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Arc'teryx Beta AR
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Price $359.40 at Backcountry
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Pros Durable, great weather protection, excellent features, awesome storm collarLightweight, form fitting, great storm hood, superior construction quality, reasonable priceUnrivaled weather protection, decent venting options, perfect fitAwesome weather protection, fits great, very mobileSturdy weather protection, extended wrist cuffs, supple fabric
Cons A bit large and bulky, baggy fit, expensiveCrinkly and noisy, very little ventilation, few pockets, short front hemExpensive, not ultralight, mediocre breathabilitySkin pockets a bit too narrow, small ventilation zips, unreliable wrist cuffsSuper short zipper tabs, average weight, mediocre DWR finish
Bottom Line This more expensive model comes with the features and build you'd expect of a pricey pieceStands out among some stiff competition with its simple and solid designOur favorite hardshell for serious adventuresTurns out a company known for skis and bindings also makes a great jacket for touringA couple slight flaws detract from an otherwise great jacket
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Beta AR Arc'teryx Alpha FL Mammut Nordwand Advanced Dynafit Radical Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex
Weather Protection (30%)
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Weight (20%)
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Venting And Breathability (20%)
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Features And Design (10%)
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Specs Arc'teryx Beta AR Arc'teryx Alpha FL Mammut Nordwand... Dynafit Radical Norrona Falketind...
Pit Zips Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight (size large) 16.5 oz 11.8 oz 16 oz 15.4 oz 16.2 oz
Material N40r-X Gore-Tex Pro 3L Gore-Tex with N40p-X face fabric 3-layer 100% nylon Gore-Tex Pro Gore-Tex Pro with C-Knit backer 3-layer Gore-Tex
Pockets 2 hand, 1 internal 1 external chest, 1 internal chest 2 front, 1 internal 2 side handwarmer, 1 sleeve, 2 internal stash 2 hand, 1 chest
Helmet Compatible Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hood Draw Cords 3 3 3 1 1
Adjustable Cuffs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Two-Way Front Zipper No No Yes Yes No
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