This jacket falls in the middle of the three Arc'teryx jackets we featured in this review when considering weight, features, and price. The Editors' Choice Award winning Arc'teryx Alpha FL is lighter, cheaper, and more pared down to the basics than the Beta AR. On the other hand, the Arc'teryx Theta AR is a very similar jacket that is slightly heavier, longer at the waist, and includes more features. The Beta AR remains virtually unchanged from the 2014 model, but that didn't stop us from buying a new one to test again side-by-side.
The Beta AR is now available in new colors, scroll down to find out more.