What’s not to love about the Arc’teryx Beta FL jacket? It’s the perfect super-lightweight, high-performance, packable (it stuffs into a little sack for traveling) and breathable waterproof shell for running in the rain, mountain biking, climbing or as a spring shell for skiing or snowboarding. You can literally use this thing all the time and I’ve found that it always performs.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about Arc’teryx over the years it’s that they always think through every feature on every product before they incorporate it. You can clearly see this type of meticulous attention to detail with the Beta FL. Every feature and fabric utilized in this jacket seamlessly works together to create the best possible user experience for optimal athletic performance. The Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric used is very lightweight, waterproof, breathable and comfortable, the athletic fit with articulated elbows and 3D ergonomic patterning ensures that the jacket moves with your body and the Storm Hood with brim and the adjustable draw cords provide amazing visibility even when it’s pouring rain.
I honestly can’t really find any faults with this jacket, but I will warn you that the athletic cut might be too slim or short for some people. If you’re on the heftier side or taller than average, you might want to upsize. I’m 6’ and the Large just barely works for me length-wise, but the shoulders and arms are perfect. If you have the funds in your bank account and want a jacket like this, you will not be disappointed purchasing the Arc’teryx Beta FL. It’s easily one of the best outerwear pieces I own and will last for a very long time due to the quality craftsmanship and materials.