As most of you already know, I've been sharing helpful guides to all kinds of Arc'teryx jackets for the last couple of years now (find full post list at the bottom). Recently I keep getting asked to make an Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid Review, so here you go.
Caution: Since you're here reading this post, going forward, I'll assume you're looking for an emergency shell jacket. If this isn't what you're primarily after, then stop reading this post and go see my Best Arc'teryx Jackets post instead!
Beta SL Hybrid is Arc'teryx's one of very few products I don't recommend. Leaks like a busted house roof. Let's hope Arc'teryx is on the case and planning to revise its design & materials all together, to improve the waterproofing.
So... why the hell do I roast this jacket that much?
I've been gathering data on Arc'teryx shells for the last few years. Find my entire list here.
Discontinued products are also there (because most of the time, they're re-introduced).
Table is updated for Fall 2021.
|Alpha SL Anorak (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||6/10||5/10||5/10||9/10||No||M W||No|
|Alpha AR (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||9/10||8/10||8/10||5/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Alpha SV (Men's - Women's)||Climbing||8/10||10/10||10/10||3/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Alpha IS (Men's)||Climbing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Yes||M||Yes (Synthetic)|
|Beta LT (Men's - Women's)||All Round||7/10||5/10||4/10||7/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Beta Long (Men's)||All Round||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||M||No||Review|
|Beta AR (Men's - Women's)||All Round||8/10||8/10||9/10||5/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Beta SV (Men's - Women's)||All Round||8/10||10/10||10/10||3/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Gamma SL (Men's - Women's)||All Round||10/10||2/10||3/10||8/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Gamma LT (Men's - Women's)||All Round||10/10||3/10||7/10||5/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Gamma MX (Men's - Women's)||All Round||8/10||4/10||8/10||4/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Zeta SL (Men's - Women's)||Hiking||3/10||5/10||3/10||8/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Zeta AR (Women's)||Hiking||7/10||8/10||7/10||4/10||No||W||No|
|Macai (Men's - Women's Andessa)||Skiing||8/10||8/10||9/10||5/10||No||M W||Yes (Down)||Review|
|Macai LT (Men's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||M||Yes (Down)|
|Micon Heather (Men's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||M||No|
|Cassiar LT (Men's)||Skiing||6/10||6/10||6/10||5/10||Yes||M||No||Review|
|Ravenna LT (Women's)||Skiing||6/10||6/10||6/10||5/10||No||W||No||Review|
|Shashka Stretch (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||W||No|
|Sabre AR (Men's)||Skiing||7/10||8/10||7/10||7/10||No||M||No||Review|
|Sentinel AR (Women's)||Skiing||7/10||8/10||7/10||7/10||No||W||No||Review|
|Sabre LT (Men's)||Skiing||7/10||8/10||7/10||8/10||Yes||M||No||Review|
|Sentinel LT (Women's)||Skiing||7/10||8/10||7/10||8/10||No||W||No||Review|
|Sentinel IS (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||W||Yes (Synthetic)|
|Incendia (Women's - OP Women's)||Skiing||8/10||9/10||9/10||3/10||No||W||No||Review|
|Incendia IS (Women's)||Skiing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||W||Yes (Synthetic)|
|Norvan SL Ins. (Men's - Women's)||Running||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||Yes||M W||Yes (Synthetic)|
|Cita SL (Women's)||Running||7/10||4/10||4/10||10/10||No||W||No||Review|
|Incendo SL (Men's)||Running||7/10||4/10||4/10||10/10||No||M||No||Review|
|Norvan SL (Men's - Women's)||Running||7/10||6/10||8/10||8/10||Yes||M||No||Review|
|Trino SL (Men's)||Running||8/10||5/10||7/10||6/10||No||M||No||Review|
|Trino SL Anorak (Women's)||Running||8/10||7/10||8/10||7/10||No||W||No||Review|
|Nodin (Men's - Women's)||Running||8/10||5/10||5/10||10/10||No||M W||No|
|Squamish (Men's - Women's)||Running||5/10||5/10||7/10||9/10||No||M W||No||Review|
|Solano (Men's - Women's)||Around Town||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||M W||No||Review|
|Solano Coat (Women's)||Around Town||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||W||No|
|Venda (Women's)||Around Town||Testing||Testing||Testing||Testing||No||W||No|
If you liked this table, you might also like other Arc'teryx tables I shared here in my Best Arc'teryx Jackets post.
- 09 September 2022: Reviewing Arc'teryx Fall Winter 22/23 Gear
- 09 August 2022: 5 things all Arc'teryx newbies should know
- 03 August 2022: Ultimate size guide to Arc'teryx
- 05 July 2022: Explained, compared & plotted: CLO values of insulated jackets
- #A sidenote here: Arcteryx.com's PDF guide to their jackets is GOOOLLDDD. Highly recommend you to check it out before you buy.
Look. I don't mind the poor breathability and durability the emergency pop-up shells like the Beta SL offer. After all, it's all a trade-off for superior packability.
Jackets I recommend instead of the Beta SL Hybrid, the Zeta SL and FL; aren't really much different in this manner either.
Check out my Arc'teryx Beta vs Zeta post to see how the Zeta SL and FL compare to the Beta SL Hybrid in terms of breathability and durability. It's not much different.
Having said that...
What really grinds my gears is the fact that the Beta SL Hybrid can't even mildly accomplish the only thing it's intended to do: Waterproofing.
Not only the pockets get soaked completely (I mean a degree like several inches of water! Good night sweet wallets), but the material also leaks.
You had one job, Beta SL Hybrid...
Zeta SL and FL, on the other hand, work just as expected. The waterproofing capability they offer are higher than the industry standards. Being Arc'teryx pieces, this isn't surprising.
Combine this with the fact that they're also cheaper than the Beta SL Hybrid... and it should be an easy decision for most of you - assuming your type of use won't be much different than everyone else.
Lastly, here's another good review of Beta SL Hybrid: