Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 89 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.2 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 133

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Very light.
  • The hood is wide and keeps rain off of the face.
  • Very packable.
  • Fits very well.
  • The back of the jacket is cut a bit lower to allow more waterproof coverage.

Expert Reviews

  • A very light jacket that offers the weather protection of a much heavier hardshell.
  • Great for high-output mountain sports as it wicks heat and moisture away from the body.
  • The athletic cut moves with the body.
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatable hood that moves with your head.
  • Zippered pockets are easily reached when wearing a harness.
  • Adjustable in the hemline for a better fit.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • While the majority of users praise its waterproofing, some have had problems with rain seeping through, particularly in the pockets.
  • Tends to run a bit small, and people between sizes should size up.
  • Does not have pit zips, although many users don’t miss them because of the overall breathability.

Expert Reviews

  • Not burly enough to withstand the heaviest storms.
  • Not made for wearing layers underneath.
  • No chest pockets.
  • Not incredibly durable over time but will hold up to mixed climbs well.
  • Gore-Tex treatment recommended to keep the jacket performing well.


The Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket for women is loved for its almost unbelievable lightness and breathability. While users generally find this jacket waterproof, some are underwhelmed after getting wet while wearing it. This jacket is more useful as an emergency rain jacket, as its lightness and packability make it easy to take anywhere, but its less-durable fabric make it more prone to wearing out quickly.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.