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Excellent all-purpose exercise shirt
I use this shirt mainly for exercise, and it's the perfect weight and fit for the job! I also own a few of the capilene wool blends, which for me personally felt a bit too thin. Those are great for the blistering heat, but tear a bit too easily and leave little to the imagination. This trail shirt feels like a much better balancing point bet... Read Moreween lightness and durability/opacity. The only thing I'll say -- if you're a heavy sweater, everybody with eyes will know! I guess it means the moisture-wicking is working as designed, so no complaints here.
Extended sizes for the win!
I was so excited to see this shirt in my size. It fits great and has an a relaxed but fitted collar. So often larger sizes have massive collars making them unwearable in my opinion. The construction is top-notch, and material has been great for hikes and runs.
Awesome shirts, run small
These are my favorite shirts to do any sort of physical activity in. I much prefer these over the capilene cool daily shirts, as they feel a bit more like a regular cotton t shirt and look nicer. They are also more durable. If you have muscles you'll need to size up in these.
The shirts have a really
The shirts have a really nice fit with flat seams so there is no rubbing. They are made out of a light weight polyester. They easily hand wash and air dry. I usually just throw them in the washer at home and hang them to dry. I really like they way they wick away perspiration without getting a wet feeling. They make a great base layer under fleece ... Read Morejackets. I recently bought two more because of the way they perform.
Different Material than other Cap Cool Shirts
I was pleasantly surprised that this is a slightly different material than the other cap cool shirts. It is woven in a way that feels a little thicker but is still extremely breathable for hot days. I use this shirt and the original cap cool for working outdoors and I would recommend this trail version a part of your go-to warm weather work wear. W... Read Morehen you are out in the brush it feels significantly more durable than the original cap cool. But, you should stick to the original cap cool if you are looking for a river/sun/beach oriented shirt because they feel slightly lighter and are slightly more comfortable while wet.
Well made shirt. The fabric was heavier than I expected which will make it more durable backpacking, but also warmer. It's a bit heavier than the Cool Daily Shirt. and I expected the reverse. (Could have read the specs more closely!) I expect it will last a long, long time.
New fabric clings like a plastic bag
While I'm glad Patagonia uses recycled material, the material used for the latest version of the Cool Trail T clings like the wet plastic bag that it is. Ever have a cheap thin plastic shower curtain cling to your body while showering? It's kind of like that. The size is true, the cut is good, and the guarantee can't be beat. But com... Read Morepared to my 2019 version of the Cool Trail T, this latest model just clings when wet/sweaty. In fact, it even clings to itself when dry and folded! Sadly, this one has to go back and I'll hope that Patagonia switches to a softer, less-clingy fabric in the next iteration.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 25, 2022
Hi Michael, thank you for submitting this review. Feedback is very helpful to other customers in making decisions. In addition, our Design Team sees our customer feedback, so the thoughts you're sharing will go to the right place. We're sorry this new fabric wasn't a hit for you, but glad to see you're returning the shirt. Please let us know if we can be of any further help!
It's not like I remember Capilene
I visited Patagonia website recently to order some additional Capilene tee shirts for upcoming travel. I already had a blue Capilene that is now over 10 years old. Remembering how well it worked in hot and cold conditions, keeping me comfortable and dry while also keeping its shape and size through many washings, I decided to order two new Capilene... Read More in M. When the two shirts arrived, I was disappointed with the cotton-like feel, the thinness of the material, and the too-tight fit. The shirts were nothing like my good old Capilene. I worked with Customer service to set up an exchange for the Large size. I received the Large shirts in reasonable time, but my opinion did not change. Patagonia has moved to a different material with its new line of Capilene- and it is nowhere near the quality or appearance of my old favorite. I won't buy any more of these.
Great All-Season MTB Shirt
A great all-season shirt. Has good weight to it for fall and early spring riding, but I've been using it in the North Carolina summers and it's thrived there too. The fit is athletic without being too slim, allowing a lot of airflow when riding which I love. Sweat wicking and breathability are on point. The shirt is much more of a grey co... Read Morelor with a hint of green - it's not as overtly green as it appears online.
Not for people who sweat
Feels great when you put it on, but terrible moisture management. Retains sweat, gets super wet and clingy, and sweat then drains down onto your shorts. Capileine cool daily works better, as do (cheaper) shirts from other companies.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 4, 2022
Thank you so much for leaving this review! We are also very sorry to hear that this item did not fully perform the way it should have. Please know you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) an item at any time if it does not function the way it should.
Best damn T ever...
This shirt is absolutely the best type of synthetic T I ever found. Most of the efforts by others to accomplish this seemingly simple task usually either choose the wrong fabric (too hot, doesn't breathe, sticks to skin, etc) or completely screw up the cut or all of the above. I don't know why that is, but I do know I will be after more o... Read Moref these as I currently only have one. Good job.
Unnecessarily changed the design
As said in another review, I've been wearing Patagonia Capilene shirts for at least 15 years. Ever since they changed the naming scheme of these shirts (e.g. Capilene 1, Capilene 2, etc) it's been difficult to parse exactly what each shirt is. This particular Capilene Cool Trail Shirt has been unnecessarily changed from the original des... Read Moreign. The seams are still in the same place but the fabric of the shirt is no longer reminiscent of the Capilene fabric that I'm used to. It's more of a soft heathered cotton feel rather than a sweat-wicking synthetic feel. Also, I've been purchasing XXL sizes from Patagonia for as long as I've been a customer ... the XXL version of this shirt is way shorter than anything else I've ever purchased ... even shorter than regular XL. Maybe someday Patagonia will get back to what they used to do. Maybe supply chain issues are affecting what they can vs. can't manufacture. No hard feelings against the company here but I typically support companies that I can expect consistency from. I'll be looking at other clothing companies for a sweat-wicking synthetic trail shirt because it seems like Patagonia has just gone in a different direction with this one.
Perfect for cycling
I picked up a couple of these for a cycle tour of France. I wanted a casual tee that I could cycle in all day many times over. These tees fit the bill. They're super comfortable, don't get smelly and dry quick. I'm going to invest in some long sleeve versions too. I also love that they're so plain and unbranded. No giant logos s... Read Moreplashed everywhere which is something I find annoying about some cycling brands.
Performance wear that feels like cotton
Patagonia Capilene has become my favorite shirt for hiking. The shirt dries and wicks likes a synthetic, but feels like cotton. They are so soft and comfortable that they feel just like cotton, but they wick moisture well and dry quickly. This is also my favorite shirt for travel because you can wash them in a hotel sink, hang them up to dry, and t... Read Morehey will dry overnight. The shirt has managed to keep me cool in both dry and humid climates. Overall just a great performing comfortable shirt. So far I have only purchased the short sleeve version (x4), but I am tempted to buy a long sleeve version as well.
I wear these shirts in the swamps of Florida - SUPER humid and hot. They are very comfortable, very lightweight, and stay as dry as possible in those conditions. When it's 95% humidity nothing wicks well, but this is still much better than cotton. At least towards the end of the day, it will start drying off whereas cotton stays wet, heavy, an... Read Mored nasty the entire time. The only wish I have would be for Patagonia to make these in lighter colors to reflect the sun and heat. Darker colors in Florida's heat just makes you hotter and more miserable.
Do not buy this shirt. Its completely see-through. Thats not an exaggeration. I would attach a photo to prove it if that was an option. I love Patagonia products, so this one was surprising and disappointing. Again, entirely see-through. It's basically a mesh shirt.
Response from PatagoniaMay 20, 2022
We're truly sorry to hear this! We went ahead and reached out to you via email to offer some help with your return. We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.
I wore two of these on a two- month road trip, each for a week between washes. Two months of backpacking and sleeping outside with sponge baths and occasional shower. And no stink. No holes. They're very comfortable, soft but durable, and they are as resistant to odor as my merino clothing.
Good fit and comfortable
Overall I like the fit of this shirt and I really appreciate the focus on reducing the environmental impact of making the shirt. The only thing that was different than what I expected is that the shirt is a little less stretchy than I was expecting. Not uncomfortably so. If that is a function of the more sustainable materials used to make it, than ... Read Moreit is certainly worth it. If there was a way to make it a bit stretchier without increasing the environmental impact, I would suggest that.
Most comfortable t-shirt ever!
Most comfortable t-shirt ever! This t-shirt is insanely good quality and fits perfectly, the only bad thing I have to say about this t-shirt is that it's a little transparent and maybe a little long at the bottom, but otherwise I'm super satisfied.
Identical Colors May Vary
I just received this shirt in Industrial Green and Im disappointed to see that the color is noticeably lighter than my other ones. I own two other industrial green cool trail shirts and both are a darker, forest green. This new version is more of a grayish green/lighter green. Ive been buying these shirts as my main go to for a few years now and it... Read Mores disappointing to see inconsistencies in the sizing and coloration. Overall, these are great shirts, but keep in mind the colors change and the description of the colors on the website does not change with them.
My husband has a large head and wide neck. This shirts neck opening was far too small and constricting. He loves Patagonia but these did not work. Had to return.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 24, 2021
Hello Jacqueline, we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry the shirt did not work out. We do have garment measurements on this end and will be happy to provide neck measurements for reference in the future.
I got two of these shirts as I was tired of sweating through old band t-shirts in hot yoga classes. I went with a size small because product description said regular fit as opposed to slim fit. I didnt want a baggy moisture wicking shirt and I wish I wouldve gone up a size. Its really short! Im not that tall and I believe I have a proportional leng... Read Moreth torso.
Fit Feels A Bit Small
I had an XXL size but lost weight and it became too large so I ordered an XL. It seems like the fit has changed and now the XL feels a bit tight in the shoulders and not really long enough when I lift my arms above my head. Overall the fit just is not perfect. Maybe it will stretch out a bit in the shoulder area after repeated wears. Also had exten... Read Moresive pilling on the back after just one wear. I can only imagine that will get a lot worse. I looked at my XXL from 5 years ago and it still doesn't have a single pill on the fabric at all. I think overall the quality continues to go down on Patagonia stuff.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 15, 2021
Hi Lowell, we're so sorry to hear about your experience with the Men's Capilene® Cool Trail Shirt. Pilling can be more noticeable on this item. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your Capilene® Cool Trail Shirt, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a warranty returns evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Purchased this shirt to do the Rim to Rim Grand Canyon hike in AZ fully expecting temperatures to reach 105 at the bottom of the canyon. Lugging a 30 pound pack for 30 miles sin blistering sun I can say that the shirt not only held up to the abuse of my pack straps but it breathed incredibly well and did not cause any chaffing or rubbing at the sea... Read Morems. The shirt was worn for 5 straight days and didnt hold an odor, perhaps just a slight one. I also appreciate the torso is slightly long at the back so the shirt doesnt expose your lower back when reaching or bending. It also packs up tightly in your pack. Recommend fully.
Great Fit, Feel. Pilling after 3 Days
Bought these for hiking, as they are Trail shirts. Love the fit, the feel and the colors. But they quickly (3 days each) are pulling on back and around shoulders. Dont seem like a trail shirt. Will probably return.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 15, 2021
We're sorry to hear about the lack of durability on this shirt. While all knit fabrics are subject to pilling, it sounds like this is an extreme case and it may be due to the straps and material of the backpack. Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee), so please reach out to our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to help return it under warranty!
Comfortable fit and decent wicking
I am buying up light weight wicking shirts as I am going on an extended trip to India when restrictions are lifted. These shirts are able to handle 90 degree summer days here in Colorado with no problem. Now that they dont make silkweight capillene anymore this is a functional replacement. Overall this is a good shirt for high perspiration days and... Read More is a good base layer if you are going to be layering in cold weather.
Looks good and very comfortable, however starts to look worn after a handful of washes.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 26, 2021
Hey William! Thank you so much for taking the time to review this shirt. Due to the jersey like nature of these shirts they are prone to pilling if met with friction such as in a wash with abrasive materials. We recommend you wash these on a delicate cool cycle and hang to dry. All of our gear is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee and you're always welcome to return it if you see fit.
Having been a fan of Patagonia Capilene base layers, I bought one of these, and really enjoyed the feel, and the fit. I'm a Clydsdale, so XL was the right fit. You can wear these for work, play, and really good for nights in the sleeping bag, as they don't bind the way cotton t-shirts do for me. If they last as long as my old base layers,... Read More these will be a bargain.
Static Cling Machine
Been purchasing Patagonia gear for years and can't recall ever having a bad experience. Like the look and fit of this shirt but it is a static cling machine. No matter I do, it comes out of the dryer all wrinkled, clingy and unwearable. I tried using anti-static spray, but that didnt help much and made the shirt smell bad. I finally just had t... Read Moreo toss it.
Sizing at Patagonia is a matter of educated guessing. This shirt is not slim fit and it was roomy, but it is the right size. I also bought shirts that were slim fit and they also fit correctly, but were tighter. I have bought clothing before that was exactly the same as something I had purchased before and the sizing was completely different. Very ... Read Morefrustrating and annoying. I have been a Patagonia customer for decades, but I am much more careful now .
Response from PatagoniaJuly 27, 2021
Hello David, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for your continued support. We are happy to provide the garment measurements for any additional reference. Please do not hesitate to [contact us](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/How-do-I-contact-Customer-Service).
Cool & dry, as advertised
This is my second of these T's. So far they've done duty as a primary T for hiking in Bali, Vermont and Montana, and as an under-jersey shirt mountain biking in Vermont. They are light, relatively cool and yet wear well, with no degradation of the first one after a couple of dozen wear-wash cycles. All thumbs up for these.
Great fit, but not made for all activities!
As with all Patagonia the fit and feel are spot on for me. However I used these over a week of 5-7 mile day hikes and had quite a bit of pilling. All located where lumbar pad and wait belt contacted the shirt. So now they are relegated to just hiking and backpacking shirts.
This is the lighter weight Cap t-shirt that came out after the everyday cap shirt. Very breathable and comfortable when active, great for hot humid conditions. In my pov its too thin for everyday wear unless you live in a topic humid heat zone. Good piece of kit.. now if Patty could just improve their zippers I digress.
Pilling like crazy!
After only a few washes, the fabric is already showing significant pilling.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 9, 2021
Hi Quyntin, we're bummed to hear this! Unfortunately though, pilling is something that can be common with knit garments. Luckily, there's many products that can leave that shirt good-as-new such as a sweater shaver. Nonetheless, we guarantee all our product and welcome you to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back.
Perfect multi day shirt
Love these shirts . Got one as a gift and bought another one after my first use, which was hiking in the Grand Canyon. Dry quick, and keep me cool which is perfect for someone like me whos body temp runs hot. Not only great for hiking and climbing but great casual wear as well. Worth buying
Great All-Around Workout Shirt
Super impressed with this shirt--soft and comfortable, breathes well, dries quickly. I use for mountain biking and trail running mostly, but it's just a good-looking t-shirt aside from its tech functions. It's tough too--I took a nasty bike spill recently onto a rocky trail; the fall road-rashed my back and elbow really significantly, b... Read Moreut the shirt just had a couple small tears. I patched them with tech tape and they're good to go. I think the vast majority of other shirts would have been demolished beyond repair--I loved this shirt even more when I saw how little it had been impacted!
New fabric is not good
Just ordered two of these shirts to add to the few I bought back in 2019. I will for sure be returning these new shirts, the new updated fabric that Patagonia switched too makes it feel like you are wearing a very expensive trash bag. The older model of these shirts were great, super soft and breathable and quick drying. These new shirts feel like ... Read Morethey are going to stick right to your skin the moment you begin to sweat. Also if you look at them from an angle they are pretty much see through, my wife noticed it the second I tried them on. Please go back to the old fabric!!
Response from PatagoniaJune 18, 2021
Hi Kyle, sorry to hear that the fabric of the Capilene® Cool Trail Shirt wasn't what you expected. If you're not satisfied with your gear, please feel free to begin a return or exchange here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Very comfortable top, a more athletic fit. Could very easily wear this tee with jeans as a casual outfit as the fabric appears like cotton, however it dries quickly and doesn’t chafe. Great all round tee, ideal for running, hiking, backpacking where you need a few versatile tees you would be well set up with a couple of these, will buy again
Versatile! so nice
Love this shirt! I bought the stripey shirt green/blue (or black) and it's fantastic...breathable and wicking which is great for climbing but simultaneously lofty enough where a breeze won't make me shiver... I wear these in tropical conditions (humid upper 80's usually) and though I feel a little hot on the approach (the daily cool ... Read Moreor daily cool graphic performs better there, but that prob means this shirt will do well in the colder Virginia Fall? ) they're awesome for movement... this is a shirt i put on and kind of forget is on....was wary to pay the price but i'd say it's worth it due to the performance and the fact that it feels robust/longlasting. I would love more earthy tone colors or stripey variations
I love the capilene cool trail shirt so much I actually bought 2 of 'em! While I have a couple of the capilene daily shirts, I prefer the cool trail shirt as, I believe, it has more uses. The thing I love most about this guy is that it is super casual and can be worn like a t-shirt. The Capilene Cool Trail Shirt really is a cool trail shirt!
I used this on a very hot and dry hash run wherein we moved from pavement to trails to creeks. It breathes and wicks well and offers great protection from the sun. I have no complaints and would definitely recommend. Although the large fit me fine (42' chest), I may go with a medium next for a more fitted look.
Pilling Like Crazy
Not the quality I expect from Patagonia. I own and love several Capilene layers, but this shirt is the first I genuinely dislike. After wearing it five times and washing it just twice on gentle setting with a line dry, this shirt is already pilling. On top of that, its not cool at all. While sitting at my laptop or driving my car, my armpits will b... Read Moree sweating in this shirt. None of my other shirts, not even the long sleeve ones, cause me to sweat like this Capilene Cool Trail shirt.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 30, 2021
Thank you for leaving a review on our Capilene Cool Trail Shirt. We're sorry to hear of the disappointment, some of the feedback you've provided us with sounds very unusual for our Capilene line. Nonetheless, all of our items are backed by our Ironclad Guarantee so if you'd like to send it back for warranty evaluation, you're welcome to get started [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Wear this along with capilene cool daily tee basically everyday. Both are amazing at cooling and being comfortable during hot summer Florida days, this one is much more cotton feeling although there is no cotton compared to the capilene daily. Both are fantastic and comfortable but they feel different on skin. This one feels more like a traditional... Read More tee whereas the daily capilene feels more like a thin poly shirt. Both are great and I go for solid colors
I hate riding in flashy MTB jerseys. They are usually poorly made and don't keep you as cool as they claim. The Cap Cool Trail Shirt is not this. The Cap Cool Trail Shirt is everything I have wanted out of a shirt. Incredibly light weight and breathable while still having an understated style and a solid fit. It sits on my body like my favorit... Read Moree casual shirt without being too baggy. On trail, it wicks moisture perfectly while allowing for that much needed breeze to cool me down. One of the best purchases I have made in a long time. If I had one gripe, I would say I wish there were a few more subtle colors and maybe a subtle graphic. I have it in both the grey and the green/black stripes and will continue to purchase more as they become available.
Great wicking and no odour (so far!)
I bought two of these tshirt's as I was looking for a garment made of sustainable material that wouldn't retain post run sweat odours (I have found this to be an issue with mainstream brands i.e. Nike etc.), so far so good. After a run I rinse out and hang to dry (it comes with a little coat hanger style hook in the neck line) and then wa... Read Moresh on low (20 degree).
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