The Arc'teryx Beta SL is our OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice. It scored the highest, or near the highest, in all of our comparison categories and offered exceptional versatility. It had the best in review mobility, featured a fantastic hood design, and provided outstanding storm worthiness at a below-average weight, all while maintaining a high level of durability. There are some jackets in this review that might offer specific advantages for specific situations. One would be our Top Pick, the Outdoor Research Foray, which features the best ventilation of any jacket we tested. But if we could only have one model for a wide range of activities, from rainy around town walks to backpacking, to alpine climbing, this rough weather does everything rain jacket would be it.
Arc'teryx has updated the Beta SL's color offerings. While the yellow we reviewed is no longer offered, you can grab this OutdoorGearLab fave in a slew of new hues, like the green pictured above. But fear not! The technical aspects of the Beta SL remain constant.