When winter serves up a heaping helping of powder with a side of bone-chilling temps, hit the slopes in the Patagonia Women's Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck Hooded Top. The Polartec Power Grid fabric's lofted grid pattern on the inside traps heat and wicks sweat so you stay dry and warm, and spandex helps it move with you under layers for unrestricted mobility. The attached hood offers an extra layer of defense against the cold for your head when the wind is really howling. When temps swing the other way, the 1/4-length zipper lets you quickly vent excess heat when you're skinning up steep slopes or shredding the resort on sunny spring days. It's finished with a Polygiene treatment that fights odor so your friends will actually want to sit next to you when you grab a post-ski beer.
- Polartec Power Grid fabric
- Polygiene odor control treatment
- bluesign-approved fabric
- Slim fit
- Thumbhole cuffs
- Item #PAT00ZG
- Q & A
Never let me go, Jack.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: Medium
I think if I were to be stranded on an island that happened to have fabulous climbing and alpine touring and was only allowed one base/midlayer, this would be it. No question.
Fuzzy little waffles snuggle up against your skin, swaddling you in softness and warmth... Then when your core temperature nears that of the center of the earth, the nearly translucent channels between insulation squares dump off excess heat so you don't get clammy while hiking. Also, with the generous zipper, you don't need to take off your helmet to layer or delayer!
I'll grab it from the dirty basket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
The Patagonia Capilene thermal weight zip neck hoody is my go to backcountry (and resort) ski layer. I'll literally pull it our of the dirty laundry and wear it anyways... even when I shouldn't. "Why?", you may ask. This base layer is the perfect amount of warm and breathable. I find it is generally warm enough to wear on its own when the tour gets steep or sunny, but not so much that it makes you sweat profusely or want to take it off. Also, I'm a no-hat kind of ski-tourer, so I love that you can effortlessly pop the hood up mid-tour if it gets shady or windy and your find your ears to be frozen.
But wait, how does it fit?
This baselayer is listed as slim-fitting (as I tend to want my baselayers). It has a nice form-hugging feel so you can add a plethora of extra layers, but it is not uncomfortably tight. The thumb loops are great to slip on when you want to add your puffy and don't want your baselayer sleeves to roll up with it. I don't wear the thumb loops while touring, usually because I pull the sleeves up around my forearms for air anyways, but they are cozy enough that you could.
I am a little over 5'9'' and about 140 lbs. I am fairly athletically built with broad shoulders and muscular arms. I usually wear a Patagonia medium or size 6, and the medium fits me perfectly. I have a fairly long torso and the hem hits me right about at the hips. It is long enough to tuck in, but not long enough to be bulky. The sleeves are the perfect length for my wingspan, and the hood fits over my head perfectly.
I think my favorite feature of this top is the zipper/hoody combo. The zipper is great because when it is really warm, you can unzip and get good airflow. However, when its really cold, you can zip it up to your chin and pop a hat or helmet. Suddenly, the icy wind or cold snow isn't blowing down your neck anymore. Keeping your head and neck cool or warm (respectively), is one of the best ways to thermoregulate and prevent excessive heat gain/loss.
The only downside of this piece is that I find it has what I call.... the "perma-pew." Since I do use this layer for sweat inducing ski tours or ice climbs, it usually gets really stinky. After just one use post-wash, it is back to smelling like I've been living in the woods without a bath for months. It definitely doesn't have any sort of odor guard, but hey, you're going to be outside anyways right?
Hope this review was helpful. I very much recommend this top over other capilene or base layers by other companies for cold weather activities such as ski touring or ice climbing.
Favorite touring layer ever
Review to come. Truly my most worn layer.
Not cold out yet, but love this so far!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XS
Sending an enormous thank you to Patagonia and Backcountry.com for selecting me to review this piece. I'm really happy to be a part of the awesome community that is Backcountry.com! Thanks for making me feel 'at home'!
My current measurements:
Height: 5' 4.75"
Weight: 105 lbs./47.6 kg
Pant size: 0/25 - Waist: 26 in.
Bra size: 34AA
Neck: 12.5 in.
Biceps: average 8.5 in.
DISCLAIMER: I have yet to test this piece as a true baselayer/layering piece, so my review is incomplete! However, I do have some things to say about the fit, so that if you do choose to get it, you'll at least know what size to go with.
FIT--BODY: The fit is listed as Patagonia's slim fit. Indeed, this size is true to their slim fit--which for my measurements, still has a little bit of wiggle room. Though Patagonia does make this in an XXS, which probably would fit me from just under my band measurement and down, I have slightly broad shoulders and 1+ in. ape index, so I needed all the length out of the arms I could get. The loops for the thumbs are slightly constricting for me at first because of this, but because of sensory adaptation, I don't feel them after a couple minutes, and go about my business just fine. I can see that when I go skiing these will really come in... handy (yeah, pun intended). The length of this piece is just right--hits about an inch below where my belt is on low-ish-rise jeans. It will be great for tucking into pants while skiing--it'll stay put since it doesn't run short, and I have a pretty long torso compared to my legs. Finally, the chest isn't restricting at all for me since I have a small chest. And because I have room there, I reckon--all other measurements being accurate--an XS may be good for even a smaller B-cup, perhaps. But of course, try it on if you can.
FIT--HOOD: The hood fits really nicely over my head, without constricting any part of my neck--it moves well even if you turn your head downward and side to side. Of course, you may look like a little alien (I have it in that awesome green) but I like it and it's super functional--YOU CAN PUT YOUR PONY TAIL THROUGH THE BACK!!!!
FIT--NECK: I'm really finicky about zippers near my windpipe--so whenever a zipper even slightly touches me there, I really notice it, but maybe it's just me. In fact, I think the placement of the zipper and its ability to NOT constrict the neck are some of the nice features about this baselayer; the neck is not--I repeat--not tight, and somehow the patterning of this piece manages to fit over the chin perfectly without being tight or awkward (which for me, will be nice while running in cold weather). It kind of comes up toward the center when fully zipped, leading to coverage even toward your lower lip. It's going to be great for cold temps in various settings.
PERFORMANCE: Like I said, I haven't tried this out as a baselayer. It hasn't been cold enough to give it a try as such, but I've worn it as my top layer in about 55ÂºF + weather, and it seems really breathable even at those temps, and hasn't gotten stinky in between wears. I'm a moderate sweater.
BOTTOM LINE: Though updates and pics are indeed to come, I can recommend that this piece should perform fantastically in cold temperatures as a baselayer. (Though I've really been loving it even as a go-to "pull over" for the time being!) Be sure to take some measurements and get the right size--you don't want it too loose, as it is a baselayer.