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When it's time to charge the mountain, make sure you're wearing Patagonia's fastest-drying baselayer, the Women's Capilene 2 Lightweight Bottom. This slim-fit moisture-wicking bottom is ideal for spring skiing, hikes in moderate temps, or under a pair of shorts for an early-morning run. The open knit promotes airflow and ventilation and moves with you when you work hard. Keep charging in comfort, because this baselayer has a gusseted crotch for unimpeded mobility and an elastic waistband that's brushed for next-to-skin softness. The Cap 2 Bottom is treated with Polygiene permanent odor control, so you can wear it for a couple of outings and not fear the funk. When you have to part ways with this excellent bottom, it is fully recyclable through the Common Threads program.

  • Polartec Power Dry
  • Polygiene permanent odor control
  • Open knit
  • Elastic waistband
  • Gusseted crotch
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Light, comfortable, warm

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought these to wear as a base layer during my ski trip in Breck. I read the reviews before buying them and do agree that, upon first impression, they aren't very stretchy and are a little see-through. Actually wearing them is a different story, they stretch enough to put on, and they aren't see-through when you're wearing them. Very warm, sweat-wicking, and kept everything dry for long days on the mountain!

light, warm, breathable; not stretchy

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

These tights are a great lightweight, breathable base layer. They provide a lot of warmth for the weight. I've used them several times under lightweight hiking pants in this fall (low 40s through low 50s F). The only thing I'd like to be different about them is stretch. I'd like it if they had extensive 4-way stretch. They aren't stretchy at all. I haven't found the lack of stretch a genuine problem in the field; indeed, I've found them very comfortable. But they definitely feel constricting when I put them on and first get moving. It bums me out to have hiking pants with incredible stretch, but to be wearing a stiff-feeling base layer underneath. (Size isn't the issue: they are the same size that all the Patagonia products I wear are, including other capeline tights. Some of the heavier capeline pieces have more stretch.)

They broke, pretty much instantly

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

These were thin and felt cheap. It was basically see-thru. They ripped at the knees on the second day of wearing them. Unfortunately I was stuck in the field with them for weeks. They were not warm. They weren't particularly comfortable. Not recommended, unless you want to wear them under a denim skirt as grunge legs on 80's night at the rollerskating rink. I use them exclusively for that now.

Very thin and not warm

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

These leggings didn't stretch well over my butt - it felt very stiff.

Wearing these underneath my North Face stretch pants in 30 degree weather, I was still cold (just walking). Don't know how I would feel after running but I'm skeptical about how well this will keep me warm without another layer on top, as the fabric is SO thin (practically see thru).

I will be probably be exchanging these for something warmer, stretchier, and with more material.

World's Best Pants

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Yes. Pants.

Confession: I am one of those people who count leggings of any kind as pants....and I am perfectly happy living my life this way. Honestly, I think people would be happier if they just wore more stretchy pants. (I'm wearing them right now!)

These are a year-round staple for me-they are soft, cozy, and the wide waistband is a dream....there really isn't much of a need to take them off. They are a great baselayer when you're out on the mountain all day in winter--they stay in place and don't ride up or wedge in to places they shouldn't be. They aren't too thick, not too thin--they really are just right. They roll up small and I always take them camping and backpacking in the spring/summer/fall to sleep in when it's chilly. And just when you thought they couldn't do any more.....they look great with boots and a dress or long sweater. Or just be like me and throw a long T on and call them can't go wrong.

I'm 5'4" 112lbs and the XS are the perfect fit.


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

The cut/pattern of these is awesome. The waistband is perfect for wearing under a harness--nice and flat. I wear these under my climbing pants on chilly fall days and if the temperature cranks up high enough by midday, I just take my pants off and wear these as tights. They don't look like long johns, especially with the great colors they come in. They're not the most abrasion resistant as far as outerwear goes, but they do the job in a pinch. When I'm not wearing them at the crag, I find myself wearing them around the house; they are THAT comfortable.

I'm not sure I'd say they run small, but they do seem snug. I'm 112lbs, 5'4" and I wouldn't want to be much bigger to fit the size XS. Maybe another 5lbs?

I also have these in the Capilene 4 weight and they are COZY.