I admit, Arc’teryx isn’t the cheapest brand you can buy, in fact I was mocked for the amount I paid for my waterproof. They do, however, make some very good stuff!
I have been very glad of their Beta LT waterproof hardshell on a number of occasions. It did an amazing job of keeping me dry during the deluge on the Moel Famau to Moel Arthur walk
The Beta series refers to all-round mountain wear and, rather unsurprisingly, LT refers to lightweight.
This is a very breathable jacket, made from Gore-tex Pro 3 layer and N40p-X (which is a new one for me!) e3D Ergonomic patterning is used to give enhanced comfort and mobility.
I’m a rather freakish build, quite tall with ape like arms, however it fits perfectly just as well over just a t-shirt as it does over the Arc’teryx Cerium down jacket during colder months.
Although big enough to wear over layers, it’s still small enough to be fitted, perhaps a little too fitted for, shall we say, some larger sized people.
There are a lot of adjustable bits on the peaked hood, cuffs and collar, two good sized , zipped pockets at the front, positioned so you can still access them wearing a rucksack, and there is a smaller, zipped inside pocket.
The zips on the pockets and the main zip use ‘WaterTight zippers’. Arc’teryx say they are ‘highly water resistant, but not waterproof and do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture‘, however even in extreme downpours I’ve not had any problems.
Another bonus is it’s machine washable at 30 deg C, just make sure the washing machine is clear of any nasty fabric conditioner!
In conclusion, it’s true what they say, you do get what you pair for. This is a fantastically waterproof and very light shell. Perhaps not the best option for anyone just beginning walking/hiking for the first time, but experienced outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves making this a firm favourite!