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Does Arcterxy run true to size?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thinking about picking up an Arcteryx Beta AR jacket for this season. I've never had the chance to try one on. Does anyone know if ther run larger or smaller than normal?
post #2 of 18
I think, in general, Arcteryx jackets are more "form fitting" than most winter wear. Extremely well made. You will be very happy with it. Online or bricks and mortar store?
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have no local dealer so I will probably try Backcountry. Thanks.
post #4 of 18
Backcountry has been, in my previous experience (e.g., I bought my Arcteryx jacket there), extremely candid and helpful. Also, so long as they don't sell out of the jacket, I think if you get the size you think you are and then need to go bigger, they will not bat an eye.
post #5 of 18
definitely athletic fitting jackets. Great mobility.
post #6 of 18
"Athletic" being a euphemism for, "if you are wide around the middle, you'll wish you got a bigger size."
post #7 of 18
My shell fits true to size, much better than TNF anyway. It's the first jacket I've had where a size that is long enough in the sleeve for me isn't way larger than I'd like around the middle.
post #8 of 18

They have different fits on different models

I'm not sure about the Beta, but I know the Alpha and Theta fit differently. The Alpha is an 'athletic' cut and the Theta is a rommier cut. I have a 41" chest, which is kind of a tweener size (med= 40", large= 43"), and the Theta AR Medium fits me perfectly. But the Alpha Med was too small around the armpits.

Going with BackCountry is the best thing you can do. You may even consider buying both sizes and returning the one that doesn't fit. They won't have any issues with that.
post #9 of 18
I'm a tweener too. I keep trying on my jacket (medium) to make sure I haven't gotten too fat to wear it. My wife thinks I'm nuts. I'm sure she's right.
post #10 of 18
I have an Arctyrx jacket, and even though I love it and it fits well, the sleeves are a little long -- which isn't something I generally run into. i don't know if that's how all their jackets are, but this one is.
post #11 of 18
I bought an Arcteryx Beta SL on SAC and the size was right on. The size chart indicated that I would wear medium and it fits just right. As others have said the fit is "athletic". As far as sleeve length, I've used my jacket while riding my bike and the sleeves were long enough for the bike "reach".
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post
It's the first jacket I've had where a size that is long enough in the sleeve for me isn't way larger than I'd like around the middle.
Me too. I have a GoreTex shell (Sidewinder) and a softshell (Gamma SV), and they both fit like that. I have long arms and a short torso, and they're perfect.

The pants were too short, though -- but most are. I think they make a long inseam, but I've never seen a pair in a store, and I'm not ordering and paying full price.
post #13 of 18
Have tried on numerous jackets and one thing in common - they all fit differently even if they are the same manufacturer. Like mentioned before - order two sizes - spend the $5 bucks on return shipping - your shopping experience will be a more posotive one.
post #14 of 18
I recently went on a hunt for a new shell and softshell and ended up in a Patagonia White Smoke and Patagonia Super Guide. My take on the different high-end brand fits as a 5'10, 200lb man with a 46 inch chest:

Arc'teryx- Very long sleeves. Didnt fit well as far as length went- felt too short when the chest and sleeves fit and the sleeves and chest felt too big when it was the right length.

Marmot- Very tight across the chest when the length was correct. Sleeves felt too large in the upper arms, like there was a lot of extra material that would make the softshell bunch up under a shell. Didn't have as trim a fit through the waist as Arc'teryx or Patagonia.

Mountain Hardwear- Softshells fit great but shells were enormous. Waists flared far too much, leaving you to pull the drawstrings as tight as possible and causing a big flat tire around your midsection. Sleeves felt like the right length and chest was a bit large.

Patagonia- Fit the best for me out of the 4 brands I tried. Sleeves fit the best, chest fit trim but not snug, and length was just right for pulling the drawcord and folding under just a bit. The only complaint I have is how high the collars are, but I'm getting used to them after having worn the softshell everyday for about 2 weeks.
post #15 of 18
We have about 15 different ArcT products in the house for three very active,very different body type athletes. They DO fit the average type body well. Their most recent "descent" line has a little looser fit. I just recieved the new Stingray model to replace my aging Sidewinder. They both fit the same, roomy great tapers and superb functionalilty. My son is a sponsored pro so we have our choice of gear and Arc T is bombproof top of the line gear. Look at ebay right now.... tons of ArcT gear at great prices, Mountain Gear and Backcountry also great source!!

If you are "average" body type, you won't regret the purchase!
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by pcskier View Post
I'm a tweener too. I keep trying on my jacket (medium) to make sure I haven't gotten too fat to wear it. My wife thinks I'm nuts. I'm sure she's right.
Yup, she probably is, I am 6' 175, wear a 42 jacket, 33 waist, the large fits best, especially if you put another layer underneath.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by 1gunner View Post
Thinking about picking up an Arcteryx Beta AR jacket for this season. I've never had the chance to try one on. Does anyone know if ther run larger or smaller than normal?
the beta runs pretty true to size. i usually wear med and a med beta AR fits my shoulders, arms and chest perfectly. BUT...it's an extremely short cut jacket. if you have a typical torso length you may find it to be TOO short, like i did. to give you an idea, it barely covered my belt line in the front. most fleeces/baselayers would have stuck out the bottom.

the theta, sidewinder and others are cut longer.

p.s. i'm 5'10 155
post #18 of 18
I have the Arc Gamma MX Hoody (awesome softshell with light fleece inside). It runs a bit small, but much like the posts above, the sleeves are definately a little long (but nothing really to get concerned about). I am 5'10, 175, with an athletic build. I ended up at the shop trying on the Medium and the Large. I would say in any other jacket/shell/shirt/whatever I would be a medium. However, I ended up purchasing the large and I absolutely love it. It fits like a glove. The Gamma though is a little trimmer than some of the other jackets in the line. Hope any of this helps...
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