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As you dig out your driveway after an epic snowstorm and then beeline to the slopes to hit it hard, the Patagonia Women’s Capilene 3 Bottoms provides ideal performance and comfort all day. Polartec Power Dry fabric ensures moisture wicking and  fast drying, so you can focus on the activity at hand. The brushed fabric gives you warmth, softness, and compressibility, all while offering next-to-skin comfort. As you twist and turn, you'll notice unimpeded movement from the gusseted crotch and the stretchy double-knit fabric. Shoveling done? Check. Killer first tracks? Check. Versatile baselayer? Check.

  • Polartec Power Dry
  • Brushed elastic waistband
  • Gusseted crotch
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Good baselayer

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I like these leggings but am not completely in love with them. They're pretty comfortable and have kept me warm as a baselayer on a trip to Iceland as well as on cold winter runs at home. They sit nicely on the waist and don't slide too much unless you've worn them repeatedly without washing (they tend to stretch a little with use). My one complaint is that they are baggy through the knees and ankles. My legs are pretty athletic and I have small ankles, so maybe it's a personal thing, but my Capilene 4s are a much better fit. I am 5'6" and 140 lbs and bought my usual Patagonia Medium.

comfortable in the cool-to-cold

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

OK: Where I currently live, "cold" is the low 20s. These pants are great base layers for 20s and 30s, and even into the 40s. (I haven't tried them when it's over 45.) So far I've used them on couple of 3-4 hour hikes, moving at 3.5 mph, with occasional stops to admire the scenery or wildlife. I've worn them under lightweight hiking pants (Patagonia tribune). Standing still when the temp was in the low 20s, I felt the cold, but not in a bad way; I didn't become cold. Once I was moving on the trail, I didn't feel the cold at all -- and yet I never felt uncomfortably warm, even as the temperature rose.

Other good things about them: I found them stretchy enough not to be constricting. I love the feel of the brushed layer next to my skin. For me, the waist hits just in the right place, with no chafing.

Looks nice but uncomfortable

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

Bought these to wear under my sweats for the Inca Trail for sleeping (going in November).

These are not comfortable if you plan on sitting in them or doing wide movements. If you sit in them, the back does slide down and the leg area gets really tight. If you try to squat or kick the thermals feel like their holding you back. They are totally fine for walking and sleeping. For reference I'm somewhat muscular and I'm a size xs/0

The fit looks flattering and I'm digging how there is a slimming band around the waist.

The material is stiff and not soft.

I would return these but I got them on sale and I don't want to lose money on the return shipping. I shall keep them just for sleeping in :)

Cute & comfortable. Midweight - perfect!

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

I will admit, when I first tried these on, I worried that they might slide down too much (as other mentioned in their reviews, and my roommate said hers were sliding off her butt), and I was somehow hoping they would be so much more soft. Negative first impressions aside, I kept them because I loved the color, and I was hoping for a great experience with a good base layer. I'm glad I did.

My friend and I just returned from a week in Iceland, where I wore this base layer almost every day. It was perfect! Kept me warm, didn't stink (didn't launder them for over a week), and I did not have a single problem with them sliding down. Perhaps that's because this is a base layer, that is meant to have something on top (which might help keep it in place?). I was glad to have the low waist, so there wasn't bulk around the waist, and I don't recall any thoughts of "my pants are sliding down." Another reviewer mentioned loose legs... definitely not a problem for those of us with thicker/athletic (or not)/muscular legs.
I highly recommend these.

Strange fit

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: small

These pants fit low on my waist and and baggy through the legs. The pants pulled down in the back with bending, so I don't think they'll join me on any adventures. Also, I don't think I could get a smaller size as the crotch seemed to be pretty uncomfortable already--getting an XS would have sent the seem even higher. I planned on using these pants as a baselayer for skiing in the Rockies this winter, but I think these would bunch, causing discomfort while skiing. I also found these pants to be very thin.

Solid Base layer

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

This pants fit me great, snug fit so they don't bunch up like other base layers do. I like the stripped pattern and have worn them on their own on occasion. Stays warm and dry

Kept Me Warm.

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

I wear these all the time under my ski pants. They keep me warm without getting overheated. I took them to NZ for a backpacking trip and they were great during the day but not very comfortable at night. The material isn't as stretchy like some other baselayers.

Lightweight Layer

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Bought these as a baselayer for my seasonal job in Alaska. Worked okay for mild nights, but not enough for seriously cold weather. Was expecting something more along the lines of Smartwool or fleece-lined, but this is pretty much just a lightweight legging. Good fit though, nice seaming and good length for my petite legs.

foundation for warmth

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these for my Mom as a gift so that she could run/hike during the winter. She has a tendency to be cold ALL THE TIME! But when she was wearing these bottoms she had to leave the house or car to get into the weather! Her feedback was a great snug fit without being too tight and very warm. A great base-layer for many applications.

Great bottoms!

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

I've been incredibly happy with these bottoms. I've used them on tours and days at the resorts under my three-layer shells and they've performed wonderfully. On the coldest days I continue to stay warm (and dry).

These pants are structured - which is a great improvement over most long john pants. I'm 5'10" and do not have the problems mentioned below - the pants go to my ankles and fit very well (no bunching in my snowboard boots)! I find that the fit is very nice. I too have an athletic build and while they are snug on my thighs and calves, I don't feel that they are too tight or uncomfortable.

On top of all of this I have to add that they are super cute as well. I bought the red striped pants I've even worn them out on their own after a wet day on the mountain.

Great bottoms, nice and cozy.

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

For the most part these bottoms fit pretty well. I'm an athletic girl so I have bigger thigh muscles so the legs fit snug and the waist is loose. And, like a lot of base layers, these are cut more for short stick leg girls. I wear them snowboarding so I don't mind that they are a little short (I'm 5'6"). I don't like them bunching up on my ankles in my boots so they hit in the right spot.

About those leg muscles....

    Very warm, very comfortable, glad I had them when I got stranded in Antarctica for 5 days longer than planned. However, they're just not really meant for athletic girls. Or tall girls. As with most long-johns, they don't go all the way down to my ankles (I'm 5'10") and they are tight through the thighs and around the calves, but loose on the hips.

    are the other colors tailored the way the grey pants are??