If, for some reason, society collapses and we enter a state of pure chaos, I will instantly run into our warehouse and grab an Arc'teryx Men's Beta AR Jacket (and then a couple of our heftiest ice axes). I would want the no-nonsense protection with bombproof durability. The GORE-TEX® Pro Shell will block wind, rain, snow and whatever else falls from the sky in our broken world. It is light and packable with an athletic fit that will accommodate layers for the coldest winters (of our discontent). The hand pockets (pack compatible) and pit-zips allow for ample ventilation so I could stay on the move even with drastically changing temperatures and conditions. This situation is purely hypothetical and will probably/hopefully never happen, but if the Beta AR is up for that challenge, it can certainly handle the challenges of our current world.
DECENT FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Beta AR Jacket
Rugged, durable and breathable Gore-Tex Pro; light and supple 40D fabric through main body, reinforced in high wear areas with hardwearing 80D fabrics
WaterTight Vision centre front zipper; WaterTight pit zippers for ventilation
Helmet compatible DropHood with fast adjustment is designed to rotate with your head
Two hand pockets, internal laminated pocket with zipper
Weight (M): 13.0 oz / 440 g
Fit: Athletic with e3D, hip length
N40r-X Gore-Tex Pro
N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro
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Over the years, I have learned that it is better to just buy the right gear, even if it costs a little more. Personally, i found this jacket on craigslist and was able to get it a little cheaper, but it really is an out standing jacket. The Windstopper fabric does exactly what the name entails, and this jacket is like a little refuge on windy peaks. I have sat comfortably in 50mph gusts as long as I have my face turned away from the wind. The fabric is fairly thick, and it is lined with fleece, so the jacket is a bit heavy. It is a simple jacket with only three pockets.One small one on the inside which can hold beta and not much else, and the two large hand pockets, which are placed nicely to be accessible with a backpack on. Tho hood easily accomodates a helmet, and it is long enough to be able to wear a harness over it without the jacket coming out. Combined with a pair of bibs, and an underlayer, I feel nearly invincible in this jacket. I like this jacket more than the Alpha line.
"Best Pro Shell on the market, and its not even close"
I've owned a lot of GoreTex shells over the years and used them bass fishing, backpacking, general camping, snow and water skiing, frequent downpour on my way to the office - you get the idea. This jacket not only fits well but is 100% waterproof, windproof, just a comfy comfy jacket. If I had one small complaint it would be the hood is too big if you're not wearing a ballcap or helmet. Otherwise this jacket is my go to for all conditions! Pricey but its probably the last shell you'll ever have to buy assuming you don't gain 50lbs and have to get a bigger size.