Arc'teryx Zeta LT Hybrid Jacket



Lightweight, waterproof hardshell that is packable…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: Warranty replacement


Lightweight, waterproof hardshell that is packable and optimal for the hiker caught in a downpour.


  • More quiet than Theta SL
  • 100% waterproof
  • Athletic fit


  • Pit zips scare me now
  • Only 2 pockets

This is a replacement for a Theta SL that had a pit zip malfunction. Arc'teryx has one of the best warranties in the business. The Zeta LT Hybrid uses a different type of Goretex and facing material which makes this jacket more quiet versus the Theta. No more loud whooshing while walking, still some with the Zeta but it's greatly improved.

The jacket is of course 100% waterproof, has two hand pockets (wish it had more as I'm a pocket person) to add to the easy packability of the jacket. The jacket folds into its hood to minimize space if taken on a hike. The jacket has a much more athletic fit than the Theta which hurts layering but you don't feel like you are wearing a poncho type trash bag. Less flapping if you are riding a bike as well.

The jacket is plenty long as are the sleeves. A roll away hood with brim provides noggin protection. I'm 5'10" 165#, the medium fits perfectly. The pit zips scare me, 2nd jacket (2 different brands though) that has had pit zip issues. I'd rather do without them and deal with some moisture build up. So far breathability hasn't been an issue. No abrasion issues either.

I can't wait to give this jacket a serious workout this spring.


Arcteryx says this jacket has a 'Trim' fit--their tightest. Athletic is intermediate with Expedition the largest. I think my 10-yr-old Theta SL (need to replace it due to blown out drawcord tape) would be called Expedition, but it is hard to tell with the jargon changing.

22 days ago