We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket and summarize the results below:
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Minimalist design is lightweight and easy to pack.
- Water and wind proof.
- Extremely durable for how thin and lightweight it is.
- Hood is very well built and designed.
- Excellent mobility.
- Gore-Tex Paclite membrane is especially packable which is great for backpacking or spring ski touring.
- Jacket packs into its own hood.
- No problems with breathability even though there are no pit zips.
- Hook and loop cuffs seal out rain and are easy to use.
- One of the best rain jackets on the market.
- If we could only choose one jacket for all activities from around town to the backcountry, this would be it.
- Some jackets may excel more in specific features, but none provide such a high level of performance across the board.
- The thinner Gore-Tex membrane allows for greater breathability and greater packability.
- Very effective DWR treatment.
- One of the best designed hoods on any jacket and provides great peripheral vision.
- Great mobility and range of motion.
- Great fit and style.
- Lighter weight than most hard shells.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- It needs, but doesn’t have, pit zippers.
- Only has two pockets.
- If this jacket came with pit zips, it would be perfect.
- The Gore-Tex membrane can leak after extended exposure to heavy precipitation.
- Runs a little small/tight so size up if you have a bigger upper body.
- Arc’teryx markets the jacket as for “emergencies” which is a little confusing. What is it actually best for?
- Jacket doesn’t breathe super well in high intensity activities.
- The Beta SL hybrid actually has pit zips so consider that version if this feature is important to you.
- Even though the membrane is extremely breathable, having pit zips is something a lot of people would appreciate.
- A little on the heavier side if you are using it only as a “just in case” jacket.
- Pockets are watertight, not necessarily waterproof.
The Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket is clean and simple, yet highly functional. It is wind and waterproof, has a well designed hood, and is easily packable and breathable. For high intensity activities, the lack of pit zips could be an issue for some users.
Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on packhacker, outdoorgearlab.