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The Beta FL is identical to the Arc'teryx Alpha FL, which wins our Editor's Choice Award, except that the jacket has two handwarmer pockets instead of one chest pocket. For the reasons described in the Alpha FL review our testers prefer chest pockets to handwarmer pockets. However, if you want hand pockets (and can pay the additional $50 for them) we highly recommend this jacket. Make sure to see the Alpha FL Review if you haven't already.
Check out our full Hardshell Jacket Review to compare all of the models tested.
The Arc'teryx Alpha FL - Women's, $400, is the female version of the Acteryx Alpha FL that we covered with a full review and that won our Editor's Choice Award.
The Arc'teryx Alpha SV - Women's, $650 and Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket, $675 is tried and true body armor for mountain climbers. Its ideal for winter alpine climbing and long expeditions, but the shell can be used for everything and anything.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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