Arcteryx womens Beta SL Hardshell

Arcteryx Beta SL jacket

Walk rating

26 August 2015

Price: £230

Weight: 315g

+ Super-light and very easy to compress, this is a minimalist hardshell jacket. It uses Gore-Tex’s lightest and most packable fabric, Paclite. An articulated cut and gusseted underarms allows freedom of movement without adding bulk. There is also plenty of room for layering.


- We would like pit zips for added ventilation, although this would add weight.


VERDICT: We love this impressive jacket aimed at mountain use. It weighs just 280g, is incredibly comfortable, and the fit and cut is so good that you won’t notice you’re wearing it. Arc’teryx says it is designed specifically “for packable emergency weather protection”, which doesn’t sound ideally suited for prolonged wear, but we love it so much we’ve had it on non-stop and so far it’s stood up to everything we’ve thrown at it.