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The perfect piece
Rarely do I leave reviews for products, but this shirt deserves one! It is the perfect lightweight hoody. While cozy, it still has a flattering and functional fit. I am a fly fishing guide, so my sleeves get wet throughout the day. I was surprised when my sleeves were soaked, but the shirt wicked the some of water off and still retained heat. Iv al... Read Moreso worn this when it has been really warm outside and the shirt breathed really well. It is incredibly thin so it really is a super versatile piece great for all kinds of activities. I ordered a small and xs to get the best fit and ended up going with the xs for a tighter fit. For reference I am 5'5" and around 115 pounds with long arms--xs fit perfectly.
Ski Girl Loves this Hoody
I wanted to see how this held up before writing a review. I love it so much I'm back online to order another one! My air hoody has lasted 2 very active snow ski seasons. This is the PERFECT base layer for skiing, running, or nice enough for dinner. FYI: Do NOT wash with anything else ever. It is a lint magnet.
Best insulation layer!
Ive had the hoodless version of this shirt for years and just got this one. The original one is still in perfect condition even after years of a lot of use out camping, skiing, kayaking and hiking. I can add a super thin wool layer underneath and a warm layer on top and am toasty even skiing. I love this shirt!
Love love love!
I have this hoody in two colors and would definitely buy more if more colors get released. It can be worn as a base layer or just a top that looks adorable with jeans. It's very flattering. I'm also very sensitive to itchy fabrics and find this top to be comfy. I think it's my husband's favorite top on me!
My favorite Patagonia piece EVER
When I wear the air hoody casually people ask, "what brand is that sweater?" because it looks so cute. I wear it as an amazingly warm base layer for skiing. The hood comfortably fits under a mountain bike helmet or bike helmet. It's a versatile piece that everyone should own. During Covid, I've been able to pull it up over my no... Read Morese in a pinch...I love that feature for a cold ski day.
The best base layer for cold weather.
I absolutely love this base layer. It is perfect for skiing in all temps. I love that the hood doesnt get in the way or isnt too cumbersome. But still helps keep your neck / upper body nice and toasty, keeping the cold air out. It is cozy like a sweater but light, and fits like a glove without being constrictive. I add one more layer on top of this... Read More before my jacket and Im good to go. Highly recommend!
I bought this for hiking and immediately wore it on a rainy 14 mile hike up and down a mountain in British Columbia. It was fantastic in changing temperatures and wet conditions - maintained warmth when wet, and kept me from overheating when efforts ramped up. I have also been wearing it under a jersey & jacket for winter road cycling and it is... Read More fabulous for that as well. It has a close fit and goes well into bibs, and the hood is fantastic under a helmet. Will be buying more.
A base layer with a hood!
The weight is base layer appropriate- Im a ski coach in Maine who loves winter but whose small body runs cold . I live in wool layers all the way. This is my new base layer to put under my other two wool sweaters under my HH uniform jacket,. Im thrilled to have a lightweight hood to pull up for under my (wool ) neck-warmer under my helmet. When I ... Read Moretried it on I felt like doing cartwheels ! Being warm is key !
versatile and comfortable
Finally, after three attempts to order the right size and color, I landed on the XS black. I originally ordered the XS heather grey and immediately felt that it was too small, which was surprising bc I am usually always an XS with patagonia, though I have been feeling lately that I'm starting to teeter between XS-S as I age. I immediately orde... Read Morered the Small in black (grey S wasn't available) and it just felt too loose for a base layer. Ugh, so I exchanged again for another XS. Glad I did, b/c this XS black seemed to fit me better than the XS grey. Was a there a discrepancy in sizes, Maybe? But once I found the fit I am used to, I was happy with the product. Wore it all day today, super soft, feels like a sweater. Looking forward to wearing it as base layer on my upcoming ski trip in UT.
awesome all arounder
I usually run between an XS and S in Patagonia tops with the XS being too short in the arms or tight over my climber shoulders. But this top fits great/snuggly as an XS! It's a hoodie to warm your head/ears, a buff to pull up and cover your nose it gets cold, a scarf and a thin warm layer that looks good paired with jeans. all around win.
A Perfect Warm Beautiful Lightweight Winter Base Layer!
Very warm, you can wear this for anything you want or need to do in or outside, gorgeous colors and fabric soft and lightweight ! Its genius design really. Thanks Patagonia for keeping this very active 69 year old runner going warmer and stronger this Colorado mountains winter!!
Snug and Cozy
This hoody is so cozy and warm. Its my new baselayer for cold weather backpacking in the Appalachians. I love how the hood can cover the lower half of my face too. I went for a size small because Im trying to keep my kit light, and its a cozy but comfortable fit. I actually got too warm in it when using my 10 degree quilt this week, which means it ... Read Morewill be perfect going into November.
Just what you need to enjoy the hill
I bought an air hoody last year for the ski season. I use to tolerate the cold much better than I do now, but I still love to ski. The air hoody made the season enjoyable once again on our cold days in Montana. The only size available in the store last year was a large but I really wanted to try it out and I am pretty flexible with sizes and knew I... Read More could layer more with a large. I love it! One thing I did find, however, is that it is so warm that I dont really have to do the layering that I am use to, so this year I bought a medium and it will be perfect under my ski bibs. I also love the color of the Float Blue. Very Bright:)
Like a teddy bear hug, a really high tech one.
I took it on a rainy, Colorado mushroom hunt, camping trip this week. It was drizzling outside and I slipped into my tent, it dried quickly, the hood felt invisible and it didn't bunch around my neck when not in use. I slept in it all night and wore it into lunch the next day. PERFECT piece for everything. Really classy looking, no smell.
Comfy but delicate
It was a nice sweater, but snags extremely easy.
Hey there, thank you for the review on our Capilene Air Hoody. We're sorry to hear of the excessive snagging on yours. Your satisfaction is guaranteed under our Ironclad Guarantee, if you find that this isn't living up to what you had hoped for, feel free to [send it back to us](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
2 months and going strong
I've been using this piece on the Pacific Crest Trail for the past two months and its still my absolute favorite. I hike in it in cold temps, hang out in camp in it, sleep in it, then repeat the next day. Incredibly warm for its weight, yet still breaths well. Love the hood for cold nights. The only thing I would change is adding thumb loops (... Read MoreI sewed a them on). Curious to see if it will hold up for a few more months!
Love it but runs small
I have a 2 year old Patagonia capilene air hoody, size M that I loveit is one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing I own; soft, roomy, and very warm; both classy-looking and casual. This year I got another and the M was too tight. I exchanged it for another M in case the first was cut wrong but the second one was the same. So I exchanged it f... Read Moreor a L, which fits like my old one. I am about 54 and 115 lbs.
My Go-To Layer
I love my Capilene Air Hoodies, I have them in more than a few colors at this point and they are truly my go-to. Whether worn to the crag, the gym, out for a hike with my dog, out for a ski tour, or dressed up with my "nice jeans" and some earrings for a night out (pre-covid), these hoodies are the best. I either layer them for colder tem... Read Moreps or wear them on their own if I need just a little bit of cozy. My only qualm is that I could use sleeves that were just a tiiiiny bit longer (+4" wingspan). Otherwise, the close-to-body fit is just right for whatever I need.
Multi use top & bottom
I have owned a Cap Air Hoody for a number of years and have been impressed with not only how soft and comfortable it is but also how well it has stood the test of time. I wore my first one every day on a Grand Canyon river trip and it still looks like new so I just ordered a black one along with the bottoms which I will use for BC skiing, a sportsw... Read Moreear top or backpacking pj's. Truly a great piece(s) warm but adjusts to the outside temps so you don't over heat. The scuba hood is cozy and not at all too tight. I have been a softgoods clothing buyer for over 30 years in the outdoor industry and this hoody is a go-to piece for me but I'm stoked to have a pair of the bottoms now too.
Practical and cute
I like this sweater as it looks good. Form fitting in torso and sleeve length is good. Im tall and this fits but I think would not be overly long for most. I normally try an xl to gain length in torso and sleeve. This one is great as the underarm is not baggy. Material is light weigh and hoodie looks more like a cowl neck ... also good. Navy is a m... Read Moreedium dark.
Best base layer purchase in years
This top is incredibly warm and comfortable. The purple is a beautiful color as well. For reference, I am about 5'2" and 115 lbs. I got a small for my climber shoulders and it fits just rights. The only thing I am worried about is durability, but time will tell.
Cozy, light & warm!
I love this layer! For me its more of a mid layer as I run too hot to commit to this as a base layer...if this was my last option to strip down to in any sport that has any ounce of exertion Id be a sweaty, overheated mess. I essentially wear it as a technical hoody, so either casually over a t-shirt or if its cold and I wont be moving much Ill wea... Read Morer it over a thinner base layer. For this use, I went up a size from my usual M. I do own it in a medium as well, but find I prefer the looser fit of the large for layering over anything more than a tank top. Its stretchy, soft, light enough to bring everywhere and quite warm! I love the simplicity of the seamless pullover construction with the high neck and hood - though these same features mean I mostly wear it if I think Ill be leaving it on, not needing to adjust my layers to be comfortable - so either very cold weather or low heat generating activities. Its a great travel companion as it packs small and weighs nothing, plus can double as either a technical warm layer or a sweater-like casual layer that you could wear out to dinner (when thats a thing again)! My advice would be go normal size if using as base layer and up a size if layering.
They cant go wrong!
This company is amazing! Literally the best layering piece. I bought (4) and intend to buy more for an upcoming trip. This wool is so soft against your skin. The hoodie has the perfect amount of elastic. Perfect fit! Perfect weight! Perfect amount of warmth. Love this on cold days with my down vest!
Amazing Warmth-to-Weight and Comfort
Purchased this for my wife in multiple colors (and bought the crew neck for myself). It is our go-to baselayer for winter outdoor activity because of its impressive warmth and incredible next-to-skin comfort. The fit is true and appropriately form-fitting for a baselayer. We haven't had any issues with durability after multiple machine-washes ... Read Moreand hang-drying. The hood fits nicely under a ski helmet and otherwise serves as a muffler. Amazing garment!
Best base layer ever but $$$
This is so warm and good looking that I wear it from the slopes to anywhere around town. Best thing is it doesnt smell after a long skin because of the wool and it isnt itchy! It is pricey so I wait for the sales. I think the price is abit steep for a thin wool base layer.
The best base layer I've had!!!
This is the best base layer I have owned, ever! It's really warm and soft and I wear this on every ski and climbing trip and even just at home. The hood and long neck is a life saver and works as a face mask in cold weater. I already bought 2 pieces, one in L and one in M and will probably by another one :P
Go to layer for ski tours!
Purchased several months ago and I've used it often this winter. It's my favorite layer for ski touring -- my go to for uphill ascents - keeps me warm but not too warm. It's a versatile, warm, breathable layer. I would wear it everyday - going to get another one in a different color!
It's very comfortable especially next to skin
I use it as a base layer or to sleep in for hiking, backpacking and winter camping; it kept me warm and dry. However. The part where it connects to the neck warmer piece is not good. It's literally a tiny, stretchy, elastic band that is very uncomfortable. It needs to be reinforced, it pulls there (at the neck warmer part) and doesn't fit... Read More well and again is the most uncomfortable thing about this sweater. Also, don't snag it on anything!!! It will rip/tear if it gets caught on anything. The desert with its pokey foliage, isn't a good place for it, it will snag. I wore it for a few days and it is already starting to pill...
Hi Danielle, we're so sorry to hear about the pilling issue. Because this is a knit garment, it does have a tendency to pill. There are few this that can be done to mitigate pilling. We recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your Women's Capilene Air Hoody, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a warranty returns evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Wear it nearly daily in winter
I have so many tops for skiing and running in winter, but I've found my perfect setup with this shirt. When it is cold, I wear a long sleeve base layer, this shirt on top, and then whatever jacket I want, depending how cold it is. I wear it every single time I am skiing or running, from below zero up to about 30 degrees. I'm planning to b... Read Moreuy a second one (and donate my other tops)--it's that perfect. I'm 5'10" 145 pounds--large is perfect for layering over another shirt. Medium would work for a tighter fit or as a first layer.
Toasty in Chilly Weather
This top is breathable and surprisingly warm. Despite below-freezing temps during winter in Michigan, I was able to wear this and a jacket on a ski trip in February. The fabric is thin but not transparent, warm but not suffocating. Great product for warmth without the bulk.
Great warm base layer
I've only worn this layer once since I bought it, I also gave 2 as gifts, it is fitted and warm. I love anything with Merino wool in it, the perfect fiber for warmth. It has a hood too which can be pulled up as a mask, extra benefit! I used it for skiing on a super cold day, I'll be using it in spring as a top layer for hiking. I might ne... Read Moreed to get another color.
The best baselayer ever!
This hoody is the best thing I own for any outdoor activity in the cold (I actually have two). I wear one daily starting with a morning trail run. It dries in no time, so by afternoon Im wearing it again for either a walk or a bike ride. Its super lightweight but extra warm. Rarely do I wear anything over it in mid 20 degree temps unless its the Ho... Read Moreudini jacket because its windy. The hood is the beat part as I dont need a hat and it can cover my face when the wind bites. I think the reason its so warm is because the design doesnt let warmth escape through the neckline due to the hood. I have so much Patagonia and this is by far my favorite! Ill buy another next year if they continue to make it as well as its made now.
Flattering and warm but pills after half a dozen washes
I bought this one size up because it's quite fitted and I'm in my 60's. Pros: Flattering, good colors, lightweight, great layer of warmth, super comfy with a layer of silk underneath. Cons: Looks like I've had for 5 years after one season of wearing. And I didn't even put it in the dryer! With that flaw, the price point sho... Read Moreuld be much lower.
Thank you for the review on our Capilene Air Hoody. Friction is what causes pilling on garments like this one, so the best way to avoid that moving forward would be to treat it as gently as possible. Wash in a garment bag without any other hardware in the load and with like colors, then air dry. This will help reduce friction that causes the pilling. You could also give it a go with a sweater stone to see if it can be removed. If you find that after all that, you're not satisfied, feel free to give us a [call or chat](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) so we can discuss options.
Best Base Layer EVER
Quite simply, this is the best base layer I have ever owned. I use it all winter long. It's incredibly soft and comfortable. Yet the best feature is that you can wear it for high-output, sweaty activities and you still feel dry and warm. It's expensive, but truly worth every penny. I just got my 3rd one this season because I no longer wan... Read Moret to use any other base layer.
Best hoodie out there
I just bought a second because my first is being worn every day. Good for a variety of temps from cool to warm. Surprisingly wind resistant too. I live in this thing and hope for more colors. Totally worth the price, washes well, dries in about half an hour or less, great for travel, sleeping in a van, pretty much anything you want to do, it works.... Read More I LOVE this hoodie.
Another New Patagonia Favorite
I got one as a gift and ordered another right away using a gift certificate since I was wearing it ALL the time. Perfect over a wool T-shirt for XC skiing in cold conditions, or long days on the fat bike in cold conditions, or lazy days in my favorite chair, curled up reading a book. Super soft and stretchy...I hate itchy wool-this is NOT itchy. I ... Read Moreusually order medium in everything Patagonia but opted for a large in this style...works great for layering that way...covers everything and keeps the draft out. I love how high it comes up on my neck and how I can scrunch it down if hot or pull it up if I need more of a neck gaiter. Thank you, Patagonia, for another attractive, well-designed, very functional product.
My New Favorite Top
This top is so good for cold weather. It is super light but holds warmth well. I've reached for it multiple times in the past week (and if I'm being honest, I didn't wash it in between and it didn't stink like capilene/polypro often does). I LOVE the hoody: because the neck is high, it doubles as a buff and if I'm running p... Read Moreast people on the trail who are masked up, I can pull it over my nose/mouth like a gaiter. The only thing I wish it had is thumb holes or those little loops that Patagonia puts on capilene sleeves. I've used it for biking, trail running, hiking, etc. and it has been great so far.
Super Warm but May Run a Little Small
Overall pretty satisfied with the Capilene Air Hoody. It is so incredibly warm, so much so that just trying it on and walking around in my unheated house made me sweat! I must say that despite the fact that the sweater is pretty stretchy, I did find that it ran a little smaller. I normally always wear a S in Patagonia products but the S in this pro... Read Moreduct looked sort of "shrunken" on me. I have a pretty athletic/straight body but broad shoulders and a larger bust, so ladies with similar body types, you may want to keep this in mind. M was a much better fit--could wear it alone or with something thin underneath.
Great base layer!
I usually run very cold and this layer has helped keep me warmer than Ive ever been during winter actitives! Ive used it backcountry skiing and it was a great layer that I could strip off or keep me warm when I was hiking or skiing down. Its very soft and I love the hood! When I slept in my car in the winter it was a great because it covered my hea... Read Mored and my neck, its like a scarf and hat in one!
My go-to winter hiking shirt!
Love this shirt! I am just back from a 2 hour winter hike, @ 28 degrees, and I have it on now. I had layers to start, but shortly into the hike I took them off and stuffed them into my pack, and did the entire hike in this shirt. So warm and comfortable! I will also wear it snow shoeing when we get another big snow storm. Washes great, too!
Super cozy and warm!
This top is amazing! I have one in almost every color at this point. I wear them around my house and out and about, and also when Im hiking 8 miles in all kinds of winter weather in the Linville Gorge. I love the hood and use it frequently on summits! If these shirts had thumb holes it would take it over the top!! :)
So warm for being so lite
Great product! Keeps you warm for being so lite. Nice stretch that recovers and love the seamless design. The neck can be a small bit annoying when worn down vs overhead but I dont like form fitting around my neck; I dont think it would bother most people. Overall a great product.
The Only Baselayer Needed
I bought my capilene air hoodie when Patagonia first released them a few (getting closer to several) years ago at this point I think. I have worn it as my singular baselayer since owning it. Put it through the ringer on 4 week Grand Canyon Rafting trips, several peak bagging trips, teaching middle school, skiing in Tahoe, climbing in red River Go... Read Morerge, and camping at temps below freezing. The lack of seams makes it wear well under anything, and the wool adapts well to the changes in temperature that occur when gaining and losing thousands of feet in a single day. Not to mention, it dries quickly enough to hand wash it in the river and wear it the next day. It has finally started to wear a little thin around the elbows, and I am writing this review as I pop over to buy another because it has been worth every penny.
not made very well
For the price of this top, it was poorly made and the fabric was very flimsy. Very disappointed in the quality. Ordered this as a gift.
We're sorry to hear that you weren't satisfied with the quality of our Women's Capilene Air Hoody. This hoody was designed to be lightweight but warm, so it won't be a thick material if that is what you were expecting. If the person you bought this for is unhappy with it, please let them know they are still welcome to send it in for a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) even if it was given as a gift.
One of my favorite things
This is one of my favorite tops for hiking and backpacking. I recently used it in Colorado and Utah - It was a great base layer in 20 degree weather, and a great stand-alone layer when it was 60. It's warm, cozy, and doesn't smell at all (I used it for 4 days with lots of hiking and it smelled fresh!). My family was so impressed they all ... Read Moreordered the same.
Flattering plus Hood
I havent worn this yet since its for Christmas, but tried on and it is my normal Pat size. Its flattering on my not perfect body and I know Im going to LOVE the hood and it seems quite warm. Plan to wear under Nano Air vest until Jan/Feb. Love the purple. Hope it washes well.
You don't even know you're wearing it
I absolutely love these shirts and they are worth every penny!! I wear it alone during the day and they are even great in the wind. I put a jacket over the top when the sun goes down and they are perfectly warm. I wear it right next to my skin and you wouldn't even know you are wearing anything!!!
My new air hoody is light, soft, totally comfortable, and blessedly warm. I received it only a few days ago so haven't worn it outside yet but will use it as a thermal layer when hiking to make sure I stay warm. Love the long sleeves I can pull over my hands. Love the hood I can pull over my head and ears to stay totally warm.
New favorite top!
So warm yet so breathable. It's my new favorite piece of clothing. I'm an environmental scientist so I need functional clothing in the field that keep me warm and allow me to move. My hair is short so this shirt keeps my neck warm whether the hoop is up or down. When riding my bike, I can pull the hood under my helmet to keep my face, ear... Read Mores and head warm. It also is just flattering enough to wear as every day wear. I like my clothing to be versatile, like my life, and this shirt meets all expectations.
Best All Purpose Outdoor Piece
I love this top (so much I ordered another one that wasn't on sale). This top eliminates additional clothing I would normally have to wear such as a hat and buff. The sleeves are long enough to cover if I raise my arms, and the material is very comfortable, warm and wicks well. I also usually put on a cami underneath and it isn't bulky or... Read More uncomfortable, yet still form-fitting. It doesn't stink like polyester either if I sweat or wear it for multiple days on a camping trip. It also doesn't pill and seems really durable (I got velcro from a glove stuck to it in the washer, and it was still fine after pulling it off). I use it primarily for hiking in the coldest conditions up to about 65 degrees, but also to wear out and about for non outdoor activities because it's so flattering. Can't wait to try it nordic skiing! Every time I wear it on the mountain someone compliments me on it (so much so my oblivious husband even said something about all the compliments). I also love that it's made from recycled materials. I'm 5'6" and 117 lbs and the small fits perfectly. Please always have this item available after (if) I wear out my other two items!
My favorite base layer!
This hoody is flattering, adorable, comfortable and allows air flow while keeping you warm. Ive worn this skiing, hiking, while sick with a fever (and didnt feel cold or hot!!!). I have two of these, one to wash and one to wear. Note: the Cap Air Crew fits differently than the Hoody version. Im an XS in the Crew and a S in the hoody.
I love this layer. I enjoy the warmth of wool although it can make me a little itchy, but this piece is so smooth and warm it's like cotton. I bought one for running and another for snowboarding with the hood. I'm stoked on not having to add a balaclava to my list of gear, since the hood has nice coverage. All around great piece, all seas... Read Moreons and outdoor activities, you won't regret it.
warm but way too much pilling and too fragile
Pros: Looks better than other baselayers. Warm. Light. Cons: Pilling beyond belief. Durability questionable at best. Bulky. I bought this in navy before a 3 month trip to Chile, figuring that it would work as both a baselayer for outdoor time and a sweater for city time - looks much nicer than my cap 4 hoody! Ended up only wearing it in town. Aft... Read Moreer 2 wears, I started to notice the pilling. It's worse than any sweater I've ever owned. After wearing it a couple more times, I found a hole in the back. I don't know where the hole came from, since I haven't actually worn the hoody for anything except sitting around indoors. I definitely wouldn't expect this thing to hold up to any real outdoor use. Not the quality I was expecting from Patagonia, especially given the price. Sticking with regular old Capilene from now on.
Hi Megan, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're truly sorry to hear about the way the hoody has worn out after such little use. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I love this layer!!! I want to keep it and continue to wear it, but unfortunately the first time I wore it I noticed a hole in the armpit. Super warm and comfortable for all the outdoor activites.
Hi Eleni! We're sorry to hear that a hole developed in the armpit. Please feel free to send it in to us for a free repair once we're back up and running. Thanks so much for your review.
Used this a BUNCH on high output, long hikes in the mountains as a BASE, MIDDLE and OUTER layer. Love it best right on my skin with a layer like the Patagonia houdini. Great thermo-regulation, breathability, warmth, wicking and drying. The way it's knit is impressive and it creates this seersucker like wave to the way the fabric lays. I imagin... Read Moree it helps trap warmth while letting vapor out. It's a bit sheer when stretched because of this, so it's not perfect transition to casual wear but much cuter than most technical shirts. Unless you look really closely, it looks like your standard knit sweater. Also seems easy to snag so keep in mind when using as an outer layer. (I only have one snag so far.) LOVE the hood. Eliminates the need for a hat and a buff. I love this piece. It sparks joy! ;)
Lightweight but not lacking in Warmth!
This is my go-to base layer this season (in fact, I've bought three this season alone, and I'm wearing it as I write this!) Though slightly sheer and seems like it wouldn't hold up, this layer has survived 45 mph wind rides, sub-zero temps on the slopes, and is perfect for those chilly mornings at the crag. The hood is the perfect fe... Read Moreature, especially if you forget your buff on the slopes. The length is flattering, and the long sleeves are perfect for someone with my height. I'm 5'10, 130lbs, and wear a size Small. Works great by itself, or underneath another base layer for perfect warmth in the coldest of conditions. Well worth the investment!
The PERFECT layer
I got the Cap Air when I was finishing up a thru-hike of the CDT two years ago, heading into a snowy Glacier National Park, and it has been my favorite baselayer for everything ever since. Paired with a rain or storm shell and a micropuff, you'll stay comfortable in just about every condition from blizzards to torrential downpours to just bein... Read Moreg comfortable in your sleeping bag at night. It's cozy and soft like a sweater (I'm pretty picky and usually love the softest cotton to sleep in), is durable (it's traveled the CDT, the Hayduke Trail, and hundreds of miles of running, backpacking, bikepacking, and skiing missions in between and still looks new), and doesn't hold odors like fleece layers do. It's great for activities where you're sweating a lot or in damp conditions because the wool stays warm when wet. The warmth to weight ratio is also hard to beat. I've scoured just about every ultralight brand and nothing comes close to the Cap Air. Just bought the leggings in size small and am in LOVE and just got the mens top in size small (I wanted black and it fits perfectly--I like baselayers a little loose, they're more comfortable and keep me warmer). HIGHLY recommend for your next adventure.
So sad, but true
This is an updated review. I was in total love with this product over this past year as I wore it. Its so warm, lightweight, attractive,....but...I had to remove the pills regularly on the sides and under the arms, okay I can handle that. Then the elastic in the hood began to disintegrate and leave little black pieces all over the front of my neck.... Read More I was so sad!!! I washed it sparingly on a hand wash cycle with gentle soap and laid it flat to dry. For what you pay for this premium base layer I would hope it would last more than a year. I really hope this piece will be improved because I miss it in my favorite things to wear in the winter!
Thank you for this feedback and we are sorry to hear about the elastic on that hoody. Your satisfaction with our product is always guaranteed, so if you'd like to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) that back to us under our warranty, please feel free to do so.
Very warm. Excellent Baselayer.
I first invested in the Cap Air Crew a year and half ago. I have loved it so much and wear that piece a lot. The sleeve did get snagged in my puppy's mouth (my fault! But the amazing iron clad guarantee swapped it out for a new one despite my preference to repair and keep on wearing) and a tiny hole started at the neck from the washing machine... Read More (this one I managed to sew up myself). So yes, it is a more delicate piece due to the very fine wool construction. Despite that, it is still my warmest layer (and I get cold easily!) and my go-to during the extreme temperature drops. I have loved my Cap Air so much that I invested in a second one - this time the Cap Air Hoody to have that built-in buff to keep my neck warm. LOVE this extra feature. Like the sweater itself, the hood is light, airy, and not restricting at all. I'm not gonna lie, I haven't worn either the crew or hoody for active pursuits like nordic skiing, although I know they would perform really well. I use the Thermal Weight crew tops for skiing and hiking. I think I have just preferred to keep these Cap Air layers as sweaters for work/going out. Regardless, they are very versatile and magical layers - I never overheat in them, but I also stay toasty warm. Zero bulk, very airy, and fit very close to skin without any restriction at all! I am 5'1, 95 lbs and wear XXS in all the Patagonia baselayers. Usually XS in everything else Patagonia.
It is the ultimate mix of function and good looks. Best and most versatile sweater I own. Perfect under shell for running as it is so airy and lightweight with hood if needed. At the same time I love the looks. Have two red ones and bought one more for running as I use them all the time!
Really warm and good looking
I love how this top feels on - it is super lightweight and very warm for its thickness. The neck is loose so does not have the constrictive feeling of a turtleneck. The only thing I don't like is that the fabric does not seem hardy - i have threads coming loose after only wearing twice.
Hi Jane, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about the concern with the durability of the hoody. If you feel like it's just not holding up like you thought it would you're always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) for warranty review!
Great for everything!
I love the capilene air hoody! I use it for snowboarding and bike commuting in the winter and it keeps my neck nice and warm and fits nicely under helmets when needed! It also comes down over my hips which is nice for tucking in to snow pants or having a little extra warmth in that area! I’ve never had a better base layer.
Fantastic layer but see through
Love this layer. I’ve barely worn anything else since it arrived. The hood is comfortable as a turtle neck (something I worried would choke, but doesn’t). Only problem is that the fabric is sheer and quite see through. I wear a vest over it. Perfect ski layer for both alpine and Nordic. I would have many of these if they weren’t so sheer.
W’s Capilene Air Hoody (5 stars)
I’ve owned the Capilene Air Crew for two years and I wear it all the time, so I decided to get the hoody version. I love it. It’s super comfortable and soft, wicks moisture really well, and keeps you warm. It’s great for higher intensity exercise but when layered it’s also good for resort skiing, etc. The hood is awesome because it’s a built-in lay... Read Moreer around my head that I can pull up under my helmet, or when the hood is down I can just use it as a buff. The only challenge is that pulling the hood up somewhat restricts what you can do with your hair, if your’s is longer like mine. I’m 5’6” and got an XS, which is the size I generally order from Patagonia; it fits me really well.
Best Product Ever
My new Capilene Air is perfect. I bought it for a ski layer, but have found myself wearing it all the time. A cozy layer for around the house, a walk with the dog, even found it great for sleep wear when the temp dropped and my head was cold I just pulled on the hood and was toasty warm all night. I got the large. I'm 5'8", 155 lbs. ... Read MoreAppreciate the long length in the arms and torso.
Honestly the hoody looked so good right out of the package I was torn on if I should wear it to dinner with a nice wool skirt or out skiing. Since I ski way more than I dine out the skiing won and I could not be happier. Super light but super warm. It is soft and moves freely during activity. I have worn under heavier outer layers without overheati... Read Moreng. Paired with vest on a chilly Wyoming morning six mile trek into the Mt Leidy Highlands and in a light snow did not need a shell. It seems to be able to adjust it's protection base don my exertion level. Will be ordering another and one for my husband too. He tends to over layer and regret it a mile into the trip. I think this will be the ticket to keep him cozy and regulate some of the heat he generates. Thanks again Patagonia!
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