Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket

9 reviews
5-star:   5
4-star:   4
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

men's
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Weight 433 g / 15.3 oz
Fit Athletic fit, Hip Length
Materials 380NR GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L, 480N GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3L

Reviews

2

The Beta AR, which is an all-around, durable, pro…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250 with sales and coupons

Summary

The Beta AR, which is an all-around, durable, pro shell jacket loaded with features that give you, the consumer, benefits. The price point of the Beta AR is in line with other jackets of the same qualities made from the same material. The difference with the Arc'teryx Beta AR, you are not just buying a jacket, you are buying into a contract for life with a company who will stand behind their workmanship and materials for the life of the product.

It is also important to realize there are other Arc’teryx jackets that may suit your needs better. I would compare the features, choose which benefits that appeal to you and your use, before going out and dropping a ton of money on a piece of gear that may not fit your needs.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Vented armpits
  • Deep pockets

Cons

  • Non-removable hood

Arc’teryx has become a name that I learned to trust this last year.  They have many products that cover the gamut of outdoor activities, no matter what your sport of choice may be.  

One product that I made a serious investment in this year is the Arc’teryx Beta AR. The Beta AR is a bombproof jacket that will keep you dry, both from the inside, and from the outside thanks to the 3 Layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell which is guaranteed breathable and guaranteed waterproof… That simple!

Arc’teryx has a rating system that seems to confuse a lot of consumers. The AR stands for All-Around, which means that this jacket is well suited for a wide variety of sports and weather conditions. There are many other jackets rated for weather capability, packability, and weight, which can be found here

One of the reasons I decided to go with the Beta AR over another shell was due to the price point, reviews, and the benefits that would match my use. Yes, these jackets are expensive, but when you look at how the features and services of the jacket and the company relate to benefits for you, the customer, you will quickly realize that they are all they are cracked up to be.  I needed a shell that would perform all year round.

Feature one: Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3 layer, with reinforcement where needed. Benefit: Bombproof, which means that the fabric will hold up well and take the abuse for a number of years.  Reinforced fabric in high wear areas.   

Feature two: Taped seams with Tiny Gore seam tape, WaterTight zippers with zipper garages to keep them from snagging, and DWR, all which help shed water and snow to keep you dry.  Benefit:  Highly water resistant to keep you dry, no matter what the weather is like.  I am not afraid to pour water directly onto the jacket. 

Feature three: Large easy to use pit zips. Benefit: Keep cool, which will help reduce condensation, to keep you dry from the inside.  

Feature four: Athletic fit and elastic drawstrings on the hood and at waist. Benefit: Ideal for layering and taking up extra material. 

Feature five: Gusseted pits, and articulated arm design. Benefit: Allows for unrestricted arm movement no matter what your activity, whether it is making snow angels, or ice climbing.  

Feature six: Attached, adjustable, helmet compatible hood. Benefit: Adjustable drawstring helps keep the hood out of the way until you need it, and keeps it close to your helmet to prevent any peripheral vision loss.   

Feature seven: Generous pockets. Benefit: Lots of room to store things, positioned higher on the torso to promote access when wearing a pak>

Feature eight: Machine washable and dryable. Benefit: No need to walk around in a dirty jacket, or have to pay to have the jacket professionally cleaned.  

Beware; even though the fabric is waterproof, the WaterTight zippers are highly water resistant, but not 100% waterproof. Note, I have not noticed any leakage from the zippers but Arc’teryx put that out there. Of course, if the zippers are being opened and closed there will be water that can collect in the pocket in a driving rain.  

The price of the jacket is one drawback for some customers. If you find this jacket for less than $350, I would highly recommend you snatch it up! Otherwise be prepared to pay around $475. The good news: You are buying into a company that will stand behind their products. No matter what happens, Arc’teryx will replace the jacket, or give you credit to upgrade to another jacket, even many years down the road! That is the price of quality.  

I have personally worn this jacket in sideways wet snow and stayed dry, even under high physical activity thanks to the pit zips. I look forward to wearing this jacket this spring while I explore the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area of Eastern Washington, which is sure to test this jackets waterproof ability and abrasion resistance.

Daniel Oates

Thorough review Josh. I imagine it'll hold up great against that Washington weather. With it being an all-around jacket, what time of year (seasons, temps) do you see yourself wearing it? Would you couple it with base layers in the winter and go lighter in the spring and fall? Thanks!


10 months ago
Josh Gibbs

Thank Daniel. I wrote this review last winter when I first got the Beta AR. I did pay for this jacket and I wrote this review for a gear review website. I did not receive anything in return for this review, but I have reviewed gear I was given for free. This is my favorite jacket, and it has held up really good. Still waterproof. What is really cool is washing and drying actually helps it stay waterproof as it renews the Gore-tex. I have used this jacket for all seasons, although it is a little overkill for the summer. If you will be in any elevation, or in heavy rains is where this jacket will work great in the summer months. It works great as a wind layer, and in the colder months I layer and use the pit zips to help with excess heat. I do notice I sweat in it a bit more if it is warm out, but I am a very heavy sweater. The pit-zips help with this, but when wearing a pack by back gets a little damp. I have wore this in some torrential downpours and stay plenty dry underneath. My pants were soaked and I was wishing I had the pants to match. Thanks for the kind words.


9 months ago
0

Amazing quality and you'll find yourself reaching…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used

Summary

Amazing quality and you'll find yourself reaching for this jacket over and over.

Pros

  • Very tough
  • Amazing waterproofness
  • Very easy to layer
  • Looks great

Cons

  • The price is a lil steep

I got lucky and found mine on ebay for 200 so snatched it up. I've had my version for three years now and it's never let me down. It's always around either in my jeep or backpack.

I like this over the Alpha SV because it's more town friendly and placement of the pockets. I've had this in a downpour and was dried to the bone. I love how I can wear a Patagonia Down Sweater under it and keep me toasty down into the 20s .

If you can find one on ebay I say grab it, you will not regret it.

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This jacket never leaves my pack in the fall, winter…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Kept it)

Summary

This jacket never leaves my pack in the fall, winter and spring. It is a little too heavy for summer so my Beta SL goes with me instead.

Pros

  • Bulletproof
  • Great fit

Cons

  • Price

It has served me well for everything from backpacking to backcountry skiing. The outer fabric is extremely tough yet it still breathes well. The three pockets are the perfect amount without adding too much weight.

I am 5'11" and 180 lbs and a large provides room for a softshell underneath in the winter without being too large without.

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.

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Well built, but noisy. If you are willing to pay the…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $435

Summary

Well built, but noisy.

Pros

  • Very light
  • Great fit

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Expensive

If you are willing to pay the extra $$$ for a very well made jacket that will last, then look into this one, or Arc'teryx in general.  This jacket is one of the best tools in my arsenal! Breathes well, water tight, lightweight, and might I say, very slimming yet well fitting. 

Also, this jacket crams to the size of a baseball when storing it in a backpack, but not long-term.

Overall i give it an A+.

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I thought that the Arc'teryx products would be priced…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $289

I thought that the Arc'teryx products would be priced out of reach until I recently found this jacket on sale. While only color the store had remaining (black) would not be my first choice, the fit and finish looked awesome. The zippers work well and the hood has lots of adjustments for a tailored fit. The inside chest pocket is very handy and the whole thing stuffs down very small.

The Gore-tex Pro shell is very light and although a little on the stiff side. The few times I've had it in the rain, it has performed perfectly.

Although I will kayak with my other shell due to its brighter color on the water, this will be my backpacking go-to shell, as well as what I will probably throw on for just running errands around town due to it being stylish.

Quality appears to be top-notch, but I'll need to report back after I've broken it in a bit.

Very happy with my purchase.

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I have had this jacket for a couple of years now.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Goretex PacLite
Price Paid: $299

I have had this jacket for a couple of years now. Its only exposure to the conditions was from the house to the store. However, today I decided to use it on my hike at the Congaree National Park.

It was a complete downpour and the jacket kept me dry. I wore it over my fleece and trucked through the swamp without feeling a drop on me. However, when I got back to my vehicle I noticed that some water by the seams of the jacket. Not sure if this was my own perspiration or water that had leaked in.

I also don't know the normal limitations of the Goretex Paclite fabric under a constant downpour. If you're looking for a great backpacking shell that packs really well and is rugged enough not to tear when exposed to rocks/hanging branches, I would recommend this jacket!

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I used mine first time last weekend during a night…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: Gore-tex Pro
Price Paid: $299

I used mine first time last weekend during a night at the "Pico Oriental" (Venezuela) summit. You do not feel hot inside however the jacket deals temperatures about 35 ºF. using only a T shirt inside.

I like the weight (492 grams) easy to pack. I recommend this product only if you don't have problems because of the noisy material..is like constructed with heavy paper.

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This hard shell is sick. Don't go with any other brand…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Gore-Tex
Fill: N/A
Price Paid: $300

This hard shell is sick. Don't go with any other brand if you want quality, dependability, and performance. Teryx is ahead of their time and their stuff is well thought out. I don't give perfect ratings because nothing man-made is perfect.

The Beta AR is simple and doesn't have all of the unnecessary frills that do nothing but add weight. Please note that this jacket is hip length and is a low profile fit...so if you need something longer and looser for boarding, go with a different model.

Elbows and shoulders are reinforced for added durability. The only other brands I trust are Mountain Hardwear and Marmot...but Teryx makes the best waterproof gear that is relatively affordable.

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Very resistant, light, and fits well. I use it for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $549.99 CAD

Very resistant, light, and fits well. I use it for hiking, sea kayaking and winter camping. High quality product!