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The little black dress of layering.
Every classy lady has a little black dress in her closet, and every class-act outdoor chick has a Patagonia Women's Capilene 3 Midweight Zip-Neck Top in her mountain wardrobe. This versatile number is made with Polartec Power Dry fabric, so it is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, and the zip-neck makes for easy climate control. To ensure that you won't be odoriferous (never a good idea in a little black dress either), the Polygeine odor treatment keeps smelliness at bay. Like the little black dress made with cutting a rug in mind, the stretchy Cap 3 is loaded with functionality. The slim fit slips beneath other layers, the straight hem is cut long enough so you can tuck it in, the offset shoulder seams merge out of the way of pack straps, and the thumb loops give you secure hand coverage. Wear this midweight to the mountain and prepare for a few jealous looks.
- Polartec Power Dry
- Straight hem
- Off shoulder seams
- Thumb loops
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Perfect Base Layer
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I use this almost everyday to go skiing at the resort. I love the zip neck. It is thin enough to wear as a base layer, with multiple layers over it. And great by itself as well.
What a great base layer!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Love the 1/4 zip because you can put a turtleneck underneath or on warmer day just wear it. Either way still looks nice when you shed coats at lunch.
great base layer
I have an older version of this top (circa 2008), and this one is definitely different- thinner, softer material, which is nice- my older version was thicker, with a coarse outer material. Still has the slim fit, but not as long as my old one, unfortunately. The thumb loops are a great addition. Sleeves are a little short, but this has always been the case with all Patagonia items- they make great quality clothing, but think all women are 5'2" or less it seems! I am 5'7", normally a size 2 in tops, and wear size Small in this top.