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An all-around necessity for alpine playgrounds.

Arc’teryx designed the Beta AR Jacket as a backcountry workhorse for alpinists who like to take a beating from the elements without sacrificing performance. This jacket features Gore-Tex three-layer construction and fully taped seams to slough rainfall while you huck yourself up the face of a 14ner. Reinforced hard-wear areas mean your Beta will handle pack straps and ice encounters season after season.
  • Micro seam allowance (1.6mm) cuts back on bulk so you don’t have to worry about extra pack space or weight
  • One-hand adjustable drawcords and articulated elbows ensure a custom fit for maximum comfort and performance
  • Laminated underarm zips allow you to cool off if you’re overheating on a bid for the crux
  • No-lift gusseted underarms mean you can fully extend your wingspan to reach for the next handhold (or the next beer) without disturbing the waistline
  • WaterTightVision front zip further seals out moisture and precip during bad-weather excursions
  • Item #ARC1180

Tech Specs

[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro 3L, [shell] 40D nylon, [reinforcements] 150D nylon
Fabric Waterproof Rating
guaranteed waterproof
Fabric Breathability Rating
guaranteed breathable
athletic with e3D
Center Back Length
29 in
underarm zip vents
Powder Skirt
[external] 2 zippered hand, [internal] 1 zippered
fully taped
Wrist Gaiters
Claimed Weight
[M] 15.3 oz
Recommended Use
climbing, alpine touring
Manufacturer Warranty

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Beta AR jacket

    I have owned one of these jackets since 2006 (wearing it in my avatar). I bought another one, on sale in yellow, and for a ski trip to St. Anton last season it was great. The bright color, really helped my teenage son and his friend to find me on the big terrain, foggy days. Size is XL; I like the roomy fit for layers. I am 6'2" 200 lbs

    I ski with a bib pant (Arc Theta SV ) so the shorter length is ok, and length of sleeves is perfect. Packs small, for the skin track, with no powder skirt or extra pockets to bulk it up.

    Someone says it won't fit over a helmet. Well it fits fine over my Mutiny Red helmet I am wearing here at top of Albona in St. Anton.

    Beta AR jacket

    Beta AR Medium

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

    I am 5"10 and 175lbs and the medium fits me perfect. I have owned many Arcteryx shells with the beta line being my favorite

    Fit: Beta line is waste cut and a little over the butt. The sleeves are also just a tad bit longer. When compared to the alpha, the drop hem is noticeably longer on the Alpha line but their sleeve leangth is 100% perfect for me. Overall I like the beta drop back hood because it does not restrict your view.

    I'm swimming

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large

    I am 6', 195#. 42 chest. 34 waist. The Large could swallow me with my puffiest puffy. Sleeves longer than my extended fingertips. (No alligator arms, 72" wingspan). Color true. Workmanship flawless. Texture supple for a hard shell. Searching for medium.

    Not bad ...Bought a Large

      I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck

      I found some peoples reviews contradicting and confusing, therefor I had a difficult time choosing a size. My objective is to have a nice winter coat I can layer. The large feels big on me, but it doesn't look too bad. I can fit my monkey fleece coat or my 800 fill down coat underneath it and it doesn't look tight or awkward. I have a old summit series TNF that is Gore Pro in a medium and it looks better on me, but I can't layer under it because the zipper barely wants to close and it is way too tight. I know without ever having seen the Beta in a Medium it would look good and feel better, but I'm not sure I would be able to layer under it. The arms are long, but I have to come to terms with the fact that this is a technical outdoor sport shell and not the around town and hiking cross I wished it was, it is meant to go over winter gloves and all that, so I get it.

      I drank the Arc'teryx Koolaid in buying this coat for how expensive it is (first Arc piece for me), and it is really nice. But I can be honest since I am not a cheese ball Gore Tech program guy or whatever and just a dude spending his hard earned cash. The coat is nice, but it is almost the exact same as my TNF. Same gore pro, almost same denier nylon on the outside, same taped seams, both made in China (great quality control, but maximizing profit). I like the main zipper on the Beta much better though. The TNF cost half the price, actually less since I bought it at a TNF outlet store new for $160. I took pics to back all this up, but the site won't let me load anything.

      Bottom line: It's a great coat, but if you can score another brand with Gore Pro for much cheaper, consider giving it a shot.

      It's a 5 star coat, but gave it 4 star for the price.

      *In the pic, I have a MH Monkey fleece underneath

      Not bad ...Bought a Large

      Apples and oranges comparing to TNF. The materials that Arc sources for their products are far far superior in every way to TNF. The attention to detail that Arcteryx provides is clearly evident. Pick up a TNF shell and look at the inside of the jacket. Particularly focus on the seam management. Do the same with an Arcteryx shell. An Arcteryx shell is like a work of art. Especially with that Beta AR you purchased. I have closets full of gear I abuse. TNF fails. Arcteryx always pulls through. If you can't tell the difference between the two you should probably return that shell and buy TNF.

      Excellent for Wet Days in the Wild!

        And works well even on normal days at home! I seem to look for excuses to wear this jacket. For sizing: at 5'5" and 145, medium works best across my "fit" chest/shoulders/back. Leaves some space for an insulating layer and room to move. Happy with this!

        Great for layering

          Here's a pic of me with a Montbell Alpine light down jacket. I'm 5'6" and 165lbs.

          Great for layering


            Very satisfied i got this one withstands wind and rain amazingly

            china but made very well i think jackets arcteryx makes good everywhere i got beta ar and beta sl both made in china no prob at all. just try it on first because they do come loose but its good incase adding under layering i usually wear M but i got L and its pretty big on me but lets me put any down jacket under it with out a prob

            Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This Jacket is a durable product that fends off the elements extraordinarily well. Its advertised as a versatile jacket suitable for all activities which I will attest to. I use this jacket for everyday use along with skiing, rafting, hiking, climbing and golfing. It is a good fit for slimmer people and provides sufficient dexterity in the joints for any activity. I will say in really cold temperatures I can't fit enough warm layers underneath it to stay warm, but that is a rare occasion. It is advertised as having a hood that can fit ski helmets but I never can get my helmet inside. Small flaws for an otherwise excellent jacket. I have had mine for a little over a year and have used it hard; It is showing little to no signs of wear and tear. A testament to its durability! Finally, Gore-Tex remains the superior breathable water repellant I have used and this jacket does just that. I recommend it for all people whatever your interests may be.

            My favorite Shell

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            Of all the Goretex shells I've owned since the first Gulf War in 1991 (when in righteousness I started bike commuting to work) This is the best. Light, functional and minimalist but with enough features for comfort skiing, hiking or just being out in the western Oregon rain. Pit zips and pocket placement is perfect. Love the cut of the large on my 6'1" 200 lb frame. Comfortable with a fleece or puffy base layer for warmth and very accomodating of movement. Completely water proof in rain and snow. I'd strongly recommend this shell.

            Bomber but big

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            I own about 9 Arc'teryx pieces and they all vary greatly in fit. This jacket is bomb-proof and will probably weather anything nature can throw at you. I returned it due the fact that it fits Huge. I always buy XL (6-6, 210 lbs) so I can layer. But this jacket has so much extra room that I felt lost in it. It also is kind of overkill for 95% of the time I need a shell. I wore it on Rainier and Mt Washington but I could have gotten by with a lighter shell. I ended up getting an Alpha LT for Winter and an Alpha FL for Summer.

            Seems really nice, but returned.

            • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

            This jacket is really nice, but for the price, I would expect it to fit better. I am not an hourglass, nor am I over weight. I bought the Large and the hip area fits well, almost snug, and the upper chest area and arms are really baggy, too much for layering. For the cost, I will need something that has a better cut for my body style. Will have to return it. Also mine was made in China, when other distributers are sending out Canadian made jackets that fit totally different.

            I am 5'11" and weight in at around 210

            I'm always baffled by the comments that the ones made in China are "Totally different" and "Fit different". I have several of the ones made in both Canada and China and they are all consistent with one another. A Beta AR made in Canada fits me exactly the same as the one form China.

            Great quality shell

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            Bought this just in time for a weekend camping trip in early December in the pouring rain. Kept me 100% dry and warm with an Atom LT underneath. Pocket placement takes some time to get used to since they're higher up than normal (but great because you can still access them wearing a pack with a waist band). Hood adjustment is fantastic and the best I've seen from the jackets I've tried. It's a bit noisy, though, so don't plan on sneaking up on anyone in it. Can't wait to use it skiing this year.

            High Quality Shell

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            Let me start by saying I'm not affiliated with Arcteryx. Those who are product testers should not be allowed to vote.

            I tried many jackets before choosing this one. I bought it for fit, style and color was a big issue for me. There are many other equally good jackets out there, make sure you get the one that fits in a color you can live with for years becuase they will last a long time. This jacket will work for me down to 40F with only a medium weight base underneath. I don't see my wearing it if it's over 65F unless I really need to stay dry. I'm 5'9", 140 lbs. and a 36 chest, I bought the small and it is a nice intermediate fit, some light layering will work without completly filling the jacket out. One thing I'll mention is the jacket comes about two inches below my belt and in the back covers half my butt. You may need to consider a different jacket if you want lower coverage. I have the nightshade and it is gray in low light and changes to a dark blue/gray in sunlight. 4 stars since it is made in China and not Canada.

            Eve, I only partially agree with you. Though they do have the opportunity to see and test everything on the market, I do think there is a certain element of human nature that gives a little more honest and scrutinizing feedback when they have to pony up their own cash.

            Thick Shell

              Love this coat. Great for all outdoor activities that require a durable shell in a shorter cut. Wouldn't recommend for skiing, even though the material is great fro that type of application, the shorter cut and lack of a powder skirt make it a better fit for climbing and everyday use. If you have nasty rain, this will keep you dry. Been using mine since 2007.

              Beta is a great jacket for all around

              • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

              This has to be one of the lightest, most sturdy jackets ever made. It is bombproof when it comes to wind and rain/snow, but is so light and the cut is just loose enough, it feels like you aren't wearing a jacket. The only way this jacket could be better is if it kept you warm at the same time!

              As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

              Hi, I'm 5'10", 37 chest, 32 waist, 30...

              Hi, I'm 5'10", 37 chest, 32 waist, 30 sleeve. Item will be layered with merino base, R1 & thermawrap pro next April during trip to Patagonia. Can't decide though if I should go for small or medium? I spoke to an Arc'teryx rep who said definitely to go for small size for the 2013 model. Cheers

              Best Answer

              I'd trust the Arc'Teryx peeps; they know their gear and should be able to size you well. BUT, and if you have the funds, I'd order a SM and a MED; try them both over your proposed layers and return the one that doesn't have that 'cinderella' fit. This way, you'll have your jacket that day and you'll only be out a few bones for the return shipping charges (BC will issue your refund lickety split, too). Good Luck & Enjoy Patagonia!

              5'10 40' Chest 34 waist What size do...


              40' Chest

              34 waist

              What size do you think?

              Best Answer

              I agree with Joe. You can look at my pic and judge the look of a Large for yourself. I am about the same size as you. The one thing is that the arms are really long on this coat. To the point of almost annoying.

              I have a Stingray in Medium and the arm length is very close to the Beta Large. The cut and feel looks a bit tighter and better in the Medium, but it gets pretty snug when you try and layer the Medium.

              What is the difference between GoreTex Pro...

              What is the difference between GoreTex Pro and GoreTex XCR? When did Pro replace XCR for this model?

              Hey Nord,

              You might find this helpful:

              GORE-TEX Pro Shell

              Gore Pro Shell construction makes waterproof-breathable garments lighter and easier to carry while actually improving their function.

              Pro Shell garments roll up compactly and fit easily into the corner of an expedition pack - or even a moderately-sized hip pack. The nylon's open construction improves breathability, and it makes Pro Shell garments softer to wear. The nylon inner face fabric is more abrasion-resistant than the knit tricot used in traditional 3-ply construction.

              GORE-TEX XCR?

              As waterproof and abrasion resistant as Classic GORE-TEX, but with improved breathability. The greater the difference between temperature and moisture inside and outside the garment, the more moisture the fabric exhales. Depending on exertion levels, 12 to 60% more breathable than Classic GORE-TEX, and 25% more breathable on average.


              In 2007 Gore tex debut Gore tex Pro shell.

              As I understand the actual gore tex membrane is the same what was changed was the backing fabric and the materials used to laminate the membrane to the face fabric and backer. These changes made Gore tex pro shell more breatheable than hore tex XCR (which stood for extended comfort range)

              Are the Beta sized up to layer them?

              Are the Beta sized up to layer them?

              These are a regular medium fit. It will really depend on you height weight and chest size. They are cut a bit short in the front so if you are long and lean you may have a hard time finding the right fit. I have posted a comparison to the Theta AR (medium Beta and a small Theta AR).

              We can give you a better idea what size if you post your approx measurements

              Is this jacket available in a medium?

              Is this jacket available in a medium?

              Is this made with the new Goretex Pro...

              Is this made with the new Goretex Pro material? The softer feeling type?

              Like the Alpha SV?

              I 6.1 weigh 220 pounds what size jacket...

              I 6.1 weigh 220 pounds what size jacket is right for me?

              Best Answer

              I'd probably go with the Large, but depending on your build, the XL might be a better fit depending if you plan on layering underneath it.

              Best advice I can give is measure your chest just under your arms. Compare that figure to the sizing chart and you'll know you got the best fit possible.

              Trying to decide between black and...

              Trying to decide between black and nightshade...any thoughts?

              Best Answer

              Do you like black or grey? Either way you are going to love the jacket, becareful though, you might end up with an incurably hopeless addiction to Arc products. I bought the Beta a year ago and since then bought 2 more jackets cause I was so impressed with the performace of this one.

              I just bought this jacket, returned the...

              I just bought this jacket, returned the Theta SL (too long for me). I now see that the zipper on the front is not waterproof? Anyone know about this or can comment?

              If the zipper is anything like the venta sv then the person at arcteryx is not 100% right on this. The zipper is plastic and very very easy to zip up and down. At least the one off the venta sv was, and it was not watertight at all. I guess I will see, the jacket just shipped. for 450 bucks the whole thing better be waterproof.

              actually i just took a quick look at the pics people posted and the zipper looks identicle to the the venta sv. This is very strange, kind of scares me. Maybe i am missing something though.

              Hi. I'm trying to decide between a Beta...

              Hi. I'm trying to decide between a Beta or Alpha shell. I wear an Atom (Large). How does the length of the Beta and the Alpha compare with the Atom? Thanks

              Not sure which Atom you are referring too. The Alpha and Beta AR shells are torso length and will fit over the Atom LT which is designed as a mid layer for use alone or under shells. Hope this helps and you are shopping for some nice kit.

              Thanks Karl. I have an Atom LT Hooded Jacket Large which is an awesome mid layer. The Beta and Alpha seem to be similar although I understand the Alpha is lighter and longer. I'm looking for a shell for ski touring/mountaineering. Thanks again. Rod

              Hello, how is the big sky color? Is it...

              Hello, how is the big sky color? Is it similar to the blueray color? Lighter blue or dark blue? Thanks.

              I'm 5'10" 145 lbs. I'm pretty sure I'm a...

              I'm 5'10" 145 lbs. I'm pretty sure I'm a small according to the size chart, but I like my jackets a little baggy/room for a warm layer so I'm not sure if I should order a medium instead. I would plan to wear this with a merino long sleeve, with the occasional addition of a fleece or down sweater. I don't want to look like a marsh mellow when layered up, but I don't want it to be too baggy either. How athletic is the fit of this jacket if you order it true to size?

              Thanks for your question. I actually disagree with the comment made by Dave Marcus. I am very similar to you in height and weight, own several Arcteryx garments and always take a size Medium. I can fit some fairly athletic, tailored garments, and feel that size small in Acteryx is pretty limiting. With the Beta AR being a pretty traditional alpine fitting shell, and a shorter bottom hem length, I would suggest a size medium. I hope this is helpful for you.

              I'm 5'10 and 180lb and wear the medium in the Beta AR and Theta AR (same cut with longer hem, it definitely gives me a good amount of room to layer a patty down sweater hoody or Atom lt hoody without feeling any restrictions. These jackets are cut with extra room to layer although they are called athletic fit. I think for your weight and height you are better off with a small, unless you really like it baggy looking which in my opinion doesn't really look good with Arcteryx jackets.

              I'll chime in as well in support of Dave Marcus. I'm 5'10" and 170 lbs. and I wear a small. 99% of the time, I wear medium. However, for this jacket, I thought small was the way to go for that nice, trim fit with room underneath for a baselayer and a midlayer.

              ooook i have the venta sv and welll like...

              ooook i have the venta sv and welll like the jacket but hateee the drop hood now i need a waterproof shell thats has deep pockets i have the alpha sv whichhhh i love but the pockets are useless soo what would u guys suggest i want the weatherproofness of the alpha but wth pockets

              Hi I had a previous model (2009) Stingray...

              I had a previous model (2009) Stingray jacket, and my only complaint was that I couldn't tighten the collar at all and having a thin neck, I had to wear thick neck gaiters to keep the cold air out. I notice drawstrings on the Beta AR photo...are these for the hood, or can you tighten up the collar on this jacket?

              ok wha would be a better over all jacket...

              ok wha would be a better over all jacket 4 every day use this one or the venta sv

              If you insist on Arc'teryx, then the better everyday jacket would be the Venta. You'll get more use out of a softshell year round than you will the Beta, which is a waterproof rain jacket/ hardshell.

              If you don't need to buy Arc'teryx, check out the Marmot ROM, similar jacket (same fabric) to the Venta, but a lot less expensive, and the best fitting jacket I've ever worn. Then you can use that extra $200 to go on a trip!

              I just got my Beta AR delivered and ordered...

              I just got my Beta AR delivered and ordered the Nightshade color. On all the websites I viewed including the Arcteryx official page it looked to be a two shades of dark gray. The one I received definitely has a green hue to it. Not really what I was expecting at all. Are all the Nightshade jackets a green hue as well?

              Best Answer

              I got the beta ar in nightshade as well and I agree. In indoor lighting the beta ar only looks like two colours of grey. However, when in outdoor natural lighting ie. sunny or even just overcast day light, the jacket definitely has a pine green/blue hue to it. I actually love that it does this though.

              I just got the nightshade too(5 May) and it definitely has a slight greenish/bluish hue to it. It looks real sexy though, a real strange and unique color. At certain angles the jacket looks clearly grey but in sunlight the hue clearly stands out.
              I even asked the rep I was chatting to confirm whether it was gray or had the greenish type hue, he said no, it's clearly gray.
              I think it has to do with their indoor lighting. The jacket as it's own piece looks gray next to something black or "real" gray it def has the grn/bluish hue to it, and in sunlight also.
              Mine came with the big sky color zipper pulls which I replaced with black ones which looks way better to me.
              And for all you "Made In........" fanatics, mine is chinese.
              I weigh 203lbs athletic, 44ish chest and the L fits me a smidgen loose but not overly so, the M would be too tight, t-shirt only.
              Arcteryx has changed the sizing somehow, I remember a few years ago when I was salivating for this jacket, I needed an XL, now I'm an L in it. The same goes for a lot of the other stuff too. If you're an Arc' fanatic like me and have a bunch of their stuff, I would try and fit the clothing at a store before buying or look carefully at the reviews because stuff is different now.

              What size should I get I'm about 5'10" an...

              What size should I get I'm about 5'10" an weigh 165 and I tried on a medium before and the bottom of the jacket stop at my waist and I'm just wondering is that how it's supposed to fit or should I get a bigger size?

              Arc'teryx calls the Beta AR a hip-length jacket. I've tried multiple Arc'teryx jackets in that size and am 5'10" as well. They all came down around the belt-line of my jeans, which is right at my hips, and I have a long torso. I guess what I'm saying is, I have to ask you if you know where your waist is.

              Where is the jacket made? Made in Canada...

              Where is the jacket made?
              Made in Canada or someplace else?

              My Beta AR says made in Canada, but may be last years model. Great jacket, the second Beta AR I have bought (last one in 2007). I wait until they go on sale.

              I am 6'2' weigh 195 lbs with a long torso. XL fits me just fine, lots of room for layering a thin Patagonia nano puff underneath.

              My Beta AR says made in Canada, but may be last years model. Great jacket, the second Beta AR I have bought (last one in 2007). I wait until they go on sale.
I am 6'2' weigh 195 lbs with a long torso. XL fits me just fine, lots of room for layering a thin Patagonia nano puff underneath.

              I'm a stocky guy. I'm 5' 8" and about...

              I'm a stocky guy. I'm 5' 8" and about 220lbs. I have big chest and shoulders. My Chest is approx. 46"

              My questions are the following:

              - Would the Beta AR be long enough to allow me to wear a climbing harness (I am rather short)? If at all possible I'd like to keep things as compact as possible which is why I'm looking at the Beta vs. the Theta.

              - I'm looking at getting a XL due to my large upper body mass, but I'd like to be able to layer for cold temps w/ possibly a Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket. Would the XL afford me "breathing room" to layer?

              Best Answer

              Yes to both questions. The Beta AR is cut to accomodate layer, so check the sizing chart up top. You may be able to go for a Lge which would fit you better in the sleeves and bottom hem. This will work great with a harness, which you can wear over top of the jacket so you have clear access to knots and belay devices as well as a clear view of your feet.

              I am 6'2 and 205 lbs. I tried on a Large...

              I am 6'2 and 205 lbs. I tried on a Large Theta AR and it was barely too long. Would the Beta AR Large be too short on the sleeves?

              sleeve length is the same for both the Theta AR and Beta AR, it's the hem length that is different (Theta AR is about 2"longer) Are the sleeves still too long when you put your hands above your head, or cross your arms across the body? These are built to give you full coverage through your full range of motion.