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Staying warm is all about layering. The Capilene thermal weight zip-neck is a nice base layer before adding additional ones. The Polartec material provides good heat retention and is quite stretchy. The deep zip is a good way to dump heat if you're overheating during activity. Keep in mind this is a slim-fit so size accordingly.
Fabric is light but warm very comfortable
Bought this to supplement my existing repetoire of capilene tops on a Christmas trip to Iceland where we intended to do some hiking. We arrived after major snowstorm that left 15 inches of fresh snow followed by daily snows and high temps in the mid teens with 10 - 15 mph winds. The shirt and my other older capilene tops and bottoms kept me warm th... Read Moreroughout. Would highly reccommend
Lighter weight than expected
I found the Thermal Weight products to be constructed of a very thin mesh-like fabric as a base, with stripes of a thin fleece-like material as the insulation. The mesh-like fabric was see-through, so no insulating value there. The stripes of fleece-like material were about 1/4-inch wide with an intervening open stripe of mesh-like fabric about 1/4... Read More-inch width also. The fleece-like material was about 1/16-inch thick. I was looking for a continuous layer of the fleece-like material as the advertising had suggested and was disappointed with the construction and performance of the product I received. It might work as a base layer for late spring or early fall weather, but definitely not enough insulating value for winter snow sports or offshore sailboat racing that I do.
Bring on the cold
I ran 10 miles in this garment today. It was 14 degrees. Wind chill was -12. This was my base layer with what I would call a just under mid-weight 1/4 zip over it. My core and my arms were PERFECT! I cannot recommend this product enough for pursuits in sub 20 environments. Its lightweight, WARM, stretchy, wicking, and AWESOME
I purchased this item to be used as a baselayer for running, hiking and climbing. I went with the medium as I'm 6'1" and slim at 155 pounds. I have extra long arms which makes finding tops that fit sometimes difficult. The medium size is perfect for me. It's a slim/form-fitting garment with sleeves that cover my arms fully (thum... Read Moreb loops are a great touch as well). To me, this is a very technical garment, meaning it's likely meant to be worn with other layers. I typically use this thermal zip with a light t-shirt under or with a heavier layer over the top. If worn on it's own, it really breathes (which is good), but also the reason why I layer it under or over. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase and would buy again in a different color.
warm and dry
Got the capilene thermal weight recently and wore it on a hike up Mount Townsend in the Olympics in November on a windy day. Wore it during the hike up with about 2800' of elevation gain and added a second layer nearer the summit in the wind. Warm and breathable and did not retain a lot of moisture. No need to change shirts at the summit to wa... Read Morerm up more layers added for lunch at the top. Useful top for exertion during cool and cold weather. Really like it.
Nice but bulky
I was hoping for a super warm base layer. However, this garment is a bit bulky and does not fit well under other clothes. It is warm though.
Hello Ira, thanks for the review. You might be better off with the [Men's Capilene Midweight Crew](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-midweight-baselayer-crewneck-shirt/44427.html?dwvar_44427_color=LICO&cgid=root), check it out!
Good product but not as good as earlier versions of it.
I purchased three of these size L waffle-like lofted thermal tops over the last decade. First one was a dream come true. Lightweight at 205g (even after 50 washings), and exceedingly warm. Perfect fit. A couple years later I purchased a second one, but sizing had drastically changed. The Large was really a Medium and was too tight to wear a thin un... Read Morederlayer beneath it. Third one, purchased 11/2022, is a proper fit, but the thickness of material has been reduced and the loft height and stiffness of the waffle structure is also less. Weight: 175g. Consequently, it is not as warm (wearing around my cool house) as the earlier 205g version. With the lower loft height it probably doesn't breathe as well either, but I haven't yet taken it out on the bike to test this. Would I buy another one? Well, that remains to be seen--the previous ones I've owned have held up exceptionally well to wear/tear and washings and we'll see how this thinner one fares.
Really like this baselayer. I'm a big fan of gridded fleece for baselayers (I own a couple R1 tops) - light, warm and the deep quarter-zip allows me to dump heat when necessary. Wore this for the whole ride during the NYC 5-Boro Bike Tour a couple weeks ago and very pleased with its performance.
Perfect Weight for California
The PolarTec brought me to this piece. I have a R1 full-zip with PolarTec and I love it. The thermal weight is nice, between a thick t-shirt and light sweatshirt. I find it keeps me warm on cool morning runs but not too hot during our sunny California days. The fit is on the tight-ish side. I sized up, which accommodates my larger frame. However, y... Read Moreou get quite a bit of extra length going from XL to XXL. Overall very happy with my purchase.
Go To Base Layer
This serves as the perfect base layer for high-output activities. The fit is close and comfortable, and it moves and breathes extremely well. I use it regularly for winter running and skiing, and find it provides an optimal layer of moisture shedding insulation, key for winter activity. As a bonus, the embedded odor control works like a charm and i... Read Moret'll go a fair number of rounds before needing to launder. Love it.
Warm base layer
This is an excellent base layer. It breathes exceptionally well and - this is key - when covered by another more wind proof layer provides exceptional warmth. By itself, it can have an almost airy feel. So as part of a layered system on very cold days, its an exceptional base layer right next to the skin.
Breathable and Warm
This is a great piece of kit. I bought it in black and grey. It is very breathable and also warm. I love jogging in it in the cold months because I stay warm but don't sweat too much. The only thing I don't love about it is the waffle pattern on the inside, I prefer a smooth feel on my skin. That said, it's not a deal breaker.
I ordered XL. Materials and quality of product seemed fine but fit was awful. Im 63 and 185, fairly thin/athletic build. The XL fit like a gown so I exchanged for size L. But when the Large size arrived it fit like a compression shirt. Im not sure who these shirt sizes are designed for but the size disparity between L and XL was ridiculous.
Hey Craig, thank you for leaving us a review on the Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck, we're very sorry to hear about the size issues you've experienced and we've notified our team for future evaluation. The fit for this is intended to be slim fit, and that will be the case for all baselayers we offer since they're meant to be layered over. If you'd like to begin a return, you can start the process [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Capilene, outstanding performance
I have owned and used Patagonia Capilene base layers for years. My first purchase was a 1/4 zip expedition weight top and bottom. I guide duck hunters and my activity ranges from very active to stationary, and found it hard to find something that would work with my situation until I discovered Capilene. It has a very wide comfort zone, retains heat... Read More but not "over heat", drys very quickly without the normal "clammy" feeling, doesn't retain odor and the 1/4 zip provides the perfect way to control heat generated from heavy activity. The construction provides years of service and as always it looks good. Just wish Patagonia would bring back the longer zipper and higher neck covering. Capilene, the best there is
I was searching the Patagonia website in search of a long sleeved solution for late afternoon/evening pickleball wear and, being a fan of capilene for years, decided to try the thermal weight zip. I wear it over a capilene tee and it's perfect. A great solution for a spring workout, comfortably cool. I usually wear a large but selected the Med... Read Moreium for a tighter fit and it was the right choice.
Perfect warmth - not too hot.
Super comfy. The warm factor is perfect because it vents super well with the zipper that unzips to about mid-chest. And it's long on my 6' 1" frame 165 lb frame, and tight enough around the bottom few inches to prevent draft when untucked. The zipper sticks near the top but easily releases. Might be a 6-Star rating if the top of the ... Read Moreneck were a bit tighter.
I bought this for my trip to the Grand Canyon where the temperature was just below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It is truly an amazing balance of warmth and lightweight. I wore a long-sleeved shirt (Capilene Cool) with this thermal over and was incredibly mobile. Threw a jacket over and was super warm and jammin'. It fits snug and the thumb straps a... Read Morere a great addition. Really good for running!
Warm and adjustable for running
This garment provides fine warmth under a polypro running shell. Its trim fit doesn't get in the way. It is very breathable and wicks sweat away nicely. If I get a bit too warm I can zip down the long zipper to cool off a bit without even having to stop running. I only wish it had the old "1", "2", "3", or "... Read More4" in the label so I could tell at a glance what weight it is.
I like the product although it is far different from the last mid weight capilene I purchased. Much lighter and less dense, but seems to hold body heat well. My ongoing issue with Patagonia products is what size to buy. Medium is either just right or dramatically too small. Large is either a loose but nice fit or huge. In my 20 years of Patagonia p... Read Moreroducts this issue seems to steadily increase. I wouldnt call it quality control because the clothing and sewing is top notch. Maybe sizing control? Im 6 and weigh 168.
We're sorry that it sounds like you fall between sizes in most of our gear. Please note, we're always happy to provide measurements if needed, you'll just need to reach out to us [here](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
Warm and comfortable
I wear this shirt to ride my mountain and road bikes, play golf, hike mountain trails. Im 70, I weigh 165. I am not happy in cold weather, so good gear is vital for me. First time I put the thermal shirt on was in early spring, in a store, getting kitted to raft the Grand Canyon. That plan was cancelled due to COVID. I forgot about the shirt until ... Read Morelate November when temps dropped. Wow. I can start in the morning cold, but Im not cold. During rides up the mountain I should get hot inside a windproof shell, but I dont. So, I bought another shirt so one can be washed while I wear the other. Conditions dictate whether I wear a midweight capilene under it. Sometimes I wear this next to skin, and an R2 Techface jacket over it. When really cold or windy Ill add a baggies, or Nano Air, or Nano Puff. Pretty effective, versatile. Collar folds over for golf - collared shirt required. When fully zipped the neck coverage is so good I havent needed a buff. (Yes, I have all of these garments in my closet.). I only wish it was available in chartreuse.
The Most Utilitarian Of Tops
Been wearing this product all year around for years as a sweater. It keeps me warm in the winter and, if not too hot out, pleasant in the summer. It's very stretchy, always looks neat, never wrinkles, is wash & wear, the most all around functional garment I own. I haven't found any other base layer that competes with it.
I love this piece, Patagonias got a winner with this one for sure. Its slim fitting, so keep that in mind when purchasing. Im 60 175 and often that tweener size, so I struggle to get the right fit. I can be medium or large depending on the piece. I went large here and it fits absolutely perfect; think the medium wouldve been too tight. I use this f... Read Moreor hiking, biking, and running and its perfect. Once you start moving this thing keeps you super toasty. Id probably be comfortable wearing this from 30-50s with just a tee underneath. Plus no stink which is always nice. Ive come to love the Patagonia Capilene line and this one is no different.
My go-to baselayer.
Patagonia's capilene thermal weight layers are so phenomenal. The cut/fit is great, really comfortable, no bulkiness, the thumb loops are incredibly welcome, and the fabric is much warmer than one might think just holding it, but with an outer layer and/or shell it really does provide incredible warmth, but even more importantly to me: incredi... Read Moreble breathability. I tend to run hot and sweat easily during medium-to-high output activities, so I absolutely need breathability in cold weather and the cap thermals breath SO well and I'm able to perfectly manage heat buildup. This is a regular choice for me for snowboarding when the temps aren't frigid but are still relatively cold. Home for snowboarding for me is Vermont so it get cold. I wear the cap daily tee, cap thermal and the Untracked shell jacket, and that keeps me warm from about 20F (maybe even slightly less) to about 35F. On the lower side of that range I'll usually be a little chilly on the first lift ride or two, but after building up some heat after the first couple runs I'm good to go and don't sweat much - and any sweat is able to escape through the extremely breathable grid/fabric. The reason this got 4 stars instead of 5: I'd really like to see a chest pocket on this. Even if it had just that minimal hidden zipper rather than the kind of zipper on the hoody version. When I'm riding I like to keep my phone on the inside of my jacket on colder days to keep the battery warm, and - at least for me with the Untracked jacket - the internal pocket on the jacket is too small for a phone. On the cap thermal hoody or the R1, I'm able to keep my phone in the chest pocket of either of those, but if I'm wearing the zip-neck solo, there's no chest pocket on it unfortunately. So that would be a massively welcomed addition for me. But that's the only change I'd make.
Functional and Versatile baselayer
Very comfortable against the skin, odor control works well. I'm 5'10", 170lbs, 32 inch waist, 42 chest and a medium is form fitting, but not tight, I can wear alone as a casual piece. The fabric regulates temp extremely well and doesn't give you that synthetic clammy feeling when you start to sweat from activity. Durability is a... Read More plus. I'd love to see more products with this material - boxer briefs, hoodie with pockets etc
Great base layer for sedentary activities!
Great base layer. Used several times under an R1 fishing - wicks and insulates well. Used alone for a cool trail run (about 50 degrees). Cold at first (lots of air penetration) but warmed up well after 1.5 miles in. The layer worked great for the rest of my run. Fit is spot on for a base layer - you want it snug. The arms are a good length unless I... Read More'm trying to use the thumb loops, then they could be an inch longer.
I have ordered some many under layers but this one is different. It is slippery fabric. I prefer the nappy fabric actually, but this is cute.It is a dark print too. I can wear it as a underlayer or a second layer under an vest or coat for mild days. great for camping, hiking and skiing.
Men’s capilene medium weight and thermal weight base layers
I just got these, so I haven’t worn them in winter, BUT both tops and bottom fit really well. Very comfortable fabric. I can tell these will be a great base layer. We live in the Rocky Mountains, so I am looking forward to being warm this winter.
Great athletic and lounging wear
I took four of these zip T-neck tops, and two pairs of the bottoms, on a trek to Kangchenjunga in the fall of 2018l, wore them all winter backcountry skiing and skate-skiing in Jackson Hole, and took them on a trip to the Lyngen Alps in Norway in March 2019. They're very comfortable, wick extremely well, and look good lounging around after ski... Read Moreing or traveling on plane.
This was given to me as a gift. I said i needed a warm fleece base layer for riding my motorcycle in the cold. This is about as thin as tissue paper, and practically see-through. Not only would it not be warm, it wouldn't last very long either. Definitely not worth the insane amount of money that it costs. Guess i'll go back to wearing my... Read More 20 year old, actual fleece long underwear.
Light and comfortable
Pro: Light, comfortable - fit is not slim, but if i use baselayer all day long in mountains - its better. Also is better for using in city. Cons: Face of the fabric not very durable, so need be careful. Is not very warm - but is light and super breatheble. I use this baselayer with merino t-shirts under, and stay warm enough with correct outerlay... Read Moreers.
Not Thermal Weight
Half the weight of mid-weight capilene. Half the weight of competitor products. Not warm because there is too much emphasis upon breathability\vapor transmission. My 17 year old thermal weight Patagonia capilene is superior and toasty. The neck is too large and the arm length is too short. I am 6' 2",190 lbs with a thin build and 35-3/4&q... Read Moreuot; sleeve length. The neck size on a large is always too big... it hangs like a drape around the neck,but the sleeve length is just right. A size medium fits the neck just right,but then the sleeve length is 2 inches too short. This is always an issue with Patagonia's neck and sleeve sizing. Why isn't Spandex,Elastane or some other design solution used in the neck and neck area in the baselayer and other tops to make them compression for better fit,heat retention and more aesthetic appearance ?
Love this top!
I bought one on a that was a discontinued color nearly a year ago. I loved it so much that I bought the four current colors too. They work well around town as an outer layer in mild weather. They work as a good middle layer when skiing. I wear them around the house and nap on the couch in them. The fabric is a waffle pattern on the inside surface m... Read Moreaking them very light for their thickness. The cut is perfect for me which I almost never find with any clothing. I have broad shoulders compared to my belly and waist. My arms are of a long and athletic form so most regular clothing leaves a large sleeve gap at my wrists. . The sleeves on this actually cover my wrists and the shoulders aren't restrictive while there isn't a bunch of dangling fabric in the waist. I'm 6'2",wear a 42 long suit,and have a 34" waist. My only minor gripe is that the zipper can be annoying to my neck if pulled all the way up. Also beware that the size labeling in them also includes the "Asian fit" sizing which although has smaller lettering than the regular sizing,it sort of stands out more. With one of my orders I ordered XL since that is what I saw when looking at what I already owned. XL was considerably larger and didn't fit me in a desirable way.
Soft and warm,but tends to irritate skin
I own a lightweight and mid-weight Capilene shirts,along with their R3 fleece and Nano-air hoodie. All of these products are quite perfect. This one,however,tended to irritate my more sensitive skin (ie not the arms): I think it's the alternating/waffling pattern of the warming fibers. I'm gonna give it a try for a little longer,but I&#... Read Morex27;d recommended choosing a smoother fabric to touch your skin. I may just have to wear a Capilene lightweight layer underneath.
Thermal Weight Capilene SUCKS!
To replace my treasured Capilene Expedition Weight zip-neck top (that was stolen),I went with what is apparently their new version - thermal weight capilene. This product SUCKS and I am returning for a refund. It is thin,flimsy and does not look like it would hold up to wearing as an outer layer for long. Any tiny nick would easily cause a tear o... Read Morer hole. It had alternating strips of A) gauze-thin material (see-through without holding up to a light) and B) still pretty thin material. Why oh why Patagonia did you kill a classic? PS Also returning (this time for exchange) the Men's Baggies that they totally changed the sizing on. Same size that fit me for 30 years (L) now fits like a bloody tent.
True Patagonia gear
I bought this thermal first layer in a trip to NYC,some weeks ago. When I came back to my country,Argentina (where,funny to say,Patagonia region is located) I had the chance to try it,given the fact that's winter down here. I was gladly surprised about the quality and design of my new purchase. Glad to incorporate Patagonia to my list of favou... Read Morerite outdoor equipment brands!
I've owned a dozen or so Capilene 4 tops,which was the R.5 top before that,and which is now a Thermal Weight Capilene (zip top). I wear nothing else from October through May,even in the summer if it's cool,or if I'm in the mountains. As is the case with the R1 tops,which i also used to also live in 6 months of the year,the necks ke... Read Moreep getting baggier and baggier. Look at the model,who is 6". The neck is not close to snug fitting,and neither are any of the three tops i just bought. Slim fit ain't what it used to be. Even more surprisingly,the body is tight. I cannot reach forward/put my arms in front of me,without significant resistance in the arms,and a tight feeling in the back. The guy who reviewed a medium as too small is right. I'm 5'11",150 lbs,far below average. The tight body,when coupled with the baggy neck,is quite annoying. I'm sure that if this were any other brand than my beloved Patagonia,I'd give it one or two stars. Nearly all of my clothes are Patagonia,so I'm having a bit of an anxiety attack figuring out what I'm going to wear!:). I've literally lived in this stuff the last 12 years,nearly year round. I've never not loved this top,and I'm probably going to return 2 of the 3 I just bought hoping the one I'm keeping magically improves somehow. Probably wishful thinking...
Great looks,great feel and warm to boot!
It has been a cold winter season so far in northern Idaho so I decided to add some heavier weight baselayers to my collection. What struck me upon their arrival was the way these felt...lightweight and soft....but they are surprisingly warm and very comfortable. Very happy!
Great fit and performance for ski and fish
Living in WY,this is a perfect piece for alpine,cross country skiing,fishing and surviving the daily winter extremes when facing Mother Nature's tricks. Worked well managing sweat during the intense pucker factor dropping into chutes,tree avoidance runs and skate skiing. Worked well with an R1 pullover to address mercurial warmth challenges in... Read More sub-zero temps in WY. This is one piece I use year long to manage our Northern Rockies climate...
Just The Best
I bought this for fishing in the cold waters off Ocean Beach in San Francisco where it's almost always foggy and windy particularly in the summer time. It's amazingly warm for it's thickness and lightness. What I like so much about the shirt is that it really regulates and adapts to the surrounding temperatures. San Francisco has man... Read Morey many micro climates, and it can be freezing in one place and warm in another in the city. I never feel the need to take this shirt off except when it's really warm outside. It's the perfect all around shirt for me. It helps of course that the styling is impeccable about this shirt and I like the slim fit.
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