At a time when most jackets have a shorter, ‘active’ cut, it’s nice to see a Gore-Tex jacket an inch or so longer so it reaches to the top of your thigh to offer more protection. Made from lightweight but durable and soft-feeling N70p Gore-Tex Pro 3L, the Arc’teryx Theta AR weighs a very reasonable 435g (size UK12) and has some great features. The pit zips and all the outer pockets have water-resistant zips without stormflaps including two high chest pockets that aren’t obscured by a hipbelt and a smaller arm pocket, plus there’s a small inner pocket. One slight niggle is that the main zip, although water-resistant, has only a very narrow stormflap behind it. Due to its longer length there is a waist drawcord in addition to the standard hem drawcord, which makes for a really snug fit. The hood is good, helmet-compatible, adjusting easily and with a relatively small peak that’s unwired but stiff enough not to flap around; however there is no method of stowing it when not in use. The Arc’teryx Theta AR’s articulated arms make for excellent freedom of movement, while comfy brushed cotton feel chin- and neck-guards complete a very nice package.
Weight 435g (size UK12)
Material N70p Gore-Tex Pro 3 layer
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Pit zips yes
Wired hood peak no
Stowable hood no
The Arc’teryx Theta AR is a very comfy, longer jacket with good features; but you can get even better features for less money.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine November 2012