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Great running shirt for shoulder seasons
I'm 5.8" 152 lbs and the small size fit great. This shirt is neither too tight or loose which makes it great for running. The sleeves weren't too long and moisture management is great. I wear this shirt standalone when temps are in the 40-50F range.
Excellent shirt & wonderful customer
Excellent shirt & wonderful customer service. Was on sale for half price & I ordered two. Because the second one got stuck in delivery purgatory, Patagonia sent me the second free of charge. So I got one free. No where else would that happen? It's a rhetorical question. Have been buying Patagonia since before it was Patagonia and will ... Read Morecontinue to do so for the rest of my life. Unbelievable sturr. Best out there, hands down.
Too tight in the arms and chest
The model wearing the size medium is 6'1". So I got the small but it's way too tight in the armpits, and too tight in the upper arms as well, and a bit in the chest. It's too bad, I love the item but can't possibly wear it. I'm of average build, slightly broad.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 22, 2023
Hi Ron! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear the crew was too tight in the arms and chest. Feedback like this is crucial to improving fit for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Bring back the waffle knit!!!
I don't understand why you replaced the waffle knit with this. This product is very mediocre.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 28, 2023
Hi John! Thank you for writing us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disapointment with the crew. Also, we always appreciate hearing when a certain product is missed so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Excellent base layer
I have two sets of the capilene mid weights(tops & bottoms). I find that I use them more than my merino base layers. I particularly like the odor control. The tops have a good sleeve & torso length, & stays tucked in. Very comfortable against the skin, & slides easily under layers. Dries quickly if wet from sweat. For the bottoms I ... Read Morelike the high waist, leg length is good. Overall a very nice base layer.
Great but the tags??
I love this material. My favorite base layer. Knock off one star because of the three huge tags attached to the inside of the shirt at the waistline. It's like a mattress sized set of tags and Patagonia says they don't recommend cutting them off b/c it'll void the warranty!
I take blood thinners and seem to be cold much of the time. I wanted a lightweight inner layer that would be warm and comfortable. This shirt fits that description perfectly. My wife says that it washes well (doesn't dry it in the dryer, but it dries quickly). The price is a little high for an "undershirt" but hope it will hold up fo... Read Morer a few years!
Like the camo look , comfortable, warm without being too much so
Fit is good , which at 5foot 7 inches and 200 lbs , is not always easy . Sleeves fit well , I did not have to alter the garment. ( which I do if sleeves too loose ). Great for winter , soft material , good action fit , like the camo look .
I LIVE in Cap Midweight Crews for 3 seasons
I really don't know what I would wear day to day in Fall, Winter, and Spring if Cap Midweight Crews did not exist. If the weather or occasion dictates, I layer over them. Of course I have more in the closet than midweights but I am throwing these things on all the time. I do be miss older versions that had a more stylized neck with a little tr... Read Moreiangle below the chin to make the look more like sweaters than base layers but these things still rock in my book. As long as Patagonia keeps making these things, i will keep buying them!
Very nice shirt for running on colder days.
Bought this shirt to combine it with my rain jacket for running on colder days. Love it. Only drawback are the thumb straps at the end of the sleeves. They do help keep the sleeves down but are a bit tight on the area between the thumb and index finger when running longer distances.
Opening the package on this base layer Crew-Neck you can quickly tell it is shirt technically designed for warmth. It does not disappoint in the warmth category as a base layer. I am sure this shirt would meet/exceed most people's expectations for warmth. I would say the fit and comfort are better than expected. I am 168lbs but wearing a large... Read More as I like shirts a touch looser, even base layers. I have also been wearing this shirt without top layers as casual wear around the house, working in the yard, or out and about in town. Really like it.
Excellent general purpose shirt
I have been wearing these shirts for decades. As a forester, hiker, backpacker, and climber, I have found that they outlast most other outdoor clothes and help maintain heat balance. Recently, I have turned to a more sedentary pursuit - writing books. To my pleasant surprise, I find I am wearing these shirts every day, in my office, at meetings, g... Read Moreenerally everywhere that I can dress casually. Just as in the field, they have a great heat balance whether it is warm or cold outside. They look great in any setting. I use the oldest ones for outdoor pursuits, the newer ones for everything else. They are simply a great investment.
New and improved!
I have been wearing Capilene for years. This new shirt is significantly improved. Patagonia has improved its sizing; I am 61, 175 lbs, and this shirt in large is perfect for me. The texture makes the shirt warmer and more comfortable. Patagonia is still the gold standard, and this shirt demonstrates why.
Poor quality stitching
I've had numerous threads in the wrist hole openings come undone and pull out. Seems like the manufacturing on this product is extremely sus, just can't recommend Patagonia anymore the same way you could a few years back.
Response from PatagoniaMay 18, 2022
We're sorry to hear this shirt isn't holding up for you! We'll get in touch about options. Thank you for sharing this review!
Best base layer
I first purchased one of these shirts to try it out and now have 3. Great baselayer - I like the thumb latches on the sleeves to keep the cuffs in the rights spot when putting a layer on over top . Rarely notice or use them overwise. I wear as baselayer for alpine and nordic skiing in the winter and as a standalone for mountain biking in the summer... Read More. The fabric drys fast and doesnt really hold odor.
Good product but sizes run on small side
What's working is it helps keep you warm and what is not working is it is tight, could be like a loose fit. I would order next size up the next time.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 25, 2022
Thank you for submitting your review, Jerry. If that fit isn't right for you, please keep in mind that we're happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
Top Notch Comfort and Warmth
On a professional level in a temperature range from 40° to 0° They will keep you warm and not restrict your movement or bulk you up. They are light weight flexible and durable, I hike on average 5-8 miles a day in moderately cold to cold weather and have not been let down by these yet, after many wash cycles no pilling or wear shown. I would highly... Read More recommend these thermals for the outdoor life in winter.
This shirt is a truly "fitted" fit. At 6'3"/193# the size L is a comfortable close fit. I wear it around the house and to work out. I'd like the collar to fit a bit closer to my neck, but overall I love it. The fabric is prone to snagging (DO NOT WASH WITH ANYTHING VELCRO) but I own four of them and love the shirts. Bought ... Read Moretwo for each of my sons and they love them as well.
Comfy but Not Tough as Nails
I love the Mid Weight Capilene fabric...it fits snug, soft against the skin. Great for strength training in the gym or wearing around the house/farm in cool weather. One pick...the fabric will snag on a rough edge and strands of fiber will loop. Cut the loop and you got yourself a hole. So great garment, but not tough as nails.
Runs a bit small
Response from PatagoniaDecember 1, 2021
Hello Skipper! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the fit wasn't quite right. With that said, the crew is a slim fit so its designed to fit closer to body. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Most Versatile Long Sleeve Shirt Ever!
This is THE long-sleeved shirt/layer that is my favorite! I use it as a Dynamic long-sleeve t shirt as well as the perfect layer for cooler seasons. The thumb handles to use under other layers are invaluable. Have all three colors. My favorite Patagonia item.
Best Long Sleeve Under Layer Ever
The most versatile piece of long sleeve under layer/ T-shirt Ive ever owned, seriously. Loved the original Green/Grey. The shirt does not absorb odor, yet keeps in warmth and moisture escapes perfectly. Liked so much order the grey and green shirts as well. Would not hesitate to recommend whatsoever
Soft, warm, a bit tight at the shoulders
This material is soft, slightly thicker than a T-shirt, warm if under a shell or shirt. Smoother / thinner than Thermal weight.. so easier to slide under casual-wear layers . Haven't gotten it soaked yet, but slept in in 3 nights and still feels clean and new. Read reviews, sized up to L and glad I did. The lats / shoulders / chest are cut a b... Read Moreit tight, the Large is a little snug behind the shoulders and perfect everywhere else. 5'9'' / 44'' chest / 175lbs lbs. Love the thumb loops when sliding into a LS T-shirt, love the long waist for staying tucked in. I'll be wearing this a lot this Fall, will update later
Change in quality/ warmth
My dad has 2 of these from a few years ago. Construction has changed and this one isnt as thick/warm as his are.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 9, 2021
Thank you for your feedback on the Patagonia Men's Capilene® Midweight Crew Neck Shirt We are of course sorry to hear that it did not work out for you. You are always more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any item that does not work out for you.
Im 63, 185 and have a slim/athletic build. The Large fits well. Sleeves are long enough though the body could perhaps be a bit longer for my height. The material is warm but also pretty thin for a mid weight piece. Works well as a base layer. Works well alone so long as there isnt a cool breeze - cuz its gonna cut right through it.
Love the thumb loops
I like the slim fit and the thumb loops, for casual wear this makes it quite cozy even when worn by itself. As a baselayer it does great, used it with a Nano Puff when it was below 30 outside and was quite comfy. I love the feel of the way this is woven, though be warned if you have cats that their claws will easily cause pilling (or catch threads... Read More). I wish it came in more colors, love the versatility.
looks great but sizing is weird
love the company and what they stand for. but everything here runs big. I'm 5'9", average build and usually wear a medium but I'm always a small with Patagonia. However, some smalls are tight at the armpits, like this one. Mediums are way too wide.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 1, 2021
This is great feedback! The Midweight Crew is a slim fit, which is likely why it feels tight. You'll want to check each product to see if they're "slim" or "regular" or our most generous "relaxed" fit for guidance. Feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team if you'd like any measurements.
Not as good as previous versions
I bought this same layer back in 2016/17. It's one of my favorite baselayers. Perfect fit, comfortable, looks good, and works for any season. I figured I should buy more since I like it so much. However, the newer model feels much different. It feels a bit thinner, but the main issue is the sizing. It's much smaller. Very tight around the... Read More armpit area. I'm 5'8" 160lbs so I'm not big. If you're around that size I would recommend sizing up. It's still a good layer and I will use it, but had I known this beforehand I wouldn't have bought it
I wore this out and bought a second
From the first snow (Central Colorado) through June, this bad boy is on my body every day I'm outside in the hills. Hot on the skintrack? Strip down to this, it looks fine. Sunny, but breezy up there at 12,000? Put it under the Pati Triolet shell, you're comfy. Mid-winter powder laps with a high of 5? Basically a requirement.
Very nice and warm, a little delicate
Nice fabric, comfortable and warm. The fabric started to show minor damages and broken wires in the knit after only few months of use.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 11, 2020
Thanks for the review! We're sorry to hear that your Capilene Midweight Crew Neck Shirt is not holding up as you hoped. We included care instructions below just in case. Otherwise, if you're unhappy with your purchase you're always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). Machine Wash Warm, Do Not Bleach, Tumble Dry Low, Cool Iron, Do Not Use Fabric Softeners.
almost perfect - with a little tlc.
I like this shirt! Fit, fabric and features are all good. The thumb loops are handy for layering without the sleeves pulling up.I did need to problem solve one issue. The shirt maintained a sour smell after washing. Pre soaking in 1 cup white vinegar before washing solved that problem.
Thinner than older versions, uncomfortable seams
I was really surprised when I bought this shirt how the quality has gone down from capilene layers I bought maybe 6 or 7 years ago. It is thinner, which I could potentially look past - I could just get the heavyweight if I want warmer. However, the real problem for me is that for a slim fit base layer, I find the stitching at the seems, particularl... Read Morey in the back to be very uncomfortable. It's too trim a fit to wear another layer underneath. It just feels like a lower quality product than I'm used to from Patagonia.
Response from PatagoniaApril 15, 2020
Hi Daniel, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the crew neck. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Different than previous year
I want to start by saying that I love and support Patagonia and its products and mission. Ive also loved this midweight crew baselayer in previous years and I own three others that are fantastic. The most recent version (I purchased end of season sale in February 2020) is far different than previous years and not for the better. The previous versio... Read Morens were made up of these little square bits of fleece (I think) on the inside. So, so comfortable. I believe this is still how they design the thermal baselayer but the midweight was a bit lighter. In any case, they no longer do this with the midweight. The new version is much lighter and uses a rougher material that reminds me of what they use on the back portion of their backpacks, which is extremely uncomfortable and damaging to clothing it rubs against. Since it is lighter than previous versions it also does not fit as snuggly so I might recommend buying a size down. Id recommend that Patagonia goes back to the previous style because Im not a fan and wont continue to buy the midweight as it is currently produced. Otherwise you guys keep doing what youre doing. We need great companies that care about people and the environment in these times.
Response from PatagoniaApril 11, 2020
Thank you for your feedback Gregory. We did change the pattern for the fall 2019 line, we understand how disappointing it can be when a favorite product of yours is revised. We truly appreciate the feedback on the revisions and we'll pass it along to our design crew.
Great quality, all day warmth!!
I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a quality base layer. I frequently use this shirt for skiing and hiking. It's mid-weight is perfect for colder weather because it is easily layered but definitely warm enough on its own under a t-shirt and my coat. On warmer days its breathable enough that I have enough of a layer on to st... Read Moreay warm but not over heating! The matching mid-weight bottoms are just as amazing.
Good fit for long arms, but it stinks and the fabric is pilling
Fits my long arms well. Unfortunately it holds odors and stinks almost as bad as previous Capilene shirts I've had. I had hoped they had gotten better but I guess not. Also, after only wearing it maybe 10 times the fabric is starting to pill badly along the right arm.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 31, 2020
Hi Eli, knitted garments are prone to pilling, and this style is no exception. Removing pills can help lengthen the life of your Capilene, plus it’s easy to do with a sweater stone. Learn about removing pills at wornwear.com.
Great but for the tags
For whatever reason in the last year or two Patagonia has started putting 3 tags on the left side of the shirt near the waistline. This is fine if you are not tucking in the shirt but in the PNW im using these as a baselayer and tucking them in and then the tags create a hot point. I can and do scissor them off but that will sometimes leave a littl... Read Moree nub that also rubs. No clue why Patagonia has made this design decision as they arent making it w/their capilene Air Crews, for example. Anyway, great shirts, i wear them all winter long but the tags knock off a star.
BEWARE, full revision from 2019. Not the same.
This new midweight is entirely different than the previous generation, nothing is the same. Sizing is off, you must size down if you’re looking for the same fit as before. Collar is wider and ribbing width is smaller providing less coverage and a looser fit around the neck. The weight is less and the fabric is softer, less smooth synthetic and a mo... Read Morere plush feel. I was very disappointed to receive shirts that were completely different than what I absolutely loved in the previous generation. At this point, I can say I prefer the previous generation. On the upside, this model has more stretch and utilizes the pattering of the successful capilene air- hopefully making for a better functioning base layer. Will report back once I get my smaller sizes in the mail!
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