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Men's Long-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt ReviewsWrite Your Review
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The shirt was lightweight, but
The shirt was lightweight, but even more light than I expected. Also the shirt was tight in the wrong places
Response from PatagoniaApril 14, 2023
We're sorry to hear the slim fit design wasn't quite right on this one! We recommend taking a look at our [regular and relaxed fit Men's Tech Tees](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-technical-shirts?prefn1=fit&prefv1=regular%7Crelaxed). Note that our Capilene Cool Daily series uses a slightly more substantial weight fabric while still feeling lightweight, and you may prefer that. Please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Service team if you have questions or would like assistance to return or exchange. We'll be happy to help!
The shirt is fantastic, but it has the same issue that all Patagonia shirts have had for awhile: the waist-high tag is a pain. It irritates my skin if it's not cut off and it's incredibly difficult to remove them completely. I did manage to get the tag off without creating any new holes, so after much effort the shirt is now awesome.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 30, 2023
Hi Matthew, we're terribly sorry to hear about the discomfort with the inner tags of your shirt. In the future, if you find the irritation too bothersome, please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Extremely agreable to wear but fragile
I really liked this t-shirt which I used for hiking, and find the long sleeves very convenient. It is also comfortable and very lightweight, and found it agreeable to wear with both warm and cold weather. However, it is very fragile, and it started to get holes after only a few hikes, so I would not recommend it.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 29, 2022
Hi Harold, thank you for sharing this feedback. We're sorry to hear this shirt hasn't performed as it should have! This should not have happened. We're reaching out to you about returning it to us.
Dream come true
I've spent a ton of time trying to find the right layers for riding across a wide spectrum of temperatures. This series of trail running shirts (shirt and long sleeve) are my new favorite for on and off the bike. Happy I came across these as they feel perfect mad are priced reasonably (unlike most cycling specific apparel). Also amazing off th... Read Moree bike, I love wearing these shirts.
I prefer the previous version, but still good
I have about 4 of the previous version of this shirt and just love them. Great fit, super comfortable and surprisingly durable. I recently got the newer version, and I'm not in love with the revised fit. I'm pretty small (5'8" and about 160 lbs), and the medium is tight on me. The fabric also seems thinner and potentially less d... Read Moreurable. I would love to see the old design come back.
The material is silk-like and you almost forget youre wearing it. I like to wear it under t-shirts and polos for a little extra warmth on cool days. I just wish there were more color options. There used to be a light heather color that I could pull off wearing under dress shirts. I love all Patagonias base layers.
This thing is so light, I didn't expect anything at all from it. However, as a base layer, it felt great and performed flawlessly. Early cool morning with a t-shirt on top, it kept me perfectly warm. Once the sun was out and warming up, it was still entirely comfortable. It was great for finishing this weekends half marathon. Two thumbs up!
Use this shirt for road/gravel biking as a base level when its a bit cool (55-60 degrees). Also, just as an about-town shirt. Would love you to produce this product and the mid-weight version in an additional color, specifically lavender, purple, plum (sort of in that color spectrum). Id immediately purchase 2 lightweight and 2 medium weight of tha... Read Moret version of the shirt. Please!
No thumb loops
The previous version of this shirt had thumb loops that kept the sleeves from riding up. Not sure why they removed them, but it was a not a good idea. The way the sleeves attach to the shoulders has also changed and not for the better. Come on Patagonia, you can do better than that.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 11, 2021
Hey Jack, we appreciate the feedback on the Long-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt. We'll share your thoughts with the rest of the team. You can check to see if different features such as thumb loops are available on an item by going to it's product page, scrolling down and clicking on "Specs & Features". This particular shirt does not have thumb loops, but our [Men's Tropic Comfort Hoody II](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-tropic-comfort-hoody-ii/52124.html?dwvar_52124_color=IBUX&cgid=mens-shirts) does, check it out!
True to the description
I love the Capilene series, especially the lightweight. I am very sensitive to temp changes and fin this product perfect for the end of summer and whole of fall. But what bothers me with this Tee and other Patagonia long and short sleeve tees is the annoying scratchy and stinging care label inside. I wonder why they dont do anything about it. The p... Read Moreroducts are too expensive to have such a drawback.
Not designed for long arms
Overall this product is a nice comfortable material and cool color. However, this product totally fails in arm sleeve length. I'm 6'3" and a medium left me with a good 3"+ between the end of the sleeve and my wrist joint. Most Patagonia products I own in size medium fit decent in sleeve length and given that this product has a s... Read Morelim fit I would've expected the same, but that's not the case.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 16, 2021
Hi Andrew, this sounds like it could possibly be a manufacturing defect. We'd be more than happy to help out with a warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee. Please feel free to begin a warranty return or exchange here, https://www.patagonia.com/home/.
Excellent for managing body temp.
Does an excellent job of both sun protection and cooling. Wore it first time for a 24 hour event that was in the 90's during day. Did an excellent job of managing body temperature and wicking away perspiration. I typically wear XL, but ordered XXL as I wanted something loose fitting. Good choice for me to order the larger size. Fits perfect.
Awesome Lightweight Material - Extremely Low Durability
I purchased this shirt in grey, along with the short sleeved model in blue. I them in preparation for an adventure trip to Hawaii and wanted something lightweight and cooling for the heat / humidity of Hawaii. The material feels great and you can really tell it's great for keeping you cool and the sun off your skin. I wore it once on a day h... Read Moreike with a backpack and the back of the shirt where the backpack made contact is ruined. There are strings and tufts of bunched material coming out of the shirt and it is pulled from all directions toward the center. I have never machine washed this shirt (hand wash and air dry only). I have started the return process and Patagonia has been great to deal with. I have photos of the shirt as well - but I cannot post them here.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 18, 2021
We're so sorry to hear about the lack of durability on the shirt, but glad that you've started the return process. You might like our [Capilene Cool Trail Shirt](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-cool-trail-shirt/24496.html). We appreciate you taking the time to send a review and thank you for your patience, Sean!
Perfect weight for Mississippi summers
I have been searching for a long sleeve shirt the protects my skin from native weeds & plants on our farm, wicks sweat when I am running and gives me a little sun protection whatever the outdoor active I happen to be doing without weighing me down. I did not think I could find a long sleeve that fit my needs & yet here it is. All while foll... Read Moreowing a moral compass. Thank you
Way too small
I ordered this hoping it would be my baselayer of choice for a guy who moved fast and sweats a lot, but Ill never find out if it works for me. I might like this shirt if it was sized anywhere close to what the sizing chart says. Im 64, sleeve 36/37 and chest 44, and the XL sleeves are 3 inches to short, fits well/snug in the chest like youd expect ... Read Morean athletic baselayer to fit. Wont ever know how it performs because the measurements werent accurate. Disappointed.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 5, 2021
Hi Jonathan, thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough product review! We're sorry to hear that the sizing did not work out for you. Our size charts online are of body measurements. In the future, we're always happy to provide garment measurements to help you decide what size to get, simply reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). Regardless, we'll be sure to pass this feedback along.
I purchased this item and a similar trail shirt. This one has a great fit (slim) for the size and perfectly fits my body type of large shoulders and a medium waist. I came back to buy more and then there were none.....I can't keep up with the capilene; never enough colors and it's not even the height of summer and sold out.
Excellent layer for bike or beach
This shirt is awesome, and works exactly as advertised---it's a great sun cover for sunny days outside and it works well in warm temperatures, and it's also a perfect layer piece for mountain biking or running (or any cool-weather exercise, really).
I bought this and a Tropic Comfort hoody at basically the same time. The Tropic Comfort feels cooler, and the thumb-loops / hood make that substantially more versatile. They're both great pieces of kit, but if I had to give up one forever, I'd be keeping the Tropic Comfort.
The size change since 2020
2020 My father and I got two of these shirts. Super comfy and wears extremely well at the beach, evening with friends, working in the yard or even traveling / lounging. I got us a third one in 2021 in the same size. This year sizes run smaller and tighter than last years. The arms are same length, however it is tighter in the arms and narrow aroun... Read Mored core. Slightly shorter at waist so rides up a lot when doing yard work or riding bikes. Not as comfy as last years Unfortunately wont be able to wear it as much since Im always pulling it down and it exposes my skin which kinda defeats the point of a spf shirt. Double check or potential size up. Other than that I love my last years
Overall this is an excellent shirt for exercise and for lounging. It has very thin material and breathes very well. The material also looks high quality (I bought the blue - it's nice looking) as it should given its price. The material dries very easily too (again, it's thin) and even has a loop to easily hang it. It's not quite as f... Read Moreitted as I would like, but most will be happy with the sizing.
Super light, breathable, no armpit seams
Great lightwieght shirt for warm to cool weather runs where you want a touch of warmth and/or sun protection. Fabric is really soft and VERY thin/light so it won't be a durable as a heavier fabric but it breathes better, holds less moisture and feels really nice on the skin. I'm 6'1 with a slim build and the medium is a nice slim fit... Read More. I would not choose this for bushwacking as the fabric seems a bit delicate, but for on trail use it is perfect.
A Super Base
I purchashed this shirt 6 months ago as an active base layer for the summer adventures ahead of me. I live in Greece so we have a pretty warm summer. The first thing I noticed when I unpacked and first tried on this tee is its extreme light weight and next to skin comfort; it was as if I didnt even wore it. It also packs extremely small, almost to ... Read Morethe size of a baseball. I wear it hiking, cycling, running and on every active sport (ultimate, volleyball etc). I love its design, I got the blue and it is really good looking and minimal. For my body type it runs a little short on the sleeves but other than that it is perfect. In temps above 25C every high output activity (especially running) makes you sweaty but even soaked the tee dries really quickly! Once I even used it in a river hike and I literaly swam with it but ther was no need for a second t-shirt. In the 18-20C range if you are moving enough, it is a great base layer, and on the colder days you can always layer up using it as base. Another great feature is that when I managed to rip a hole in the back (bike fall on bush) and after that I got lazy to fix it for quite a while, the fabric held perfectly and the hole didn't get any bigger. The only downside I have experienced is that the odor control isn't really working. It is still better than a cotton t-shirt but on a 3day 100km hike it didn't last more than a day and I find it can't take more than two straight workouts before in desperate need for a wash.
Bring back 2018 model...please
Far too tight a fit for anything other than a technical base layer, new material catches, no where near as good as the the looser fitting, silky, better wearing 2018 version. If you can find any of the old version I'll take 2 black, 2 blue and 2 grey.
Great material but misshaped neck
The lightweight material is perfect for summers here in Moab, UT. It keeps me cool while also keeping the sun off my skin. I am always wearing either this Cap Cool lightweight long sleeve or my Cap Cool Daily long sleeve when I am mountain biking in the summer. The only issue I have with the shirt is that the collar/neck is not round. It doesn'... Read More;t lay in a nice circle around my neck - instead, it is bunched/puckered. It's not just a one off either because I ordered 3 or these shirts and they all have the same - to me - unattractive neck. Luckily, the buff I wear around my neck hides it. If the neck could be made better, I would give this item 5 stars.
Love the cool light weight material. It's great for sleeping at night when you want to cover your arms but not raise your body temp too much. Also wonderful for those cooler Summer days or just a little extra under a sweatshirt for the colder days. A fantastic layer for sure!!
Cool as a cucumber
Very lightweight shirt that has been fantastic for me on warm days. The fabric is so lightweight you can nearly see through it, yet strong. Fit is what I would describe as "form fitting". I use this for work and don't want loose clothing, so it is great for that. But if you want something loose you might want a size up from your norm... Read Moreal size.
I wanted a new long sleeve jersey for trail running this summer. It's a perfect weight for summer in CA, when it might be a little cool in the mornings, but heats up quickly. The sleeves are nice and tight and don't flap around, and slide up easily and stay there. The weight is perfect for providing sun protection with not being as thin a... Read Mores possible. Works under my hydration vest perfectly. The only thing I don't like about it is, it's a little short in length. If I hold my arms up, you can see my non-6 pack stomach. But my other, heavier jersey (not Patagonia) is too long for my liking, so it's hard to get things just right I guess. I'll probably be buying another one of these once it wears out.
Sleeve hem came undone. Otherwise nice shirt. Maybe not really for mountain biking though.
This shirt was advertised as a casual mountain biking shirt. I bought it with the M's Dirt Craft Bike Shorts and the outfit looks great. This isnt really a bike jersey - the back is not longer than the front - and the material is as light as advertised. (Great for hot days ) Unfortunately the hem on the right sleeve came undone after about 3 b... Read Moreig hikes and a few MTB rides. I have not contacted Patagonia yet - probably will try to exchange for another one. I have the color SUPX and it is nice and bright. Love the shirt, too bad about the hem. 4 stars I guess?
Response from PatagoniaAugust 18, 2020
We're sorry to hear about the hem on that sleeve and we hope you reach out to us so we can get you an [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We're glad the shirt has been awesome otherwise!
Light and breathable!
This long sleeve is a great light base layer for any activity. Very light and breathable so you wont overheat. As a 510 male with long arms, the sleeves were just a tad on the shorter side than I like, but thats due to my longer than normal arms. Otherwise, I love it!
Nice shirt but snags?
Its a nice shirt. Very comfortable and keeps me cool. The only problem is that I noticed a couple of snags on the back.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 22, 2020
Hi Craig, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear that a few snags have appeared on your shirt. We'd suggest laying the shirt flat to dry after washing to reduce the change of future snags. With that said, if more appear and you become dissatisfied you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it under warranty.
good fit but not great material
this is the best fitting of all capilene cool versions but I have one from few years back which feel like silk and the new ones feel totally different and not in a good way, weight feels heavier too and i notice slight pilling. The material is a step down from the older gen.
Great fabric but short sleeves
I first bought the "Capilene Lightweight Baselayer" the year before they discontinued it. It was the best hiking shirt I've ever owned - super lightweight/cool fabric that protects from the sun. The fit was also perfect with slightly longer sleeves to accommodate arm movement without pulling up (along with thumb loops if needed). The... Read More current design has the same great/cool fabric, but the fit changed. I comfortably wore a small size before, but now even the sleeves on the medium are marginally too short (fine when walking, but too short to bike or climb). To make matters worse, the thumb loops also disappeared. Overall, I just really wish Patagonia would revert to the old style, or add the "baselayer" option/fit to the product line. These are easily the best long sleeve cool hiking shirts out there, but I'm sad that I can no longer buy them if I wear out my old one.
I've ordered these shirts in the past and was completely satisfied. I recently purchase of 3 and the workmanship is very inconsistent and not comfortable. The fit of the collar is extremely loose and with the rest of the shirt fitting slim it is very uncomfortable to wear. I use these shirts for a variety of circumstances; exercise, hiking and... Read More casual but I am not sure at this point whether to look for alternatives.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 8, 2020
Hi there, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the shirts you've most recently received. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so it's much appreciated. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Long sleeve lightweight capilene
Perfect in 40 to 90 degree weather. Considered baselayer, I wear it as outerwear so bought it in size XXL for a looser fit. I bought two of these initially to fit as baselayer. Loved it so much I bought two more in XXL. Wore it for two weeks in Switzerland and France lasr week. No other top needed!
Sweet Spot Achieved!
I've been long searching for a warm-weather shirt, with long sleeves, that will be (1) super light; (2) comfortable on the skin; (3) easy to put on & take off; and (4) doesn't smell. Each product i've tested - including Arcteryx's and other Patagonia products - failed in one (or more) of these categories. Enter the "Coo... Read Morel Lightweight L/S." Bingo. I wore it on my motorcycle (under a protective armor) - a breeze. I ran with it - a joy. I wore it for long hours - no stink. This is the one.The real deal. Kudos Patagonia! Just looking now for more on sale... (good luck with that!).
My husband loves them. Based on descriptions and reviews, as well as our satisfaction from our other Patagonia products, I knew he would. Lightweight great for our hot Maui summer, great for our current visit in Wasington state, and will be perfect for Nor Cal in a few days. They look beautiful on!! Just after I ordered two, he said he needed to ge... Read Moret some other shirts for sun protection (he was removing a heavier weight shirt) I said: "I just ordered you two from Patagonia". We plan to get more, as well as gifts for the other men in our life (our kids). I'll be looking for the female version.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 19, 2019
We are so glad to hear that this has worked out well. Here is a link to the [women's version](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-long-sleeved-capilene-cool-lightweight-shirt/45695.html?isSearch=true&dwvar_45695_color=COB).
Lightweight sun protection that dumps moisture
I live in a desert climate with 90 to 100 deg summer temps and lots of sun. This shirt is the best sun protection/cooling combo run shirt I own, and now I own several. 6’ 175 size medium for Patagonia shirts like this described by Patagonia as regular fit where I otherwise where a large in the shirts listed as slim fit
great sun shirt
Very good sun shirt. I have bought a number of these in different colors. Very cool to wear in high heat and sun. The fabric feels smooth. These are great shirts that i wear all the time, however the fabric is not as durable as the normal capilene daily (which is nearly indestructible). I have ripped the fabric with aggressive use (playing ultimate... Read More), but under normal wear it seems fine. Sizing is great, right in the middle, not tight, not loose. I will buy again.
Didn’t particularly care for the
Didn’t particularly care for the fit or the feel. I have several daily wear short sleeve capilene cool shirts and really like them, by the LS shirt wasn’t the same fit (tighter) and didn’t have the same feel.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 13, 2019
We're sorry to hear this! Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us for a refund and let us know if you have any questions.
Everything you want, nothing you don’t
Extremely soft and comfortable and lighter weight than the competition. Didn’t notice it at all on 1.5 hour runs. Have yet to test it on longer efforts. It dries faster than anything I’ve ever worn and helps me stay cool as I tend to run pretty warm. Love this shirt! I am 6’0” 175lbs and medium is perfect.
Please bring back the old Capilene 1
I wear Patagonia Capilene t-shirts every day... but it’s the "Capilene 1” that Patagonia used to sell. I tried this new version and immediately returned it. Where an L fit me perfectly in the old shirt, the L now won't stay tucked in (shorter by more than an inch) and the XL is saggy and baggy. The fabric has a creepy feel next to your sk... Read Morein. No thanks. Please bring back the old Capilene 1.
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