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Men's Capilene® Air Hoody

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September 12, 2022

snug & cozy

warm, body-hugging fit. very breathable and stretchy thin and waffle-like elastic-feeling knit, it's like a very cozy extra layer of my animal skin insulation (fur?) for weather getting colder and wetter, still keeping me warm and protected.

September 6, 2022

Love this hoody

I wear a womens medium, and love the fit and color of the Mens Small, especially the longer sleeves.

August 31, 2022

Warmest layer next to my body

This is seriously warm and light underlayer. I had Under Armour 3.0 and 4.0 but this one exceeds on flexibility, warmth and light weight.. I have used it for high altitude climbing and this is good to sleep inside cold tent and then layer over it next day to make it to the top.. Highly recommend as it helped me 2 of the 7 summits that we did.

August 14, 2022


Excellent!! Soft and comfortable. Not sure about the weight to warmth ratio yet but excited to use this piece in the winter.

June 21, 2022

Something I have been looking for

I went for the medium, because Patagonia sizes tend to lean on the small. I have gotten small and it is too fitting. I am a skinny person. Anyways, I tried to get medium this time. I really like it a lot. I have been looking for something like this. Nice liner for sleeping at night when backpacking in the mountains. Also, it could be just for casua... Read Morel use. It's light, packs small and I really like the fabric. I recommend it. Thumbs up.

May 14, 2022

Excellent 2nd layer

The merino wool hoody over a stretchy capilene base (skin) layer is my go to foundation for winter activities. The merino wool is stretchy, warm even when wet, and just all around fantastic. Unlike the poly based garment materials, no odor repellant chemicals are needed. The insulating property is excellent. One of my favorite under layers.

May 9, 2022

Love it

Very impressive garment. Really warm for its weight.

April 17, 2022

Incredible weight to warmth ratio.

Comfortable fit and incredibly versatile. Kept me warm across a range of activities throughout Northeast winter.

March 30, 2022

Great fit, very warm

Purchased a top and bottom, was a bit expensive, but realized it was a great investment. Initially got a Large, but exchanged for a medium as it runs a bit large and wanted a snugger fit to stay extra toasty when skiing. Definitely a lot warmer than other long underwear I have purchased from Patagonia over the years. If you run hot, may not be the ... Read Morebest item for you.

March 29, 2022

Great layering piece

I love this! I like to wear a capilene cool daily long sleeve tee underneath and wear the air hoody over as a sweater in cold weather. Its attractive and so versatile. Im female, 55, 125 lbs. The mens small fits me perfectly. I love that its lightweight and easily packable for backpacking or travel. I tried on the women's size and I prefer the... Read More mens fit. Thanks for a great product!

March 28, 2022

My first Cap Air has been great!

As a staunch R1 user, I've maybe not looked at the Cap Air as closely as I should have until recently. The body fit is fantastic. And I'm beginning to convert to Patagonia's Merino/synthetic blends (I previously wore 100% merino). The merino blend is warm, and the unique knit is soft. This Cap Air Hoody pairs especially well under ... Read Morean R1 pullover. I love hoodies, but the hood is pretty big and could probably pass as an 'over the helmet' hood if needed. I have a medium-sized head and wear a size M helmet. The Cap Air is pretty thick/warm for a baselayer, so I'm using it more as a co-midlayer with an R1 pullover or hoody. It's very nice! I really wish I would've taken the plunge years ago!

March 18, 2022

Perfect Layer

Used this for splitboarding in the backcountry with no other layers other than my shell when it got cold. It's the perfect layer. I actually wore it four days straight and it never got uncomfortable. It was good in really cold to near spring conditions.

March 18, 2022


Super warm

March 16, 2022

Super comfortable!

Wore it for a week straight after I got it! No smells and fit was amazing. Let's see how it holds up in the wash and after use for a year.

March 16, 2022

No better next to skin baselayer

No better next to skin baselayer. 4 season usage. Comfy, warm, wicky. Put it on, keep it on, even for sleeping. First time I Wore it was a 10 mile hike in -10, with a 50lb pack. Worked up a sweat, but quickly dried and forgot i was even sweating by the time I setup camp. Hood is fantastic

March 16, 2022

Perfect mid and/or base layer

Ive worn this hiking in 60 degrees above zero as a single layer and cross country skiing at 15 degrees below zero as a mid layer. Ive also worn it as a base layer under a thin running jacket (Patagonia Peak Mission among others) down to about 10 above. Ive also downhill skied in it under a Down Sweater and over a thin wool tshirt. And Ive worn it l... Read Moreounging around the house on weekends and even in casual social situations. If we Alaskans ever need to adopt a uniform, I propose the Capilene Air Hoody. It is nearly perfect! Oh, and I got my wife one too. She agrees.

March 15, 2022

Very comfortable, very poor durability

I've worn this now for two days skiing in both cold and warm conditions and was super comfortable both days. It looks gorgeous new, it's skin-tight, it breathes super well and you never feel cold or clammy. But it really isn't durable at all. Even just two days in large parts of it are pilling heavily. I saw the other reviews about d... Read Moreurability concerns and thought "how bad could it really be?"... and honestly it's worse than I expected. Just two days of use and I already wouldn't wear it in public. It continues to work fine as a baselayer, though. So I think its use will be limited to situations where it'll always be covered by a different layer.

March 15, 2022

Incredibly comfortable, functional hood

Fits like youd expect a base layer; super light, warm and comfortable; warmth of a midweight layer but with light weight feel; hood works perfectly under helmet; just what I was looking for

March 14, 2022

The best

Ive bought a lot of things from patagoniathis is hands down my favorite!

March 14, 2022

Nice! When on sale.

The fabrics feel and warmth are both very good. It fits pretty tight to the skin which I like. Feels warmer. I like the hood and neck. They arent to bulky to go under other layers. I only worry how its going to hold up over extended use.

Response from Patagonia
March 22, 2022

Hey Derek! We are so happy to hear you are enjoying the Men's Capilene Air Hoody! That one is one of our favorites here! If you have any issues with your base layer, please feel free to contact our Customer Experience team and we will be happy to assist you.

March 10, 2022

Too Slim

The description said "slim" so though I'd order a size bigger than usual. The XL was too slim. Returned and ordered an XXL. The XXL was even slimmer through the body than the XL. The only difference was longer sleeves. I returned the XXL also. Would definitely like a hoody like this but the slim fit just doesn't work.

Response from Patagonia
March 17, 2022

Hi BJ, we're very sorry to hear that the fit of the Men's Capilene Air Hoody didn't work out for you. Please feel free to [begin a return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.

March 2, 2022

Truly great

Being around 175 pounds and 5 foot 10, the large fit well. I have worn this wool blend garment as a base layer on a few cycling rides in 38-42 F with midwest winds varying. So far it has provided consistent warmth and it hasnt left me too soggy with a mid thickness cycling jersey over it. The hood is especially nice as it covers my chin, mouth, and... Read More nose while fitting under my helmet nicely. Whats more, while over my mouth and nose, my glasses do not fog up since the material is breathable. A minor drawback is the length of the shirt because it hangs out below my cycling jersey if not tucked in. Its really not that big of a deal though since it functions either way.

February 26, 2022

Incredible Warmth:Weight Ratio

Couldn't be more pleased with this piece. I've worn it on a few snowy, cold trail runs so far. Temps were around 25° F, and it was the only layer I needed! I stayed warm while the outside air still passed through. This kept my temperature perfect.

February 21, 2022

Just the right amount for indoor winter wear

Like the feel,look and shape. Medium would fit but would not be as comfortable.

February 19, 2022

Patagonia is amazing

This is the best insulation on the market. very warm, excellent, I own several air items.

February 15, 2022

New favorite

My daughter and wife and I all consider this our favorite new piece of clothing. Wear a down from your normal size so it doesnt bunch up - its a base layer. Cant believe how warm it is because its barely there. And wash it gently by hand and hand it to air dry.

February 4, 2022

Astonishing Layer - Durability a Question

This has to be, hands down, the best base layer around. It's incredibly soft and stays dry & wicks like nothing else on the market. The face covering on the hood is genius. Merino and synthetic blends in general are the way to go because they don't wet out like 100% merino layers, but this is just on another level. It never, ever, wet... Read Mores out, and is always comfortably warm. I used it for a 8 day backcountry ski trip and it performed great on the uphill with the Houdini Air. With all that said, I do have a few holes already with this hoodie, and I question the long-term durability as a result. But it's not bad enough to return (what a waste of resources) and so I'll keep using. P.S. - why does no one make royal alpaca/ synthetic blend long underwear?

February 2, 2022

Greatest all-around winter layer

This is my second Cap Air hoody, I wear this top pretty much every day in the winter when I go backcountry skiing, XC skiing or out hiking with the dog. Super warm but light and breathable. It's my go-to top!

January 31, 2022

Surprising warmth!!

Incredibly warm. I wear it next to skin and put something over it. Im not sure it thats recommended, but it works amazingly well.

January 26, 2022

what to say just love it

love it

January 24, 2022

Super warm and light

Patagonia clothes are for fit people. Which is fine. I am happy with this purchase.

January 22, 2022

Perfect winter layer

Bought this for xc skiing. Fantastic layer- keeps me warm and dry. Ordered a mens small (usually I wear a womens M) because I didnt like the womens colors- fits great. Highly recommend. Hope Patagonia makes more colors!!!

January 15, 2022

Deserves 6 stars!

I have a boatload of Patagonia products. This garment is my 1st merino wool product and I love it! I am allergic to wool..so I feared this material for the obvious. But no issues. I can wear this hoody as my 1st layer - awesome skin feel. Colors.we need more colors!

January 14, 2022

I use this product for: Everything

I have been a fan of merino wool base layers for years, but have found depending on ratio of wool to other fibers, as well as how the garment is woven, can really make or break how it performs. The 50/50 blend and loose knit of cap air makes it great in many ways, but it isn't without some drawbacks. The positives are no odor retention, it is ... Read Morecomfortable in a wide range of temperatures, and the hood works like a balaclava when the temperature dips. In the 40s and below, I layer with this hoody every day for work framing houses. Carrying and cutting plywood, the fabric really grabs on to wood and sawdust, but isn't overly delicate. It does pill at the shoulders if worn directly under overalls/bibs, so I don't do that. I have sent in two hoodies to have holes fixed, and came back looking great, but my real concern is the durability of the elastic built in at the bottom of the hood opening, as the hood is much less useful once that fails. I need to send one in to address that issue. I size up in this so it's not skin tight, and serves my casual needs as well.

January 5, 2022

Awesome "against the skin" feel, warm, functional n'at

So I will first admit, this is snug on me. I know it's meant to be against the skin, however, I'm a bit heavier at the moment than normal (pandemic pounds). Regardless, even with a little extra weight, the stretch of the piece works fine. I'm certain when I'm back at my "fighting weight", it'll be even more awesom... Read Moree. I've worn this trail running, XC skiing, backpacking...great for wicking sweat while still keeping me warm enough without having me overheating. I've worn it alone with no shell in 30-degree temps while moving and worked fine...of course in the wind or colder temps, or coming to a stop, I throw on a shell or mid-layer, and it continues to do its job. Highly recommended!

January 2, 2022

Top tier sweater

This is a truly special item of clothing , the way the material both hugs and hangs off of your body in just the right way to keep me warm in any passive scenario. I would love to see a version of this sweater but with the material 2-3x as thick for more specific cold weather casual use.

December 16, 2021

super light and warm

I don't mind spending for good quality products and on a company that makes environmentally good decisions.

December 16, 2021

Excellent and Best Base Layer ever

This is the best and versatile piece you can own for a base layer to climb on alpine altitudes with freezing temps as well cold winter activities or just wearing it in cold weather.. Warm, does not smell if you are multiple day climb/hike, and skin loves it..

December 13, 2021

Stellar baselayer

Super soft, super breathable, super warm. Thin enough for multiple layers, warm enough for no layers. Hood is great addition. Anti-odor qualities are legit. Cashmere-like feel seems delicate but is holding up well with MTBing and trail running.

December 6, 2021


Perfect layer for PNW winter steelheading. Great under jackets for warmth and staying dry.

November 23, 2021

The perfect thing on a chilly day

Love the way the hood acts as a gator. Just right under a pair of waders or light insulation on a ski day. The best for sleeping.

November 20, 2021

Versatile and stylish

Material is flexible enough to be worn underneath outer layers or one size up for a more casual approach. When not pulled up, the hood essentially acts as a scarf. But, keep it away from Velcro if you want it to last.

November 18, 2021

Favorite new piece

Bought it for my dad, he basically wears it every day. Super comfy, practical, and versatile. Looks good too!

November 11, 2021

Early impressions

Thus far Ive lived with and worn this product for about 40 days, so take this with a grain of salt. I would describe the fit as slim, but this is what I desired as Im wearing it primarily as a base layer. I can say that the hoodie keeps you warm IF your body is warm and does a great job of wicking sweat from your skin. I cant say that the hoodie w... Read Moreill make you warm if youre not generating any body heat, e.g., just standing outside on a cold morning. I own Patagonia capilene products that are 15+ years old and have worn very well, but am unsure how this product will withstand the test of time. The product care tag needed to be sewn back on after three washings. Its for that reason that I can only give this product 4 stars.

November 11, 2021


This base layer is fantastic. The fabric is super soft and comfortable and the fit is spot on. Im 59 and 185 lbs and it fits close but not tight. This hoody is remarkably warm and breathable and excelled at temperature regulation regardless of whether I was hiking, running, shopping, or dinning. I never got cold or overheated, no matter what I was ... Read Moredoing. My only complaint is that I wish it was easier to remove the tag. I was a little nervous cutting the stitching, but once that annoying tag was gone, pure bliss! Whats interesting with the way the Capilene Air Hoody is constructed, is once the tag is gone, there really is no such thing as inside out or right side out. Very cool! Also, I want more colors!

November 9, 2021

Best Layer ever

Love the soft texture of this Capilene Air Hoody. Fits like a glove under my Houdini, Air Houdini and Mission Peak Coat for trail running. Wicks the moisture away and dries quickly. Appreciate the new colors. 38 chest at 160lbs and the Small fits snug but not squeezing the air out of my lungs.

November 4, 2021

Great design

Love the design, but would be more useful in the material used for the R1

Response from Patagonia
November 12, 2021

Hey Dan, we appreciate the feedback and will share it with the team. Please note if you're ever unsatisfied, all gear is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee. You can begin the return process [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).

October 29, 2021

Soft, Warm, and Breathable

I have been looking a lightweight, hooded complement to my existing collection of PowerStretch pull overs for a year. I settled on the Capilene Air Hoody because of how soft, warm, and breathable it was. Some people might not enjoy how high the hood comes up your neck, but I like it. I have only had this a few weeks, but the northeastern US has g... Read Moreiven me opportunities to try it in lots of conditions. It's perfect for me (I run warm) as: 1. A single layer from 50-65*F with no to medium activity 2. A warm layer over a t-shirt from 45-65*F with mild to vigorous activity 3. A mid layer from 30-55*F with either a puffy or a hardshell with any level of activity

October 19, 2021

Great layer!

Bought this product for cold fishing mornings. It will be great!

October 14, 2021


A great piece of gear! Small enough to forget about in your pack or running vest, but packs a punch when you need an extra layer. Its perfect walking on a fall day or under a shell while running in the snow. The fit is amazing and it feels great against the skin. I would 100% recommend it to anyone.

October 6, 2021

Comfortable and functional

Great piece and easy to layer with in changing conditions. The hood worked well at night.

September 12, 2021

Great baselayer and plenty durable

This piece functions as my primary warmth layer on all my thru hikes. The neck is pretty turtlenecky so if that bothers you maybe go hoodless. So far its gone over 2500 miles and is still totally sound in terms of structural integrity and warmth. The comfortable temp range on this thing is super wide. I use it mostly as a baselayer but it also func... Read Moretions as an active midlayer when paired with a wind shirt. Some reports suggest that this layer is fragile but mine is still going strong even after bushwhack heavy thru hikes like the Pacific Northwest Trail and the Oregon Desert Trail

September 7, 2021

Favorite single article of clothing

This thing is awesome, it is great at regulating temperature and I am never too hot or too cold either skiing in the backcountry or hiking an approach in the morning. Worth the money

July 11, 2021

Super warm

Perfect fit.ComfortableWarm and snug.

July 1, 2021

Fluffy Soft

Guess I'm fat or something because its a little tighter than I'd like, but otherwise a very nice layer. It does tend to snag on things from time to time and it feels a lot warmer than the old base layers I used to get from Patagonia, but it also doesn't stink when worn hard and tends to wash easily.

June 30, 2021

Capilene Air Hoody - my grown up blanket

Exceptional quality, fits great, warm and functional, and looks sharp. I use this hoody in almost all conditions; second layer on backcountry ski missions, top layer going out on the town, any layer on hikes/bikes long and short.

May 16, 2021

Essential piece

In the field, the secret power of the first version of these soft, ultralight, stretchy hoodies is 51% wool in an open weave. This makes a great layering piece that never bulks you up. And its also stylish, which makes the traveler in me want to pack it every time. Lucky it washes so well by hand! The hood disappears under a helmet and works as a f... Read Moreace covering in a pinch. My first piece was a prototype version of the Cap Air Hoody. It was styled for women. It was flattering but very tight fitting, presumably for breathability. Turns out, it was not quite the high performance piece I expected. dWarm when wet, of course; but the dry time wasnt amazing and therefore I found myself leaving it out of my pack in winter. So Ive ditched the technical use, and with it the trim fitting look, and Ive switched instead to a relaxed, oversized vibe for throwing the hoody on as a belay piece or a lounging layer. I love it. Its a travel staple. All in all, another essential piece from Patagonia...as long as you keep offering it in muted or classic travel colorways (blacks, greys, dark blues, naturals) that are welcome in Europe and after 5 pm around the world. With that in mind, please avoid contrasting stitching at the hem and/or cuffs. Its the main reason one of my old versions stayed at home on the shelf.

May 16, 2021

Just right comfort

I love the loft and the weight, hoody works well during wind that normally bites but . . . You need a layer over it to keep from snagging on anything.

May 7, 2021

Light but effective!

Love this as a base layer or just on its own. Like how it keeps your warm but also regulates heat via (way its sewn) and you feel cool if need it. Does attract lint but not a deal breaker

April 29, 2021

Breathable Warmth

Dont know how this base-layer hoodie can be warm, breathable - in the truest sense of the word, super comfortable and light weight. I have worn this biking to work in the morning (low 30s), then rode home in the evening (mid 50s) and felt perfect both ways. It has exceeded my expectations. I expect to be wearing this year round.

April 25, 2021

Warm and Conformable

Fits true to size. It is warm and comfortable. It can be warn as a base layer or a hoodie. Although pricey, I would recommend this as it is a piece that will last awhile.

April 25, 2021

Light but warm

Loved the fabric, color, and fit of this item. But I reluctantly returned it because I thought it would be too warm for non-winter hiking. The warm and generous amount of fabric around the neck, coupled with no zipper for venting, would be too much of a drawback for my spring/summer rambles. If I did winter in the mountains, this would be a MUST in... Read More the pack.

April 18, 2021

Best base layer

I have 2 hooded versions and 1 crew neck. They are the warmest, lightest, most comfortable garment that I own. Nice enough to wear in to work but also a good technical piece for medium-high exertion activity . Excellent breathability. Wore this under a Houdini for hiking in sunny snowy conditions and it was perfect.

April 9, 2021

Very warm

This hoody is very warmand cozy, besides it is very soft. very light. I like it very much and would recommend.

April 3, 2021

This really keeps me warm.

Comfortable, warm and goes great with all my vests.

April 3, 2021

Versatile and comfy!

Versatile garment that feels great as a mid layer. I love pulling the hood up under my beanie as night sets in so my neck and sides of my face feel protected from the elements.

March 31, 2021

This hoody is WARM1

I was ice climbing in Ouray and this was the only layer I had between me and my jacket. It was WARM. I had to unzip a little to cool off while I was climbing. As soon as I got to the belay I would zip up and this hoody did a great job of moving the moisture away from my body and keeping me warm. I love this piece.

March 25, 2021

Comfort at a range of temperatures

I find that this product works very well at a wide range of temperatures. I really hood that doubles as a neck comforter. Very happy with it.

March 23, 2021

Lite, warm, and nice

This is a lovely top. It's looks good and is warm. The wind will come though it so it's best as a base layer. Very comfortable.

March 20, 2021

So nice, I bought it twice

This is my second one of these. The firm-fitting nature for me (60, 150 lbs) makes it unique. Light, warm, perfect for layering when I run on Chicagos cold days, or just wearing around on cool ones.

March 9, 2021

key piece

this shirt is expensive but super worth it. I use it for winter mountain biking and xc skiing. key base layer and super versatile on days when winds may kick up or temps change. the hood fits perfect under a hat, helmet or alone or pulls down into a neck gator that is super comfy. the shirt is super warm for how light it is. get this you will be st... Read Moreoked.

March 1, 2021

Light, Comfy, and Warm

Pretty versatile top for layering or worn as is. I've used it as layering on a ski day or just as is when running in cooler temperatures.

February 28, 2021

Magic warmth

This keeps body and head warm but weighs nothing and feels like nothings there. Went running in 20 degree cold and the garment adapted as I warmed up. Never was too hot or too cold during 90 minutes outside.

February 26, 2021

Comfort plus

Great product for light weight and maximum warmth. I Use it with a puff vest and find it keeps me warm without bulk. Definitely recommend it for those cold mornings especially when there is wind.

February 24, 2021

Crazy warm, very delicate

This is one of Patagonia's weird wizard pieces. I don't know how, but it's so warm its basically not the right layering choice unless you live or work somewhere frigid, or, wear it as your only base layer if you are feeling spicy and want to attempt to be active in it. That said, buy it for any woman you know who gets cold easily and... Read More you'll shortly be a hero. The hood functions as a glorious neck warmer most of the time, though it has come in handy on occasion. I wore this, in combo with the long johns, when things were particularly frigid spending long periods outside in Antarctica. That said, it was often too warm/heat inducing and I'd leave it off preferring something less suffocating. It'd be a prime piece of kit sitting around a hole in the ice trying to catch fish if that's your cup of tea. Beware that the way its knitted leads to rapid unravelling if ripped, and lots of stretch.

February 23, 2021

Best long underwear top I have ever owned

I live in Alaska. So over the years I have owned a lot of different long underwear tops. This is hands down the best. I love the hood for under a helmet. I love to wear it cross country skiing. It keeps me super warm, it drys quickly and it is lightweight. I would likely never buy a different top again. I also rarely write reviews, but this top des... Read Moreerves one.

February 22, 2021

Super comfy piece of gear

So comfy and pretty durable, I wish they made a t shirt from this weave. Fits true to size and gorgeous colors!

February 21, 2021

Super Warm

We had frigid weather (in the negative wind chills) in Northern Michigan and this was absolutely perfect to wear. 100% recommend this to anyone.

February 19, 2021

The Patagonia Melanzana Hoody

This is the holy grail of fabric. Warm, super-fast drying, soft, and light weight. It feels like you don't even have it on. From deep pow days to a casual dinner out, this is your hoody. For extra cold days, use the crew neck version underneath for amazing warmth. Vail, Co I bought a large for 41inch chest.

February 10, 2021

great base layer

I wanted a layer close fitting and very flexible with complete freedom of movement for cold weather workouts. This hoody does exactly that. The material is very thin so I'd use it as a base layer when climbing but it probably wouldn't last long against rock. The hood can be a little snug around the neck, but I like it when I'm active... Read More in cold weather because it keeps the wind from getting past the collar and the hood is great under gear. It's on the expensive side, but I've had some good experiences with Patagonia clothing lasting a long time so we'll see. So far, thanks for making a great product Patagonia.

February 6, 2021

Clam digger

What a great find a lot Of wool and comes over Your head face every thing Do not let lightness and thin looking very very warm especially if you Are moving

February 5, 2021

Perfect for X-Country

Bought this to have a base layer for x-country skiing and love the hood to adjust as get warm (or cold). This is perfect as base layer and just add my vest on the colder days. Bought a 2nd one already.

February 5, 2021

Love the product...next step up in life..gear.. for warm..

Sailing offshore in the Winter... moving yachts in low..temp..outstanding.. layer..its alive..with you..

February 1, 2021

Heat and light

Well, warmth, not heat. Efficient warmth with the lightest weight. The hood is a gator when it's not a hood. Perfect base layer; it stays on after all the rest comes off.

February 1, 2021


Great warmth and sun protection in a float tube trout fishing.

January 27, 2021

Great baselayer

If you are looking for the ultimate baselayer, then look no further.

January 27, 2021

If you run in cold weather, Just BUY IT!

I wear this jersey for cold weather running and beneath an R1. The hood replaces the need for a balaclava or secondary noggin cover as the R1 covers that. It's incredibly warm and affords excellent mobility. I'm 6'1" and 165lbs. The engineered constructions fits body close, very comfortable with no restrictions of movement. Just... Read More a great garment, credos to Patagonia and keep up the good work!

January 26, 2021

Awesome for aerobic activity in the cold

I wear this over a merino t-shirt as my primary be-bold-start-cold baselayer combo for winter ski touring (too warm for spring). I usually don't add an additional layer until I reach wind-exposed ridgelines--unless I stop or the temp is in the single-digits F. Sweat and snow wick away and evaporate form the waffle divets in the fabric really e... Read Moreffectively. And, even if you put your softshell over it while it's nearly wetted out with sweat, your body heat continues to evaporate the moisture and you'll eventually be dry (unless it's too warm out, in which case I go to summer sun-cover type hoody). Also, I LOVE the turtle-head hood. Sometimes I forget my buff, and the hood on this thing is awesome for protection from sun/wind/cold, under a helmet or over a trucker. Just put my first hole in mine after 2 full seasons, may have to get the gray one next.

January 20, 2021

Exceptional Base Layer

I will admit, at first I was skeptical. The fabric is seemingly quite delicate and very light. However, after a couple of backpacking trips, I can say without a doubt this is the most functional baselayer I've used. On its own, the jacket retains a minimal amount of warmth but when paired with a down jacket and windbreaker this jacket really s... Read Morehows its colors. Many fleeces are just far too warm when used as an active layer but the Air Cap hoody manages to keep me warm with minimal sweat when hiking/biking. I think this is due to the porous nature of the fabric. All in all, a fantastic piece of gear!

January 17, 2021

Needs longer sleeves for slim fit

Love the material and look, just found the sleeves to be too short for the slim fit.

January 7, 2021

Bought another without the hood!

This was a gift to my husband. He cant wait to wear it hiking and skiiing after wearing it casually. He likes it so much he purchased the hood less version so he has both options. He stated it feels cozy and warm despite its soft and light weight texture.

December 28, 2020

Great gift

I bought this for my husband to wear on the cold nights in the cabin. He finds it comfortable and definitely warm. The option of the hood extends its versatility. It is lightweight and good for travel. He would not wear it for cross country skiing because it does not "unzip" at the neck.

December 26, 2020


Hubby has worn everyday since getting on Xmas eve. Great hood and face mask in a pinch. Great design.

December 25, 2020

Couldn't get through the winter without it

Incredibly light weight yet ultra toasty. Just a fantastic base layer item. The hood is useful under a hat and also acts as a neck warmer if worn off my head. My winters would suck without this unit!

December 13, 2020

not casual wear but very functional

it's both too tight and too warm to consider wearing for casual situations but it's great for being active in the cold. i haven't used the hood much yet but agree with other reviewers, it's a nice neck warmer when not a hood.

December 2, 2020

Best Base Layer Out There, Hooded Version

This is a great baselayer. Its texture makes it warmer when layered, not too warm when worn alone, and it manages moisture the whole time. The hood adds warmth, sun protection, or--during the pandemic--is a quick facial covering solution.

November 27, 2020

Great piece!!

This is an awesome layer! Use it lots over the winter and is super warm, comfortable, and stays relatively stink free. Great for skiing as packs to nothing. Highly recommend, you wont be disappointed.

November 20, 2020

Warm and ccomfy

Super light warm and comfy. Warmer than thermal weight capilene and feels softer against skin.

November 2, 2020

Deceitfully good

I was a bit dubious buying this as it's loosly woven. But now it's one of my go-to tops to ware on cold camping nights, both hiking to site and sleeping in. Doesn't hold water and keeps me warm. I ware a thermal base layer underneath on super cold days, and a hard shell on top for wind and rainy days, but dont need much more.

October 30, 2020


This piece is so light youd think it would keep you warm. I was wrong. I use these mainly for running, been keeping me warm thru these cold autumn days. Had to clip the tag was a bit abrasive after that theres no problems with comfort, I sometimes sleep in it

September 12, 2020

New go to top

I have owned my capilene air hoody for just under a month / worn it 4-5 times in that span. I love the slim fit/ long arms and torso. Breathes very well on its own/ does not offer any wind protection due to this attribute. Can be worn in both a casual setting and for workouts. I do question its durability though- seems as if it could snag/ tear eas... Read Moreily if worn in wrong environment without an outer layer. Definitely a favorite- would love to get a second color.

September 1, 2020

warm and lightweight

This was initially a tough purchase because my previous best layer ever (I have been a customer for 30+ years and purchased many items over that time) that Patagonia produced was the hooded R-1. It goes everywhere with me. Winter skiing, winter cross country skiing, snowshoeing, summer Sierra after hiking layer, bike touring after riding layer. Aro... Read Moreund the house when it's cold out. You name it. So when I went to purchase this layer, I was skeptical. The air hoody packs smaller is 4.1 ounces lighter, and in my opinion, it's warmer. I like the R-1 for activities more but when I get to camp, the Air Hoody is the layer I put against my skin. The fit is lean unlike many patgomnia products that tend to cater to the full size man, this layer fits better for fit people. It's lean. It tucks in deep to your pants or hangs outside nicely. Sleeves are perfect, I weight 190lbs at 6" 3". The hoody acts like a turtle neck until deployed as a hood. The wool blend does not itch, even at night and sometimes I sweat at night. It's very comfortable. When traveling even in nice restaurants or around hotels, it not only keeps me warm, it looks really nice. I bought a second one because god forbid Patagonia stops making it. I love this layer, buy one, you'll be very happy you did.

July 13, 2020

Very comfortable

I was worried this has been a compulsive purchase as I went for the xl on sale but Im extremely content with my purchase. Super soft as a base layer. The hood feels extremely cozy. Really really good. I usually get Ls or Ms but this is probably meant to be more on the snug side.

July 9, 2020

Very comfortable

I was worried this has been a compulsive purchase as I went for the xl on sale but Im extremely content with my purchase. Super soft as a base layer. The hood feels extremely cozy. Really really good. I usually get Ls or Ms but this is probably meant to be more on the snug side.

April 12, 2020

So Warm

The first winter climbing trip I wore this on, I was blown away by how warm it was, especially for the weight. The tall neck does a great job at keeping heat in, and if you use the hood underneath your hat, it gets even warmer. For this reason I wouldn't recommend the hooded option for moderately cold climates, but instead opt for the crew. Ho... Read Morewever, if you're in the extreme cold and you want a piece that will keep you warmer than pretty much any other baselayer, this is it.

March 29, 2020

Incredible top

Absolutely great warmth/weight ratio. Tall neck makes for a very cozy baselayer and hood is great for those cooler adventures.

February 16, 2020

Cap Air Hoody

I have an extensive collection of Patagonia base layer clothing, or if it matters, all categories of Pat clothing. At 5’11” and 160 lbs, I’m on the skinny side and chill easily. It gets cold in the Adirondacks where I’ve recreated for more than 40 years. Layering for warmth and moisture management is critical for me. I purchased this top and immedi... Read Moreately gave it a thorough test on an 8 mile RT backcountry ski to Pharoah Lake. Temperature was the low single digits and windchill was bitter at times. I was absolutely impressed with the air cap hoody. I layered it with an R1 full zip top, nano puff jacket and an nano air hoody. I had no issues with moisture and the Cap Air Hoody worked great as a balaclava under a wool toque. I really like the light weight and comfort of the merino wool blend. My only concern is regarding durability of this piece. Time will tell. Fortunately I have many other base layers to choose from that I will save this top for certain uses.

January 4, 2020

Capilene Air Hoody and pants

THE best. We love Patagonia and we love this product. I thought it would be nice to get our three young adult kiddos this hoody and the pants because they are outdoors continuously... turns out they have been craving owning and living in this product. Is there a place to send you a picture of them enjoying the try-on session at our Solstice Celebra... Read Moretion??

January 3, 2020

Capilene Air Hoody is HOT!

Love this piece as both a casual wear to the office or out sweating up a storm. My favorite part is the hood. It's just the right snugness to act like a neck warmer with the hood down.

January 2, 2020

so soft

Super soft and warm. Only complaint is that the hood doesn't fit as tight as I'd like and no way to cinch it down. But otherwise, an excellent base layer that's warm and dry.

January 1, 2020

Cold Runner's Delight!

I purchased this piece to do a half-marathon at the end of November in Minnesota. The piece worked wonders in the beginning having the hood pulled up over my head and pulling up the collar to cover my neck. As I began to warm up, I was able to pull down the hood and collar and cool off. The weight is perfect for activity as it is not too heavy.

December 31, 2019

Amazingly comfortable and warm, but durability is no good

Absolutely love how this hoody feels and performs, but the armpits blew out after about 6 months of use. I definitely won't be purchasing again. The price for 6 months of use is tough to swallow.

Response from Patagonia
January 25, 2020

Hi Chris! Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear about the armpits blowing out on your hoody! That does not sound like normal wear and tear, and you are welcome to send that back to us as a warranty [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).

December 26, 2019

Light, warm, durable

Like the length. Weight is accurate. 6'0", 175, 40 chest, 33 waist. Medium is form-fitting, large would probably work too

December 18, 2019

Cap Air

I've owned many base layers. Capilene, and wool, and blends. Patagonia has taken it to the next level with this product! By far the most comfortable base layer I own. Dries in a jiffy, odor is no problem, fit is perfect and I am already ordering more as well as the bottoms! Nice work!

December 12, 2019

So comfy

I love the close fit and cozy material. Perfect as a base layer for a jacket. The hood is an unconventional fit that works more like a balaklava, but again it works great as a scarf when down and a full face cover when up, especially when wearing something on over it with a regular hood.

December 6, 2019

Great Layer, Little Warm for Ski Touring

I've had this for over a year & it's honestly great. I do find however that it is a little too warm for high exertion ski tours.

December 5, 2019

Lightweight,comfortable(soft texture),warm

Lightweight,comfortable(soft texture),warm

December 2, 2019

Very warm base layer. You

Very warm base layer. You will have no range of motion issues

December 2, 2019

Very excited to use my

Very excited to use my new Capilene Air Hoody as an essential everyday base layer for this upcoming ski season!!

November 26, 2019

Warm and comfortable

Very nice sweater/hoody. I love the fabric. It is warm in varied conditions, keeps out the wind, and breathes. My only concern is how it will do in the wash since I am wearing it every day.

November 25, 2019

Excellent base layer

I've taken my nano-air all over the globe for touring in the backcountry. Sweat wicking, strong and comfortable. Highly recommend.

November 25, 2019

One warm cool base top

This is the warmest base layer top I have in my Fall/Winter backpacking clothing. It has a great weight to warmth ratio and the style is crazy cool - kind of like a funnel neck hood down and a scuba hood up. It is really breathable too because of the box waffle weave in the material. This is great coupled with a compression tee and a shell jacket f... Read Moreor a wide range of outdoor activity. It’s also a great sleep companion and has increased my sleep temp by about 15 degrees. Have used this in fairly cold climes (10-40 F) under heated activity and it performs like a champ. Only con - not wind proof . Size is nicely fitted for a close but not compressed feel. Stylish enough to wear around the city and tough enough to handle the backcountry. The top of the heap in Patagonia’s base lineup and well worth the moola.

November 22, 2019

ordered incorrect size

This is a base layer - more for technical use in very cold conditions. I did not realize you should order this a size smaller than wearing around the house size. Thus, it is too big to be useful as a base layer and not suited for use wearing around the house. It would be phenomenal for running in temperatures below 10 degrees F

Response from Patagonia
December 11, 2019

This is great feedback, Matthew! It's a comfortable hoody that can indeed be worn any way you like, but you're right that it was designed to fit close to the body for the best wicking and heat retention in a wide range of temperatures. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you [return](https://help.patagonia.com/s/topic/0TO1L0000002yyTWAQ/returns-exchanges) it to a Patagonia-owned store or to our main service center for merchandise credit, refund or exchange, so don't hesitate to reach out to us. Also we'd love to recommend some other products for lounging around the house!

November 21, 2019

New Favorite Layer

For day's off or for layering for skiing, these layers are my new go-to. Move over against-skin merino base layers, the Merino/Capilene Air looks great and maintains the perfect balance of warmth and breathability. Nice one, Patagooch.

November 18, 2019

Winter running

This pricey little number does what it is supposed to do....keep me warm when the temp drops here in Maine. It breathes great and the hood and neck warmer were well thought out. I was reluctant to shell out that kind of dough but took the chance and was rewarded. That doesn’t happened all that often. Perfect for me.

November 14, 2019


Super Impressed so far. So light, quality seems great. I really like the design of the hood/neck

November 14, 2019

Warm, feels nice, fits snug

Warm, feels nice, fits snug

November 14, 2019


Yet another disappointingly short and fat garnet from Patagonia. Hopefully they start making clothes for athleticly shaped people again

Response from Patagonia
December 3, 2019

Hi Jacob, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit. You're satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).

November 11, 2019

Mens Cap Air Bottoms

Comfy, roomy, warm, true to size, i wouldn't call them slim fit, they kind of fit like the old expedition weight bottoms (2 gens ago), which is awesome. I use them as camp/sleeping bottoms so i like them a little bigger. That said, I would have bought a L instead of the XL. I bought the larger size b/c of my experiences in the last 2 years wit... Read Moreh your sizing. "Slim Fit" seems to be a little all over the map (maybe you all are playing with the range in size a bit?).

November 10, 2019

Good base layer

Good base layer

November 9, 2019

Cap Air Hoody

Awesome piece! Lightweight and warm. Fit is great (size extra large for 5’10” 190 lb). I use as a mid layer and it’s perfect.

November 9, 2019

Like a warm hug!

The Capilene Air is like a warm hug from the moment you put it on. It is soft and form-fitting so there is no room for cold air to get in. The hood design wraps around the neck preventing any heat from escaping and when you put the hood up it adds warmth and easily fits under a helmet. The Capilene Air will be my go-to base layer this winter!

November 7, 2019

Light and comfortable

Works well and breathable.

November 7, 2019

My new favorite baselayer, for everything!

I've only had this for a week but I haven't taken it off. I've worn it everyday, for a wide variety of stuff, from hiking, fall cycling, and lounging around the house. Awesome piece, super comfortable, super soft, and still doesn't smell after a week. I will by another one very soon so I never have to go without it! I'm 6&#... Read Morex27;0", 200lbs and I like the way the Large fits, sits right against the skin but not any feeling of tight.

November 5, 2019

Pro review

I’m a ski patroller and in need of a light but warn layer that won’t feel bulky. This piece is next level and has become my goto for work and a night out for a movie

November 4, 2019

Awesome warmth, tight fit

The longsleeve is amazingly warm. I love the material. Only knock is that the fabric is extremely elastic, and therefore the garment is sized very small. I don't mind/prefer a closer fit, but I can't have too much tightness into my armpits or I chafe. Unfortunately a size large is very borderline here. I'll have to see once the snow... Read More falls how my pits fare.

November 1, 2019

Capliene Air Hoody

This things is quite honestly, amazing. I run in very cold weather. Sweat hard. Set this thing on rack to dry, and it dries quickly w/no smell! Amazing!

October 20, 2019

Futuristic High-Fashion Technical Hoodie

Love the material. Super comfortable, light, and remarkably warm considering the former descriptors. Can tell that this is going to be in regular rotation this winter. Size up for more of a sweater than a baselayer. I bought the XL, and am considering getting a L simply for a more technical fit. But it's super awesome as a hoodie/sweater as we... Read Morell. My only gripe is how bunchy the hood material is when not employed IE hanging around like some sort of high-fashion turtleneck. But, the utility is obvious when you have the hood over your head. Consider the crewneck if you don't ever plan to use the hood....duh.

October 17, 2019

Thermal range

A surprisingly large thermal range. Unparalleled breathability for the warmth of this baselayer. Dries very quickly if you do start to sweat. Excellent for cold weather climbing. The softness is a nice bonus.

October 9, 2019

Love this!

Cozy and supremely warm for its weight! I wear it in my layering system but I wear it as a lifestyle piece too!

October 6, 2019

My Favorite

I bought one for a cold weather trip, liked it so much I bought a second in a different color. I love it because it's lightweight, keeps me warm, but never gets hot. It's my go-to for long flights and travel. My only issue would be it piles or pills... Not sure what the correct word is, but it develops lots of little balls where it rubs a... Read Moregainst itself and on the chest for some reason.

September 30, 2019

Amazing Layering Piece!

Amazing Layering Piece! I recently used this on a solo 20 day Sierra High Route endeavor. It was exactly what I needed. Seamless too. The hood added even more temperate control. Expensive but worth it.

September 29, 2019

Absolutely outstanding piece of kit

Hey guys, recreational hiker and backpacker of 12 plus years. Exploring the unknown of Alaska I can't afford to equip less than stellar gear, so when I need a new piece of kit I look no further than Patagonia, and the capilene air hoodie is no exception. Whether I am hitting the summit of Denali, or backpacking the Chugach I can count on the s... Read Moreoft, supple, warm capilene air hoodie to keep me comfortable in the most adverse situations. The capilene air hoodie is an absolute staple for the backpacker, day hikers, runners, or just having a beer at your local microbrewery. Do yourself a solid and add the Patagonia capilene air hoodie to your kit.

September 21, 2019

Interesting Garment

ok, warm for sure while being light in weight. i usually can not wear wool next to my skin and fing this a tad itchy but not too bad. suggestion: Monkey thumbs would be nice as it is a base layer and you are pulling other sleeves up on it. The hood was bugging me at first but i discovered i could roll it in on itself over and over and it turns i... Read Morento a cowl neck of sorts and tends to stay there. The tag at the back of the neck was crazy long so i cut it off. Now I don't have washing instructions. Ha! half wool so no or low dryer I presume. Yes, it is pricey. Overall pretty cool. I look for it on cold mornings now.

September 12, 2019

Comfort, Fit, Style - A+

Received this in August in MS, in anticipation for our 'winters'. A base layer or two is all you need during our most frigid months and I'm excited to give this piece a go. Given the comfort, style and fit, I'm already anticipating it being a daily part of my rotating wardrobe during winter bird counts and leading nature walks.

September 10, 2019

Best Base Layer

This is a great base layer that can take days of all day wear without giving a stink. Very comfortable with no scratch. 6' 190 lbs large fits well, a tad long but that might be by design. Get the hoody if you can

August 25, 2019

Base Layer Hoodie

An ultralight layer that feels good next to the skin an is also super warm in chilly conditions.

August 16, 2019

A Versatile Piece. Kinda Fragile.

This a great layering piece and drys quickly if used for a high output activity. Looks stylish, comes in great colors. The hood fits perfectly and can be used when hiking or sleeping and fits under a snowboard helmet seamlessly. Works pretty well to block wind. I have worn this piece hiking, climbing and snowboarding, it does all well and is so sof... Read Moret and comfortable.

August 12, 2019

Excellent Sweater, but I miss the pocket

I had the older version of this hoody that also had a pocket in the front. I do like that the newer version has a turtle neck-style hood that doesn't take up much room when not being worn, but I'd love for the pocket to come back. The fiber feels great and the knit of the sweater looks great, too!

August 11, 2019

Best base layer

The neck is a bit tight so if that bugs you keep it in mind. This and a Houdini is three season coverage.

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