My first ever Arcteryx Beta SV
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
I was in the market for a reliable, durable shell that would last me at least 5 to 7 years or more so i started my investigation about shell jackets and what features they offered, fit, materials, durability, reliability, etc. Long story short everyone and everything keeps pointing me towards Arcteryx so i head over there and check them out and this is what i found out they are located in B.C Canada 🍁 witch at first glance it seems that they just operate from there witch it would be good if they did yet they don't the only garments, that Arcteryx B.C Canada make themselves are Alpha line witch is the top line of garments so anything below that is outsourced to many other countries which degrade the quality of the garment like my Beta SV. My Beta SV was made in 🇨🇳 China and at first, it raised a red flag because at the time i was under the impression that all garments were made in B.C Canada and i was questioning the legitimacy of my jacket plus it arrived in just a clear plastic bag witch raised more doubts in my mind yet i called directly to Arcteryx and they confirm it was legitimate so after that piece of mind given to by Arc i went and put the jacket through a simple yet effective test so i put my synthetic base layer my North Face fleece and i head out with my Husky out to a 20°F 15-mile windy day not even close to a severe weather witch this beta SV should handle no problem so i thought. So as i continued my walk i felt the wind getting through my back and arms so i tighten up my Cufflinks, the hem cord i zipped up the storm hood completely and yet i still felt the air getting in through the same spots so i thought may my layers were the problem so i went to my local REI and got an Atom Lt hoody witch is more than adequate for this mild cold weather so i got it through it on got properly zipped put my shell on all nice and tighten and went for a stroll under the same conditions 20°F 15 miles winds and the issue still remained at this point, i was getting pissed off because i shouldn't be worried about this after spending $600 so i called Arcteryx with this issue and they recommended not only a different garment but a $450 cerium LT 850 fill power witch is way too hot for the mildly cold weather we having here in the East Coast so i was like wth. So i explained with a little more detail and they were really hesitant and vague to admitting there was something wrong with the materials or whatnot because i understand the sacrifice of windproofing for breathability yet it shouldn't be that noticeable! So i asked what should i do and they said exchange it so i was like ok ill exchange. Then after that call, my friend showed up and had a cheaper shell jacket from Ll. bean and i asked him if i could compare his shell with mine and there it was no issue with his and yet mine was still letting the wind through the back and arms so after that it was clear there was something wrong with my shell witch cost 3 times the ll.bean i was disappointed highly disappointing. So here i am returning my Beta SV shell to these nice people and like told im torn apart by this shell because it fits immaculately it stops water like a pro yet it's windproofing is not up to par and if i need a $450 mid-layer to stop a 15-mile wind from getting to my body is not worth the money! I don't know if i exchange it if it would have the same issues because it's been outsourced instead of handling the jackets themselves to the highest quality they are famous for.
Also, do yourself a favor and forget those hundreds of youtube videos out there about these garments because they have a lot of favoritism towards this brand they will say anything to get gear for free. Just because they put upfront that they are sponsored doesn't mean they are being Honest at all. So if i decide to get either the same or something else i will update this review and hopefully with better insight.