AR is tough to beat. If you are looking at other brands, give the Patagonia Refugitive Jacket a look.

        If I can buy an Atcteryx Beta LT Hybrid at REI on sale for $250 is it worth the extra $107 for a Beta AR on sale at Backcountry for $357? Why? Thanks.

        The short answer is: it depends. It depends on what you plan on using the jacket for and how hard on it you plan to be. The LT Hybrid uses 40-denier fabric 3L Tricoc & Paclite Gore-Tex, whereas the Beta AR uses 40-denier & 80-denier fabric with Pro shell Gore-Tex. The AR will be burlier and able to take more abuse. Pro shell is supposed to be the most breathable, durable, waterproof available. If you're not wearing a pack much, brushing up against rock or brush, the LT Hybrid might be the better choice. For an extra 107, I'd get the AR...just my opinion...


        Will this jacket work well in the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite National Park area? Looking for something to use in our high country and rain season. Mostly for long day hikes and backpacking trips.


        Thanks for the question! You could definitely use this jacket in that region. Depending on the time of year, you'll want to tweak your insulating layers.

        Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

        Jared D.

        Expert Gearhead


        Is just a shell or is there any insulation. Im going to tropical area where it rains randomly so no insulation needed.

        Best Answer


        This is a great jacket but if you're heading to a tropical location, you might want to consider a jacket that has Gore-Tex Active instead of the Gore-Tex Pro. Pro is great and durable but the Active will breath better an that is what you'll want for tropical locations.

        Try looking at these items:

        Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

        Jared D.

        Expert Gearhead


        I'm 5'5'' and 140 lbs, I currently have the Small in this, thinking about returning it for an XS. The arms are too long and the chest a little bit big but the fit is good everywhere else, . Will I be happier with an XS or should I keep the S?

        Hey Ky,

        Height and weight aren't going to be the best measurements for jacket sizing. Chest measurement, torso length, and sleeve length are going to be better indicators. That being said, The XS is going to be 2 inches smaller in the chest and one inch shorter in the sleeve length. If you would like to further discuss this jacket or others, give me a call at 1-800-409-4502 ext 4446 or email at

        Does anyone have the Nighthawk color? Is...

        Does anyone have the Nighthawk color? Is it a navy blue shade or more of a gray shade? Can't quite tell from the pics.

        Hello, I am 5'9" and weigh 163. Do you...

        Hello, I am 5'9" and weigh 163. Do you think I need a large if I am going to layer with a midweight Merino baselayer? Looking at the Beta AR

        Best Answer

        Late answer but this may help others looking at sizing. I am 5'10", 165, 32" waist and 42" chest. My shoulders are also a little bit more beefy than say a runner or other cario-oriented person's. Every Arc'Teryx piece I've tried on is tight around the armpit area in size medium. Large always fits fairly well, with a bit more arm length than I want (32-34 dress shirt arm length). With the newer fit system they use, the large still hugs my body closely enough to be functional, and not look too wide. Hope this helps those who are gym goers as well as outdoor enthusiasts.

        I am interested in a Beta AR jacket and...

        I am interested in a Beta AR jacket and am curious about if there is a difference between the outlet version and the full price one?

        Typically there really isn't much different between the full priced models and the outlet products other than color since that's about all that changes from model years. However, in this case Gore-Tex has actually updated their Pro-Shell and made it 22% more breathable while still making it more durable. So in this case the current full price model will have that difference over the past season models, and that is why we gave it a new item number, instead of keeping all model years on the same product page and just change the price for the specific options.

        Im just under 5'10" with approx a 41" chest...

        Im just under 5'10" with approx a 41" chest and weight 178 lbs. What would be the best fit to layer either a atom lt or montbell alpine light? also has the fit changed from last years model?

        Best Answer

        Fit is the same and has a generous amount of room for the dimensions Arc'Teryx states. I bought a Medium and a Large in their "athletic fit" Beta AR. My dimensions : 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck . The Large was huge in the chest and arms and could fit a full 800 fill down coat under it. I returned the Large and kept the Medium which I think fits way better in the arms and chest. However, the Medium is slightly constricting when you put big layers under it, so I think the Large would give you the guaranteed room and movement you might want with those coats underneath.

        What has changed for 2013, other than the...

        What has changed for 2013, other than the price?

        The Gore-Tex material has changed. Not sure exactly whats different but I know that now its called the N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabric where-as before it was called something different. It's also 2.3oz lighter than the previous model which I think probably comes from the new material. The new Gore-Tex Pro which touts a 28% improvement in "breathability", improved ruggedness, and more durable water and windproofness than last years Pro Shell product. There might be more changes but those are the ones I'm thinking changed the price. Hope this helped.

        I had the alpha SV with the new face fabric. It's much quieter than the older fabric they used. Also if you look close the older material has these little squares all over and can catch on tree branches and all. The new stuff is snag resistant. It's very smooth. That said I went with the older beta AR