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The Patagonia Men's Capilene 4 Expedition Weight 1/4-Zip Hooded Top will keep you warm whether you're ascending a snow-capped mountain or stuck on a slow chairlift in dropping temperatures. The jersey face allows you to slide your other layers on easily, and the fabric stretches so it won't restrict your movements. Patagonia knows this shirt is hot, so they integrated a 1/4-lenght zip to help you dump a little excess heat when you want to.

  • Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency blends polyester and spandex to make Patagonia's warmest synthetic baselayer not only warm but stretchy and breathable too
  • Polartec Power Dry features partially recycled polyester
  • Polygiene permanent odor control keeps the shirt from retaining odor so you don't have a stinky shirt after a few days of use
  • Slim-fitting style lets you layer up easily for your alpine ascent or a freezing day at the resort
  • 1/4-length zip at chest for temperature regulation in case you get too hot
  • Open grid next to skin offers incredible warmth, breathability, and moisture management
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  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

The first thing I noticed when this arrived, me thinking it was going to be a sweatshirt, is that this is a real dedicated base layer. Extremely soft and comfortable and extremely light and thin. The hood is amazing and snug. The wrist loops are practical--much better than thumb holes which let out heat. I ordered a small and I am about 146, 5' 10". It is very snug. the only thing I would really wear under it is a t-shirt, but having it fit snug and next to skin is how it is designed to work with the tiny heat trapping grid. I wear this to sleep when my house gets cold and it really gives you a cozy night of sleep. Have not gotten to test it out in colder weather, but Fall is right around the corner and I can't wait to test this baby out!

Good value

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

After several readings of the product reviews i was convinced to get one for me. The medium size was in good length when i tried it, not loose nor snuggy fit. No thumb holes as expected but they provide a strap under the cuff area. The fabric was awesome doesnt make an itchy feeling when wearing it. I havent tried it yet on colder places but definitely il be doin it in my coming trip this Sept.


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The R1 was my go-to all-seasons-but-summer baselayer for years; it's been replaced by the Cap4 hoody, because the Cap4 hoody is much more flexible. Light, warm, breathable, wicks like nobody's business; layer over 200wt wool or Phase AR in deep winter for R1 equivalent; layer under R1 or Piton Hybrid for deeper winter. Liked it so much I got another in case Pata stops making them; bottoms are equally good.

Like a lightweight R1 Hoody

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Really like this piece. Great cold temp base layer especially under a R1. Hood fits great., Very stretchy, soft . Would be a nice light midlayer too, in warmer weather. Can put an iPhone 5 in pocket. Definitely worth a look! I'm 5'10" 160# medium is right on.

Pic shows typical NH day -8 degrees. Layers stacked under helmet nicely.

Like a lightweight R1 Hoody


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I'm a big fan of Patagucci, so i guess you could say i'm slightly biased, but this piece kicks butt. Warm enough that I only have to put a midweight layer on during a decently cold day. I love the hood, because my ears tend to get freezing rather quick. I'm 6' and usually wear a Large and the large fits great. Maybe wish it was a bit longer, but I just tuck it in to my pants, and i'm good to go. if you're looking for an extremely warm baselayer, get this


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

Awesome piece! Better than the R1 and cheaper! The R1 I find is heavier and too warm for high output activity. This dries faster is light etc. Still zips over the chin, not quite the full balaclava like the R1, but otherwise a perfect winter baselayer. Wore it the whole way up Rainier. I would order a size up, unless you just like showing off the muscles or will always have a layer over it. The perfect base for winter activities.


    Not sure I can describe on the internet just how much I love this hoody. Definitely one of my favorite Patagonia pieces ever, and one of the most worn shirts in my closet. The Capilene 4 fabric is amazingly comfortable, warm, lightweight, and breathable. It's 100% poly, but I feel like it almost wears like Merino for the warmth it captures. It's similar the R1 from Patagonia, just a little lighter version. The fabric is treated with Polygiene, which is a silver based anti-microbial, that does a great job managing the stink. The Cap 4 Hoody breathes super well when worn on it's own, or with a silkweight T underneath. And then captures warmth really well when it's layered with a jacket or shell over the top. It has definitely changed how I dress for the mountains in winter.

    It enables you to lift boulders

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    The Capilene 4 hoody is a very versatile piece to have in your kit. It fills that gap between a lighter merino wool/base layer piece and your R1 hoody (or anything similar to the style and weight of the R1).My favorite feature of this piece is the double layer hood and shoulders. This gives added warmth and durability where your backpack straps hit your shoulders. The thumb loops are nice and tuck away cleanly when not in use, and finally, the zipper comes down far enough to give plenty of ventilation. Don't expect the hood to be an exact replica of the Patagonia R1 hood, however, it's fitted, double layered for added warmth, zips straight up and down, and comes to just below the nose (probably depending on your height and size selected). I really love the Patagonia R1 hoody, but when I need something lighter weight and something that is versatile when I don't know how the weather will turn out, the Cap 4 hoody is my go to. Just a quick added note, I typically wear a size medium in Patagonia garments (like the R1), but I sized up to a large. I'm 185 lbs and 6 ft, it fits very comfortably, not too baggy, not too tight.

    Awesome pullover

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size

    Lightweight, warm but still breathable, with great styling. I think it's everything you want in a hoodie. Price of $120 is not cheap but reasonable.

    Outstanding garment

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    A number of years ago I swore off capilene because it always developed a strong odor when I sweat in it. That no longer seems to be the case. I've sweated a bunch in this shirt and after multiple uses it still smells new. So far I've worn in directly under a 2 1/2 layer rain garment where it wicks very well. I've worn in as an outer garment in 45 degree weather and find it extremely warm for its weight. I've worn it under a fleece under a rain garment and found it wicks extremely well. I've used it as a sleeping shirt in my sleeping bag. I've even worn it under a scuba diving dry suit where it was awesome. Similar to another reviewer I weigh 160 and stand 5' 10" and find the size medium to be a perfect fit. This has become my go to garment for rainy conditions in the mid 30's. I would recommend it to anyone for any cool to cold weather activity.

    Like a Phoenix from the Ashes!!!!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    I can remember it clear as day. The year was 2009 and after a great day of bouldering in Leavenworth, WA I slunk back to the campsite to heal my aching skin and tell some lies. But alas I forgot my venerable R .5 pullover at the last problem of the day. Fast forward a few hours to me frantically searching my belongings for the piece which had been by my side for the last 5 years. Could I have forgotten it so easily, after all it meant to me? Alas as morning dawned I went back to that problem and indeed found the carcass of my R .5 on the ground. The little critters of the forest had chewed it to pieces under the glow of a full moon. I quickly called up Patagonia to buy another one but it had been discontinued and I was out of luck.

    Now fast forward to the present day and the Cap 4 weight is almost exactly what the R. 5 used to be but, dare I say it, maybe even better. This comes with a hood (like my favorite piece of all time, the R1 hoody), contrasting zippers, and low key wrist keepers instead of the big thumb holes. It is so cozy and fits quite well. I went with the M and at 5'10 165lb it fits well with a light merino tee or under my Ultralight Down sweater. I hope to get years of service out of this just as I did from the R.5 and hopefully fate and gods see to it that I do.

    To wrap up, if you loved the discontinued R.5, then this is the piece for you. If you never got to try the R.5 then you need to get your head on straight and just buy this promptly. Get something that matches all of your other clothes since you will probably be wearing it 24/7, black tie events be damned!

    hi, does anyone no what size i should take ?

    i'm 6'3" and 175lbs what size

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    Large for sleeve length. I'm 6'2" 175lbs and the medium is too short for me to raise my arms but the larges fit boxy in the body. I wanted this to be a tight fitting base layer. but its a nice baggy fit. Almost nothing from Patagonia fits me for arm length vs boxy.

    Hi, does anybody know what would it be the...

    Hi, does anybody know what would it be the best size of this hoody for me?

    I'm tall and thin: 6'3" / 154 pounds