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An updated classic
A good update to a classic piece of kit. The new material is warm and light. It breathes a bit better than the older material did. Still as warm as it should be for its purpose. The fit is better than the older generation. It's a bit longer and stays tucked in much better than those before. A great all around base layer for fall - spring. I ba... Read Moresically live in these shirts from October to May when I'm guiding.
This is one of my favorite pieces. Beyond a great base layer, it also looks great as a casual shirt due to its perfect slim fit and stretch. I swear I get more comments and people noticing this shirt than any other shirt I wear. Also the material seems to be more durable than the other Patagonia base layers.
I bought my first zip t neck about 45 years ago. I bought 3 of them. I am still using all 3 of them but I am ready to buy new ones. After so many years they are wearing out. I used them for running, hiking, skiing, climbing, etc. You can't go wrong with buying them. If it gets too hot, zip the neck down. If it gets too cold, zip it up. Perfect... Read More when you are on the go and need a quick way to regulate your temperature.
I love the texture on this, very smooth and warm. Great base layer. I wish it was labeled as such. Used it once as a mid layer (tshirt underneath) and immediately put a hole on it. It is super thin and soft, not abrasion resistant though.
Hi Marti, thank you for sharing this review. We're sorry to hear this fabric didn't hold up as it should have! Please know you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you.
Perfect layer for me
I now own five: two light weight and three mid-weight. Outstanding in every way: very comfortable; durable; quick drying; cold water machine washable. Wear them daily in the wintertime over a t-shirt and under a cotton shirt which is sufficient in this climate while constantly moving between heated, unheated, and outdoor spaces rebuilding donated b... Read Moreicycles for use by the community. Buying two more.
Another Patagonia Winner
Truth be told I wear this baselayer golfing. Which I do 300 days a year. In Oregon this garment is the perfect 35-40* rainy baselayer. Its warmer than earlier models but thats fine. For days when I wave a stick in the middle of the river I use the thermal weight. Best company out there. I support Patagonia every chance I get
Turned into everyday wear
Purchased this mid-weight top for cold morning runs and and as a base-layer for cooler hikes/climbs. Turns out its become a standard to wear sweater like over a t-shirt and looks good over a pair of jeans. First one was beginning to show some wear after a couple hard years of trail runs, hikes and multiple days of skiing. Not to mention innumerable... Read More days in my cold office, casual dinners with the wife and a few road-trips. Totally good investment and the very reason I purchased another.
Snags on everything.
Good fit and great base layer, unfortunately the material snags on everything including the layers worn over top. After its first use it looks terrible.
Thank you for your feedback on the Patagonia Men's Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck . 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.
Snags easily. Thread pulled out and ruined the shirt visually the first time I wore it. As a bass layer, its still no doubt quite warm. However, the fabric seems just a little bit too sensitive, not durable.
Hi John, thank you for sharing this review. We're sorry to hear that fabric hasn't performed as it should! If you would like to return this shirt we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
The fabric failed on both shirts within two months
I purchased two of these shirts on November 19th and by January 19th (after wearing each shirt about five times), the fabric on both shirts is falling apart on the elbows. I wish I could post photos so you could see! FWIW, I am medium-size male, only wear the shirts while skiing (under a Nano puffy), wash them in cold water and hang to dry. I'... Read Moreve owned previous generations of Capilene midweight zips for decades, but this generation failed (two different shirts) within 60 days.
Not typical quality
I bought this shirt for my husband for a winter running layer. The product is called mid weight but it is more light weight than mid weight. It looked good, but after the first wear developed a pull in the material. After the first wash it came out with many more pulls. I love the Patagonia brand and garments usually last forever. I will be sending... Read More this back for a repair option.
One of the Best Baselayers Out There
I started off with the Capilene Midweight Crew and loved it. It performed phenomenally while skiing in all conditions. After a couple years, I decided I wanted a baselayer with a 1/4 zip because the zipper gave me more control over my temperature and I wanted my neck to be covered. I originally bought Smartwool's 250 Merino baselayer because... Read More 1) it seemed more comfortable and 2) it's a much more stylish garment but I find that Patagonia's midweight baselayer is still superior. Although they are boring looking, their baselayers fit snugger, wick moisture better, regulate my body temperature better, and are noticeably less expensive. The thumb loop is an underrated feature too, especially for myself because I have long arms and it helps with coverage on my wrists. My one and only complaint with this garment is that the fit is such that at the bottom of the zipper there is a massive horizontal crease that extends all the way around to my back. It looks weird and feels annoying, but I'm willing to put that aside because the Capilene Midweight material has kept me comfortable in all weather and conditions, and the zip-neck version generally made it even better.
I bought this one size up so I could layer underneath, Im using it as a mountain bike Jersey great by itself on a cool day, also great with a thermal underneath and a shell over on a cold day. I also just wear them around the house on a cool day.I would say the fit is true to size this is longer on me perfect for biking and the arms are longer agai... Read Moren a plus. I plan to buy more.
Ripped after the second wash
First of all, I love Patagonia as a brand. I've purchased many of their lines of clothing and have been very satisfied. In regards to the Capilene Midweight Zip-neck, Its' warmth, fit and style are fantastic. However after only 2 washes, a large tear occurred in the front. Perhaps the fabric needs to be reexamined for durability... Patago... Read Morenia was excellent in replacing it and I now wash it on gentle cycle, in a fabric laundry bag.
Hey Mark! Thanks for taking the time to write a product review and we're very sorry to hear about this issue. It sounds like you are caring for your Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck properly by washing it in warm water and tumble drying it on low heat. Regardless, this isn't the typical quality we expect from our products, so we are glad you received assistance with this warranty issue.
poor fabric, not waffle weave
i use my current 2 (purchased in 2017 and 2018) to slip over a t shirt if it's chilly. i'm a medium. but this large slips easily over my 78 yr old shoulders without bunching in the armpits. my current capilenes have a waffle weave interior to the fabric. the 2021 version? the fabric is junk. i didn't even try it on. just returned it.... Read More
We're very sorry to hear you were disappointed with our updated Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck. If you are looking for a thicker Capilene with waffle/grid weave, we recommend checking out the [Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-thermal-weight-zip-neck/43657.html?dwvar_43657_color=FGX&cgid=root).
Thin Material (lightweight, not midweight) & Tight Fit
Quality is excellent, as always with Patagonia clothing. But guys, you're just not consistent. I bought two of these expecting them to be very similar (if not identical) to those I bought just two years ago and... whoa! ... totally different. The new version fits much tighter: too tight to be a stand-alone outer garment unless you want the sup... Read Moreer-hero-suit look. Should I not expect a midweight zip-T to be a comfortable shirt? Should it really be limited to an under layer? And the fabric is way, way thinner than my recent, previous versions. How about some consistency? Your lack of it in successful product lines continues to surprise and disappoint.
Hi Craig, we appreciate your feedback! We're so sorry to hear the disappointment with the fit and feel of this zip-neck. Thank you for sharing the inconsistencies you've experienced and we've passed it along to our Product/Design Team. We hope to not disappoint you with future purchases.
Nice Fit, very comfortable
The mid-weight capilene zip-tee is a perfect weight for most things I do in the winter - over a tee, under a shell, it works great for sitting in a cool room & working on the computer as well as on the trail with snowshoes & boots. I have several of these as I live at 8100 feet of elevation and wear one of them most days November through Ma... Read Morey.
SIMPLY!!! AN AMAZING BASE LAYER!!!
THE PATAGONIA MEN'S CAPILENE MID WEIGHT ZIP NECK!!! IS HANDS DOWN!!! THE BEST BASE LAYER ON THE MARKET!!! IT FITS TRUE TO SIZE!!! I OWN 3 OF THEM!!! I BOUGHT THEM IN SIZE XL!!! I AM 6" 1' AND 180 LBS!!! AND ALL 3 OF THEM!!! FIT GREAT!!! THE ZIP NECK ALLOWS FOR QUICK HEAT RELEASING!!! WHEN UNZIPPED!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! BUYING YOUR... Read More SELF!!! AT LEAST 1 PATAGONIA MEN'S CAPILENE MID WEIGHT ZIP NECK BASE LAYER!!! YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY YOU DIID!! A+++
Over the last 30 years.I have owned Many Patagonia Capilene Products. This Patagonia Capilene Mid Weight Zip Neck Is Superb. I own 3 of them. The weight, breathability, Venting(with the front zipper. AMAZINGLY VERSATILE CAN BE WORN FOR ANY land pursuits.. Worn around town or at base camp. Well designed and Comfortable. I am 6' 1" and 175 ... Read Morellbs I have wide shoulders. So., I buy Size XL. It Fits a tad loose. Perfect Fit for me. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. The Patagonia Men's Capilene Mid Weight Zip Neck to anyone. They also make. Well received gifts
My shirt for way too much according to my wife
I love this shirt. Comfortable to the touch and wears like your favorite shirt does. I find myself grabbing this and wearing it everywhere. I will throw it in the back of my truck to put on after a hard mountain bike ride to wear to the microbrew. The zipper lets you adjust the temperature perfectly. I wear this shirt so often that my wife thinks I... Read More have three of them in the same color. She is right on the number but wrong in the color selection :-)
Wear All The Time
I find myself putting this pullover on all the time. Since I tend to run hot, sweaters and heavy clothing are no longer comfortable. This light weight garment is a perfect substitute. Furthermore, I can even sleep in this and still wear it the next day. I typically wear an XL but had to go up to XXL to get a fit I am comfortable with. Luckily, my a... Read Morerms are long.
If Patagonia insists on making apparel in a "slim fit," include size 3XL so us bigger guys can wear stuff. Not everyone who enjoys your apparel is a long-distance runner. Some of us outdoor enthusiasts have upper body development and don't want to wear skin tight shirts.
Hey Brian! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We resonate with your frustration and please know we take this feedback seriously. We have no doubts that people of all shapes and sizes get outdoors and can benefit from our clothing. Over the past several years, we've begun to expand our sizes and it is our goal to continue this to make our clothing more accessible. Thanks again for bringing this up and we hope to not disappoint you in the future.
BRING BACK REGULAR FIT
My first Patagonia purchase was a red shell jacket...in 1973. It lasted for years. Since then I've continued buying a closet full (and draws full too) of Patagonia products. I get that you'd like to appeal to younger people, but if you do want older people to wear Patsagonia products (besides the ubiquitous Nano Puff and Down Sweater, ple... Read Morease BRING BACK REGULAR FIT. I weigh 146lbs and most of your capilene tops are too tight.
Hi Micheal, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit of this zip-neck. With that said, our base layers feature a slim fit for layering purposes, but we still offer many items in regular fit. With that said, we'll pass this feedback along to our design team to take into consideration for future seasons!
Yeah!!! Sleeves are long enough and the body fits too!
I am 5'11" and finding women's clothes that are long enough is impossible. I end up buying men's long sleeve shirts/coats and men's pants (I have a 36" inseam). I am happy that the Men's slim fit medium worked out in sleeve length perfectly and fit the rest of my curves nicely. I also like the thumb straps. They a... Read Morere easy to slide into and since the sleeve is long enough, there is no pulling or tension on my thumb. Keeping my wrists warm by keeping my sleeves in place has been wonderful for our long MI winters. I also see wearing this piece all year for spring/summer kayaking, and windy days on Lake Michigan because it is lightweight and dries quickly.
Dependable layer for being active
My previous Patagonia MW cap's are old but still work fine. However, they don't have odor control and I wanted one garment to work for a multi-day race without being too stinky. This is exactly what I need. It improves on my older caps by adding thumb loops and a more reinforcement around the collar.
I'm struggling to size things with my latest Patagonia purchases. I recently received a large R1 as a gift and returned it as it was too baggy. So i bought this in a medium to get a trimmer fit and it was too tight under my arms. Not sure what's changed as I didn't use to have this problem.
Hey Tod, we're sorry to hear about the issues you've experienced with sizing. Though both the R1 and Capilene Midweight are slim fit, the R1 is technically a mid-layer while the Capilene series are designed to fit next to skin, as a baselayer. We'd be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you by offering garment measurements and get you in the proper size.
Excellent for Layering
I normally wear a men's size medium, but I ordered a large in this shirt because I wanted to use it primarily as a layering piece. Turned out to be the perfect fit over an R1 hoodie and under an R1 Tech-Face or rain jacket; no binding whatsoever and offers just the right amount of extra warmth when needed. With this stellar triple-layered syst... Read Moreem, I've always felt dry and never too warm even with heavy exertion. Worn without an outer layer, I was surprised that this medium-weight capilene also blunted a fair amount of wind chill; however, this shirt BREATHES. The outer fabric is smooth, and the loops just inside the sleeve cuffs allow you to slide the sleeves into an outer layer quickly and easily. The long neck zipper makes it easy to take this very lightweight shirt on and off, and the tall collar offers a decent amount of extra coziness from the elements when needed. I now have three and rotate through them almost daily in every season; yes, it's even good for chilly summer nights.
I am reviewing for my husband. He likes the weight of the fabric for layering, a layer underneath and on top if necessary. He has several of these tops but they are actually getting worn looking ( they are over ten years old) so I found this one on line and it is exactly the weight he likes to layer. He wears it causally and for golf( we live in Fl... Read Moreorida).
Great breathability for running
Bought two of these for running in the city and hitting the mountains for some trails. Only time will tell how long these will last but they seem to be of great quality. I wear them with a technical tee underneath and I feel like I don’t really need anything else if the temperature is above 3 or 4 degrees. Below that you might need to add in a very... Read More very lightweight jacket or a vest. They don’t smell even after running for over an hour in them. No real wind protection as expected. Solid buy.
Patagonias Capilene line is undeniably the best base layer in the game, Thermal, Mid and Air series. These mid weight are my favorite, including the bottom piece. I use it as part of a layering system. I stay cool and dry when Im out being active but warm when Im static. I rotate between three sets for the better part of fall and all of winter whil... Read Moree adding or shedding layers when needed. These are nicely priced as well. I have had mine for two seasons and they still smell great. I used Nikes dri-fit before and after one year, it smelled awful. Please Patagonia do not change the fit on these. They are absolutely perfect.
Great for running, great for casual wear
First off, I don't know what it is, but I love this particular take on the camouflage print. I gravitate towards it equally when I'm searching for something cool and comfy to wear or when I'm looking for an outfit to keep me insulated when I exercise outside. The fabric feels light to me, and I hesitate to describe it as "mid-we... Read Moreight." I like this about it, however. It's a great light-weight option, and, as I found it to run a little small, as a great under-layer. Lastly, this may seem odd to point out, but this is the deepest zipper I have ever seen on anything that could be called a "zip-neck;" this comes in handy when you're getting hot (and as a playful jest to wear it very low out and about with your partner).
Weight of the Mid-Weight
Yes, it is true that the mid-weight is heavier in actual weight than he thermal. That is because the thermal uses a waffle-type weave that traps a lot of insulating air but is very light weight. The mid-weight is more tightly woven and thus weighs more. But they are both great products when used in the right conditions and the mid-weight is as vers... Read Moreatile as it gets. Every time Patagonia redesigns the Capilene line it makes it better. I still have some that goes back about three generations and it still works great, but is not as good as the new stuff.
Good, but Heavy
I already own the Light Weight and Thermal Weight base layers from Patagonia. Sometimes I want that in between layer. So I finally purchased this Mid Weight layer. It is well constructed. It fits great. The only puzzling thing is that it feels heavier than the Thermal Weight layer. I placed the layer on a digital scale and viola, it is actually hea... Read Morevier than the Thermal Weight base layer. This Mid Weight is still useful to me though. The hexagon pattern differs from both the light and thermal weights. The collar feels really thick. I'll keep it around even though it is not quite what I was expecting. I am 5'10, 160lbs and size Medium fits me well.
I bought the midweight zip-neck on sale and wore it for three days of skiing in temps from 26-34F and felt fantastic. I found the fit to be right on, long enough to tuck easily and comfortable around the neck whether fully zipped or not. The thumb loop style/placement were a bit tight for me so I didn't use them. With a lightly insulated jacke... Read Moret and shell, I was perfectly warm and can't recall a time I ever felt sweaty despite lots of movement. My only gripe, and this is more a reflection of the pants, is that the material catches velcro easily which causes it to get all burred up. I love the orange color and it honestly looks, feels, and smells clean after three long days. Very happy that it's largely made of recycled material.
I love this sweater!
Despite living in Minnesota, I have never been one to spend a lot on clothing. I am going backpacking for 2 months this spring and decided to treat myself. I am so happy with the quality of this sweater. It looks great, feels great, but most importantly performs incredibly. I never want to take it off. I'm 6'1 and got a large which fits p... Read Moreerfectly. It's slim to my body but also has plenty of room for movement. My one complaint is I can't use the thumb loops because the sleeves are about 1/2 inch too short for my long arms, although I'm guessing they'd be perfect for the average person.
This updated version is very comfortable! I haven't worn it hiking yet but it was perfect for my run in the 36F temperature coupled with my breathable hard shell. I Love the extra long zipper to maximize ventilation. Thin enough to wear under a mid layer if needed. I strongly recommend this base layer!
I'm old. I wear this type of undershirt all winter.
I live in upstate NY. I'm 70+ and slim. I wear this type of undershirt all winter. In my closet are a dozen of them from 3 or 4 manufacturers. They are all about equally warm to my old skin. But the 4 I have from Patagonia - 2 are six or eight years old - are clearly superior in fit, finish, design, detailing and comfort. And they are made fro... Read Morem recycled fibers.
Greatest keeps getting better
Honestly, it's fantastic. I decided to update to the newest edition of the capilene for mountain hunting in Alaska after the Bear Witness camo pattern came out. Patagonia's stuff is better, lighter, more durable, and quite a bit cheaper than equivalent pieces from mountain hunting specialty brands, so why not? It's still the best. It... Read More breathes incredibly well as a solo layer, but retains lots of heat when under a wind blocking layer thanks to the textured backing of the fabric. I just wish you'd start making a camo R1 - I'd buy it pretty much immediately.
Have worn out every version of every generation of the mid weight capilene, this one is perfection. The arms and tail seem a little longer than past editions and therefore do a better job at helping wrist/hands and low back warm. Material is far more breathable than previous generations. My primary use is backcountry skiing and all other skiing. Ku... Read Moredos to Patagonia for incorporating more recycled plastics into clothing but can you please stop putting every piece of clothing in it's own plastic bag that is then put into a plastic envelope. They don't need protected like that, seriously it's not needed and highly destructive, I mean you know right? Right?
Hadn't used Capilene before...amazing fabric! Use these for layering in cool weather at present, don't know what performance will be in hot weather. Not sure what the technology is, but it's more apparent in the Lightweight version.....can actually feel the skin "breathe" thro the fabric and simultaneously feel the exterior... Read More wind protection. Difficult to describe but it's a distinctive and effective sensation.
Light weight version of this zip tee?
I hope you consider bringing back the light weight version of this zip tee. ( patagonia-capilene-lightweight-zip-neck-long-underwear-top-mens). I have one which is in need of replacing and I see it is no longer available. This has been my best cold weather base layer for high activity winter sports. Glen Briden
Favorite Layering Tool
I have a few of these. I use them for a top layer for cool weather cycling, a mid or top layer for xc/bc skiing, and keep one in my day pack for hiking. Well constructed and they last. Bought a red one this time to stand out a bit when cycling. Wouldn't mind if you did one in bright yellow/green.
New fabric design is a huge upgrade to the midweight line
I'm 5'10" , 168lbs, 42 chest, 32 waist, 35 sleeve and the medium is form fitting but but not binding anywhere. Perfect for layering of wearing alone. I'm normally between Patagonia sizing, large(chest) and medium(waist) but this year small adjustments have made, the medium is now dialed for those in this predicament. I'm st... Read Moreoked for the changes. Love the feel and functionality of the new fabric design. Very comfortable against the skin, breathability and drying times significantly improved. I've been wearing this top under a 30lb training pack on the trail 3X/week and only a couple of small snags(barely noticeable) which is to be expected, so durability is excellent. New HeiQ odor control exceeding expectations and Polygiene's effectiveness. I can sweat it out on 3 hikes, hang to dry and smell kept to minimum, allowing to wash once a week. The hexagonal fabric with mechanical stretch is a huge upgrade. I've been wearing alone in the mid 40 to high 50 temp range and couldn't be happier with performance. I wear to work as well and it's stylish and comfortable indoors in the high 60s. I own the crew as well, a little snug across chest but not a deal breaker. Thanks Patagonia - for continuing to raise the bar and making the outdoors more comfortable to explore.
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