In earlier posts I reviewed both the Arc’teryx Beta LT and the Arc’teryx Beta AR. There is a significant difference between these shell jackets as they are intended for different uses. I thought I would spend a moment comparing and contrasting the two. The differences I am highlighting are gender neutral so this applies to both the men’s and women’s Arc’teryx Beta LT & Beta AR.
It is worth noting here, while the Arc’teryx Beta LT is not gender specific patterning, the Arc’etryx Beta AR is.
Again, to really simplify the Arc’teryx product line it helps to understand Arc’teryx abbreviations and designations of technical shells. Arc’teryx also breaks down technical shells and apparel in to ‘fit categories’. This designation system helps to easily keep track of weight and purpose if you are looking for a technical shell so that you can pair it with its intended use. More information can be found on both below.
TECH SHELL DESIGNATORS:
- SV – Severe
- AR – All’Round
- LT – Light
- SL – Super Light (pac-light)
- SK – Ski
- MX – Mixed
FIVE FIT CATEGORIES:
In previous reviews I spent time reviewing the highlights of each jacket. I will simply highlight the differences between the two jackets in this review.
Arc’teryx Beta AR / Beta LT Comparison Table
Here are a few photo comparisons between the Beta LT and the Beta AR.
I hope that helps clear up the differences between the Beta AR and the Beta SL. For the record, I own the ‘Mai Tai’ color in the Beta LT, and the ‘Tiger Lily’ in the Beta AR. Both are women’s size medium.
You can find more information on the Arc’teryx website. www.arcteryx.com