ARC'TERYX BETA SL JACKET - MEN'S
BY PATRICK BARRY
July 10, 2007
NAME: Patrick Barry
LOCATION: Juneau, AK
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 160 lb (72.60 kg)
I started backpacking about 16 years ago with the Boy Scouts of America. I
am a graduate student in Juneau Alaska and take up to week long camping
trips in the summer and weekend trips in the winter. I also do some
overnight kayaking trips. I'm not what you would call a "light packer" my
bag can be anywhere from 15-25 lbs depending if I bring my camera equipment
with me. Normal terrain for hiking is either flat and muddy or rocky and
steep. Weather is generally overcast and drizzling during the summer and
snowy in the winter.
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.arcteryx.com
MSRP: US$ 394.95
Listed Weight: 15.24 oz (432 g)
Measured Weight: 15.10 oz (428 g)
Color: Box Car
� 290NR 2-layer GORE-TEX(r) PacLite(r)
� 530N 3-layer GORE-TEX(r) XCR(r)
� Helmet compatible Stow Hood - I have used when skiing twice when it was
snowing at the top of the mountain and raining at the base. Definitely fits
comfortably over a Giro 9 which is a large helmet.
� Hip length - The length is great for hiking because it fits over the hip
so backpack harnesses aren't a problem. My old north face jacket always
billowed out and no one likes to look frumpy when hiking.
� Reinforced shoulders and elbows with 3-layer GORE-TEX(r) XCR(r) - Hopefully
this will extend the life of the jacket. At close to $400 it better last
through a couple seasons.
� Two hand pockets with laminated zips - So the pockets are a little oddly
placed. Not quite Napolean, not quite in normal pocket range, they seem to
float somewhere in between. They are large, but putting anything large in
them makes they sag and get in the way.
� WaterTight front, pit and pocket zips - Haven't had any problem with
This jacket replaced my "go to" north face jacket that after 8 years of
reapplying DWR finally kicked the bucket. I live in a temperate rain forest,
so weather varies from torrential downpour to a foot an hour of snow. I hike
and camp year round and some of the activities tested include hiking
(camping), kayaking, and cycling. Since its delivery this jacket has
performed far beyond my expectations. This jacket is a great waterproof
shell and packs down unbelievably small thanks to the majority of the body
being constructed of gortex paclite. My upper body stayed completely dry in
a 45 minute downpour when hiking Mt. Bradly on Douglas Island (sadly my legs
were soaked). For mountaineering and skiing (anytime when temperatures drop
below 35 degrees F) you want to layer because the jacket lacks insulation.
Pit zips are really helpful when hiking and aren't overly large. When wide
open they don't flap around. Their lack of mesh lining allows access to pit
zips on insulating layers as well. I was a little hesitant about the
watertight front zip that lacks any covering, but after a year it has yet to
leak on me.
Things I like:
1. Truly Waterproof can withstand >1hr of rain while hiking and still not
2. Athletic Fit - Something I like about Arc'teryx. There isn't a ton of
material through the hips.
3. Packs down small - I can take it with me in my dogfish hydration pack
with a cliff bar or two.
Things I don't like:
1. Expensive - I bought it on sale and had to eat Top Ramen for a month.
The Arc'Teryx Beta SL is an overall great shell. I was a little apprehensive
about throwing down so much for a jacket, but after a years worth of use I
think I will get my moneys worth. Of course for the first month I didn't
want to wear it anywhere fearing that I would break it, that fear has passed
and if there are clouds out this jacket is the first one to go in the pack.
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