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Nice for casual wear, not durable enough for backpacking.
Shirt is great for casual wear - I'm a sweaty guy, and it dries quick and stays super comfortable. However - it is not durable enough for backpacking or what I would consider "real" outdoor use. I got two of these shirts - one I've been wearing around town. The second shirt, I wore for the first time on a short backpacking tri... Read Morep - the shirt lasted two miles. On both sides of the shirt, it got tons of the little "balls" where the waist belt sits (the little lint type balls that you find on sweaters and sweater vests). Worse, on one side, the shirt just fell apart at the seem. This was after only about 2 miles. I've used this same pack setup for many years and almost always wear wool shirts (mostly Smartwool). I've never had these problems even after multiple days in the same conditions. This shirt literally only lasted for about 45 minutes or so. Overall, I'm still giving 4 stars since the shirts are super comfortable, light, and dry well. However, they are just not durable enough for true outdoor use.
Response from PatagoniaMay 8, 2023
Hi Joe! Thank you for writing us a review on the Capilene Cool Merino Shirt. We're incredibly sorry to hear that the shirt started to pill and come apart at the seams so quickly. This isn't the quality we expect out of our gear so we'd consider this a warranty issue. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance.
Odor-Free and comfy
I wear this t-shirt as a base layer when backcountry skiing. It does a great job of wicking away sweat on the climbs leaving you warm and dry for the descents. I'm 6', 180 w wide shoulders and the Large fits perfectly. You can wear this shirt for a 2 or 3 day backcountry tour and it will NOT stink. I do miss the older 100% merino wool t-s... Read Morehirts that were thinner and stretchier but this is a solid alternative.
I've now purchased five of
I've now purchased five of these shirts. I bought my first two in December for a trip to Europe where we (my wife and I) were expecting colder weather than we experience in the Coachella Valley, CA. At Patagonia's suggestion, I bought size L rather than XL and glad I did as my older capilene base layers were too baggy. The best part of th... Read Moreese base layers is that they are so light, yet cozy, you hardly know you are wearing an undergarment (which never happens in the heat we live in). Subsequent to our trip I purchased three more of these baselayers. If I had one wish it is that Patagonia would make a white tee in the same line. If it does, I missed it. I'd buy it in a minute. While I line dry my merino shirts (they dry literally in minutes in our dry climate) you can machine wash them with no worries about shrinkage. Oh, btw, these shirts exude zero smells formerly associated with the old capilene.
I love these t-shirts and have ordered them 3 times. I love the versatility of the shirt, it is warm or cool depending on the weather. They breath etc. ONLY complaint is they are too delicate. I ripped a hole in two of them simply by taking them off - should not happen but the pluses outweigh that one minus ( which I have adjusted to by simply bein... Read Moreg careful when taking it off ). Love this shirt and would recommend it to anyone.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 31, 2023
Thank you for sharing this review, Richard. If these shirts haven't held up as they should (and it sounds like yours haven't), you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them under our Ironclad Guarantee.
Good But not too durable.
I love the shirt and I size up for more true to size fit. Usually I wear and XL in shirts but in this I go to an XXL. My only issue is the durability. I have ripped 3 of them. Twice I was pulling it down and my finger shot through. The last one I have no idea how it happened as it was in the shoulder blade. They are really comfortable but for $70 I... Read More was hoping for durability as well.
This is the best base layer I have ever worn!
This is the ultimate base layer. It is cool enough for hot summer days and indispensable for layering in winter. It does not smell, even after 10 days on the trail! It does not stretch (a big improvement over its predecessors). It feels so good to the skin, you forget you have it on! It surpasses all other wool short sleeves I have worn over the ye... Read Morears
This garment is extremely versatile, ranging from everyday wear (e.g. I find it very useful for long-distance driving), to extreme performance. It really needs to be battered for several days before it develops some odour. It cools really nice, especially when wet, but as the name itself suggests, it won't offer much in terms of warmth. So a g... Read Morereat item for summer alpinism, climbing, trail runs, bike rides, yoga etc.
Disappointing odor control
When I travel, I wear merino wool shirts whenever possible. Unfortunately, these shirts don't seem to have the same odor-prevention characteristic that I appreciate in other merino wool shirts that I own. I could only wear these shirts for one or two active days before smelling funky, while my other shirts (from other brands) would smell fresh... Read More much longer.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 3, 2022
Hey Nate, thank you for the review. We're very sorry to hear that odor control on this shirt is not working well for you. If you're every disappointed with the performance aspect of one of our pieces, they're eligible for warranty evaluation and either a merchandise credit or refund to the original payment method. To begin a return, click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Make this your go to t-shirt for traveling
Wool is the best for almost any adventure. This works well on it's own. Although, I usually use it as an undershirt to make my other shirts last longer between washing. Unlike some other baselayers, these stay fresher longer. And, they're not just for cold weather wear. They work great for all-season adventures.
Shrank in the dryer
I love the material and it fit perfect. After my first time wearing it my wife washed the shirt and then put in the dryer. After she pulled it out the dryer I think it shrunk down to the size of a small so I can no longer wear it. I think it is simply a user error.
Lightweight, airy and comfortable
Really enjoying those shirts so far, soft despite being made of wool and quite comfortable. Very thin, which I like, but be mindful if you're looking for something thicker. Great for summer. Appreciate the wool content to keep odors out over the long-term.
Cool or warm as needed, but thin
I love a merino tee. My first one lasted some indecent length of time. I like orange, I like merino, it's good. Small caution about the fabric though is that because of how thin it is, you must be cautious. Cuddly kitties can make for an expensive accident.
Bring back the old merino wool shirts
As a somewhat tall and thin guy, I was surprised to find this shirt to fit quite tight. The FABRIC, however, is where Patagonia have now really got it wrong. Although soft, it is very, very thin with poor stretch properties compared to the merino wool t-shirts of ten years ago. (Those contained something like 85% wool / 15% nylon.) The blend of 65%... Read More wool / 35% polyester results in a fabric that is less durable and less comfortable, especially when wet. When damp/wet, the shirt sticks to my skin and is awfully difficult to remove. To take advantage of wool's wicking properties, the fabric needs to be thicker. (Wool and nylon threads elongate when wet, while polyester tends not to.) Beyond that, a thin fabric like this simply becomes saturated. I understand that Patagonia (admirably) strive to incorporate recycled polyester into their textile supply, but I sense that the case of this shirt, that and cost were the only two factors that got considered.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 16, 2022
Hi David! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes we've made throughout the years. We truly appreciate this feedback, and we'll share it with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Great looking and versatile shirt
Wow! So impressed with this shirt. Feels good and doesn't itch, wore each of two shirts I brought with me on a trip to CO and they looked great the second day and even better, smelled great! Colors are really nice (I bought 3 - black, green and gold). Fit is great too. I am 5'9", 178 and 69 years old. I have been a Patajunkie for a r... Read Moreeally long time and it is products like these that keep me coming back! As I remind myself when shopping Patagonia, while a bit more expensive, my Patagonia clothing gets boring before they wear out if they ever do!
My go-to shirt
I live in Texas and need a shirt that feels cool. This fits the bill! Great for activities and dries quickly. Only draw-back is that it isn't super durable. A few hole developed after a few wash/dry cycles. Although, that isn't ideal, I love the shirt and will wear it everyday with those holes!
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 8, 2022
Hi Rob, thank you for this review. We're sorry to hear about the holes! Merino products can require a little more care than most. To maximize the life of your Merino blend shirts we recommend machine washing them in Cold, on the Gentle cycle, no bleach, and drying flat. Please let us know if we can be of any help!
Not biodegradable + allergies to synthetic
I am sorry that you seem to have stopped producing 100% merino underwear items.the new capilene is not biodegradable and for these reasons (including allergy to dyes) I dont want to buy and wear capilene. sorry about this! Have been a faithful customer. Only buying external wear that might be with synthetic fibers.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 30, 2022
Hello Fleur, thank you so much for your review and we are very sorry that this product did not work out for you. Please know you are more than welcome to start a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
No smell even after days of wearing it
I used to wear cotton t-shirt all the time. Usually I could only wear them for one day before they started smelling of sweat. With these merino t-shirt, this does not happen. They are expensive, but really impressive. Because they don't need washing as often, you can get away with owning much fewer of them too, compared to cotton t-shirts.
I just did a 1100
I just did a 1100 mile bike tour and this shirt was my mvp (most valuable piece of equipment). I wore it every day for 26 days, washed it out every night, it was dry in the morning. It did not stink and very comfortable. I bought two for my son who is also active. You cant go wrong with this and worth every penny.
Great Fit & Performance
Fits slim - especially after being washed. Super soft & comfortable. Wicks sweat effectively and dries out quickly. I've worn this shirt mountain biking and to work. My only complaint is a bit of nipple chafing but that was only on multi-hour mountain bike rides in very humid climates.
Good. Breathable,light,no sweat and I sweat like crazy normally
Only negative is the fit. I wish it was more loose. I purchased size S and M and they both feel too much on my body while L is too long. I just wish it was a bit more loose fit. Nevertheless, I will buy few more in different colors and I hope white arrives soon!
This is an absolutely perfect shirt. It's super lightweight and breathable so it feels great on hot days, but it's not see through. The cut is great, it hangs loose but is not baggy. It wicks sweat and doesn't get stinky over time. And the design is very minimal so you can wear it every day. I picked up one of these for backpacki... Read Moreng, but now I have many of them to wear at home, at work, and on the trail. Patagonia... please, please, please make a sun hoody with this same Capilene Cool Merino fabric!
Solid shirt! Kinda delicate.
I have 5 of these shirts, and I really wear them for everything: undershirt, casual T, hiking, running and even climbing. It's not a highly durable piece, though, so I worry how it will hold up long-term, and hesitate to climb in it again. However, in as a general active piece, it's great for hiking or as a trail runner, or similar! It re... Read Moregulates heat even as I'm sweating, and dries out super quicky. Mine gets drenched during a long run but dries out rather quickly when I'm done, and it doesn't hold any odor. I typically wear mine for several days of intense activity without it needing a wash. That all said, it's DELICATE. It can snag and little micro tears appear out of nowhere. It pills a bit but I don't mind that, as it makes it even softer over time. A heavy pack could exacerbate pilling or micro-tearing. Overall, solid piece that I definitely recommend. Hopefully some improvements can be made in it's durability.
Good but light weight
I have tried similar shirts where I didn't like the 2 way stretch. They sag when sweaty to the length of a dress which tugged and was very uncomfortable. The Capilene shirt does not do that fortunately, but shares the other flaw I have found in most running shirts: they are a bit too light weight. If this shirt was a bit thicker, it would feel... Read More more rugged and like it would last longer. That being said, I have experience with merino wool socks and can attest to the material's durability. For now, this is a very comfortable running shirt and I expect mine will last a long time.
Nice fabric, poor fit/sizing
I have been a fan of Patagonia products for many many years. I am hiking the John Muir trail next month and wanted a wool blend shirt. The Patagonia shirt looked like a great option but sadly its not. Ive worn the shirt a number of times now and while the fabric feels great and seems to wick well, the fit is terrible. The shirt is way to long and t... Read Morehe neckline too droopy and loose. Sadly I cannot recommend this shirt. Still looking for a good wool hiking shirt.
Response from PatagoniaJune 13, 2022
Thank you for submitting this review, William. We're so sorry to hear the fit of this shirt didn't work for you! We'll reach out to you about returning it.
Not worth it.
I thought this shirt would be super comfortable and something I wear often. Ive worn it a couple times now. It seems a little on the tighter side. Very light weight which is good. I think cause the fabric is wool, it does feel kinda itchy. If you have sensitive skin I think it might irritate it. Its suppose to be a cooling tee but in my opinion I s... Read Moreee no difference. Overall its alright but I dont think its worth the price.
Response from PatagoniaMay 31, 2022
Thank you for submitting this review, Brenton. This feedback is very helpful to both our designers and other customers. We're so sorry this shirt wasn't comfortable for you! If you decide you want to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it, we'll be happy to help. In the meantime, if you're interested in a baselayer you might find the Capilene Cool Daily Shirt more comfortable. While it has many of the same properties as the Capilene Cool Merino Shirt it has a regular fit, instead of slim, and won't itch.
I bought 2 of these tee-shirt. Like on the first they are the very best. Thats why I keep buying them. If didnt like them I would keep buying them I love Patagonia for what they stand for. Thats why over many years this the company I buy from. Keep the great Philosophy and what you stand for. Thats why you are the very best
Would love a thicker version
I love the patagonia merino + polyester shirts both for sports and casual wear and was sad when they were dropped due to sourcing issues a few years back. The merino combination with polyester has the durability but not the sheen of the merino+nylon that other brands use and I don't like that sheen for casual wear. Unfortunately, I find the ca... Read Morepilene cool merino series is a bit too thin for casual wear, it's almost see-through, so unless you want to show off some big muscle it's not that great. Maybe Patagonia can offer a bit heavier version for casual wear in the future?
Response from PatagoniaApril 27, 2022
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry the new style is a bit disappointing. You might take a look at our "slim" fit [Capilene Air Crew](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-air-crew-neck-shirt/36515.html?dwvar_36515_color=CNY&cgid=root) which is comfortable across a wide range of temperatures and looks as good on the trail as it does in the city!
Great warm weather T
I appreciate this shirt so much I have three of them. These Ts are perfect in warm to hot climates, they hold their shape really well even after lots of adventures and many washes. They seem to not really carry BO which is a relief not just for yourself but others also. Love this T
The best for temps
These shirts have become my daily go to 'uniform" for night shift; with temps ranging from 20 to 50s and then some. The blend of Cap and Mer is utter perfection. Will be expanding my collection and replacing my beloved organic cotton Tees as they begin to succumb to washing, wear and age.
I where this t-shirt summer and winter. In the winter I use it as my base layer. Summer alone or as an undershirt. Does not smell if you sweat in it. Warm in the Winter cool in the Summer. ONLY down side is it rips easily after a few months. I bought 3 on my second order, 3 on my first order. Two on the original order did eventually rip but it woul... Read Mored never stop me from buying 3 more!
Best active outdoor shirt
I use this instead of a cycle jersey because it is comfy, looks cool and casual, but also because it is surprisingly warm without making you overheat. It is super durable. I bought the same shirt a few years back and have probably worn it 100+ times. The shirt is still in perfect condition but I couldn't even read the tag to see what size it w... Read Moreas for purchasing this new alternate.
The Capalene takes me back appx 10 years one merino breathable layers are best industry. I was little apprehensive when Patagonia decides to open in my home town Cardiff by the Sea. BUT your staff treats me my wife land two grown like family! Thanks Roy Chad Troy and entire team at Cardiff Patagonia ️
Heavy Pilling After One Hike
I expect more from Patagonia. Especially for a shirt that costs this much and is meant for active use. I bought this shirt to go on hikes. After one hike in calm, sunny weather, it is already showing heavy pilling on the front and back. I am very disappointed in this product.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 20, 2021
Hi Francisco! Thanks for letting us know about your shirt pilling. When fabrics, especially wool, meet friction pilling will occur. Often this can happen if there's abrasiveness from a pack or something similar. You're more than welcome to return this for a warranty. You might prefer something like our [Men's Capilene® Cool Lightweight Shirt](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-cool-lightweight-shirt/45760.html) which has a fabric that's less prone to catching or pilling.
Good overall but wish it was more durable
I have been a Patagonia customer for nearly ten years. I love that you try to offer longer lasting garments among the general trend for fast fashion. Do not compromise on the durability of your products! I do a variety of sports on an average month. This T-shirt was bought primarily to be used during bouldering and some light backpacking. Fit. Size... Read More M was matching my silhouette well but this is likely because of the slim-fit design. I normally choose size S for regular fit. Material. I like the new 65-35 merino-polyester blend. It’s soft and very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near the durability level I am getting from my 2019 Capilene Cool Daily. The new t-shirt had a visible peeling on the lower back after single use under Patagonia backpack going to a bouldering gym. I am afraid I will tear this t-shirt unless I am careful. Finish. My item had some loose threads hanging out from the material (around collar area). This is not how I remember Patagonia products which always had a perfect finish in terms of sewing and threads. I also do not like that 2021 model items are saving up on the product labels (you just get a paper insert instead of the last years material one). Overall. I would expect a bit more durability from the T-shirt given the price point and Patagonia’s aspiration to sell longer lasting garments. Keep designing products that last longer and are recyclable!
HOLEY shirt !!!
Beware, I washed as per instructions and after 2 washes I started to see fraying and beginning of holes in near the bottom half of the shirt ! Disappointing
Response from PatagoniaAugust 20, 2021
Hi Michael, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're so sorry to hear that your shirt developed a hole. We definitely expect better durability out of our gear so we're also very disappointed by this. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance!
Went for a run, came back with a soaked shirt. As I was taking the shirt off, I ripped a fist sized hole in it. The fabric is great but not strong when wet with sweat.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 11, 2021
Hello JR, yikes, so sorry to learn about the tear. We are happy to take a look at the shirt under our guarantee. You are welcome to send it [back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a warranty evaluation at your convenience.
I Want to Love It
I really, really want to love this shirt. Especially because I purchased two or them! The pros: they are super light weight and soft, definitely the most comfortable shirts I own. I am also so happy Patagonia makes mens XS sizes as most womens merino clothing is super fitted and too long for me, so the fit is great! My only complaint is durability.... Read More My shirts began piling after two wears and only moderate use. I wore a small pack with a 1 belt on a short hike and immediately noticed A LOT of piling on an already thin shirt. This is so important in my opinion as most people purchasing merino wool intending to wear it multiple times while backpacking or hiking and will be experiencing piling as well. I truly want to love these shirts but I feel like my investment isnt going to last very long. I hope Patagonia creates a more durable version of this shirt and hopefully adds more colors as well.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 11, 2021
Hi Kori, due to the knit of this item, pilling can be more noticeable on a Capilene® Cool Merino Shirt. 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 Merino Shirt, you are absolutely welcome to send those in for a warranty returns evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Great all-around shirt
I have one of the old cotton and capilene shirts that I am literally wearing holes in. I wanted to replace it but Patagonia stopped making suitable a replacement. I didn't really care to much about the price since I knew that I would get at least a decade (if not two like my other shirt) of use out of it. I have only used it once on a longer... Read More outdoor day, MTB riding in Tahoe, but I think it was a good test day. I was sweaty enough that I was getting salt rings on my pack then got a tiny bit of sprinkles on it on the way back to the car. Afterwards, we hung out and chatted over lunch. I was never too warm or cold. The only thing I am worried about is the thinness and getting snagged on a tree or something like that. Otherwise, I am sure I will enjoy this shirt for a while.
This one has limits
This shirt feels so great you'll want to wear it all the time. Unlike many of my other Patagonia Wool shirts, this one has limits. I purchased 3 short sleeves and 3 longs sleeves and the issues are: 1. Shrinks a good amount (washed on cold, dried on low), not a dealbreaker. 2. Can not handle any type of friction from a pack; my day pack straps... Read More caused 2 minor holes in the shoulder/collar area and my backpack belt created many holes around my stomach. Patagonia made good as they always do, I just now have to limit what I do in this shirt. It will be great for runs, short hikes without a pack and hanging around. I imagine it will also be a great layering shirt come fall/winter.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 30, 2021
Hi Kenny, we're so sorry to hear about the untimely wear on those Men's Capilene® Cool Merino Shirts. We'd be happy to take those back as a warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee. Please feel free to begin that process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
New Favorite Shirt!
Just when I thought I couldn't find a better shirt they had to release this thing! Absolutely hands down the best shirt I own, I actually own 3 of them now. It's insanely soft and comfortable. Super breathable, and you can wear it multiple times before it gets stinky. Love the merino wool and recycled polyester blend. Hopefully new colors... Read More come out soon!
Great fit but not made for all activities
This shirt is so comfy for hiking! But as with other technical shirts from Patagonia this year I have had pilling. It happened on a week of 5-7mile day hikes in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. Anywhere the waist belt and lumbar pad contacted the shirt it pilled up. This shirt less than other materials.
Got this shirt a week ago and loved everything about it! The fit is amazing, super soft, great color(s), and just overall amazing. But within the first 2 hours of wearing there was a snagged thread. I didn't think much of it because it was only one thread. I have had it for a week now and climbed in it twice and there are about 7 new snagged t... Read Morehreads. I have never ever had this happen this bad in a shirt. I'm not sure what is going on but I am super disappointed. I loved this shirt so much until this started to happen. If this wasn't an issue It would easily be one of the best shirts I have ever bought.
Response from PatagoniaJune 3, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Henry! We're so sorry to hear about the snagging. Please reach out to our Customer Service Team to get set up with a replacement.
Don't expect a beefy T.
Obviously in normal times, I would have had the opportunity to feel this shirt in a store but I didn't and I'm glad. For the price, my initial thought where, where's all the fabric!? Maybe someone with more experience would have known but I didn't. As I hate returns ,I put it on to try it out. Its a thin merino wool shirt that f... Read Moreelt great to wear while hiking and running. Really think it fits a great niche in my closet.
Perfect Casual T-Shirt
The fit is true to size. Not baggy, not too tight. Fabric is soft and the right weight for when it warms up outside, plus a great base layer for chilly early mornings or cool evenings. Presentable to wear to a casual restaurant or cafe. I will get more of his shirt.
I bought the predecessor to this t-shirt many years ago. At the time, people complained about it pilling and whatever else (maybe due to a higher wool content?), but it quit pilling long ago, I still have it and I wear it often, though it's nearly see-through now. So, when I saw there was finally an updated version I bought 3 right away and I&... Read More#x27;m happy I did. Glad to have a merino (mostly) t-shirt to go to every day.
Perfect for warm weather, hiking/workout/running
Its thin and light (cant speak to its durability) but have used it to run and workout at home and love the thin and lightness of it! Also appreciate the style touch with the split hem at bottom of shirt at the sides! Will def be my trail running/ hiking/ workout shirt ! Gotta get More colors !
Great shirt. Super comfy and light. Packs down small and fits true to size. Im probably technically a M but I like my T shirts a little more snug and sometimes I feel like their shirts are a tad large. Only issue with the shirt is I wore it camping last weekend and had three separate locations have a small thread come out which left little holes.... Read More Not sure if it was just the shirt or if I was doing something stupid which is more likely. That being said I just bought another one. Gonie or die
Really great Merino blend shirt...
I bought this shirt primarily for activity, but it's also nice enough to wear out. It's a really soft great fitting shirt, with a true to size fit. I liked it so much that I bought a few more after the first one arrived. A perfect shirt for summers in Montana.
Warning of Wearing on Long Runs or w Running Vest
I have ran 3 ultras in my Patagonia High Endurance gear. I bought this tee to wear for an upcoming ultra and wore on one 10 mile training run. After the run I have SERIOUS chaffing burn in R armpit. I have never chaffed their (or anywhere else) on a run. The other issue is that after only the one 10 mile run, that the shirt has visible piling where... Read More the lower running vest strap goes across my body. I wear my merino wool shirt (from other maker) and it has never had this issue.
Response from PatagoniaApril 30, 2021
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on our Capilene Cool Merino Shirt. We're sorry to hear that you experienced chaffing while wearing it, it could be that a different size could make all the difference. As far as the pilling is concerned, friction will always be the main culprit, and unfortunately that is not always avoidable. The good news is a sweater stone usually does the trick! If you haven't already and you'd like to return or exchange, please click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
6'1", 175. Originally ordered a medium since that is what I wear in almost all of my Patagonia shirts. Fit was definitely slim and a bit tight across the chest. It would have been fine for active wear and using as a baselayer but I wanted a little more versatility from a casual standpoint. Large fit better in the chest if not just a tad l... Read Moreong in the torso. Shirt is super soft and breathes well. No stank after 3 hikes on consecutive days. Love the blend. Haven't had it long enough to comment on durability but have not had any issues.
I'm all for a super lightweight shirt but this was so thin it was sheer.
Response from PatagoniaApril 28, 2021
Hi Caleb, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry that the fabric was not to your liking. Our products are backed by Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee so you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. For a comparable baselayer, the Men's Capilene Cool Daily Shirt may be worth consideration.
I bought this t-shirt for my husband. You had them a few years ago and couldn't get the merino wool for a while. I am so glad they are back - this is positively the best men's t-shirt ever made. They last a long time even with daily wear and they always look immaculate. Never a wrinkle - the fabric drapes and has a low sheen- it covers an... Read Mored the fit is perfect. If you want to look you very casual best - wear this shirt. I also like your woman's longer down vest. Covers your backside and longer under tops.
Ive bought previous versions of this shirtusually when I see a color that inspires me. The last one was a few years ago, in a dark loden green/turquoise. This one is a deep rust. The fabric is greatfeels mostly like merino, its soft and moderates temperatures and perspiration well. And I deeply appreciate being able to find XS at Patagonia to fit m... Read Morey small, slender frame. Unfortunately, they typically run out of stock quickly enough that I don't even see them before they're gone. I still have the previous shirt, and there's no comparison in cut and execution. The older shirt I would describe as a tailored T-shirt. The seams are flawless and smooth. The neck is a better fit, and lies perfectly flat, as do the tops of the sleeves. The sleeves are noticeably longer, which I prefer. For many years now, the sleeves on Patagonias short sleeve shirts, in general, remind me of what was available at places like Pennys when I was growing up in the midwest. I thought they were too short and tacky thenstill do. Short sleeves that come up just shy of the cubital crease look and feel much better to me. Shirts that end with the deltoid just don't work for my taste. You emailed me, and asked for a detailed review, and this may be more than you bargained for. But while Im here, lets talk about color. The colors you choose for women's clothing are great, but for some reason you seem to think that men should be stuck in drab, depressing Microsoft blues, reds, greys, black or moss. Or maybe a screaming chartreuse or Microsoft orange for variety. To me, this is mistakenly giving men the short end of the stick. Loosen up! My recollection is that Patagonia didnt suffer from these tendencies in the Kris McDivitt days, and there was a very distinct shift at some point after. But I wasnt paying attention that closely. Because of the general quality Patagonia has tended to offer over the years and appropriate sizes for the small people, I tend to rely on them more than others. But I think there are some ruts that could be departed from, and I imagine youd be surprised at the reception. Could be mistaken, but you asked. Now that I'm finishing up, I see that the page has removed apostrophes and em-dashes from my review. Hopefully, that's not intentional.
Quality material, good fit, but still not perfect
This is only my personal preference. But most of the Patagonia t-shirts I have purchased are too loose around the collar. For a perfect fit, I wish they were tighter at the collar. Otherwise, great shirt. Quality material, good length and fit through chest and arms.
Great summer shirt
I'm not built for humid heat, despite having lived in the tropics and places with miserable summers like Atlanta. So, I'm willing to splurge on lightweight, hot weather clothing for daily use and for travel. My shoulders are on the upper end of most mediums, so a large fit for me. The shirt dries quickly and although the mercury hasn'... Read More;t gotten too bad yet, it seems to work well enough that I plan to buy another.
Wool for the Summer
I've been wanting to give merino t-shirts a shot for a while but never pulled the trigger because of their high price tag. Once Patagonia came out with them I decided to give it a go and I'm stoked that I did. These are super soft, lightweight, and don't build up odor even after wearing multiple times. Like others have said -they are... Read More quite thin and don't exactly scream durability, but time will tell. I'd also note that they are definitely slim fit, so if you're like me and mainly looking for an everyday t-shirt, I'd go a size up. I tend to prefer a looser fit so I returned the Medium for a Large and I am about 5'8", 150lbs. Overall, great shirts for being active and travelling in warmer weather!
Decent Merino Tee
Pro: --Merino wool --Fits great --Great construction Con: --Too expensive --Too thin Overall I like it, but I just with it's a little heavier.
Response from PatagoniaApril 14, 2021
Thank you for the review on our Capilene Cool Merino Shirt. We're glad you have had some positive experiences with it. The weight of the shirt was designed to help with keeping you cool and the shirt breathable. We're not sure what you were intending on using the shirt for, but if you wanted something warm and heavier, we'd recommend checking out our [thermal weight line](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-thermal-weight-baselayers).
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