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Your skin works hard. The Patagonia Women's Capilene 1 Silkweight Stretch Bottoms work harder. The Capilene 1's quick-wicking polyester fabric deals with sweat and speeds up evaporation to help your body regulate your temperature. This baselayer is treated with Polygiene permanent odor control so you can wear it for a few runs or ski tours between washings.

This baselayer's slim fit works well for late-fall runs and makes it easy to layer ski shells overtop for warmer winter days or quick dawn patrols when you know you'll be working up a sweat. While the ultra-flexible fabric and gusseted crotch makes it easy to move without resistance, the wide, soft waistband with stretch mesh backing stays in place and provides next-to-skin comfort.

  • 35% recycled polyester, 59% polyester, 6% spandex jersey
  • Polygiene permanent odor control treatment
  • Extra-wide self-fabric waistband with stretch mesh backing
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Recyclable through Patagonia's Common Threads Initiative
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Better quality than they look

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

I got these in the cute striped pattern after seeing them as a recommended baselayer on a backpacking blog checklist. I ordered the XL, and they fit well (I am usually a jean size 18-20, narrow hips and wide waist).

Pros after one day:

-pack up RIDICULOUSLY small. They come in rolled in a little ball when you get them and I was worried that they'd gotten my order wrong when I saw how small the packaging was.

-I love the pattern, it's really fun and I've worn them around all day as pants (don't judge me! I had a long sweater on)

-SO comfy. It was in the 60s today and I was never too hot or too cold, which is saying something for Oklahoma weather.

-not transparent, like some thin leggings. I wasn't worried about people seeing my underwear.

Cons after one day:

-The waist band has a tendency to want to roll down once in a while. This got a better once I put on a tighter undershirt.

-On this pattern in particular, they print the black on top of white fabric. When the fabric stretches in the upper-thigh area, the not-cheap material ends up looking pretty cheap. This is mostly an issue when sitting cross-legged, not as much standing. Also, it may not be a problem at all for people with skinny little legs.

Despite the few issues, I haven't taken these off since I got them and I just came back to the site to see if I can get them in some other colors. LOVE.