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Review: Arc’teryx Beta Lightweight Jacket

All-Season Shell Jacket
Arc’teryx Beta LightweightJacket
$500, 13 oz./369g (men’s medium)
Sizes: XS-3XL, women’s 2XS-2XL

From a pair of three-day backpacking trips and some dayhikes in the Canadian Rockies in early August to a four-day trip in the Wind River Range in mid-August and a seven-day hike in Glacier National Park in September, I logged countless hours walking through rain showers, steady rain, intense thunderstorms, and very strong, chilly wind in the Beta Lightweight Jacket. My takeaway: This is one of the most weather-resistant and comfortable all-season shells on the market.

Summer in the northern Rocky Mountains can give you a strong opinion about any rain shell and my trips certainly put Arc’teryx’s Beta Lightweight to every three-season meteorological test imaginable. To cite a few examples…

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The Arc’teryx Beta Lightweight Jacket.
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Dayhiking the 13-mile Burgess Pass Loop in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies on an overcast day in the 50s Fahrenheit/low teens Celsius, the jacket kept me dry through steady rain showers while hiking above treeline. But almost more importantly, it breathed well enough that the synthetic T-shirt that I soaked with sweat on the humid, steep, fast-paced hike up 3,500 feet in 4.5 miles to Burgess Pass dried out completely on my body within about 20 minutes after I pulled this shell on over it as we started traversing and gradually descending the Burgess Highline Trail.

I also wore it for a few hours or more almost every day in the Winds, mostly to fend off cold gusts probably exceeding 40 mph and occasionally perhaps 50 mph, as well as through an afternoon thunderstorm; I even wore it carrying a backpack uphill to a couple of 11,000-foot passes, hood up and cinched tight, without overheating (largely because of the cold wind). And in Glacier, I wore it through a few hours of steady rain one morning and in sunny but windy conditions and temps in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit/teens Celsius.

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