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Gear Review

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  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Patagonia redesigned the new Capilene 4 fabric to be a true next to skin, super warm baselayer. It's not designed to be as warm as previous versions, which were more of a mid-weight fleece weight. That fabric is now available as the Patagonia Piton Pullover and Piton Bottom.

I'm totally digging the new fabric. It's super warm and incredibly comfortable. Almost wears like merino, and due to the new silver based anti-odor treatment it fights off the stink almost as well as merino too. This fabric is breathable when on it's own, and captures a lot of warmth when wearing layers on top of it. For me it's the perfect backcountry skiing piece, and the shirt that I pull on almost every morning right out of bed. The interior is a micro grid similar to what you'd find in an R1 fleece, but a lighter and more breathable version. The warmth it captures is pretty awesome for how light the fabric is, sometimes it's almost too warm for me, and I have to size up to a large since a slim fitting medium is too warm. It's a really unique new fabric, and definitely needs to be worn and tested to be appreciated.