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Patagonia Capilene Midweight Base Layer Bottoms

Patagonia is a staple of the outdoor industry itself, and their Capilene series of base layers have made a big impact the last few years.

They’re about the only completely polyester competitor that can keep up with merino in terms of both warmth and comfort.

We love the midweight Capilene long johns because of their versatility- the full breathable and insulative benefits of polyester are put on display, for a predictably comfortable experience regardless of weather or wearer.

Though they have a less aggressive fit than most other technical alternatives–this isn’t necessarily a bad thing from a comfort standpoint.

Still if you’re looking for the most efficient way to layer, you might be better served by something tighter around the legs and more snug in the groin.

All said, there’s no reason you couldn’t go for a tour or a snowshoe in the Capilene without trading off the comfort of a living room lounger.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

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    Synthetic alternative that keeps up with merino options
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    Awfully light for a midweight layer
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    Stretchy build coupled with the relaxed fit is great for mobility
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    Fair trade, and BlueSign certified, as well as recycled

Things we don't like:

  • check-markLess technical fit means that it doesn’t wick moisture as well
  • check-markNot as layerable as alternatives with a tighter build
  • check-markDurability is lacking compared to other synthetics

Where to buy:

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Patagonia Capilene Midweight Base Layer Bottoms

Specs & Features

  • Relaxed fit, mid rise crotch
  • 100% recycled polyester
  • Gusseted crotch for improved mobility and standard fly (men’s)
  • Flatlock seams for improved comfort
  • 5.8oz
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Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Synthetic alternative that keeps up with merino options
  • check-mark
    Awfully light for a midweight layer
  • check-mark
    Stretchy build coupled with the relaxed fit is great for mobility
  • check-mark
    Fair trade, and BlueSign certified, as well as recycled

Things we don't like:

  • check-markLess technical fit means that it doesn’t wick moisture as well
  • check-markNot as layerable as alternatives with a tighter build
  • check-markDurability is lacking compared to other synthetics

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