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Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Hooded Zip-Neck Top - Men's


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    Low-bulk warmth.

    Don't overlook the importance of your baselayer when venturing into high and cold environments. Made with Polartec Power Grid fleece fabric, the Patagonia Men's Capilene Thermal Weight Hooded Zip-Neck Top insulates when you rest, lets heat escape when you're on the move, and efficiently wicks moisture as you sweat, meaning you stay warm and dry when it matters most. In addition to its performance fabric, the Capilene Thermal Weight also features an anatomical design, slim-fitting hood, thumbholes, and flatlock seams to deliver a comfortable, bulk-free fit. 

    • Polartec Power Grid (92% recycled polyester)
    • Polygiene permanent odor control
    • Slim fit
    • Two-layer hood
    • Underarm gussets
    • Flatlock seams
    • Elastic thumbholes
    • Item #PAT00VN

    Tech Specs

    Polartec Power Grid (92% recycled polyester, 8% spandex)
    Insulation Weight
    1/2-zip hoodie
    yes, Polygiene
    Claimed Weight
    7.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition
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    Patagonia Thermal Weight Hooded Zip-Neck

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

    I ordered the Patagonia Thermal Weight Hooded Zip-Neck Top last minute for a 5 day backpacking trip on the AT in late October through the Grayson Highlands area. Backcounty was very helpful in making sure I received it in time. I have always had a great experience with their customer service.

    Now for the review! I was watching Red Beard'€™s video on the AT and he highly recommended this piece so I bought in and I was not disappointed. I did not want to take it off. It worked well through a range of temperatures 40-60's. Great around camp and on the trail. Even when It was warmer the ¼ zip allowed some ventilation and the quick drying material wicked away the moisture. The hood was awesome. I was constantly putting my hood off and on while hiking over the balds in and out of the shade. Instant warmth and protection quickly. The piece worked very well under my down hooded jacket. Double hoods in the cold for the win! I bought the black version which did not show dirt but in the intense sun warmed up quickly but not too much. I will be buying a second one in a different color because it is such a versatile piece.

    Sizing. It is designed to be a tight fit. I am 5'€™10" 170lbs and typically am between a medium and large. I ordered the medium and it fit perfect. I wore a close fitting undershirt and it was a perfect combo. The hood design has a high collar and can be worn without the hood up. When up it cradled my face well and left my mouth area open.

    This would be a great piece for skiing and many other outdoor adventures. The waffle like weave worked well for wicking and comfort. The fabric felt nice and it showed no wear for the 5 days of rugged use. I hope this review is useful to for my fellow adventures. I'€™ll meet you on the trail!

    Patagonia Thermal Weight Hooded Zip-Neck


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

    This is a great layer because you can go from fully unzipped and cool to zipped with hoodie and very warm. It is perfect for spring and fall climbing days when it is chilly when you start in the morning but warm by the time you finish. I just took this on a month climbing trip in Yosemite and it was perfect. My favorite combo is this and the Houdini because together they fit a very large temperature range! The elastic bands for the thumbs are great because they keep the layer right where it should be under other layers.

    Lightweight and warm

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

    I wear this pretty regularly when disc golfing in the winter in the mountain of North Carolina. On windy days, the hood does a surprisingly good job considering how thin the material is.

    Great mid-layer

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

    I tend to run cold in general, so I love this layer. This is a great piece to wear over a tech-t for just about everything active in the winter. It is slightly on the heavier side though, so maybe take a look at the Patagonia mid weight line if you want something a little lighter.

    Dynamic Thermal

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

    This is such a great layer. Perfect for running, touring, or any vigorous activity in cold temperatures. The Polartec fleece combined with the 'ninja' style hood keeps your body and face warm in cold temps. I've been using this hoodie over an athletic shirt in 20-30 degree temps and been just fine. What is then surprising is how cool this thing keeps your body when you start breaking a sweat. It's very breathable and you can zip halfway down to air out even more. The fit is very snug to your body, not baggy at all. I typically wear a size medium but went with a large here, just a little looser to where the fit is snug but not skin-tight.

    Invaluable to say the least

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

    First of all, I'd like to give a huge thanks to Patagonia and Backcountry.com for hand selecting me to test and review the Thermal-Weight Capilene top.

    It's that time of year when a solid base layer is essential for active outdoor play. For me, whether it's getting some lift serviced laps on the local hill, early morning runs on the trail, or hiking on the frigid coast of Lake Superior as the sun sets, this base layer has become invaluable to me over the last few months. The fit hugs your body which is perfect and how a layer like this should fit. I really like the cut, gusseted underarms and build. Solid work by Patagonia once again. The small details like the thumb loops and the high collar are huge bonuses. I like that with the hood on and fully zipped, the collar acts as a built in neck gator - great for when the temps are low and the wind is blowing.

    The big thing for me is the Polar-tech Power Grid fleece fabric that Patagonia has used. It is super comfortable and keeps me warm in temps down to the single digits. Running is always the big test for me when it comes to testing the breathability of a fabric and this top performs beautifully. Even when I use my windshell (Patagonia Houdini) on my run, I don't find myself sweating through - something I've experienced before with other insulated tops.

    I really feel like this is the perfect cold-weather layer when temps are below 25. Whether it's chillin at camp during a winter outing in the backcountry, hitting the slopes at the local hill, or high-intensity activities like running or biking, it does it's job beautifully.

    Cold Morning Comfort

    Perfect for those cold mornings outdoors.

    *Pictured with the Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Bottoms*

    Cold Morning Comfort

    Thermal Weight at its finest

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

    The Patagonia Capilene Thermal top is my go-to piece for aerobic activities in the mountains on the chilly days. I find it to be a perfect stand alone top in temps ranging from 40-55 degrees. I'm pleasantly surprised by how easily it regulates my body temperature. If it's closer to 40 out, I'll have it zipped all the way up and put the hood over my hat. When it's fully zipped, the material completely covers my neck to block the wind, which I love. Once I warm up (which I always do on my runs) I'll zip it back down and cool off in no time. A favorite feature of mine on the piece is the discrete thumb hole loops. They are sewn inside the wrist area and I barely even notice them in use. I feel they're necessary when layering, though for times I don't need them I tuck them away and forget they are even there.

    The fit is right on for what the top is intended to be. It's slim fitting, which keeps me warmer than other roomy tops I have. It's not too tight though...and doesn't feel restricting at all when I'm moving fast in the mountains. I love the fit of the hood, which is double layered for those extra chilly days. I'll throw my Patagonia Houdini over the top of this piece and be comfortable for the really cold days down into the low teens.

    I also need to mention that I've managed to put 3-4 runs in this piece before it gets really smelly. Most all my other synthetic tops will smell halfway into my first run. The odor control on this Capilene Thermal really works well.

    I've put quite a bit of time in this piece. If you're wanting more info please feel free to shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help you out. - jelam@backcountry.com

    Light and Warm

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

    When I tried this on around the house I thought it was so light and airy feeling, no way would it be that warm. Wore it on a hot sunny day at the resort and paid the price. As the name "thermal" suggests, this is a quality baselayer to keep you warm. Since it is still so light and airy, it also let's you breath and cool down fairly well if you start to heat up (relative to other options, but I would still recommend one of their lighter offerings for use in consistent warm temps).

    I like that they use loops for your thumbs instead of holes. I never put my thumbs in them, so I don't like when my sleeves have big holes in them for no reason. The loops are small and you can't feel them, so they are out of site out of mind for those of us who don't use them.

    Sizing is true to size. I'm 6' 195 lbs. I could wear a Large for a tight close to skin fit, but I prefer looser baselayers so I got the XL and am enjoying it.

    the best

      This hoody is without a doubt one of my all time favorite Patagonia pieces. It's incredibly versatile and incredibly comfortable. The interior of the fabric is a little micro grid that sits well next to skin, and the exterior is more of a smooth face. Makes it awesome for layering, and the grid is what helps makes it so versatile. When you're working up a sweat it helps move the heat and moisture away from your body nicely, while at the same time being capable of adding extra insulation when you have something layered on top of it. Anyone who has ever loved an R1 piece from Patagonia will love this, it's basically a lighter version.
      I will literally wear this just about every day all winter whether working from home, or our skiing, hiking, or cycling. The hood is nice and snug fitting - when ski touring I'll wear a baseball hat and use the hood in place of a beanie when I need the warmth.


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

      This piece, and its spaced-out grid-patterned fleece, is the best midweight fleece on the market. It's stretchy and moves with you. When under a shell all of the fleecy goodness keeps you warm, but when worn alone it's incredibly wicking and breathable. The R1 Hoody is very similar but warmer and a teeny bit less breathable. Choose whatever works better for you. Both are perfectly featured - Nothing beats having a balaclava anytime you want it. I never bring a hat out anymore, and I never need to worry about losing it. This is perfect.