Arc'Teryx Men's Beta AR Jacket
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- 100% Nylon
- 100% nylon
- Wash cold
- Width 31in / 79cm
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Lightweight & packable, waterproof GORE-TEX® jacket; Hip length with a helmet compatible Drop Hood.
The streamlined Beta AR Jacket provides the backcountry minimalist with durable storm protection in a lightweight and packable format. This hip length GORE-TEX® Pro Shell jacket reduces layering overlap and bulk, a helmet compatible Drop Hood™ offers quick storm protection, and reinforced shoulder and elbows survive alpine abuse.
A mainstay in the Arc'teryx lineup since 2000, the Beta AR is the do everything, most versatile waterproof/breathable jacket for mountain environments. Hand pockets, athletic fit that accommodates maximum layers and a hood with an internal collar mean comfort in storms, climbing, skiing or simply enjoying the outdoors.
Just the Right Length
Hip length is the easiest to work with when layering waterproof/breathable garments. Not too short so it doesn't ride up or expose the lower back and not so long as to be cumbersome underneath a harness or a pack belt, the Beta AR hits the middle ground.
A good hood is a crucial detail on any serious alpine jacket. The Beta AR features the Arc'teryx DropHood™, a helmet-compatible, fast adjust hood with a separate collar for draft protection.
The Key Piece
If a person can only choose one jacket for all their activities, the Beta AR is a solid, well-rounded piece. Durable, lightweight, with hand pockets and pit zippers for ventilation, it can manage storms, rock, snow and cool seasons. GORE-TEX® Pro delivers the highest level of waterproof/breathable performance.
Top Customer Reviews
It fits well. I am 5'10" - 170lbs, and I bought a medium. It accommodates layers comfortable, but it isn't so big that I can't wear it as a rain jacket. The hood is incredible. Never before have I had a hood that fit a helmet so well. It fit so well that often times the wind would accidentally blow the hood up onto my helmet, and it would just stay there, without making any adjustments. Speaking of adjustments, it has 4 adjustment points that control the face opening size, height and diameter of the helmet, meaning that despite it's ability to accommodate a large helmet, it can be used without a helmet as well. Without a helmet it fits excellently and looks good too (something a lot of helmet compatible helmets do not do).
Also, the neck area is excellently designed. The hood is separated from the neck, making it exceptionally comfortable in the neck area.
The only things that I do not like about this jacket are that it lacks pockets for your hands, and that the pit vents are very difficult to open with gloves on or with 1 hand (conversely, they do stay exactly where you set them).
If I was still up north and into ice climbing, I'd probably keep this as I'd bet it would look brand new even after a few years of use... Which is typical of arcteryx top end gear. The material, seams, etc. really look that hardcore and durable.
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I was going back and forth between small and medium. I am greatful i got the medium. Fits perfict. Not to much fabric when worn alone. However big enough for ample layers.
Of course the product is outstanding. You are buying it for life. Arcteryx stands behind everything without question.