Gear Review

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Merino > Capilene

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a loyal Capilene baselayer kind of guy for years. When I considered merino, I read about the benefit being reduced funk/stink and the disadvantage being the cost and the itchiness. I finally took the plunge last year when Patagonia.com had a big web special. The Medium is a great fit for my 5'10" 170 lbs frame. Yes, the sleeve are a bit longer, but I like it that way for good range of motion overhead and to cover the backs of my hands when cold. This is a great piece made by a great company. I still have my Capilene systems, but I rarely use them now that I have gone to merino. It is a better insulating material, dries quicker and doesn't smell like a sour raccoon at the end of a long weekend.

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Merino Wool does not dry faster than synthetic materials. Especially Capilene. Don't get me wrong, I always pick merino wool over synthetic. The best article/explanation of the difference between the 2 fabrics: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/comfort_moisture_transport_wool_synthetic_clothing.html

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Thanks, but I couldn't access the article. I was just speaking from my personal experience with synthetic and wool t-shirts. My Smartwool and Icebreaker wool t-shirts seem to dry quicker than my North Face synthetic t-shirts. Maybe it has something to do with fabric thickness, etc. I certainly didn't set up any science experiments.