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Arc’teryx Beta LT Waterproof Jacket | Review

Arc’teryx have updated their classic Beta LT jacket for 2021 to create a lightweight and dependable multi-sport option

Why We Chose It: Lightweight, durable, streamline

Getting hold of a trusty and reliable waterproof jacket is at the top of the shopping list for all hikers, particularly for those who predominantly spend their time in the changeable mountain climates of the UK. One brand that’s consistently created solid and dependable shells to a high spec is Arc’teryx – and this is certainly true with their Beta LT Jacket.

Photo: Chris Johnson

Who Is the Arc’teryx Beta LT For?

Given the £350 price tag (that’s around £100 more than a jacket from another brand with a regular Gore-Tex membrane) this jacket isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But, saying that, if you do decide to go for the Beta LT you’re going to be rewarded with a well-built jacket that offers a good performance level. 

Materials and Construction

The main talking point of this updated Beta LT is, of course, that Gore-Tex membrane. Sitting at the middle of Gore-Tex’s range of fabrics, regular Gore-Tex strikes a balance between weight, breathability and all-weather protection.

“The Beta LT is sporting an extremely streamlined, and well considered, design.”

Arc’teryx originally created the Beta LT with the heavier, and more durable, Gore-Tex Pro fabric. This time, they’ve instead decided to opt for the standard Gore-Tex fabric for the Beta LT (LT meaning lightweight, by the way). While that might be a downgrade when it comes to the overall durability and wet weather performance, it does at least mean that this new version of the Beta LT is slightly more packable than the previous one. It’s also a bit cheaper in price. 

The face fabric still has a tough 40-denier strength rating and it’s been joined together by micro (1.6 mm) weather-proof seams to reduce bulk and any additional weight. Seam taping has always been something that Arc’teryx has done to a high level, and it’s certainly the case with the Beta LT.

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson


As expected from an Arc’teryx jacket, the Beta LT is sporting an extremely streamlined and well considered design. By that we mean, while the jacket is packing plenty of features, they’re not too obtrusive on the overall clean aesthetics of the jacket. This in turn helps with the outdoor performance overall, with nothing on show to get caught/snagged and therefore less chance of the jacket being damaged beyond repair.

Features found on the jacket include pit zips, two hip height hand pockets that can be used with a climbing harness or backpack and there’s a dropped hem. The ‘StormHood’ is worthy of a separate mention, too. Featuring a large design that’ll easily fit over just about any type of helmet, it’s able to provide a good amount of protection from wind and rain, and you can cinch it in nicely for times when you’re not wearing a helmet.

Giles testing the Beta LT in Snowdonia. Photo: Chris Johnson

Tester’s Verdict

Giles Dean, Outdoors Magic staff

“I have been testing the Beta LT during the wettest May since records began and I’ve been really impressed by the jacket’s performance.

“It’s perfect for those light and fast days in the hills where you know you’re going to be coming across some weather but need something that packs down well for those fleeting moments when the clouds part.

“For this time of year, having a jacket that’s super breathable but that’s also able withstand the elements is essential. Pit zip-vents, in my opinion, are so useful for when you’re working hard up a hill. It’s a great way of dumping out a bunch of heat whilst remaining protected.

“Over the summer I have a number of adventures that the Beta LT is going to join me on as I’m hard pressed to think of another lightweight Gore-Tex shell that is as good as this jacket.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

Arc’teryx Beta LT

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