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I purchased this top on March 27,2023, wore it on my 18 day trip. The trip was a casual trip - lots of touring and walking. After wearing it on and off for the 18 days, and hand washing in the sink at the hotel, I noticed it piled alot. Also, wear the tag is located, the shirt has a small rip where the tag is stitched in the seam. Also, there are s... Read Moremall holes throughout the top. I would love to have given this a better rating, but to only have used the top during my 18 day trip - and not even wearing the top daily, is very disappointing. The shirt was used as a base layer with either the Patagonia Micro D fleece top or a basic button down shirt. I would like to know how it looks when someone has done serious outdoor sport.
Response from PatagoniaApril 26, 2023
Hi Donna! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the shirt wearing out during your 18 day trip. We definitely expect better quality out of our gear so we're also disappointed by this. We'd encourage you to start a warranty [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
The feel and look of this shirt would be a five star review. Unfortunately when I hike or run it pills and chafes my back. My back was raw and had the fabric stuck to the areas that chafed. As a casual shirt I would give it a much higher rating. As an active shirt I feel its a very poor option. It pains me to say it because Ive never been disappoin... Read Moreted by a Patagonia purchase ever.
Response from PatagoniaApril 12, 2023
We're sorry to hear this fabric isn't working for your needs, Lisa! You are absolutely welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it for a refund. Thank you for this feedback, and please let us know if we can be of any help!
Comfy shirt but not durable
I really wanted to love this shirt and I did at first. Over the course of a few months, it was almost unwearable due to the holes that formed under the arms and how sheer it was. I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if the fabric quality is low. Unfortunately, the holes have become very large and I can't wear the shirt anymore.
Response from PatagoniaApril 10, 2023
Thank you for sharing this feedback, Eleni. We're so sorry to hear this shirt didn't hold up as it should! We are reaching out to you on email about returning it under our warranty.
The perfect lightweight layering piece
I had previously ordered this top in another color and find myself wearing it so often that I decided to get another one in a different color. It's the perfect lightweight layering piece that every wardrobe needs. It works well as a stand-alone top for indoor climbing or outdoor sports in cool weather. It's attractive enough to wear as ca... Read Moresual clothing. When in colder weather, it's a perfect non-bulky base layer. It packs down super small, it doesn't wrinkle, and the wool fabric wicks moisture beautifully, so it doesn't get stinky. In most instances, I can get a few wears out of it before having to wash it. My only regret is that I can't have more of them in more colors!
My go to first layer for wide variety of conditions
Cool merino is my favorite base layer for cool-warm (mid 30s to 70s F) temperatures be it every day wear, walking, hiking,or skiing or snow shoeing. Depending upon the temperature I switch among long sleeve, short sleeve or tank top. One request I have is for Patagonia to offer one or two lighter colors not just bright or dark colors.
I really like the softness of the Capilene layers but I just cant wear synthetic, I sweat too much and its Not great with odor. I was thrilled when I saw they made a merino version! Being anti microbial its so much better and I dont have to wash it as often. Incredibly soft and comfortable.
I want to love this shirt so much! I bought it because I have the short sleeve version and it's light and breathable merino, which is a perfect combo. However, both shirts developed holes within a few months of normal wear. I'm really disappointed in the quality for Patagonia.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 6, 2023
We're sorry to hear about the disappointing durability in this merino fabric. We recommend visiting one of our [Patagonia-owned stores](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/) with the shirts. They can evaluate the fabric issues in-person, discuss product care and help with a warranty return. We can also help you with a return under warranty from our main service center. Thank you for taking a moment to send us your feedback, Wilson!
Love this top
Very lightweight and soft against the skin, but incredibly warm. This is my new favourite top. I only wish there wasn't synthetic fibres in it. I'm unsure how it will last over time as the material if very fine, but it's incredibly comfortable. Nice fit too - not too tight but still manages to insulate.
Great staple (wish there were more colors).
This is a wonderful shirt. I have one in all 4 colors. I wear it to work (an office downtown), out hiking, and really anywhere. It is lightweight enough for late summer and its also great for layering in colder temps. My only wish is that is came in an off white color and a few (light and dark) gray options. Other than that, its a wonderful shirt.
This Shirt Is the Star Utility Player of My Closet
I purchased this shirt a few weeks ago and have worn it hiking, gardening, and have thrown a blazer over it for work. I travel for my job and it is lightweight, versatile, and so comfortable. I have since purchase several more (wish there were more colors to choose from). I am tall (5ft10 and 140lbs, usually a size 6-8 in tops) and the length is pe... Read Morerfect. The shirt has a nice drape. Its slim but does not hug my torso. It has a nice finish, with slits at the sides of the hem, so it looks great tucked in or untucked. It is a lightweight fabric, but I don't find it too sheer. I am not wearing it as a tight shirt, which may account for the sheerness other reviewers have mentioned. Patagonia hit a home run with this shirt and I look forward to buying more.
Added another for 'birthday stock' :)
My wife loves these - useful for around the house, work, or outside. A quick word about the Patagonia website - anyone else find it horribly slow and difficult to navigate. I used to enjoy browsing there, but now only visit when I have to.
Great for Travel.
I first bought this in a short-sleeve T while on a surpise extended stay in NYC in the summer (hot!). To my delight, a quick wash in the sink and it was dry in no time. So now the long sleeve version to take on a long extended trip -on) (with only a carrythat will see summer heat dissipate and lots of cold airports. This is just the thing.
Super comfortable, kinda sheer
I love the color (borealis green), and the feel and comfort of this fabric. Sized down (I am 5 ft 7 in and 140 lb) to a small as I do not like a flowy midsection of fabric). I have short and long sleeve in this color. The short sleeve does not have noticeable sheerness but for some reason the long sleeve does. Reviews and listing photos show the me... Read Moredium and lighter shades consistently have this sheerness problem. Am unable to wear the long sleeve for work like I hoped because of this, and have passed on most of the other colors for this reason. What is with the sheerness issue? We are not strippers or club goers.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 9, 2022
Hi Anne, we understand how the sheerness you're experiencing would be very uncomfortable. You're welcome to complete a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Solid desighn, Alas too small
Its a sweet and versatile material. Am a dude and patagonia Womens Large has always fit, however, this time its pretty small both arm length and torso, so if you're used to the similar and classic size Med or Large for example, be sure to go a size larger. Shirt is comfortable on the skin and seems very versatile ocross climates and temps, woo... Read Morel blend is legend idea!
Very soft, comfortable and flattering
I love this top for its quality, fit and comfort. But I am still trying to figure out its weather profile. I purchased it for hot weather activities but given its weight, I'm thinking it might be best for cooler days as a base layer.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 26, 2022
It was designed for summer activities, keeping you covered and cool from the sun. The material is lightweight, wicking and quick-drying. We hope you enjoy the versatility as a base layer all year long, but don't hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Incredibly perfect for hot summer days. The fabric is soft, thin, and super breathable. I just ordered this in another color and I wish there were even more colors to choose from. I know there is the graphic tees as well, but I love the plain design. Very flattering and comfortable!
Nice fabric - uncomfortable stitching
Unfortunately had to return since the stitching used for under the armpit was terribly irritating . The shirt itself was lovely, soft, nice colors and perfect for under flannel shirts. If they reversed the stitching pattern to where outside was on the inside it would have been perfect!
Response from PatagoniaApril 15, 2022
We're very sorry to hear that this one didn't work out for you, but we appreciate the feedback on that stitching. Please reach out if you need any assistance to return it. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Good fit, good feel
I have several of these shirts in both long and short sleeves. Some are pretty see-through, depending on the color, but they all fit great--and are a perfect layer under a fleece or sweater. The drape on the shirt is nice and the sleeves are just the right length. I'm 5'5", 135lbs
Very scratchy tags!
Got this as a gift, probably would be better off with the Small, not the Medium, as there is a lot of extra "webbing" under my arms. It's cool and comfortable. But quite thin and sheer, which might be a problem for some people. My biggest gripe is the horrible scratchy tags- one with the Patagonia logo on the lower hem, and a set of ... Read Moreseveral others with washing instructions sewn inside the side hem. I found those unbearable. It took about 45 minutes of very careful clipping with sharp pointed sewing scissors to remove both sets of tags, thankfully without harming the fabric. I would not buy this product for that reason- Patagonia, please do not do this to us!!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 10, 2022
Hey Liz, we appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback with us. We'll pass the word along about the tags for future consideration. One thing we'd like to mention is that so long as the item was purchased through our website, you're eligible to exchange it out for a different size even if it's a gift. We do ask that the item come back in new condition and since the tags were cut out, we would not be able to accept it back, but something to keep in mind for future.
Lightweight but warm, not form-fitting
I love this top; got it for cool-weather hikes, and an upcoming walking trip in Wales. I love the fit which is a little loose, so that I find I'm wearing it all day as casual wear too. It's warm but very lightweight, so perfect for travel. I just ordered a second one.
All I use for winter running now
I bought one of these this fall and soon had to get a second! On all but the coldest days I wear this shirt under the Houdini jacket for runs and am nice and comfortable. It's soft and I don't feel super sweaty after a run. It even airs out fine so I can wear it multiple days before washing. No odor. Well worth the price to invest in a co... Read Moreuple of these. No more running in old poly race shirts in the winter and I'm much more comfortable!
This is simply the best shirt for the outdoors
This is simply the best shirt for the outdoors. It's comfortable, durable, soft, stays smelling and feeling good on multi-day trips, breathable, and best of all made more from wool than it is from plastic. I've worn it every day on a three-week-long canoe trip, on regular trail runs, backpacking trips, cross-country skiing, and more. It&#... Read Morex27;s great as a base layer for cold weather activities, but it really shines as sun protection -- it's light and soft and comfortable enough to wear as a full-sleeve sun blocking option on warm days too. I am usually between a size small and medium (bust measurement 35-36", for reference) and the small is a great fit for me. My only request: Patagonia, please make this in more/better colors! I'd love warmer colors like a terracotta/sierra.
Please never stop making this shirt!!!!
I love these shirts, use them for everything, everyday in all seasons. They are ideal for layering. The fabric does not hold odors and washes well. I will buy them always. Cute new colors and basics. Dont wait for them to be on clearance, they are worth full price! Love, love, love!
It looks like Patagonia is making its new XL women's gear a bit larger. Overall this will be great. This new LS T is a wool and nylon blend, with wool around 70%. It is very lightweight and will be great for travel, as packs small. It is a looser fit than other XL baselayers I have from other entities and I might try a L next time I order, as ... Read MoreI wear these under midlayer wool hoodies that are close fitting. They are also longer than the typical women's baselayer, which is a definite plus. I only gave 4 stars, as not as warm as I like for winter, which is what it now is. I suspect I will appreciate them more on summer evenings!
Perfect First (or only) Layer!
I now have 4 of these, 2 short sleeves and 2 long. This is the perfect, not too warm, highly breathable, doesn't get stinky, easily layered piece. Perfect by itself in warmer weather and a great first layer under both technical midlayers or my favorite cashmere sweater. My only complaint is that the sleeves are barely long enough - shorter tha... Read Moren other Patagonia capilene T's.
Very pretty and useful
I bought an XL because I wanted a loose fit and some room for accidentally shrinking it. The fabric is so lovely it looks great even though it is a little big. I wore this on a weekend to the city- wore it in a bistro and went running later. Layers great with super thin capilene underneath for extra warmth. Havent washed it yet.
I can wear this in both 70 degree weather, then go for a run in the evening at 50 degrees and stay dry. This keeps me the perfect temp all day during the seasons where it is warm during the day and cool at night. Please make more in more neutral colors! White, gray, or beige would be awesome!
Light, Warm Merino Wool
As other posters have mentioned, this is a thin, light merino shirt (I have both the long sleeve and the short sleeve versions). Because it is on the thinner side, I do imagine that some of the lighter colors are see-through...this isn't a problem with the black color, and since I wear it running, hiking or under longer sleeve shirts, the see ... Read Morethrough nature of the lighter colors (yes, I have more than one!) isn't a problem for me. Like all things merino, these shirts absorb sweat well, and don't stink - even after a week+ camping and hiking on the AT. It also holds its shape well - it doesn't stretch out. I've taken it on travel and been able to wash it out in the hotel sink - and had it dry by AM. I do wash these in a delicate bag and hang to dry - I do wear them quite a bit and they look like new. As far as length goes, these hit below the hip - if you plan on carrying a pack with a waist belt, that means it's long enough to not get caught in the belt and ride up - so it stays put throughout the hike. I've also thrown one of these on underneath a blazer in a pinch while on travel, and been able to pull off a more casual work look. If you're looking for a thinner merino shirt (short or long sleeve), I highly recommend these - wash with care and they'll last! Highly recommend!
As other posters have mentioned, this is a thin, light merino shirt (I have both the long sleeve and the short sleeve versions). Because it is on the thinner side, I do imagine that some of the lighter colors are see-through...this isn't a problem with the black color, and since I wear it running, hiking or under longer sleeve shirts, the see ... Read Morethrough nature of the higher colors (yes, I have more than one!) like the jellyfish yellow isn't a problem for me. Like all things merino, these shirts absorb sweat well, and don't stink - even after a week+ camping and hiking on the AT. It also holds its shape well - it doesn't stretch out. I've taken it on travel and been able to wash it out in the hotel sink - and had it dry by AM. I do wash these in a delicate bag and hang to dry - I do wear them quite a bit and they look like new. As far as length goes, these hit below the hip - if you plan on carrying a pack with a waist belt, that means it's long enough to not get caught in the belt and ride up - so it stays put throughout the hike. I've also thrown one of these on underneath a blazer in a pinch while on travel, and been able to pull off a more casual work look. If you're looking for a thinner merino shirt (short or long sleeve), I highly recommend these - wash with care and they'll last!
Keeps you cool & warm simultaneously
I was hesitant to buy this top because it is a mixture of the capilene and merino wool, but it has performed better than expected. The only complaint I have is that it starts out being too long and then after one or two washes in cold water and line drying, the top is now almost too short. Not sure where to find the happy medium, but maybe the stru... Read Morecture needs some refining.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Pamela. You can try what's called blocking, where you lay it flat after washing and stretch it to it's original shape to dry.
Perfect shoulder-season running shirt
This shirt is the bestwarm when its cool outside and cool when its warm outside. I wear it for running and it keeps me temperate and my sweat situation manageable. The medium is kinda big (I dont understand Patagonia sizing, particularly when it comes to arm length), but I purchased a M bc my other Patagonia shirts in S are too short in the torso a... Read Morend sleeves. I purchased two of these shirts and exchanged one for a small. The small is better for someone with my build (runners body, kinda a big chest), esp for running, but ymmv.
Bring Back Cool Daily
I looove the cool daily shirts. I did not buy the cool daily for the UPF rating and would buy cool daily again knowing of the voluntary recall. The Cool Merino runs slightly smaller than Cool Daily and is not as soft and the neckline is tighter. I wish I had tried the Cool Merino in store bf buying online. Im returning the purchase -the material i... Read Mores too clingy and scratchy, not at all buttery smooth like the daily and not worth it for the price and reported poor wear (w pack).
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 24, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Heidi! We hope to have the Cap Cool Daily back in 2022 sometime.
Versatile, no stink, but fragile shirt
I traded in my tropic sun hoodie for this shirt on a whim before starting the John Muir Trail in August this year. I ended up wearing this longsleeve merino blend capilene cool shirt every single day of a 21 day hiking trip because it was that great - decent sun protection, excellent temperature control, and no stink at all. I only rinsed it out a ... Read Morefew times in a couple of lakes, but otherwise it was fine and did not smell even after long days hiking and no true wash for the whole time. However, my one complaint about the shirt is that it is a bit fragile. It held up to my backpack no problem and did not really pill, but it quickly developed several small holes where my arms rubbed my sides on the hike. I would love to own more of these shirts, but I can't justify given the price and the fact that the one I do have is disintegrating and I've only owned it for about 5 weeks and run it through a washing machine only once! These are not moth holes, and are not where I caught it on something - just from normal wear.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 14, 2021
Hi Laura! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the shirt developed holes after such little time. That definitely sounds like a warranty related issue so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it to us.
Perfect lightweight versatile layer
This shirt is the perfect lightweight versatile layer for the "shoulder seasons" in Vermont where it's cool in the mornings and evenings but warms up during the day. This shirt keeps me warm in cooler temps, but the wicking wool fabric keeps me cool when the temps warm up midday. It's also a great layering piece. The wool fabric... Read More is so soft and the color is really flattering.
Soft, light, but shrunk a bit.
I really liked this shirt at first, it's lightweight, breathable, soft, and lovely color. I washed/dried it a couple times and now it is way too small. It fit perfect when I received it, so maybe order one size up to account for shrinkage. I'll be gifting this to a friend since I can't wear it anymore.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 28, 2021
Thanks for reaching out Autumn. We're so sorry to hear your shirt didn't work perfectly for you. Merino wool can always experience some shrinkage if washed in hot water or tumble dried on high. We're happy to go over product care with you for any future purchases.
Wool is wonderful!
I have two of these and I only got them because I couldnt get more of the Capilene Cool shirts locally - but now these are my favorites. I actually sleep in these shirts in Houston, Texas in the summer (a/c + ceiling fan = cold arms at 3 am) but I also plan to wear them as a base layer during our cool winters. Very lightweight. I ordered up (M) fro... Read Morem my normal size (S) to get a looser fit and they are perfect for my needs. I am biased because I am a knitter, but wool really is the best!
Years ago Patagonia made an awesome part wool v-neck baselayer. It pilled a bit but was otherwise excellent. They were only available a couple years. I still have three, the worn wear guys stitched one for me a couple years ago. Now, this is the next generation: wool + capilene. I love that there is a long sleeve option. Nice hand, soft against the... Read More skin, nice drape. I'm 5'11" and 160 lbs and buy an extra large so it is roomy and long enough in the arm. I think I'd of had some room even in the Large. A little bit of static cling comes along with this but not a deal breaker. Love the split hem. I'm on the fence with the neckline and the finishing of the arms at the wrist. Would prefer no cuffs. But I'm going to buy another - waiting to see some new colors first...
I've bought one and I already bought another one in different colour because I loved it so much. It's very thin, so ideal for traveling, extremely pleasant to wear, while surprisingly warm in cool weather. For my personal taste, I would like the neck opening to be a little bit wider if I could make a minor request.
this is an excellent layer!
I absolutely adore this layer. I bought it as a sun shirt for climbing in the summer (I have a vitiligo so have to protect my skin with long sleeves), but I have been wearing it basically nonstop since it has arrived. It is thin, breathable, and does not smell, and the fabric is just amazing. The pink colour is really pretty, and it is even "c... Read Morelassy" enough to feel like a casual wear layer. I am planning to buy the vest from the same collection because I really really like it!
Runs really large
Very lightweight and breathable. The light blue color is extremely sheer and more of a light blue-ish grey. I feel this runs 1-1.5 sizes large. Too loose for my liking, but if I sized down, I'm afraid the arms will be too short for my taste. I wore this while road biking with a vest and I was very comfortable.
Response from PatagoniaJune 3, 2021
Thanks for the review! We would be happy to send over some measurements to you to see if a size down would work. Please reach out to our customer service team [here](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
Versatile for different weather and activity
I've had my shirt for a week and this is what I appreciate about it: - it's May with changing weather and temperatures where I am. The shirt is fine on its own when it's warmer or light/fine enough to be comfortably layered under other clothing. - it's got stretchy performance ability for outdoor activity yet has been finely st... Read Moreitched and cut to give a smart look and feel. - the upwell blue colour is a gorgeous, warm tone The shirt is light/fine meaning that undergarments may be visible, though it is not bothersome for me. The shirt is a slim fit and the XS I bought is a consistent fit with another Patagonia XS shirt I have.
Very comfy and breathable
I've only worn this twice so far as a light weight base layer under a sweater and it is very comfortable and warm but not too warm, it's kind of a "fall and early spring" base. I can't wear it as a normal shirt at work because you can see my bra underneath but I expect to wear it as such while camping and wearing a sports b... Read Morera.
Year Round Comfort
I love this shirt. Sizing, sleeve length, & fabric. I want a drawer full. I bought the black. The nights are cool here in New Mexico, even in the summer, & I plan to wear this a lot, especially to the local brewery!:). Will buy more when there are more color options.
sophisticated and well made
Crazy about this fabric! I have one capilene cool merino top in each style now. I wear the long sleeve for early morning hiking, running, cycling. It feels great, really elegant cuts, and so far very durable. I have processed up to a ml of water (ok, perspiration) through this shirt in a single day and it just continues to perform without trapping ... Read Moremeddlesome microbes. I try to air dry but I have accidentally thrown it in the dryer without any noticeable repercussions. I hope Pat continues to innovate in this area--capilene and performance materials for hot weather--and subsequently offer more options. This entire spring/summer merino line is a solid investment as temps continue to climb.
I decided to splurge for the merino shirts after loving the capilene cool shirts. These are next level; the fit is true to size, color is lovely. The weight of the material is light enough for me to wear on a warm day's bike commute, but when layered upon keeps me warm. Special effects: it handles underarm odor extremely well.
So comfy and soft! And not stinky ...
What I haven't liked about Capilene before is the way it holds smells. But this part-wool shirt does not have that problem. It's elegant and functional and oh so comfortable. I wear it alone for morning runs and it adjusts to my body temp, keeping me warm at the start but not overheated after the first mile with the sun coming up. Exactly... Read More what I was looking for.
This top was made with thin flimsy material. It was very long and tight fitting. After purchasing many consistent size small products, I was shocked with this piece. Very sorry to have to return it!
Response from PatagoniaApril 5, 2021
Hi Cathleen, thank you for your review! We are very sorry to hear the material and sizing were not what you expected. The fabric blend of 65% RWS-certified merino wool and 35% recycled polyester is designed to be soft while still providing its technical performance in a slim fit style. Please know, we are always happy to provide with exact measurements along with information on performance fabrics to ensure you are comfortable and confident in your next purchase. Feel free to [contact](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) us for any assistance on your return if you haven't already.
Perfect weight and fit
I was looking for something to wear under my Nano vest and this is perfect. The color is true to the picture and the fit is spot on. Bought it last minute for a camping trip to Joshua Tree and I think this will be perfect for the mild days and chilly nights.
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