Arc’teryx Beta LT (2013)

The Arc’teryx Beta LT is new for autumn 2013 and features Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of the well-proven waterproof and breathable fabric, which is now more breathable than before. The Beta LT stands apart from other Gore-Tex Pro jackets when it is placed on the scales, as it only weighs 371g (size L). The fabric is also very supple, which is good in terms of comfort, but not so good in terms of preventing a slight breeze from pressing the fabric against the skin and pushing out warm insulative air. Typically of Arc’teryx, you get profiled sleeves and a neat, close style, and this also retains good sleeve movement to prevent the hem or cuffs from riding up. The body is quite short, like many jackets these days, while the two chest pockets are a good size and well-positioned for easy access. The front zip is exposed, as on many jackets, and has a smaller-than-average internal flap to keep any wind and rain at bay. The hood does not have a wired peak, and its stiffening is not as good as other jackets, although the fit and movement are up there with the best. The Arc’teryx Beta LT has no pit zips and no third external pocket, and so while what you get is reasonably good, for this price I was expecting a little more, especially when you consider what other Gore-Tex Pro jackets offer for less cash.

Weight 371g (size men’s L)

Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XL

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.arteryx.com

Verdict

The Arc’teryx Beta LT offers superb weight and good general features; but for this price other jackets offer more for the money, unless ultra-low weight is your top priority.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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