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light but warm
Wanted a lightweight baselayer for riding motorcycle in the cold of Alaska. Quite light but 'fluffier' than expected and was part of several layers that kept me plenty warm when going 60mph in 36 degrees. Only nitpick is that it is connects with velcro and that can be a small annoyance. Great product - recommend and would buy again.
Just buy one
I bought my first for a Thru hike of the CDT in 2017. I used it as a sleep layer and during cold mornings. It retains Heat well and though the fabric is sort of delicate it expels moisture and keeps you warm during cool weather cardiovascular activity. My first one is see-through, like a cheese cloth. Still cant bring myself to get rid of it. I end... Read Moreed up buying 2 more.
As a very skeptical buyer I did tons of research before ordering this and I must say it was a very good purchase. It does what it needs to do, feels amazing while doing it, and it never has a stink even after multiple days of wear over the course of 2 weeks. Very warm when it needs to be and very breathable and quick drying so i never feel sweaty e... Read Moreven if i am sweating.
Warm, light weight and comfortable
I had trouble with delivery (USPS fault) but customer service was all over the problem and resolved it quickly. When I received the shirt it looked "too light weight" I was apprehensive. But once I put it on, it was the best buy I made. Super soft and warm, can't ask for more. For mid weight I put a Tshirt over it, for cooler weather... Read More it is a perfect base layer. I'm sure it will help keep me warm when the cold of winter comes 'round again. Well worth the money.
Highly recommended if you can afford them.
Hands down the best base layer Ive ever had. The waffle cone air construction traps heat when I need it, and vents it when I dont. With proper mid and outerwear integration and venting Im always at a proper temp snowboarding hard in the Rockies on runs that can exceed 3 miles. Excellent wicking. My only complaint is the price. I think 200 bucks for... Read More a set of Long Johns is a little excessive especially since on extended trips its hard to get by with just one. That being said I definitely notice a difference when I put on something else.
Make sure its a tight fight
I bought this in the XL and the same version with a hood in M. I am 5'11" and 220 so I'm a chunky boy and I prefer the Medium as a true base layer. The XL is perfect for casual wear, not really as a genuine base layer. You want the fabric to be tight for the proper thermal properties and water management to be effective. A very light... Read More and stretchy material, I usually wear large in everything Patagonia makes but would recommend the medium for guys my size in search of a replacement wool baselayer. 10/10 material, the purple looks so good. Please make this in lemon yellow, lilac, or more purple lol
This crew is warmer than one would expect given its light weight and construction. However, the weave is fairly open, and the item doesn't look like it will hold up to extended use or washing.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this shirt, Sherry! To maximize the life of that fabric we recommend washing it in mild detergent (no bleach, no fabric softener) and either hanging or laying it flat to dry. If for any reason it doesn't hold up to washing as directed, please get in touch with us about our warranty, as this would be a covered situation.
Unique design makes for a good base layer for skiing.
I have been using this base layer for two months as a working ski patroller. It provides high breathability and a surprising amount of insulation when needed. On days where the resort is just below freezing, I usually run this and a shell. I hand wash and line dry my wool garments and this top does dry quickly. The waist length of top is longer whi... Read Morech is a big plus for me as it stays tucked into the waist during active activities. The first one is working so well, I recently purchased a second.
Very soft, very comfortable
I got the gray and purple colors, in XL. The fabric is sort of waffle knitted, very comfortable and really soft. It does feel a little delicate, but definitely keeps you warm. I havent rolled up the sleeves to see if that stretches it out. As far as fit, its not tight, like I thought being a base layer it would be, but a good fit, though my arms ar... Read Moree I guess a little short for the shirt. Otherwise fits comfortably, good length on the body. The purple color is a really nice vibrant color. I did have to cut the tag off because it was real itchy, but that would be my only complaint.
Extremely versatile piece
Absolutely love this piece. Warmer and more comfortable than I expected and my wife love's hers too. Lightweight, very warm and breathable base layer. Works great in light to high intensity activities, wicking away sweat. One of my best travel base layers as it breathes extremely well and doesn't hold smells. Can use for for multi-day tri... Read Moreps to minimize your load.
Super warm and comfortable
I sent two of these to my son in Chicago , he said , thank you mom ! ! They are very warm and very comfortable And I would like to add :. People online and in store are very nice ! They give you all advices what you need and answer you all the questions always with a smile
Excellent, with caveats
This material is excellent for its purpose: very lightweight, warm, stays warm when I sweat a little, and it does not smell if I wear it multiple days. Two caveats: It's wool, and lightweight at that, so it's going to pill. Patagonia could help everyone out by listing the CARE INSTRUCTIONS on the page with the product, stating that this... Read More should be hung dry (not in dryer) to reduce pilling. (They should have the care instructions online for every product, but for this type in particular it matters more.) Sizing: I'm a skinny 6'4". The medium is perfect - it's a surprisingly long cut. The large was too generous in the sleeve holes (which reduces mobility) and the neck.
Hello Michael, thank you for leaving your feedback on the Capilene Air. The item can be machine washed on cold gentle cycle, please do not bleach. Then tumbled dried on low, if necessary, is OK to use a cool iron.
I wear this shirt as a baselayer for outdoor winter activities, as a sweater on dates, and to lounge around the house. It is comfortable and breathable enough to be worn in almost any situation, but warm enough to act as a true winter baselayer under other clothing. No shirt I have is more comfortable or more versatile.
Super warm and comfy
Best base layer ever. Super high weight/warmth ratio and comfy. I wear as a casual piece. Because the weave gives it a nice texture -- doesn't look very different than a couple of cashmere sweaters I own -- it could be worn under a sweater or sports coat in a business setting. (Haven't actually done that for obvious reasons). The piece i... Read Mores very warm so for vigorous activity you would need to wear it alone or, if using it as a base layer, when it was very cold.
Super soft and warm
I went out on an expensive limb with this base layer. With its design and material choice it feels like a warm kashmir cloud when worn, without the itchy skin. If you are moving around a lot expect to stay very warm if not uncomfortable if worn in the wrong environments. The only negative is it does seem to attract lint and other fuzziness very eas... Read Moreily, so be prepared to use that lint roller. If you can afford this product and want to stay very warm and comfortable I highly recommend.
This is a fantastic base layer. Excellent temperature range. Super warm when needed but breathes exceptionally well. Odor resistant Merino is also very nice for multi-day use. Would give it a 5th star if it was made in the USA. I understand Patagonia is an international company with a global social conscious, but in that way as other major US and E... Read Moreuropean outdoor manufacturers have dedicated portions of their line to domestic manufacturing Patagonia should follow suit.
Hello Milford! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate your comments regarding where our clothing is manufactured. We have always sourced at least half our products outside the US, and the percentage of items sourced inside the US has shrunk over time, as the US textile industry. It's important to note there is a long vetting process that goes into selecting our manufacturers. We partner with factories that take care of the environment and their employees. We're also committed to offering and expanding our Fair Trade Program. For every Fair Trade Certified™ item we have sewn, Patagonia pays a premium. The money goes into an account the workers control. With all of this said, we truly appreciate you taking the time to share this feedback. If you feel like reading more about this, we encourage you to take a look at this [article](https://www.patagonia.com/stories/patagonia-clothing-made-where-how-why/story-18467.html).
Warm and light, weird fit
The material is very light and "airy" while also warm. I found it to be too bulky as a base layer and it caused significant static friction under other layers especially sweaters and fleeces. Neckline is really wide and garment is just too loosely fit / unstructured for my taste. Went with Capilene midweight instead.
3rd times a charm
I originally ordered color Industrial Green - Birch White X-dye and the garment came with a pulled thread around the collar. This seemed like a woven fabric and for the cost I got nervous and sent it back for a replacement of the same color. The second garment came with a noticeable small hole in the front center. Not sure what that was about so I ... Read Moreimmediately returned for an exchange of a different color, Navy. The third garment came and I've worn it 3 times. It's light, breathes, and is super comfortable. It's also incredibly good at temperature regulation. Compared to a thermal weight base layer, this takes the cake. Keep it away from any velcro!
I didnt realize next to skin could be this level of comfort, fit and warmth. Whether Im lounging at home, in the outdoors or at the office.. this item is just The Best. Ive been in the outdoor industry my whole working life, worn merino garments for over 25 years and have never come across an item with this type of texture and feel. Liked the purpl... Read Moree so much I bought 2 along with a black. Go for it, its a no brainer.
Great quality and fit, mostly comfortable
This has become my go-to base layer when skiing. I have also worn it at night when camping at higher elevations where it gets chilly at night. It also doubles as a nice looking sweater when I want to be a bit dressy while staying warm. I wasn't sure how well this sweater would hold up given how thin the material is but I have been wearing th... Read Moreis thing on and off for probably 4-5 months and it is still in great shape. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is it does feel a touch prickly on the skin. I always wear a t-shirt beneath and that works out well. The prickly part isn't all that bad with a t-shirt beneath the sweater, so I just bought another one in a different color.
great baselayer for winter
6'1", 175. Bought a medium and decided the tight performance fit was just not right. Went with the large instead which had a better sleeve length but is definitely longer in the torso and baggier. Breathes incredibly well and retains warmth when used as a layer. Mostly have used it snowboarding and hiking and it has been fantastic under t... Read Morehe nano air hoody. Definitely holds the stank off better than a full synthetic baselayer but nowhere near as good as full merino layers.
Longer term review (>1 yr) - Go to base layer
I wrote a previous review after just purchasing the Air Crew, and I wear it just as much as I did last year. It's breathable, doesn't retain odor, and is surprisingly warm. My one recommendation to Patagonia would be to take a look at the elastic around the cuffs - they stretch and don't really return back to form. So the sleeves g... Read Moreet a little loosey goosey at the cuffs. Also, the seams under the arms (armpit area) tend to split and pull apart, but that's a minor repair. Still a phenomenal shirt for all types of outdoor activities. Enjoy!
Comofortable, stretchy and warm
I typically by small patagonia clothing for casual wear and x-small for base layering and activities. This is my 3rd one of these shirts. I still use all 3 of them and they have held up well. The shirts in xs are fairly form fitting and wear well as a baselayer for winter activities in the back country, ski resort, or out skate skiing on cold days.... Read More Free range of movement. The only thing I can think of that I would change is the tag on the back of the neck. If I do have one of these on for a sofa surf, I can sometimes feel the tag on my neck.
Soft and warm
The Air Crew Neck is incredibly soft. It is a very fitted cut. Its been been layered with a Torrid Apex jacket in the 20s and provides plenty of warmth. The only con is the crew neck. You need to make sure to adjust base layer tshirt when wearing the capilene air over it. Ive notice the crew neck on the capilene air riding up in the front on my nec... Read Morek because of its fitted cut.
Couldn't be happier
I was initially disappointed with this item out of the box. I didn't like the texture. The material was kind of rough. I opened the box and thought well, this is a mistake. It wasn't going to work for the purpose I had in mind. I couldn't have been more wrong. I love this item. I wear it casually around the house. It is warm and ligh... Read Moretweight and somehow also substantial. I get compliments.
This is a great baselayer and I can wear it when out and about as a shirt, with or without a jacket and it looks nice. It doesnt smell after sweating (which I do lots of) and it holds up wash after wash. Its very warm when below freezing but isnt too warm on 50F+ days for me. I wish Patagonia would make more of these types of shirts, in different... Read More styles, for fall/winter wear that was more of a shirt than a baselayer because variety is the spice of life. The capilene daily and cool shirts are nice but they have no texture of heft to them to hide your bodys imperfections. Is Patagonia listening? :)
THIS IS IT!
The Capilene Air crew tops are IT! The materials' weave works to warm and wick. But, I wear these around the house as an extra layer. My wife too. They are comfy to the max. For me, the M is a snug fit which I prefer. Pricey? Sure, but I imagine I'll be wearing these for years to come, and that the cost will be forgotten long after I wear... Read More these babies a million times.
Just the thing for pandemic times
I wear this ...shirt? ...sweater? ...base layer? around the house continually these days, as it provides just the right amount of warmth for working indoors. Looks great on Zoom calls. Also functions very well as a second layer when hiking - very compressible so it hides away when I get warmed up.
HOLY MOLY THIS SHIRT IS UNREAL
This shirt is unbelievable. Here is why: 1) It never smells. I used it for 2 weeks of workouts, then went on a 4-day hunting trip with it on. I never took it off. Not while hunting, camping, cooking, or sleeping. It was low teens and it did such a great job of keeping me warm. Obviously, you have to layer well but the shirt is so thin it is the pe... Read Morerfect base layer. 2) The shirt is soft. Like baby bottom soft. Make sure to wash it correctly! Care for this shirt like it is your child. 3) It keeps you incredibly warm. Like I said before, It can be incredibly cold out and this shirt will do the trick(with proper layering). I have been hunting and running in the low teens/windchilll below ten degrees and this shirt will really contain the heat and keep your upper body warm. My hands were about ready to fall off though. 4) It wicks moisture super well. I am an avid duck hunter and carrying 75-100lbs of gear on and behind you for a mile walk at 4:30 in the morning is not easy. You work up a huge sweat in those waders and any cotton base layer will lose its heat. But because this shirt is wool it retains the heat and wicks the moisture so that your body stays dry. 5) No Chaffing. I haven't run super long distances in it so I am not 100% sure but I have not had any chafing while running 4ish miles. DISLIKES: 1) It does pill a little bit. I see it around the forearms and the wrists, where most of the abrasion would occur. I would buy 10 more of these if I had the money. Seriously recommend it.
I got this for my husband, who has a few pieces of Patagonia. I wasn't sure about this because of the honeycomb texture. He is very discriminating (picky) in what he likes/wears. He loved it immediately. It is warmer than his other base-layers. He hasn't worn it yet but I suspect that has to do with the fact that we recently moved and are... Read More still doing/finishing projects in and around the house. I got the navy, not a true navy as the blue is visible. Beautiful, rich color. He always says he doesn't need any more clothes, but when I find something that I know is exceptional I get it. He did not offer any resistance. I'll keep the rating at five stars, but he hasn't worn it and it has not been laundered, but I expect the Patagonia quality to prevail!
This top is super warm, and super light, and I love that it is mostly wool, yet it is unbelievably "snag-prone". I have dry skin (hey, it's winter!), and just the scaliness of my hands brushing against the fabric surface, let alone other rough surfaces in my surroundings, constantly snag, and is really annoying. I have been so carefu... Read Morel with it that I haven't actually produced a lot of pulls, but if I back off from my extreme care, I know I will end up with it covered in little pulls. (FYI: I am actually 5' 9.5", so upper end of height category provided, and the top fits true to size in that it is meant to be close-fitting.)
Warm, size down
I live this piece, but I do wish I had sized down. At 59, 160lbs, the medium doesnt really fit me like a baselayer should (fairly snug). Also wish Id gotten the hoodyI got the crew, thinking I could wear it like a sweater while teaching, but it doesnt really have that particular look on its own. Still, wonderfully warm, and its a go-to piece when w... Read Morealking in chilly conditions, especially when layered under something like the microfleece. Paired with my micropuff hoody, Ive yet to be anything remotely close to chilly on cold Arizona mornings (temps at or near freezing).
I had been shopping for a new merino sweater for awhile. Pandemic put me back in the northeast for the winter and I needed something warm that I could wear everyday, inside and outside, working and playing. Ideally good looking enough to wear out on the town and the trail. I have an Patagonia sweater from 10 years ago that was the heaviest base lay... Read Moreer offered at the time. Black and thick and comfortable next to the skin. It fits close and keeps me super warm without getting me overheated. I can wear it in NYC on the subway and then outside hiking and it performs well. This sweater will not replace it. Its nice and light and warm and good looking but I have to layer it up to get the same warmth. Im a little apprehensive about catching on a twig or a piece of anything rough because I dont want to spoil the pristine stitching of my new 140$ sweater. That being said it fits well - a bit looser than my last. Im fit and 130 lb with a 29 waist and a 38 chest. Im pleased but not overwhelmed.
My go to layer
Love this shirt/sweater. It is my preferred layer for almost everything. Picked it up last spring so now have had it almost 9 months and it has held up awesome. I wear it almost daily. As one of the millions in constant telework I wear probably too much. I have received numerous compliments on it. It is warm, but not too warm and cozy and it looks ... Read Morelike a high end sweater so can be dressed up. I will also use it as a layer over a capiliene under a houdini on winter trail runs and honestly can be a little warm, so only used on the coldest days (20s or less). I wear it so often I am looking to get one in navy too.
Go ahead and take my money
As with most Pat products, it arrives, you open the package and put it on. In this case, you put it on, maybe take it off at bed time (maybe not), wake up the next day and put it back on. I did this for five days and noticed zero odor and finally decided to wash and dry just to see what happened. I would recommend COLD water wash, as it does contai... Read Moren wool. I put in dryer for ten minutes. I cant say that it shrunk, only that it seemed to fit even better. Im 61, 225 lbs, size 37 waist. Size XL is perfect. Will use as base-layer all winter and very likely order more. Just one of those amazing, perfect products.
A Tru crew
This is becoming my go-to shirt, in town, on the trails and on the slopes. Running it thru the paces as I write. Great quality, styling and fit. Ive been experimenting with it as a base and a over layer. Im a sensitive skin guy of 60 plus years that is finding it best paired with a silk weight base. Wool and wool blends itch me when Im active...so,... Read More its just my physiology. Im finding that paired with a silk weight base, air crew and Houdini it hits the sweet spot for warmth and comfort for NorCal coastal winter activities. Ive coupled it with a puff and hard shell for skiing and been surprised at is warmth and wicking. Need to test in the rain/cold conditions and durability under a backpack, well see...
This top is great, warm, cozy, comfy, warm, etc ... I prefer these tops to fit a bit snug, so, don't go by what I ordered for me. This is wonderful for over a t-shirt for just casual wear, and for normal layering, base layer stuff too! So, an all-around top for anything that comes your way!
Love it! Been wearing it non-stop
Super comfortable next-to-skin, cozy, and very stretchy. I find myself wearing this almost daily for the past several weeks. Form-fitting but not overly tight (I usually wear XS). One of those items that you don't realize you have on, in a good way. This is my first review, but I've been so impressed with this item that it seemed worthwhi... Read Morele to share it's positives with the rest of the community. Thank you!
Question for Patagonia
There are no wash care instructions with the Capilene Air Crew Neck Shirt. I would like to know the manufacturer's recommended wash care instructions that should have been attached to the shirt. Other than those missing instructions the shirt is really comfortable.
Hello Dean, thanks for your feedback! The care instructions are written on the white silk tags at the neck. You can take a look at our [Product Care](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) page to see what the care symbols on the tags mean. We recommend washing this shirt in cold water on the gentle cycle. Do not bleach and tumbe dry low or hang to dry.
i wear this at work where i am in a 40 degree (F) cooler most of the day. i usually wear just a tshirt on top. definitely keeps me warm all day. only complaint is the material snags Very easily and threads can be pulled loose. i dont recommend wearing it as a top layer. washing/drying (cool/low heat) hasnt changed the size or shape.
Super warm, not great for casual wear
Original review posted last year in October. While I still stand by this being a wonderful baselayer for most pursuits, its propensity to pill extremely bad after a month of wear reduces its appeal as an all-around, one layer to do it all. Its just not great for casual wear, though its epic for fast and light outdoor pursuits. Pop on a wind layer ... Read Morefor great warmth in active cold weather pursuits (below freezing) or with a nano-air or warmer insulation layer for serious warmth in super cold. Basically, Im just disappointed in how it has worn in I typically choose an old smartwool 250 Ive had for 8 years over this when i need one layer for around town + warmth outside and only wear this when I know Ill be solely outside, say for cold weather runs, cross country skiing, or backpacking. But whatever, thats just me wanting that one layer holy grail that you can wear as an around town kind of thing then also take it with you on the trails or crag.
Hey there, we appreciate the feedback. Unfortunately, the nature of knit items is that they will pill over time, this will happen regardless of quality when these fibers meet friction. However, there are ways to maintain the garment, such as using a sweater stone. If you're interested in baselayers that will be less prone to pilling, check out our [Men's Capilene Midweight Crew](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-midweight-crew-neck-shirt/44427.html?dwvar_44427_color=CNY). It won't be as warm, but the smooth texture of the fibers will be less prone to pilling.
Warm, light and comfortable
This is a great piece of all around gear. I own two. At first, I was a little dismayed by the price, but after putting it through the ringer, turns out to be well worth the cost. It excels at regulating temperature and staying stink-free! I highly value theses things. Thanks for another outstanding piece of kit Patagonia.
Lovely top for something light weight that will keep you warm
I'm 5'10 and weight 190-195 with a 42 inch chest. I bought this in a L because it mentioned it was a slim fit or sleeker fit. It's not a slim fit as other sporting brands and I wonder if I could have fitted in a M to have this top more fitting than it is. Non the less I've worn this to work on a wet cold windy day in the NE area... Read More for work with a M Nano Puff Jacket and Rainshadow Jacket to keep me warm and it worked a treat. The weather was between 40-50 degrees with constant rain. Worked like treat. Only thing I wish I had was some of Patagonia's gloves and rain pants. Hope that will be my next purchase if they bless me with a nice discount code for this lovely review and the other reviews I've given!
Cuts the damp/cold
I was a bit leery of dropping 129.00 on a single base layer top. I own (6) Patagonia base layers in various levels and they do a very good job. But this top cuts the dampness completely! Ill be adding the bottoms and a back up top. Your steelhead fishing field testers really nailed this one!
Cap Air Rules!
The material used on this is unreal. It's somehow magically warm when you need it to be and vents / ditches heat when you want it to. A perfect base layer for cold treks / ski days or a great mid-weight layer for the evening cool-off. The only hard part about this product is choosing between my hooded one or the crew neck!
My favorite piece of clothing
I bought my first one of these when it was originally issued back on 2014-15, and it was called the Merino Air... bought it b/c I liked the look of it, and I pretty much wore it every day for the next 2 years between late September and mid April. By that time I lived in terror of it falling apart on me... the pits were getting threadbare. So when t... Read Morehey re-released it as the Capilene Air I was so jazzed I bought two. Honestly, Ive only worn them when my original has been in the wash. So, though Ive read a few reviews questioning durability, my experience has been that its an extremely durable garment. Comfort is the best, bar none, and as for performance, though I live in Iowa and so am not taking it into the mountains, I do hike a lot, year round I remember remarking one day last spring when I got a little too excited for warm weather and left the coat at home, I was amazed at how warm it kept me even when a sunny spring day turned gray and blustery. I really want to get one of the new 2020 colors... but its hard for me to justify as I still have two mostly unworn backups to my original in my closet. :(
This has become my go-to base layer for backpacking. Its lightweight, so I can toss it into my quilts dry bag during the day and wont notice the weight or any bulkiness inside the bag. I wear this under my Houdini on warmer nights, and will wear it under my micropuff hoodie on colder nights. The knitted fabric is definitely susceptible to snags s... Read Moreo I dont wear it while hiking. I imagine it would work well under my jacket while skiing or doing an activity involving less bush whacking.
Finally pulled the trigger on this and have absolutely no regrets. It is the best baselayer I've tried to date - warm, super breathable, comfy and looks great. The XL is slightly loose on me so it looks just like a wool sweater. I've lounged around the house in it, hiked in it, run in it in 5C weather and worn it to cafes. There is a li... Read Morettle bit of pilling but that's normal with knitted yarns, particularly with wool. Only issue is I want another one but the current colours don't appeal to me. Patagonia - make a Forest Green one (and make it available in Australia) and I'll be all over it!
Comfortable but awful quality
Wearing the product for the third time and have yet to wash it, It tore in the back while i was putting it on today. Areas that rub against each other have become fuzzy and thin. It has a great feel but is falling apart so fast that it has me questioning patagonia as a whole. Also lacks a presentable look now, overall not mad just disappointed.
Hi Theodore. We're really sorry that your Capilene Air shirt is falling apart. Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us under warranty once we reopen. We went ahead emailed you with all necessary instructions. Thanks so much for your review.
The Strange Tale of How It Works
I am a natural fiber guy. I don't buy all-synthetic clothing as a rule, for a number of philosophical reasons but let's just go with: comfort and sustainability. I bought this piece a few years ago to try the half-n-half approach to fabric, but also the seamless side of things. This very nice piece breathes very well, doesn't feel cl... Read Moreammy when I sweat (very synthetic attribute), and retains its shape well even after days of continuous use. I just did four days backpacking in Grand Canyon, and this piece was my base layer during the day, and my sleeping shirt at night. I honestly didn't want to like it as much as I do for the high synthetic content, but my many reviews over the years about a balancing act between using wool for all it's qualities and just enough synthetic to contribute what it offers, I never really saw 50/50 as the ideal number. 75-80% wool? Sure, but only half? Yet, this garment has proved the two can pull near equal weight and function well enough for me to praise it...not here, but by wearing it. More wool would only make this better, but it's a great shirt as-is.
Best base layer yet.
Absolutely love this piece. Purchased a M in gray and it runs true to size. Very versatile temperature wise: works great from cold to hot. Hugs the body so it keeps your temperature constant, both hot and cold. Neck and wrist collars are snug but not tight. At first, I thought I might stretch and snap the neck collar because it seemed like one thre... Read Moread was encircling it, but it does stretch and tighten. Has held up to multi-day heavy use when traveling and hiking. Does a great job of keeping odors away too. Easily my new favorite base layer. Just be sure to keep any pets with claws away from it.
It really is that good
I was excited to see Patagonia bring back their merino wool products, and jumped at the opportunity for an air crew. It may be the best shirt ever made. It is true to size, comfortable, and doesn't retain oder. I've worn it as a baselayer snowboarding and doing odds and ends work in snowy Pennsylvania. It's great as a single layer wo... Read Morerking out, with superior breathability. Honestly, I'd wear it every day if my wife agreed with my "wash once every few weeks" approach. Outstanding product, and sincerely hope Patagonia keeps it around for a while.
The finest base layer tops I own!
At a recent count I have 9 merino base layer tops ranging from 150 to 260 weight. Using a friend/employee recommendation at The Mountaineer in Keane Valley NY, I decided to try this piece in crew. I planned to use for 3 season hiking, backpacking, skiing, lounging, and winter ice climbing. The Capilene Air has been flawless to date for all of these... Read More. I used in November and then December both on 3 day backpacking trips in the Northeast. My typical plan is to hike in Capilene and then wear a heavier to dry merino top at camp, using the Capilene over it to dry under layers for the next day. I did rotate some layers on both trips but only wearing this to hike, occasionally swapping the base with a dry merino. I have also done the same and just put a merino over it as it drys super fast and really never seems to get too wet. It is actually the layer I prefer on my skin compared to Capilene and pure merino. It feels like cashmere, almost, and when you put it on, warm in your skin, unlike most layers. When it’s wet from hiking it doesn’t feel heavy or soaked like merino and more comfortable than Capilene mid weight. For climbing ice I just spent 5 days in it as my only base with an R1 zip over and no issues, was awesome. I don’t feel that it will be super wet and uncomfortable the rest of the day if approaching is long, can always us a Capilene light T under for the hike if you want. I feel it’s as warm as any 230-260 weight merino I have but also can hike or move in it like it’s 200 lightweight merino. Durability has been good so far but I have worn mostly as a base and usually something light over it. Have not had much pilling and washes well, inside out, and can be wiped with a lint tool, which seems to help. As I have loved this so much, I just bought the hoody version for climbing ice. I was hesitant that it wouldn’t fit well under my R1 or Piton hood, but it does and will make up for day where I pack an extra light balaclava for under. Plus, it’s a neck gaiter built in, I like variability and options. Good luck with this, but I feel you won’t be dissatisfied if the fit is good. I am 5-9/10 and 165-70, the medium fits me slim as a base should and has great stretch and multi day resilience. It’s cut a bit long to tuck in but not so long it looks super specific like the R1 hoody.
New Favorite Baselayer
I've worn almost every version of baselayer made by Patagonia, until the Capilene Air. The pricetag seemed steep, until I finally tried it. I wore both the top and bottoms skiing and have never experienced better temperature regulation than the Capilene Airs. We had 0 degree (F) days and 32 degree (F) days, and the Cap AIrs have kept me warm w... Read Morehen needed and cool when needed. The technology is awesome - I will be buying multiple pairs for skiing and winter activities.
Sizing is all over
I have two of these, the first one fits great 6’1” 190# size large, the second one I bought is is two inches too long, and wide. It feels like an xl fit. If you do decide to buy one buy multiple so you can get the one that fits, this is a similar problem I had with a better sweater purchase.
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