Best Arc’teryx Hardshell Jackets
What are the best hardshell jackets by Arc’teryx for men and women? First, ask yourself what you want a hardshell for—waterproof for staying dry in the rain, breathable with vents for high-output activities, something you could wear layered over an insulator on the mountain or standalone in the rainforest. There are many choices for him and her, with different features, materials, and a coded naming system that needs explaining.
What’s a Hardshell Jacket?
These rugged waterproof shell jackets repel the worst weather and keep you dry and comfortable. For Arc’teryx jackets they’re hooded and made from thickly-woven GORE-TEX. It’s an outermost layer, breathable, and shelters you from the storm. Layer them over an insulator and stay warm all winter. Wear it standalone with good hiking boots or hiking shoes and hit the trails in comfort.
Arc’teryx Naming Conventions
We’ll only deal with four abbreviations from Arc’teryx. SV stands for Severe Weather protection. AR gives All Round versatile protection. LT is a Lightweight, minimal design, while SL is a Superlight packability piece. Check the link for more about the Arc’teryx naming system.
Best Arc’teryx Hardshell Jackets for Men
Editor’s Pick—Beta AR Jacket
The Beta AR Jacket for men is a hardshell we can’t get enough of, with rugged GORE-TEX Pro triple-layered fabric, ergonomic patterning and water-sealed zips just some of the features suited for the worst weather.
Best Rated Hardshell—Fission SV Jacket
Insulated, waterproof and breathable are just some of the outdoor attributes in the Fission SV Jacket for men. Tackle any cold-weather terrain in comfort, with six pockets, an insulated hood and warming collar panels.
Best Value Hardshell—Zeta SL Jacket
The Zeta SL Jacket for men is packable, waterproof, breathable and has a free range of movement you’ll appreciate on your next hike. This weave of GORE-TEX Paclite Plus is made to compress small and slip on quickly when caught by a sudden shower. The laminated hood brim lets you see further down the path.
Best Alpine Hardshell—Sidewinder SV Jacket
The Sidewinder SV Jacket for men was built for those days when you need the most on the mountain. Three layers of GORE-TEX Pro fabric, a storm hood that fits a helmet and a powder skirt are perfect on skis, snowboards or hiking boots. The asymmetrical zip doesn’t catch the chin either.
Best Hardwearing Hardshell—Beta SV Jacket
The Beta SV Jacket for men is an absolute tank of element protection built for the high alpine reaches. It all starts with three-layered GORE-TEX Pro fabric, waterproof, with micro seams and full taped inner seams. Ergonomic, articulated, with a helmet-compatible storm hood, the Beta SV is as ready as a jacket can be.
Best Ski & Snowboard Hardshell—Sabre AR Jacket
The Sabre AR Jacket for men is all about descents, with a triple-layered GORE-TEX shell and articulation helping you move freely and in comfort. It has all the things you need in a big mountain jacket plus WaterTight Vislon zips. Nothing getting in except fun.
Best Arc’teryx Hardshell Jackets for Women
Editor’s Pick—Alpha SV Jacket
The Alpha SV Jacket for women could be the definition of a hardshell. waterproof triple-layered GORE-TEX, the helmet-compatible storm hood and plenty of adjustments and pockets leave you wanting for nothing except the mountains.
Best Rated Hardshell—Fission SV Jacket
The Fission SV Jacket for women is the highest-rated five-star hardshell, and for good reason. A double-layered GORE-TEX membrane means total waterproof protection. The liner keeps things warm—important when venturing out in Severe Weather.
Best Value Hardshell—Beta SL Hybrid Jacket
The Beta SL Hybrid Jacket for women gets you out there with minimal weight and maximum protection. You get the bang for your buck with a double waterproof GORE-TEX fabric construction, ergonomic women’s-specific patterning and a helmet-compatible storm hood.
Best Lightweight Hardshell—Beta LT Jacket
The Beta LT Jacket for women brings lightweight construction to a shell that works rain or snow. Triple-layered GORE-TEX Pro, ergonomic articulation, a helmet-compatible hood and adjustable hem and cuffs keep dry warmth in and rain, cold and snow out. Articulation brings you freedom of movement.
Best Ski-Snowboard Hardshell—Shashka Jacket
The Shashka Jacket for women was made for deep powder adventures. 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro, powder skirt, pit zips, and a helmet-compatible hood keep you safe and sound in the backcountry or on the half-pipe.