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Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket - Men's

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    Your own impervious micro-climate.

    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. The Theta AR offers many of the same features as its brother, the Beta AR, but is cut longer (hitting at the thigh) to offer extra protection when it's really coming down. It features Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer construction, with the proprietary, 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 Theta AR is reinforced in hard-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.

    • Gore-Tex Pro Shell membrane (3-layer)
    • N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabric
    • Fully taped seams with low-bulk microseam allowances
    • WaterTight zippers
    • Laminated underarm zip vents
    • Helmet-compatible DropHood with separate high collar and laminated visor
    • Die-cut hook-and-loop cuff tabs
    • 2 high hand pockets and 1 internal laminated pocket
    • Generous fit with no-lift gusseted underarms and articulated elbows
    • Longer cut with full seat coverage
    • Item #ARC3654

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Pro, [shell] 40D nylon, [reinforcements] 80D nylon
    fully taped
    athletic with e3D
    Center Back Length
    31.25 in
    yes, helmet-compatible DropHood
    [external] 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered sleeve, [internal] 1 zippered
    WaterTight underarm zip vents
    Claimed Weight
    [M] 14.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, outdoor activities
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    A Jacket you can depend on!!!

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

    This jacket is PERFECT! I originally was going to get the Alpha SV because it has a high denier fabric and is made in Canada, but after trying on the Theta AR I fell in love! It has a more roomy cut which allows you to layer and put a radio chest harness under the jacket (I'm on search and rescue). This thing sheds water like a plastic sheet and breaths like your favorite mid layer. I get complements on the jacket all the time too!

    I freaking love this jacket

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

    Bought this jacket 3 months ago and I can tell it's going to be the one that I measure all others by. I have used it primarily skiing and snowboarding (with a few snowshoe trips) but also plan on using it on a Mt. Rainier summit climb in 6 months. This winter has been particularly cold on the slopes in the Pacific NW so I have been wearing it over a Patagonia Nano Puff layer with a mid layer fleece and baselayer underneath. Despite all those layers it never feels constrained or tight nor does it feel baggy if I lose the Nano Puff layer. The Goretex Pro 3L is borderline magical as it juggles protection, breathability, flexibility and toughness perfectly. I have snagged it on all kinds of gnarlies weaving through the trees without any hint of wear so far. I like the thigh length and don't miss the lack of powder skirt at all as it cinches at the bottom.

    Good, but missing chest pockets

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

    Owned for 2 years.

    I bought this to replace a Mountain Hardwear shell I used regularly for basecamp-style expeditions located in areas that hover just above freezing temps. I wear it over a bulky wool sweater without restriction of movement. It becomes a little tight under the armpits if there are too many layers (base+mid+bulky sweater).

    Overall, a good jacket, but I miss having a chest pocket that can be accessed easily when wearing a climbing harness. (recommended uses includes climbing...), therefore the 3 stars

    Best Jacket i Own

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love everything about this jacket, from the bomber material to the light weight design(yes there are lighter jackets) but for what you get it is really hard to complain about weight with this thing. I love the added length on the jacket for real storm protection and the versatility is unparalleled.

    Just Rad!!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The versatility of this jacket is incredible. I needed something that would keep me dry on an alpine climb, giving me lots of movement in my shoulders and arms, without being too bulky. This jacket fits nicely, allows for some layering, and you can stand underneath a hose and you'd still be dry. It doesn't get in the way of a climb, while allowing free range of motion. It's super light, so it's a no-brainer when packing for variable conditions.

    Great jacket for BIG guys!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XXL

    Well, I think this settles it... I'm 6'5" and wear a 48 x-long in a formal suit jacket for the chest and shoulders. So, when I ordered this off of another reviewer's opinion of this jacket being a little on the large size, I jumped at the chance to buy it. I can wear a MH Phantom puffy underneath this shell and the Theta AR still has room for more, if need be. Cannot wait to take this mountaineering this coming season!

    Light, breathable, solid.

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

    Got this at the tail end of winter and worn it a few times. I'm a gear junkie and own (or have owned) several gore membrane and waterproof breathable jackets (patagucci, Marmot, Simms, Marker, TNF, cloudveil[yeah--some of my favs] etc.,). I added this to the gear closet hoping for triple duty--ski days, packable travel and fly fishing...oh and just general foul weather moving about. Its fit is NOT athletic fit like some of the AT stuff. I've got enough room for a down puffy easily under this. There's no powder skirt or superfluous pockets. It does have pit zips to dump heat fast. I've worn it this past week for bike commuting--the length (longer) is great for bent over cycling and the sleeve also has a little extra length--nice if you're biking or have long arms in general--fit fine regardless. The length will undoubtedly be an annoyance for foul weather deep wading when fishing, but being a shell, not a big deal to dunk the lower foot of jacket in water with all my other layers inside the waders. The 'hand warmer pockets' are high--to get the entire pocket above a backpack waistbelt. I got the green as I wanted a different color than most of my other shells--it'll be great for NOT standing out streamside. Owning some other pro shell gear, I suspect the waterproof breathability to be on par with the best stuff out their. 3-layers of durability so I'm anticipating an ability to take some basic abuse. It'll pack down to almost nothing for travel. I like the subtle AT logo...reminds me of my fav Cloudveil back in the day (I'm not paying to be a walking billboard). This is a well done jacket with no superfluous features. I know this is the going rate for pro shell jackets...and if it had a powder skirt and/or multiple internal pockets I'd be looking elsewhere. But I struggle to give 5 stars to a jacket that eclipses 6 bills with the tax-man factored in that doesn't completely blow me away. This is a really, really good shell with none of the extra stuff I didn't want anyway.

    Best of the best

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

    I love this piece. Clocking in under a pound, you can't ask for more when it comes to weight, durability, and performance in a 3L Gore-Tex Pro shell. I dare you to try and get wet, cause it's not going to happen! The Theta AR is one of the longer fitting cuts in the Arc'teryx line. I primarily use this piece for snowboarding and days around town. If you're looking for something more climbing oriented, this piece probably isn't the one for you, but Arc'teryx has plenty of other hard shells that will fit much closer and not be in the way of your climbing harness. One thing I wish this had was a powder skirt, but sometimes you have to sacrifice something to save weight. In the photo I posted I am standing on the right

    Best of the best

    Great Technical Shell

      I gifted this to my father and he LOVES it! He's 160, 5'8" and a medium fits him a little big, but has room for lots of layers. Stone blue color is beautiful! A little more washed out/ gray than the picture, but I like it more like that.

      Nice, but better AR coats for the money

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

      I'm a designer and gearhead who tried on a buttload of coats in an effort to find a jacket I could snowboard in, and walk around the city in comfortably. Love this coats trim fit and long length, gore pro.. this coat is a simple piece of perfection. The tightness and consistency of Arc'teryx's stitching and seams can't be beat by any other company out there. HOWEVER, the jacket doesn't have enough features / details to make you really blown away. You then try on the Marmot Alpinist 70D jacket, and instantly will become extremely upset at how expensive the theta AR is, and how little it offers in comparison. I love the Arc brand and what the quality of the things they create..... but you then ask yourself, where's my Zip off powder skirt... you notice there's only 3 main pockets on the jacket, (only 1 on the inside)... you notice the lazy piece of rope you have to pull to open any of the zippers... it's like the more details you look at, the more upset you become, until you're frustrated you dropped $600+. The Marmot Alpinist answers all of the problems, with an even better gore text outer. This coat is great if you just wanna wear Arc'teryx and feel like the man, but they need to step up the design.

      Almost every coat has a DWR coating, which isn't made like it was years ago due to EPA. So, at the end of the day, all these coats DWR will wear off, and all you'll have left is is the core features of the coat. Buy a coat based on its build quality, durability, and FEATURES.

      I don't design for Marmot, nor rep them, nor have I ever. I'm quite interested in the new offerings Arc has now, seems they've added some features to the new product lines (VERY APPRECIATED).

      The construction / stitching is bar none with Arc' gear, extremely solid no doubt. But when you're jacket wets out after 4 months of medium use, you're left with a coat with basically 2 chest pockets and that's it. The whiteline category had extremely few selections last season, almost all of which having some design issue for sizing (too short, to tight in the shoulders, no shell available). The Theta AR was the only shell (cuz I get too hot for a down coat), that fit properly. Marmot ALSO offered a lifetime warranty on their jacket. If anything the price and features they offer might help add some competition so that Arc'teryx pushes a bit more for what they're offering. As of last season, the price point didn't justify the value you were getting with Arc', and I tried on literally every single coat in your portfolio and compared specs. I just happened to discover a marmot piece that beat out every jacket, for less money. Had no choice but to share. I'd love to be familiarized with your new offerings.

      Nice Hardshell

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

      I was looking for a hardshell for layering on alpine climbs. I am happy with the quality and durability of this jacket. The attention to detail in design and manufacture is excellent. The jacket is quite tough and light. Very happy. Keep in mind, the fit is trim. I am 6.0" 210 lbs and take a 46 sport coat. I got an XL, but it is quite trim . . . I'm happy with the fit, but on summits, my down parka goes over the top of this jacket.

      came with hole in back

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium

      This jacket seems great. The quality is very nice and the long cut is sweet too. I am 6 feet 170 with around a 41 inch chest and the medium fits great. I am kinda in between sizes (M and L) for other arcteryx jackets but this fits nice in medium. I can't speak to the performance because unfortunately the one I bought came with a small little hole in the back (nighthawk color). It was not available and then one came available all of a sudden in my size so I picked it up. Mysteriously I see this jacket again now available in the same size and color the same day my return was processed....Kinda sketchy. I have never once had a single problem with a backcountry purchase ( I have made far too many) but this was kinda disappointing. Luckily I was able to return it.

      High quality

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: Runs large

      This is a very nice jacket, if features a 3 layer Gore Tex shell that will keep out everything. This jacket will keep you dry in a torrential downpour or in the biggest snow storm of a lifetime. Gore Tex is a proven technology that never ceases to impress. With it's breath ability it will insure that you don't get clammy inside your shell jacket. I like it so much I will probably get another.

      Theta AR vs Beta AR Sizing

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I've been searching for a new shell for hiking, climbing, and most of all, skiing (backcountry and lifts). I spent tons of time reading reviews before dropping some serious coinage on a shell. I'm 5'9 175 lbs, athletic build, 33" sleeve, 40" chest, and I'm somewhere in between a large and a medium in everything.

      I figured large was the way to go for layering, but I was afraid I'd be swimming in the Theta, so I opted for the Beta in large instead. Whoops. Don't get me wrong... the Beta is a beautiful shell, but I had wayyy to much room in the chest/shoulders while the length was definitely too short for skiing. I promptly returned it and purchased a Theta in medium. YES!

      I'm amping to get this thing outdoors. The fit of the Theta is perfect! It's not too baggie without layers, but I can comfortably fit a base layer and Atom AR under it. I can squeeze a fleece under the Atom AR if necessary, but things start getting a little cramped at that point. I love the sleeve pocket, and the pocket placement will accommodate a pack nicely. The length is spot on, but not too long to stop me from using this while climbing/hiking.

      Maybe I'll report back in a couple months about how the Theta holds up, but from everything I've read, this thing's bombproof. But if you're trying to figure out the fit, definitely size down...even if you're layering. And average height guys, don't worry about the length. Its perfect unless you're picking this up for around town. But no one here does that, right?

      bomber protection

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

      I've had a Theta AR for 8 years now. The first lasted 7 years of hard 6-month-per-year use until the hem came unglued. Arc'Teryx replaced it for free with a brand new one.

      The size and cut are great. I'm 5'10" and a fairly athletic 180lbs (climber shoulders, cyclist legs) and this fits me perfectly. I can layer a wool base layer and size medium Atom LT under it with no problem, and squeeze a thick fleece under the Atom for sub-zero days.

      It clears climbing/biking helmets, harnesses and backpacks without any annoyances, though it's long enough to cover gear loops up and that you need to rearrange it a bit around a bike saddle. Small price to pay for how well it covers you. It seals out EVERYTHING on a really cold day, but still breathes great with the vents open.

      As with every arc'teryx jacket I've tried, what really shines are all the little details. Everything is superb, right where you want it to be, easy to operate one-handed with gloves on and feels like it'll last a lifetime.

      tl;dr: you'll never find yourself saying "I wish this jacket..." because it's perfect.

      The blue is amazing

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: small

      The color is not like the picture in the web.But the ture color is amazing.It feels a little large but still look well.

      Runs Large

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Small

      I got this jacket this spring. It replaced an old Patagonia Torrentshell and it quite the step up. I wear it fishing, running, biking, hiking and as a general rain jacket. I haven't had any issues with leaking at any of the seams. The pit zips are large enough to dump a lot of heat and prevent the inside from getting too clammy. I decided to go with the Theta over the Beta because of the length, since it is longer I get more coverage on my lower back when bent over my handlebars.

      I am 6'0 165 lbs and went with the Small. The Theta AR in small is longer than the Beta AR in medium while fitting my narrow shoulders and skinny arms better than the Beta as well. Pictured below in Nighthawk.

      I have the sidewinder SV for over 3 years now and it still looks pretty new because the whole jacket is made with n80p-x. The theta is a mix of that and n40p-x. How rugged is this jacket abrasion wise?

      The n40p-x is still a very durable face fabric. The Theta AR is designed as a solid hardshell, good for year-round use. It's great for hiking/trekking in the spring/summer/fall and also works well as a ski/snowboard jacket (altho it doesn't have a powder skirt.) Having said that, it really depends on what your objective is. If you're going to be using this in an extremely abrasive alpine environment you might consider the Alpha SV, which uses n80p-x only.

      I had the alpha sv for a few years also. I know that it was very durable but never got use to the pockets cause im not a climber. So I sold it and got the sidewinder. I always like the look of the theta. I generally just use my Arcteryx gear for snowboarding and the NYC weather. Thanks for your input.

      what are the differences between the Theta...

      what are the differences between the Theta AR and Theta SVX? besides $180 in price.

      Best Answer

      The differences between the two jackets, when compared from the listed specs on Arc'teryx's website

      are as follows:

      -The Theta SVX is listed as being "highly durable," whereas the TAR is listed as being "durable."

      -The TAR is listed as having "gender specific patterning," whereas the TSVX does not boast that feature.

      -While both jackets have a laminated brim on the hood, the TSVX is listed as having the "StormBrim,"

      which is purportedly "longer in length for extra protection from the elements."

      -On the construction, I'm a bit confused, due to the fact that they are both made of GTX Pro 3L material,

      but the TSVX is the only jacket that has specified features stating that it is comprised of "GORE-TEX

      three-layer construction." I find that interesting, because the TSVX is shown to be made solely of

      N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L, whereas the the TAR is shown to be made of both N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L &

      N40p-X GORE-TEX Pro 3L materials, so I'm unclear as to what the discrepany in listing specs is on the

      Arc'teryx website.

      -While both jackets have chest pockets with laminated zippers, the TSVX has both an EXTERNAL chest pocket AND

      an INTERNAL chest pocket in addition to an internal mesh pocket; on the other hand, the TAR has an

      INTERNAL chest pocket, and that seems to be about it.

      Cont. from above, sorry about the length....

      -The TAR is shown to have "full seat coverage," so you can pop a squat when the ground is nice and soggy,

      keeping you totally dry while you grub a delicious trail bar; moreover, it is shown to have "reinforced

      shoulders, arms and hips," whereas the TSVX is listed as having neither of those details.

      -The TAR is catalogued as having a "Helmet compatible DropHood," where on the other hand, the TSVX has

      advertised as having a "Helmet compatible StormHood." I do not actually know what the difference is between

      those two hoods, if there is any extant difference at all... perhaps that harks back to the foregone "StormBrim,"

      just a thought.

      -The TAR is presented as boasting "one-hand adjustable drawcords," but it doesn't seem as though the TSVX

      mentions that feature.

      -Although this seems to be a somewhat trivial addition to the spec lineup, the TSVX is shown to have a

      "laminated high-strength hanger loop," though I guess that would be a potentially large pro if you are used

      to having jacket loops snap while they're hanging up.

      -Finally, both the TSVX and the TAR vaunt WaterTight Vislon front zippers, it is apparent from the listed

      specs that only the TSVX has a "double back flap to ensure weather protection." Now, if that is the

      equivalent of the TAR's "full seat coverage," I cannot say; it is definitely something worth thinking about or inquiring