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Extremely lightweight and comfortable
As the product name suggests, the shirt is extremely lightweight (you barely notice it on you!) and packs super small. Having worn the shirt both casually and in high-output activities a few times now, I've found little to no improvement areas – the shirt seems to perform as it's supposed to. It also seems to dry relatively fast, and thus... Read More far has not attracted any persistent smells (which I sincerely hope to continue as that's one of the downsides of other tech tees).
Poor Odor Control
I really like Patagonia as a brand so went in for two of these shirts. The good: they are incredibly lightweight. I am a daily bike commuter and they feel good on a hot weather commute. The bad: 1) they stink. I have other odor control shirts (e.g. Lululemon) that far outperform these in controlling smell. I wondered if maybe it was just me but tal... Read Moreked to a buddy who was similarly disappointed with the odor. 2) they snag and pull out small threads very easily. Within my first wear I had several snags on things like my recently trimmed nails that made me feel like I couldn't return them in good conscience. I would not recommend these shirts, especially at the price.
Response from PatagoniaJune 8, 2023
Hi Max, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're very sorry to hear that the Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirts are meeting your expectations. Please feel free to begin a [warranty return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience. We'll reach out to you privately as well with further assistance.
Great tech tee
Fantastic wicking material with excellent fit. Just perfect and does exactly what I need it to. I just wish they came in the same cool colors as the cap cool daily. Also the fit of the cap cool lightweight is way better than the cap cool daily, I think the cap cool daily should be slim fit too.
Perfect! Happy with this purchase.
These shirts are exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a light weight shirt for those hot summer days for hiking and cycling. I ordered one of these from Patagonia's site. Like it so much I ordered two different colors from REI. My wardrobe seems to be filling up with Patagonia. That's okay with me!
Most comfortable shirt ever
Love this shirt. Super lightweight material and cut feels great. This is labelled as a slim fit and the other capilene shirts are labelled as a regular fit. I really don't like the way those fit but love this one's fit. Pretty much my favorite shirt highly reccomend.
As others have noted, this is a cool, comfortable shirt that wicks moisture well. Love hiking in mine, but it really excels as travel clothing. I pack my 3 shirts and wear them constantly. I can do that because they wash up easily and dry overnight. Saves a lot of room in my pack.
This is the best fabric for a shirt Patagonia has yet created. I have several short and long sleeve, and it seems that, at least the long sleeve, is being discontinued--finding the last ones at various on-line retailers. Great breathable base layer in cooler temps, and amazing during early morning hikes at the peak of a Tucson Summer. Please keep t... Read Morehis line! I love it!!
Better than bare
These shirts are amazing - they actually feel cooler on than rocking a bare torso does. Moisture is just pulled off my skin and disposed of somehow. It's like magic. Cold weather or hot, these are my base layer. As for fit - close but not clinging. I have a 43 - 44" chest, and large fits very comfortably, with no binding or snagging. The... Read More only negative I can think of is that the torso could be longer. Mine may have shrunk a bit despite being cold-water washed and air dried, but I could use some more torso length to keep the shirt tucked in. Also note that the fabric is LIGHT and a bit frail. If you wear as outer layer you can snag and it will run. Otherwise, seems robust enough.
Nice light shirts. I only
Nice light shirts. I only wish they were available in more than one or two colors in my S size. I know it's late in the season so choices are limited. I've purchased more than a hundred and fifty Patagonia items over the decades (coats, raincoats, vests, packs, and many t-shirts) and have always been pleased by them.
Solid tech tee
I picked up this shirt for mountain biking and hiking and have really been enjoying it. It runs smaller than the standard capilene shirts so I would recommend sizing up. I'm a heavy sweater and this shirt soaks it up but also dries quickly and I can wear it for multiple rides because there is no odor.
Best running shirt
This is by far my favorite running shirt. I wear it year round in California. Drys fast and keeps me cool. It is slim fit and does run short. I wear an L in the capilene daily but wear in XL in these. More relaxed, longer fit but I like that the shoulder seam ends right at the shoulder even though I upsized.
Great wicking / cooling layer
You need to help sizing with dimensions. In this case chest size. I don't care how tall, unless sleeve length is an issue. I'm just under 5'7" 165 with an athletic build. Medium doesn't fit your models are the same weight and like 5'11"
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 23, 2022
Hi Jim, we apologize for the sizing difference. We do have dimensions for all items on their respective page. The measurements are located beneath the available sizes under the Size & Fit Guide tab.
Technical slim fit
I wanted to review this shirt because I really like the fit and look of the shirt. Finally something that I would consider slim fit, which I've been waiting for from P. These shirts absorb and wick sweat well, but my feedback is that they are very warm. They seem to hold heat a bit more than normal (which surprised me since they have a very ai... Read Morery/almost mesh type texture). So I'd love to get more of these, because they are great for activities and travel since they dry fast and have minimal smell - however, I'd just love to see more breath-ability/cooling if possible.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 17, 2022
Thanks for your feedback on the fit, fabric and function, Zachary!
I like the material in this shirt and it fits me in the shoulders, but the length runs short and it tends to ride up when I am active. Always pulling it back down. Runs kinds short and small. Also with the tight fit can you quite putting such long tags on everything. I hate having to cut them off.
Great for the recent hot weather
I am so pleased with this shirt. In fact, I bought a second now. I have been doing long coastal walks recently and the weather turned very hot. This shirt is so good for that. It is incredibly light and I don’t think I sweated anywhere near as much as usual. Also, I think it dries very quickly after a wash, ready for another long walk.
Extremely lightweight shirt!
4 starts, but I love the performance of this shirt. The fabric is perfect, and even with its lightness provides solid durability. They will pill under a backpack but not to a disappointing degree. I have a number of these and haven't had any holes or bad snags appear. My only complain is the cut of the sleeves. The sleeve openings are huge, a... Read Morend because the fabric is so light they are held open by air which looks a bit ridiculous. The ridge flow has a much more tapered sleeve that looks and feels wayyyy better. It fits the body very well otherwise. Highly recommend for any hot weather activity.
2022 batch seems significantly smaller
Have been buying this product since 2019. In total probably bought 9 or 10. I'm 5'9 and historically S fit well. However the 3 that I ordered in 2022, for some reason, fits noticeably tighter. Disappointing as it is really hard to return or exchange the product as an international customer. I also really like this product. If good fit: 5... Read More/5 Changing the size without warning: 1/5 Overall: 4/5 (minus 1 for changed sizing)
My favorite shirt, sizing different from prior years
This is by far my favorite shirt to wear. I use it every day for work. Only problem I had was this year (22) sizing was different than 20-21 sizing. Fits way more roomy. But I will say the sizing is actually more accurate to the tag now. So go for your true size and you should be good. But, if you've bought this shirt before and want a similar... Read More fit, you might need to go one size down. LOVE THIS SHIRT!
I didn't think Capilene could get this light weight without being obscene to wear while sweating. This T is the answer. It wicks moisture unbelievably well. I barely noticed I was wearing a shirt, especially b/c it didn't accumulate sweat like the normal lightweight Capilene T's I run in. My only complaint is that it only comes in 4 ... Read Morecolors.
cool lightweight tee
page shows model wearing a medium who is 6'1' ordered a large, I'm 6'2" 177lbs and it was way 2 small so I returned for xl which is still a tad on the small size for me
Response from PatagoniaJune 2, 2022
Hi James, we're so sorry to hear about the sizing issue with the Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team if you have any questions regarding starting a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Works great but poorly constructed
Wore this shirt once on a vigorous hike and it performed well. When I took it off I saw that the stitching around the neck was unraveling. Have returned it to the store and await a replacement. Suggest one gives a close examination to the stitching before wearing. I
Comfortable but with quality control issues
Very happy except for a glitch. I purchased two of these shirts and they are very comfortable, breathable, and attractive. My hesitation to rate this product more highly is due to the zig-zag stitching of both shirts inside collar front, splitting the first time I took each shirt off. There is another layer of straight stitches below, so I dont exp... Read Moreect the seam will part, but this is a QC problem that should not occur in a costly T-shirt, especially not immediately on first wearing.
Response from PatagoniaMay 16, 2022
We're truly sorry to hear this Men's Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt has a stitching issue. We went ahead and reached out to you via email to offer some help with your return. We also passed your review along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Dry, cool and light
My first reaction amazement because of how light it felt. I barely feel it when I wear it. Its really a treat to run in this shirt. It doesnt get in the way, flows around me easily, not constricting, I never feel sweaty and its very cool. It almost feels like running bare skin, which I guess is good because this way I get the benefits of being pr... Read Moreotected from the sun while not getting too hot. I was afraid when I got a little loop because of a thorn but for now it didnt do any more damage and it hasnt frayed. The fit is wide enough so I can wear it over my belt with water bottle. Just bought my second one.
My favorite warm weather running shirt by a long shot. I run 50-80 trail and road miles per week and theres not another shirt on the market Id rather wear. Its super light weight and doesnt hold onto moisture for long. When the T shirt is not quite enough Ill throw the long sleeve version over it. Please never get rid of this simple yet excellent t... Read Moreop.
Best "T" in the world
This is such a versatile shirt. I'm a professional, but in these post-covid days, I'm not buttoning-down ever! This T gives what I need. sleek beautiful fit, color, breathe, and a feel that's pure heaven. I work and play in this shirt, and it's my main running top because of it's wick-breathability. It's the real deal.... Read More Looking forward to more colors, but whatever. This is the shirt I live in.
Lightweight, Cool and Comfortable
I began purchasing the Capilene Cool Lightweight t-shirts to replace an older item that is no longer produced. These are more comfortable, fit better, are lighter and move wonderfully with me when I am out with my camera. It would be nice to see some more colors and better availability - finding them in local stores can be extraordinarily difficul... Read Moret.
Runs short and frays quickly but nice fabric
The fabric is great, feels warm in the cold but wicks and stays cool in the heat. Unfortunately started fraying less than a year of use :( Also the length is unreasonably short. No idea why. It needs another 1.5
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2022
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry that the durability is lacking on the shirt you received. Unfortunately, none of our other capilene short-sleeve shirts in either "slim" or "regular" fit are longer than this one. If you've followed our product care guide and the fraying occurred anyway, then we recommend that you return this product, covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee). Thank you again for taking the time to review it!
Love the t-shirt. I've 6 of these. ordered both Small and Medium sizes but ended up keeping the Medium size. Small was also a good fit but it felt slightly tight on the shoulder area. If the shoulders were a tiny bit broad in Small size, I'd have preferred to keep the Small size.
Standalone & Layering All Star
Had already been making frequent use of these shirts as summer outer layers and "half" layers when the temperatures were variable. Wick moisture readily, very comfortable to the touch, and retain their shape without bag-out. The chartreuse color had immediate appeal for crosswalk sports. It is nearly fluorescent.
Light and short
Fabric is light, comfortable, airy and dries quickly, but I don't care for what Patagonia has done to the fit of the lightweight Capilene's. In particular, 28" is too short for a men's large. I wish it fit more like the current Trail version of the Capilene, or more like it used to.
Perfect for working in hot countries
I packed a few of these for a trip to a refugee camp in Rwanda where I knew I would be working hard in a location hotter than I am used to. These t-shirts pack down to nothing, are comfortable to wear when sweating. You can wash them in the shower, and they will be dry by morning. Perfect for travelling, backbacking or just doing my job!
Fabric frayed second time it was worn
This t-shirt and another capilene air t shirt frayed in the back on second or third wear. Disappointed Thanks
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 15, 2021
Thanks for letting us know the problems with your shirt Pradeep. Jersey like fabrics are prone to pilling when met with friction like a mesh pack or something similar. You can easily remedy this. We've made a [video](https://youtu.be/2aFbPb6Rn8o) on how to do that. As always, you're welcome to return it for warranty. Thanks!
Not worth it
I have a few of these shirts and all of them have had fraying issues since I got them. I pretty disappointed with the quality they started fraying after a few weeks of use.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 13, 2021
Hi Nikita, we're so sorry to hear that this has been happening with your Men's Capilene® Cool Lightweight Shirt. We hold our gear to a high standard and since those shirts are wearing more quickly than they should be, please feel free to begin a warranty return under our Ironclad guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Cool, comfortably trim and odor free
It's a trim fit in a very good way, and feels light as a feather. I love these for hiking, backpacking and trail running. Super light and comfortable and the material does, in fact, keep the smell away. Wore this four days straight during an extended hike on the Camino del Norte in Spain last month with temps in the high 80s F. Outstanding!
as every patagonia customer knows, sometimes their product evolves/changes for the not-as-good-as-the-old-ones. This is not the case for their lightweight capilene shirts. They're awsome. Performance wise and travel wise. They're great for both. I used them for hiking, running, and cycling and they're perfect for that activity in war... Read Morem to cool days (my body runs hot so folks w/ lower core body temps may need mid-weight) . For travel, they can be worn multiple days w/o stinking (and I sweat easily) and then hand washed and dried in a day to reuse the next day. Love this product.
Love the feel, not sure on the construction
Super light weight shirt true to fit and incredibly comfortable. Almost exclusively a trail runner and have to say that the fabric is so thin that I have been super careful not to snag it on anything sharp. Stitching at bottom is already pulling out after only three uses. I am very careful taking this on and off and wash in Cold Water on gentle cyc... Read Morele then air dry on drying rack. Hope this one holds up as I really like the technical nature of it.
Not warm at all, which is perfect. Dries instantly, breathes possibly better than no shirt at all
The shirt is perfect for what I bought it for, an attractive very sheer garment that breathes really well and looks great. I like that the torso isnt too long so it doesnt hang up on my butt when I wear it not tucked in. If I could change one thing, it would be a less obtrusive label or none or removable. I have old capilene with the label embroi... Read Moredered in the same color as the shirt, it doesnt poke and it doesnt stick out visually My Patagonias dont need a label because I tell everybody about them!
Fits very small
I would definitely order one size larger than normal for this product. In my case, other medium Patagonia shirts fit but this is so small that it is unwearable.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 15, 2021
Hello Dennis, thank you for leaving us a review on our Men's Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt. We're sorry to hear that this ran small for you, we've taken note of your feedback and will make sure it gets to the appropriate team members. If you decide that you'd like a size up, you can begin the exchange process on this [page](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Again, Patagonia making me feel old and fat. My bad ordering the large instead of the extra large. Yes, it used to fit. Not so much any more. Too tight in the pits and it comes up a little shy around the waist. Probably my mistake.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 8, 2021
Hey Matthew, thanks for taking the time to write a product review! We're sorry to hear that the sizing didn't work out for you. In the future, we're always happy to provide measurements to help you decide what size to get, simply reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We're also happy to assist you with an exchange for the proper size!
Poorly made and dont fit
Ordered several because I love my Capilene Cool Daily and Capilene Trail t-shirts, but these are flimsy and poorly constructed. The red one I ordered ripped the stitching on the neck while I was taking it off for the first time! Plus the fit is different and too tight compared to the Daily and Trail Capilenes. Take a pass on these.
Perfect shirt for hot days. Worth spending the extra few bucks to get the lightweight version. Im one of those could be a medium or large. Im 185 with a 40 chest. My original purchase was a medium and it was to tight so I gave it to my brother who is a true medium and it was snug on him too but he didnt mind. The large was perfect.
Not Durable - Changed for the Worse
I have had multiple generations of Capilene t-shirts made from various different fabrics. The old ring-spun poly ones were the best but they lost an alarming amount of material over time wish washing and drying. I stopped machine drying them as soon as I figured it out and I still have a few that are going on 4 years. They changed the material at l... Read Moreeast twice since that generation and created a couple spin-off products including the lightweight. The lightweight fabric is almost identical to the old air chaser which was one of the least durable shirts I have ever owned. It is super light and breathable but the fabric is sticky and it gets runs very easily. Im sending these shirts straight back. Please go back to making shirts that are durable even if the material cannot be machine dried.
The perfect hot weather shirt
I live in the Florida Keys, which have hot, humid summers, and this is the shirt that I have been looking for. Extremely light weight, fast drying, and exceptionally comfortable. The shirt fits well and looks good. I bought one to try, and then bought one in every color. If you live in a hot climate. This is the shirt for you.
Wet & Clammy
I wanted this shirt to be my go-to hiking & running tee; unfortunately it holds sweat, sticks to my skin & never dries out during activity. If you take it off & snap it, quite a bit of moisture flies off, but I can't stop and do that all day. I have tried it in many situations and activities and it is just a damp or wet clammy mess... Read More. So disappointed. I have a vintage Patagonia baselayer (style 23610) tee that I love that is everything that this isn't. I hope I can find an alternative before that one wears out...
Response from PatagoniaJune 18, 2021
Hi Jason, we're so sorry to hear that you're disappointed in the performance of your Capilene® Cool Lightweight Shirt. We want you to feel confident in your gear and if you're not, please feel free to begin a return or exchange under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can begin either process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Fit concerns and sticky when sweaty
The fit on this shirt is less than ideal for me. The sleeves seem too short and the neck is too big. My biggest complaint is that with any significant sweating, the shirt sticks to my body, which is really uncomfortable. Its definitely light weight and breathable when dry, but with the fit and lack of moisture wicking, I wouldnt recommend this for ... Read Moreexercise.
Response from PatagoniaJune 14, 2021
Hey Kevin, we really appreciate the feedback on our Men's Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt. We're so sorry to hear that the shirt has been sticky and uncomfortable for you when you're sweating. This sounds like a performance issue and it would definitely be covered under warranty. To get started on a warranty evaluation, please click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I love the way these shirts fit me and they are supremely breathable but they simply don't last. I've had around half a dozen of them and they are all falling apart. Everyday abrasion ruins the fabric. I wish they made a shirt in this cut with the cap daily fabric.
Response from PatagoniaJune 2, 2021
Hi David, thank you for reaching out to us. We are so sorry to hear that these haven't been holding up too well for you. Please note, we do guarantee the performance and quality of all product so please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this back if you are unhappy.
Great fit and feel; poor longevity.
I bought two of these shirts in medium. Great fit, incredibly comfortable, and highly breathable. However, on one shirt, the stitching came apart on the neck within one wear. Patagonia was great about their warranty with that shirt. However, the second shirt has several spots where the fabric is coming apart after about 10 uses. I expect better qua... Read Morelity from Patagonia.
Response from PatagoniaJune 1, 2021
Thank you for the detailed feedback on fit, fabric, and performance, Kevin! We're very sorry to hear that the durability is lacking. Your purchase is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee so please don't hesitate to reach out. Our Customer Service team will be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
More likely my daily shirt
Its a short sleeved lightweight capilene shirt. If you have had a long sleeved version well.. this is a short sleeve.. so packs a little better/ smaller. Im the knit concerns me Ive had a lot of pulls that Ive not experienced on previous years (long sleeved). I would like to caution with the seem as a base shirt it works well but be careful of seem... Read More stacking. I would prefer a fitted shoulder for the baselayer. By itself its fantastic running biking out of the water no worries. On the recycling truck I ran 30 miles and threw on average 3.5 tons of material every day for two months with no tears or wear issues. Warm in the mornings and cool in the afternoon sun.
Love it BUT
I love this shirt. The fit is great, its extremely lightweight, quick drying, and comfortable. I wore it on a training run and absolutely loved it. Then I wore it for a 50k ultramarathon trail race and my hydration vest wore a hole in the back and almost through the front. This shirt is waaay to expensive for a one time wear. I would think that wea... Read Morering this running shirt in a race is a normal use for the shirt and the wearing of a hydration vest would be expected. Ive never had a similar issue with shirts from other manufacturers. So, if youre just going to wear it for runs with no hydration pack, then thumbs up, but if you need a hydration vest for your run, stay away. I got two wears out of a very expensive shirt.
Response from PatagoniaMay 11, 2021
Hey Michael! We're so sorry your shirt failed. Please reach out to our Customer Service team to get set up with a warranty return.
Great shirts i have 4. When everything was lost in the wildfires last year i got 2 and just purchased 2 more. Im mesomorphic and the large fits great. Perfect for sleeping in too. Im 73, live in Santa Cruz county and love Capilene. Long and short sleeve are great layering. Look great too.
Men’s Capilene Cool Trail Shirt
Purchased several of them and was very satisfied. Highly recommend and looking forward to purchasing a few more and maybe try a smaller size. I wear a size medium but though they seemed true to size at first either I am getting smaller or the shorts are getting bigger.
This shirt is identical to the long-sleeve version and is an excellent shirt for exercise and for lounging. It has very thin material and breathes very well. The material also looks high quality (I bought the green- it's OK looking but the blue is better) as it should given its price. The material dries very easily too (again, it's thin) ... Read Moreand even has a loop to easily hang it. It's not quite as fitted as I would like, but most will be happy with the sizing.
I owned this shirt for about two days before it got holes in it. I wore it on a short day hike with a lightweight pack and the shirt got shredded everywhere the shoulder straps and hip belt came in contact with it. The fit is good and the material is light and breezy, but I can't recommend this shirt. Disappointed with the quality.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 18, 2021
Hi Arin, it was so unfortunate to hear about the untimely wear and tear in your Men's Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt. Please feel free to send that in for return or exchange under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Just received this shirt. First thing i noticed is it's super lightweight. I put the shirt on and the fit is great - modern fit i would say, runs smaller than some of Patagonia's other stuff. The material is light, but it is synthetic, so it's not the most comfortable or soft material in the world. The one thing though that might be ... Read Morea dealbreaker for me is I have sensitive skin and could definitely feel the roughness of the inner seams against the sides..Patagonia, please make the seams smoother/softer on the next version.
Always excited to run in these
I bought 3 cos I have 4 of their long sleeves version. Cos I know they work well in heat and mid cold (as long as you're moving). Cos it dry fast and doesnt stick weirdly on your skin during those windless humid run. Cos it can trick my brain to go that extra mile cos Im wearing an amazing piece of equipment!
Too hot for a shirt? This is your go-to top layer
I love these shirts! I have 2 and will most likely get more. This shirt is fantastic for those really hot days and high movement activities where you'd rather just go without but need to keep it covered. The shirt has virtually zero extra weight, amazing breathability and drys really fast. A summer go-to for me 100%
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