The Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Crew is lightweight, slim fitting, incredibly fast drying and wicking base layer. It is made from recycled polyester which has been formed into an open grid pattern designed to give the best breathability, wicking and drying time. The fabric also benefits from being Polygiene treated so it keeps you fresher for longer.
It will keep you dry and comfortable when working hard, no matter what your activity. It has handy elastic thumb loops, the underarm gusset and smooth face keeps movement unimpaired, even when its worn underneath other layers.
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I have been using Capilene for many years (since 1990!) and it has always been my favourite for warm weather activities. For colder weather I still prefer Merino, but Capilene is light and very comfortable to wear. The latest version is, I think, the best yet. The material wicks incredibly well, the fit of the tops is great (streamlined but not over tight or restrictive) and the addition of a Polygiene treatment helps solve the biggest problem there used to be with Capilene - like all polyester baselayers it used to be prone to getting smelly after being worn for a while. This top doesn't have much in the way of features but it doesn't need any because the beauty of it is in its simplicity. There is a hang loop inside the collar for drying and a couple of elastic thumb loops to keep the sleeves from riding up but that's all. The result is a feather weight garment that performs well for all warm weather activities.
Only used this once, but this was a long, 7 hours ski-touring trip with 1200 vertical gain and loss. so quite an effort, during which this blouse simply disappeared. I didn't know what I was wearing, and I think this is what you want from a baselayer. I never got wet, I think that being so thin it wicks sweat immediately. And, if constantly moving I was never cold even though the temperatures were around -10 celsius, I think this is because this baselayer never allowed sweat to sit on my body. I only wore this and a very thin softshell when moving, adding a light insulation layer when stopping or going downhill. I would highly recommend this for medium to high effort in cold weather. I expect this will be also excellent for ski-touring during warmer, sunny spring days.
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