Price US $550

Arc'Teryx Beta AR 2016 - 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Arc’Teryx Beta AR is part of the all-around series of jackets. Although it’s not necessarily ski specific it’s a great jacket for backcountry or resort riding, and it’s just at home on the mountain as it is off of it. The Arc’Teryx Beta AR is a relatively light-weight jacket with 80D Gore-Tex Pro in key areas and 40D throughout the rest of the jacket. This helps to reduce weight while still retaining some durability in areas that see a bit more abuse. It doesn’t pack down quite as small as a few of Arc’Teryx other 40D jackets, but we actually like having that little extra durability and strong feel. Another advantage of using 40D is that it breathes better than a thicker 80D fabric. Gore-Tex Pro is already highly breathable, and when used on a thinner jacket it makes it that much better. The Arc’Teryx Beta AR isn’t the most breathable in the line-up, but it’s still a great jacket for backcountry ascents or high levels of activity. The Arc’Teryx Beta AR also has large pit zips that do a pretty good job of releasing heat when you start to warm up. Gore-Tex Pro is also highly waterproof, and even in a heavy wet snow, the Arc’Teryx Beta AR will keep you dry and warm. The Arc’Teryx Beta AR also has water resistant zippers and fully sealed seems to ensure that there are no leaky spots. The jacket has an athletic fit with an e3D Ergonomic design. This helps to ensure mobility and movement while still being a slimmer more flattering fit. Although it’s great for smaller guys, heavier folks may find the fit to be a bit too conforming. I was on the fringe between and small and medium, but would probably opt for the small since I like a tighter fit. The medium would offer more room for layering if you’re the type that runs a bit cold. The waist fits right at the waist. I usually like a little longer jacket, but the longer the jacket the more material and weight the jacket will have. The biggest downside of the Arc’Teryx Beta AR is the lack of a powder skirt. This isn’t a huge issue if you don’t spend a lot of time in deep snow, but it’s hard to justify this as a ski jacket without the powder skirt. The other downside is the lack of any chest pockets, but the Arc’Teryx Beta AR has two hand warming pockets that are placed a bit higher up so they can be used with a pack or harness on. I also want to note that the jacket material does feel a little bit “tarpy” for lack of better terms. It’s somewhat stiff and “crunchy”, but it’s definitely still very waterproof and very breathable. So as long as you can get over the “noisy” material that Beta AR is a fantastic jacket. Overall the Arc’Teryx Beta AR is a solid jacket that can be used for many different activities. It’s not the most technical of Arc’Teryx jackets, but it’s a solid all-rounder that can be used on or off the mountain.

Jacket Size – S
Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.

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Type

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Gore-Tex Membrane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Excellent

Breathability

Excellent

Warmth

Average