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Backpacker Magazine – November 2010

Time-Tested Gear: Essentials

Apparel, cookware, stoves...swimsuits?

by: Alex Geller and Kristin Hostetter

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Main: Arctery'x Beta (Courtesy Photo) Inset: Theta (W.L. Gore & Associates)
Main: Arctery'x Beta (Courtesy Photo) Inset: Theta (W.L. Gore & Associates)

Tried and True
Arc’teryx Beta AR
It was love at first sight in 1997 when testers tried on the Beta’s predecessor, the Theta (inset). Until then, we had never called a rainshell “sexy.” The Theta was sleek and clean and precise-fitting, to be sure, but the construction was all business: rugged three-layer Gore-Tex, waterproof zippers (the first ever), and dialed features, like a skull-hugging, one-hand-adjustable hood. The jacket worked so well in the field that we gave it an Editors’ Choice Award in 1998. The latest version, the Beta AR, is even more impressive. Made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell (W.L.’s most durable and breathable waterproof fabric yet), the Beta is a 14-ounce torso-fortress that kept testers dry in Colorado storms above 11,000 feet, with drenching rain and 30-mph winds. And yes, it’s still drop-dead gorgeous. $450; 14 oz. (men’s M); m’s XS-XXL, w’s XS-XL;

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Mar 07, 2011 the way,

I can fly from Tennessee to Montana ROUND TRIP for less than that.

And I will. (With my Columbia jacket at 1/6 the price that has never failed, but has neither been reviewed.)

Mar 07, 2011

$450. "You've got to be kidding" is right.

Backpacker staff,
Can we please get recommendations for real people. Historically, you have very good, descriptive reviews. But many of these reviews are practically worthless. We, your most loyal fans, are on average, in the average income bracket. Imagine that. Heads up.

Jan 06, 2011

The beta is expensive but well worth the money a few of my friends used them in Wyoming this summer and they didn't get wet at all while I was using an unnamed jacket and it took me three hours by the fire to dry of. Huge amount of money but you will probably never have to replace it.

Dec 21, 2010

Come on Kristin. I'll renew too.

Dec 21, 2010

$450. You've got to be kidding.

Dec 21, 2010

How about it, Kristin? I'll renew my subscription for modeling a swimsuit.

Dec 21, 2010

Take a second and help a fellow BP reader win a trip to Glacier NP:

Dec 21, 2010

Let me know when Kristin signs on to be the model for the next swimsuit issue ... ;-)

Mike livergood
Dec 21, 2010

I just want to renew
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