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Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket - Men's
Arc'teryxBeta AR Jacket - Men's

A workhorse in alpine playgrounds.

Arc'teryx designed the Beta Men's Beta AR Jacket as a backcountry workhorse for alpinists who like to take a beating from the elements without sacrificing performance. This jacket features a Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer construction with Arc'teryx's 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 Beta AR is reinforced in prone-to-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. The storm will pass (it always does) and you will reign supreme on the mountain top.

  • An all-around shell for hiking, climbing, and spring skiing
  • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Pro shell
  • Fully taped seams with low-bulk microseam allowances
  • N80p-X and N40p-X shell fabrics are lightweight and durable
  • WaterTight zippers prevent moisture from getting through
  • Helmet-compatible hood with separate high collar and laminated visor
  • High hand pockets and 1 internal laminated pocket
  • Trim fit with no-lift gusseted underarms and articulated elbows
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Arc'teryx - Men's Beta AR Jacket

Lightweight & packable, waterproof GORE-TEX® Pro jacket; hip length with a helmet compatible DropHood™. Beta Series: All-round mountain apparel | AR: All-Round.

Awesome Shell!

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

This jacket is awesome! The GORE-TEX waterproofing, along with the windproofing has kept me incredibly comfortable in a variety of conditions, hiking and riding in cold and snowy Utah and Wyoming. I love the cut on the jacket, it fits the body super well, and looks really really good! My dad has one of these too and also absolutely loves it!!! Highly recommend for a top layer in any condition. Fits true to size.

THE best. Hands down.

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

Ive had other shells before, but this one is the best performer ive ever had. Downpours are no longer an issue and wind? What wind?

Issue with Size

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: small

This jacket is obviously very well constructed and is made of the crunchy gore text pro that feels bullet proof. I just can't use this jacket because of the size. At 5-10 and a slim/average build the small is both overly baggy and too short at the same time. It's clear it's meant for layering in cold conditions, but then why barely make it come down to the belt? I would be swimming in this for just an outer rain layer climbing a 14er in summer.

Let My Friend Tell You About This Jacket

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I’ve had this jacket for about two weeks, before Everest and thailand for some trekking fun. I’ll be conducting a post trip review in addition to this one.
Initial Reaction-
Upon opening up and trying on this I can tell they are serious for some mountaineering. This jacket had many pockets properly placed and with full waterproofing. It fit very well, with a little tightness in the shoulders. The convenient design of this jacket with its use of zipper, velcro and snap buttons, shows this is for some serious hiking and climbing. The material feels strong and capable.
-Zippers don't catch on anything
-Sturdy waterproofing on the zippers
-Well working hood with full head coverage
Sizing seems true, I ordered Medium which is what I usually wear and It fits perfectly, with good room for movement in the arms, and around the waist. All of this without it popping up too high while bending over. I feel well covered!
Two weeks in-
No complaints so far after regular use!
The waterproofing on this stuff is ridiculous! As expected from Gore-tex this material is extremely water repellent and hold up well under regular use in snow and rain. The hood can be very well secured under windy conditions and tightening elastics works well.
Conclusion-Amazing waterproof shell jacket for the price, that will surely work well years after purchase If properly taken care of.

Best shell I've ever owned

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

This jacket has kept me dry more times then I can remember. Countless rain and snow storms. Even after having washed this jacket many times it has not lost its water repelling ability.

Skiing, Backpacking, Camping, Commuting to work this jacket comes with me anytime I might be getting any sort of bad weather.

The "do it all" hard shell from Arcteryx

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

If your considering purchasing the Arcteryx Beta AR do it!
The AR (All-Round) Hard shell is perfect in all sorts of different conditions from rainy environments in the Midwest to windy crags in the Wasatch. The 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro keeps the wind off your back and your a$$ dry. ;)
It may be on the more pricy end of the spectrum but its worth every penny and will serve you well.

coats coat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: n j bayonne

I was gifted with this coat for an event and love it. https://bit.ly/2w7pr6G

Bomber rain coat!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: small

I'm 5'7 150 LBS and the SM is a tad too large. Other than that this thing is built for adventure combat! Extremely well built and looks sharp! From the woods to the city this thing over performs!

Glad to hear you're loving the jacket so far, Andrew!! I agree - this is one of my favorite Arc'teryx pieces as well. Truly an "All Around" jacket!

Unanswered Question

Where it made? China or Canada, this is very important for me.

Best windproof/waterproof

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

I reviewed a lot of windproof and waterproof shells prior to purchase from many US and non-US providers. I purchased this before my June 2017 Iceland trip primarily for wind and was not disappointed. I intentionally selected this shell for hiking because i wanted a heavier shell material versus the hiking jacket. This jacket did not leak water or wind at all and was very comfortable to wear even with a pack. We hiked in rain, high wind and across several glaciers and when layered works great. The Arc'teryx Beta AR is noisy but that is a 3L product. I am about functionality so IMO I could care less about noise and more about dryness, comfort and warmth (w/ layering). I saw many other brands on the trip that seemed just as capable, so i don't think you would be disappointed with this 3L product. The backcountry site offered it with 30% discount over retail which helped sway me. As with any product, i highly recommend you care for the product as prescribed by the vendor to ensure long life.

Arc'teryx Beta AR

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

I gave the Beta AR my first real test a couple of weeks ago in Teton National Park after having purchased the jacket at Backcountry's 25% off sale. After a couple of hours of wearing it during a drizzling rain storm with no problems, I gave it a much more challenging test. I continued to wear the jacket while tying down multiple kayaks to my truck's rack system under heavy rain conditions. The most impressive part was that I was crawling around on the wet kayaks and even laying on my back putting pressure on the rain soaked kayaks/jacket and even then the water still didn't come thru the fabric. I stayed dry and comfortable even under conditions where pressure was applied to the wet jacket's facing. I even opened up the pit zips some to dump a little heat generated from the activity and water still didn't pass thru. I have had many other "waterproof" jackets not hold up to that kind of a test. Although I haven't tried it yet, I am confident that it will work great even while wearing a pack during a rain storm given the test I already put it thru. Additionally, I had great freedom of movement while reaching up and around at awkward angles. I typically wear a size large and this one was no exception. It fits large enough that I have a decent amount of space for additional layers underneath during colder conditions. I really like the collar on it and how it fits so comfortably with the hood up or down. My only knock to it is that it could be quieter. The fabric is rather noisy. Still, I plan on taking it with me on backpacking trips where I am likely to encounter decent amounts of rain or snow. It doesn't compress as small nor is it as light of an overall weight as another three layer gortex minimalist jacket I have, but this one has additional handy features like the pit zips and strategically placed pockets. When the weather forecast calls for tough conditions, for the few extra ounces and little bit of space penalty, the Arc'teryx Beta AR is going into the pack.

What is the real difference between this Jacket and the Theta AR? I've compared the specs, but they seem so similar that any difference feels negligible. Could someone explain?

Best Answer

Hi Sahil, the main difference is that the theta is a little longer and has an additional sleeve pocket but yes, they are very similar. The Theta tends to be the preferable jacket for climbers as they usually like a longer jacket that wont ride up from the harness.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance!

Brittni nailed it.

Here are the differences in length:

Theta AR Jacket, center back length: 32in/81cm

Beta AR Jacket, center back length: 29in/735cm

If you're looking for a climbing jacket checkout the Alpha jackets (SV, AR, FL)

the real deal

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

I am so glad that I listened to the gearhead who upsold me into this shell. I was prepared to purchase a MH Torsun, even had it in my cart, when he told me about this jacket being on sale. Of course it cost twice as much, but who gives a crap about cost when you're climbing at high altitude in heinous conditions and need an absolute bulletproof hard shell that fits perfectly and performs exactly as they tout it? This is the type of jacket that gives one piece of mind. It's not just about the Goretex Pro material, but the overall fit, construction, functionality and performance of the entire AT system.

Shell So Good

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

I've owned and "put through the ringer" about 3 shells (Mountain Hardwear, OR, Marmot) over the past 20 years. The Beta AR fits and functions great, whether I have a backpack or utility belt on, or just walking in town. I can easily say it's my favorite so far. The construction is the best I've seen and I haven't noticed any of the QC issues people have commented on. For whatever reason, one of the most expensive brands, Arcteryx, fits my build the best. And considering I'm wearing this for work as well as play, it's been worth it to wear something that fits great and inspires great mobility.

Also to note: I layer this with the Arc'teryx Atom AR Hooded Insulated Jacket and they work together great. It's a surprisingly warm combination as I've been outside 2-4 hours in 20 degrees (or less) with wind and I never got as much as a shiver.

As advertised

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

Blue with maroon looks exactly as pictured. Nice color.
Totally waterproof. Definitely stiff and crinkle-y loud.
Fit is perfect for me with or without a mid layer. Too small for use as a ski coat due to length and chest.

Large size chest limit is 44".

Great raincoat (but pricey compared to others).

Perfect shell for any occasion

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

I normally wear an XL jacket or shirt and this arcteryx jacket was no exception.

Jacket has a great athletic style fit to it. Makes even us "soft shaped" individuals look athletic! I often wear this to work and when I see my reflection in a mirror I double take. Length and sleeves are perfect for me.

Pockets are perfect location for backpacking. You can access them with all your straps are done. I brought this on a 4 day backpack trip to isle royale and it was just what the doctor ordered. We got stuck in 2 days of rain and this jacket didn't falter once. Its a great hard shell for any occasion. I wear it in winter with my arcteryx cerium jacket below it. Basically this can be anything from a summer rain jacket to the shell of a winter system.

The quality is outstanding. The coat feels great. The zippers feel bullet proof. The wrist cuffs seem to look brand new no mater how dirty I get them. Plus it is backed by a lifetime warranty; can't beat that with how good this jacket is.

I can not personally tell you if a $550 jacket is right for you. I got mine on sale for $425 from steep and cheap. I was hesitant at first but have never looked back since I got my hands on the jacket.

I don't often give 5 star reviews. Numerous 4 star reviews.

Excellent jacket perfect length.

    Great jacket. Not really too much else to say that hasn't already been said. I like the length just below the hip not too long not too short.

    Thanks for your input, Brian. Adding your approval of the previous reviews, reinforces how universally well this jacket is received.

    Appalachian Trail

      My son took this on a 100+ mile hike this summer on the trail and got caught in a 3 day rain storm and said this coat was amazing! I love it and highly recommend it.

      I am glad to hear the Beta AR kept your son dry on the AT! Great choice for a long through hike.

      Functional Jacket

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

      While the sleeves initially seemed a bit long, they were highly functional. The jacket is tight and has provided solid protection in the Cascades wind, rain and snow. This jacket looks good and has the right amount and placement of pockets.