It would be easy to dismiss the Arc’Teryx Theta AR on the grounds of price alone, but this jacket does boast a great set of features if you can stretch your budget. It is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, which is well-proven and offers extremely high level of waterproofness and breathability. The three massive chest pockets are sealed against leaking by not having mesh linings, which means you can stash your wet gloves in them without having to worry about water migrating through the jacket. The pockets are easily accessed with a rucksack on, and there are pit zips for added ventilating. The hood is very good as it fits closely, moves with the head and generally does what a hood should – which is to protect the head in wet and windy weather. The cut is fashionably short, and freedom of movement in the body is excellent. But the main zip of the Arc’Teryx Theta AR does not get external stormflaps so in driving rain this jacket may leak more easily than those that do have double stormflaps to provide extra protection. The price is very high compared to other options but is not sufficiently reflected by an increase in performance or features.
Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S- XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 554 (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 20
Verdict: The Arc’Teryx Theta AR is a very good general-purpose hill jacket if you can afford it. Price is the main drawback.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009