- Recycled polyester fabric
- Polygiene odor control treatment
- bluesign-approved fabric
- Slim fit
- Item #PAT014R
- Q & A
Great for running.
LW Cap passes the test both as a baselayer and as a running top. Boom!
Off-set shoulder seams--good for resisting chafe as well as allowing it to look like it fits despite having broader shoulders. Double nice.
I'm sorry I ever doubted you, Capilene.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 105 lb.
Dress/Pant Size: 0/25
I have this in an XXS.
FIT: The fit in this piece is consistent with the rest of Patagonia's slim fit pieces. Because my shoulders are a little broad/bigger compared to the rest of my body (I have more of a V-shape up top) and I also have longer arms, the sleeves are a bit short and the shoulders are a bit tight (yet I still have a bit of room in the lower torso). Despite this I still go true to size, and since I have a body type that's a little hard to fit and the discomfort is minor, no stars docked for fit.
PERFORMANCE: I mainly got this baselayer because I love Patagonia's merino baselayers--a lot. Maybe too much! And though I really adore my Thermal Weight Capilene, I have always preferred my Merino Midweight to almost any baselayer. So for me this was a real test just to see if Capilene could give merino a run for its money. The result: I was very, very pleasantly surprised. I went for a fairly intense hilly run in this and wore it for a total of around 48 hours (with about a single 8-hour air-out/dry-time overnight while I was sleeping and also wore it to bed one night) and was very pleased. The polygiene really did its job. While running and sweating, it did a great job keeping me dry and comfortable, but it was also light and thin enough that I could feel the wonderfully cool air. I started off wearing my Houdini as my shell and then ended with just the Capilene in 45-degree F weather. It was perfect.
BOTTOM LINE: Though I love merino, this sealed the deal for me on Capilene. I want to be able to have synthetic pieces that are versatile and can perform well during any objective, especially when safety (body temp/perspiration) is a real issue. This piece is going to play an important role in my layering system.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: xl
Purchased this base layer for hiking (southeast, so 4 seasons of hiking) and for a summer hiking trip to northern and central Alaska. Researched ahead of time the best base layers on the market in my price range and this one was always on top for quality and dependability. It, along with the thermal grade Capilene, quickly turned into my go-tops. Warm, light, and an excellent length for a tall/ long torso person. I also purchased one for my sister who is very petite and it fit her wonderfully. After hiking in it for three days, it did not smell terrible like my other layers either. Highly recommended. Worth the cost.
What all the fuss is about.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
This is my first piece of Capilene. I been told for years that I should use these base layers because they're awesome. Now, I know what the fuss is about.
I wanted to really put this to the test, so I used this running on a very windy and cold day. The wind was so cold I had to run back for a face mask. I ran very comfortably in this shirt, with nothing over it. It blocked the wind enough and kept me warm, even though it's so very thin. I'm not sure how they do it, but it really does trap heat. I've since been using this skiing, as it breathes really well. I've also been wearing it around the house a lot, just because I stay so comfortably warm in it.
I'm not sure about the fit. I'm usually a medium in shirts. I'm 5'8, 135lbs. I can wear small, but they typically aren't long enough in the torso, so medium is usually a good fit. I got the medium in this and it fits, but it's rather loose and quite long. I'm not sure if they meant for it to be loose, or if I should have picked up the small. I will definitely try the small, next time. I like my base layers to be more fitted.
I highly recommend these capilene base layers.
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