I really wanted to love this jacket but an hour walk in a light rain ended in soaking through of rain water ... diffuse thru the gortex pro fabric. So, not as quickly as the SL hybrid which failed miserably in the rain prompting this acquisition.
I wear this jacket through all 4 seasons, and it handles everything with ease. The regular fit is very nice, a little big when not layering, but thats why it is nice for all season use. The hood is large due to the helmet compatability, but has all of the adjustability to fit your head and keep you dry. Adjustable hem is excellent and seals the wind out. For people looking at buying this jacket or any shell, it is intended to be worn over top of an insulated mid layer in colder conditions.
I didn't get this jacket out of the house so cannot comment on reliability etc. But I can say: I'm often a M or L (5'11" - 175lbs, ~41" shoulders) and got a M here. Tight under the arms and across the back when reaching forward. Also, I have a large iPhone and it will not fit in the inside pocket. Moreover, the two vertical breast pockets are quite smaller than I expected.
I had a long worn out rain shell that was in need of replacement. I have an older, Heavy 3 layer shell for winter but wanted something I could pull out in warmer weather and for the shoulder seasons. It should be light but didn't need to be super light. This jacket has performed great through it's first three hikes. Sheds water admirably, Provides good ventilation and blocks out those White Mountain cold Northwest winds.. I particularly like the collar that can seal in warmth. A lot of other products in this category don't have this feature. The hood is also stiff enough to maintain its shape, even in high winds. Only time will reveal its durability.. So far, looks and functions like new.
Tested the Beta AR on a ski trip to Sugar mountain and worked wonderfully. Just finished a trip to Mount Washington in early January via Lions Head route to the summit and I wouldn’t trade it for any other shell.
I bought this jacket last year for a couple of reasons:
The perfect shell. Fits well over layers without being too bulky on its own. Light and packable enough for the trips where there's precipitation in the forecast. Stands up to all the weather - from wind to water to snow, to all three at once.... Separate collar and hood keeps your neck, (and chin) warm and protected without the bulkiness of a hood bunched up behind your head. Hood fits both my skiing and climbing helmets.
The construction and materials of the jacket are just what I wanted. This quality has become out of my price range so I jumped to get this one on sale at the outlet store. Unfortunately I used the picture and description showing someone of my height and weight as needing a medium and that would still allow a lightweight layer underneath. The sleeves seemed pretty long but that is better than too short when hiking or skiing. So I ordered the medium despite normally getting a large size. I just got it and it is too snug with just a tee shirt let alone a flannel shirt and forget a sweater over a shirt. And the sleeves are very long. I will be returning it. I would like to get a large for the chest size but if the sleeves are proportionally longer compared to the medium my hands will disappear in the sleeves. I don't want to return it at my cost and then return it again at my cost so I am torn. BTW - I am 6' even and slim at 170lbs with longish arms.
Some black stains on the neckline, cuffs, etc.I bought a special sale.So I'm not sure if it's new or if it's a sample for display.I am a foreign customer, so I am not convenient to return or exchange.I am a little bit unhappy.
I used this as a shell while skiing and snowboarding for a week and was comfortable from windy 24 degree nights through 48 degree warm days. The jacket never became clammy nor did it trap excess heat.
There is nothing to compare to this hard shell. It is exquisite in its materials, its tailoring, its performance, and its portability.
Took advantage of 30% off sale at REI, but it is still expensive. The engineering that went in to this jacket is incredible. You are truly prepared for the weather when you have this jacket. It fits me perfectly (XL). Packs well.
I have had a couple of other gore tex coats. I started out with an Air Force cold weather jacket. I loved it. My wife hated the woodland camo. Besides is was warm for just a raincoat. Then I got a competitors gore tex shell. Very useful but showing its age now. I saw these on sale and took the plunge. The jacket is fine as a summer rain jacket. Perfect for a little chill. And fine with a hoodie under it for really cold weather wear. It absolutely stops the wind. And it keeps you dry. And it is so light. My son backpacks. I remember one night he called and said that he found out how to drop some weight from his pack. He replaced a gore tex shell with this gore tex pro jacket. This jacket seems very heavily constructed. I can’t visualize anything that I could brush against that would damage it. I don’t worry about pack straps damaging it. This jacket is the ultimate keep you comfortable, dry, and not weighed down piece of kit. The only negative, besides the cost, is that it is noisy. I can live with that. This jacket and a hoodie will take me pretty much anywhere that I want to go.
Went camping by the lake this weekend and I had the beta AR. My wrists got wet but I think from the inlet. However I was dry and very pleased with this product.
Used it in Ontario, Canada rain and it worked wonderfully. Great fit and finish.
great jacket, it my second arc,teryx Beta jacket.