More than a baselayer
First off I love this garment (I have in black). I've worn it as a shirt, a baselayer, and a sweater. Size down if you really want a formfitting baselayer. Great temperature regulation and looks put together and was perfect for my month long winter Europe light backpack trip. I wear it all the time as it takes a lot to really get this thing gr... Read Moreimy so it doesn't need that many washings and doesnt' hold onto smells (or so my family tells me!) Does attract dog hair and after heavy use has pilled slightly, BUT I bought a Sweater Stone (as was recommended by staff) to fix that right up which it mostly did. Caution: be VERY careful when using a Sweater Stone on this fabric because I pretty easily tore two small holes in the front, which considering the price is a HUGE bummer and reduces the versatility of the garment (still functional for keeping warm but not great for looking good). User error and c'est la vie. I will try to nab another color when/if it ever goes on sale and recommend to anyone looking for a truly wearable garment. Would love it in primary colors, earth tones, neutrals, everything. Mock neck would be great too. I could just go on. Great for people who really value their material objects, as it is just great design. Bury me in this.
the perfect long sleeve
so happy to finally add this piece to my wardrobe. its the most versatile and the one i want closest to my skin when layering. its perfect for high aerobic activities like running and snowboarding but is so flattering tucked into jeans or shorts for casual wear too. its temperature regulating which also makes it delicious to sleep in on cold nights... Read More camping. its a somewhat delicate material so i wouldnt wear it climbing or hiking through brush but the breathability is well worth it. ive already ordered in the blue and know itll be a staple year round.
Love this shirt and pretty much want to wear it every day since I received it. Perfect for layering. Warm but breathable. Like a couple other reviewers I'm tall and thin and haven't had great luck with Patagonia tops in the past - most things too big or boxy or both. 5'8 120, got an XS, and this fits me perfectly. There's someth... Read Moreing slightly off about the fit (the neck is a bit too high?) but it's hard to complain. The arms are long enough!! I've only air dried it thus far - am a bit scared to put it in the dryer, but will try eventually..and if it doesn't shrink i'll purchase others! Would love more pretty colors (I have the "spanish red"color). Thanks Patagonia for a home run with this one.
Delicious light wool sweater
I have three of these lovely sweaters, and layer them up as it gets chilly. I can wear it under a fleece and a jacket in chilly weather to stay warm. The top is loose knit, so it is a bit stretchy and comfortable. Nice length, perfect fit for my 5'3, 108 lb. frame. it is also tailored and attractive, so great with jeans or running or yoga tigh... Read Morets. I usually wear a light base layer under it. Versatile.
This is literally the first Patagonia shirt I've ever purchased that fits right off the shelf! Usually I have to buy men's XXS and have them tailored. The women's shirts are always wayyyy too boxy, but then they also have the shortest sleeves ever. The men's shirts are boxy (they're for men, after all), but at least the sle... Read Moreeves will reach my wrists. This one though! It takes the cake! Fitted enough to make me look like a woman under my layers; long enough to keep me warm all the way to my wrists. Well done, Patagonia. Keep it up! For reference, yes I'm tall (5'7") and skinny (110#), and I'm a climber (muscular shoulders). So my fit issues may not be representative of the general public. But there's a lot of tall skinny climber chicks out there with money to spend on well-made technical clothing.
Genius material for any purpose
I do not have words for how much I love this product. I have three of the Capilene Air, 2 crew and 1 hoodie. I wear them skiing, post surfing, casual everyday, even to the office. I first bought a hoodie version the first season Patagonia released the product- then end of season bought 2 more. I bought it as a base layer just for the ski season. I ... Read Moream a die-hard fan of the Thermal Weight Zip-Hoodie and thought there is no way Patagonia could top this. But they DID. I bought all three Airs in Large bc I wanted a bit more loose fitting. I am 51 athletic build, 36D. I am sure Medium would have been fine as well, but I like the beneficial effect of having it loose fitting. Incredible, keeps you warm but also with no other layers under you can go out on a hike starting in the cool morning and then stay totally temperature regulated when it get really warm in the afternoon. So incredibleit feels like you are wearing a light linen shirtthe fabric lets air just flow through cooling you down. During the winter I actually just had a micro down jacket over it with a thin capilene under my shell, and for spring skiing just wore a thin capilene and the Air hoodie under my shelleven when sweating and then a cool down period, I did not get a chill. It is an ingenious fabric.
Best Baselayer/Product EVER.
I've owned my Cap Air (then Merino Air) since 2015, and it is the single most important piece of technical clothing that I own. You are pretty much guaranteed to find me wearing it while doing any outdoor activity when it’s under 40 degrees (cycling, running, backcountry skiing, traveling, …anything to be outside! It is the absolute best.
This is a very versatile
This is a very versatile sweater. Can be a baselayer or a comfortable and attractive sweater to wear for daily chores and activities. I also plan to wear it for yoga classes. It has enough stretch to be worn to yoga class. The sleeves are long on me, but I just push them up.
This soft warm top is so comfortable I want to wear it all the time. It's also great looking, with lots of texture and nice details like the slightly darker trim around the wrists and the gently rolled neck opening. I usually wear it over a light weight T while road biking or for yoga and often get the comment, "Nice sweater! Where'd... Read More you get it?" I'd wear it out to dinner too, but don't want to spill food on it. With a windbreaker on top, it's unbeatable for warmth. I'm 5'6", weigh about 115, and the Small is a great fit. For a more rugged fabric, try the capilene thermal weight crew: good for climbing/mntn biking, can be washed several times a week with no special care, and is very warm.
Love this base layer!
I was so excited to get this, and really fell in love with it off the bat. I'm in between small and medium sizes, but the medium just had a little too much material for me. I'm 5'2" and 143lbs but slim build on top. The material is soft and I haven't had issues with itchiness either. Really pleased with the purchase and wou... Read Moreld definitely buy this again.
the best I have ever found.
These Capilene Air pieces are the best. They keep you from getting sweaty while keeping you warm and comfortable. They have become my go-to tops for almost all my activities. Can't go skiing without this layer & my cold weather mountain bike riding is much more comfortable without overheating. This top is easy to wash and dry and has heald... Read More up extremely well considering how much I use & wear. I have 4 now in different colors because I choose these over every other winter top. The ones with the balaclava included (like a hood) are the ones to get!
Not super soft, it is wool after all, but much softer than lots of other wool garments out there. The structure feels great. So light and breathable and yet so warm too. Amazing. I will be using this for work, casual, going out on the town and of course epic exercise adventuring - it really can do it all! 5’7” 140 / straight build and the medium is... Read More perfect. Snug but plenty of room to move and stretch and nicely long (hits mid-butt pulled all the way down).
The capilene air crew met my expectations and more. It is soft and warm, great as an underlayer or comfortable on its own in warmer conditions. Lightweight and warm, can't beat that. I was previously a fan of the merino wool top, that has been discontinued, and this is the first time I have found an item to replace it for warmth and comfort.
Very light weight and seemed that it would be warm for weight but I wanted to wear next to skin and was too itchy for me so I sent it back.
Sorry to hear the Capilene Air was too itchy for you, but we really appreciate the great feedback, Ona! In the future, we're happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you [return](https://help.patagonia.com/s/topic/0TO1L0000002yyTWAQ/returns-exchanges) the item to a Patagonia-owned store or to our main service center for merchandise credit or a refund, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Not as described. Its actually just a cheap looking knit texture uberthin sweater from China.... the kind you find at Ross for $9.99. Don't waste your money.
Hi Kristina, thanks for writing us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the crew. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
This top is super warm! But, way to big. I am 5'7", 130 lbs, I ordered this top among several others in small and they were all too big.
We're sorry to hear this was too big, Tory! If you'd like to try the size XS, just let us know and we'd be happy to waive the shipping charge. Thanks for your feedback.
I was not expecting to see so many finishing flaws in the shirt such as loose threads. In addition, it runs very small. I am 5'0 and weigh 115 pounds - I ordered a medium and it is snug except for the sleeves that go beyond my fingertips. I washed it and hung it to dry and it shrunk so now I cannot wear it at all.
We're sorry to hear this shrunk and that it has some loose threads. As always, you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us under warranty. We went ahead and emailed you a free shipping label in this instance. Thank you for your review!
Stretchy, soft, and warm
My new favorite. 5'3" 125lb size small is perfect fit. You may need an undershirt - the material is sheer so a dark bra makes the shirt see-through if you aren't wearing layers over it. I got the Feather Grey with Birch White, this is a light grey, my computer made it look like it had more of a brown tint than reality. It's su... Read Morech a nice material, it could be used for just about any sport but also looks great for work.
BEST BASELAYER EVER!
I have this crew in the gray and I LOVE it! I live in Montana where the winter is brutally cold. I used it for running, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking last year during a record breaking winter! It is super cozy, not itchy at all despite its wool blend. I would recommend it to anyone who runs, or skis in colder conditions, or just runs cold. I ... Read Moreeven have worn it casually to and from class and work on some really cold days. I plan on ordering another one soon. The fit is pretty true I consistently wear a medium in other Patagonia tops and the medium fits great. Definitely order this if you're a cold weather adventurer!
SO warm & lightweight
I am chronically cold due to an illness that caused me to lose a substantial amount of weight. I was looking for a warm base layer for everyday life that wasn’t bulky. This fit the bill. It made me so toasty. It’s pricey, but definitely worth it. If I can afford another, I’ll buy one bc I think I’ll be wearing this every day during my New England f... Read Moreall & winter. Thanks!
I bought my first Cap Air Crew last winter and found myself digging through my laundry basket every time I went skiing and decided it was time to add another to my rotation. This is also a piece I wear casually since it looks so much like a regular. Great ski day to Apres piece!
Great Base Layer
Capelene Air Crew Long underwear is the first base layer containing wool that has not caused any skin irritation or itchiness on my skin. It is so comfortable, flexible, and nearly weightless, Yet, it certainly keeps you warm. The open weave and texture is quite an ingenious invention. Congratulations to the Patagonia fabric engineers.
Classic all-around piece for looks and performance
I would call this a light sweater. It's so nice, I haven't yet worn it for activities involving sweat. But that time will come while traveling and adventuring! The cut, fit, material (soft, no itch and no chafe for my sensitive skin) and features are all high quality and functional. Hugs in all the right places for my taste.
Fit and texture are great
I thought this would be a good layer for chilly riding conditions and luckily, I was right. I ended up buying 2 for a 4-day bike-pack tour. I slept in it, wore it when it was damp from dew. I also wore it on the 4th day without washing it and it was just fine. Great casual sweater and was not itchy or too hot, except in direct sun while exercising ... Read More/ riding uphill. Got tons of compliments from other riders, too! Style points.
Just bought a Second One
This Spring while on a hut to hut ski trip one of my friends was raving about her new "favorite" shirt. So much so that I purchased one several weeks ago. Because it's still been early Spring and slightly cold, I found myself wearing this as a light "sweater". And I'm embarrassed to say that I wore it 5 out of the 7 da... Read Moreys last week. So I just went in and ordered another one. Because you know how that goes, you find something you love.........
Love it and may never take it off
Light weight and breathable yet warm, maintains shape yet stretchy and comfortable, does not stink like my R1 with wear yet also does not itch and I am very sensitive to wool. Super versatile and works as technical apparel, everyday, or travel piece. I wear it to work with a skirt and leggings, and then drive to the hill and am ready to skin up for... Read More an afterwork backcountry ski lap without changing clothing. Fits true to size for Patagonia. I am 5'4 120 lbs and typically wear a XS to S in most brands, but have been a S in Patagonia since they made their sizing quite small about 5 years ago or so. I bought this in a S and it fits great. Win win and why not add an extra win just because.
Can’t live without Capiline Air
I used my leggings and top all winter and now am using them into spring. Went on a road trip south and was able to throw them on during chilly nights. They are warm when you need them to be but they vent if it’s a bit cooler. I love them. The texture is interesting but I personally loved it. I will be getting another set going into winter!
The Everything Shirt
Capeline Air. A fine merino sweater destined for adventure. Is it expensive? Yes. But I wore this recently for 5 days straight. It was laundry day, but I was busy. Not only did I look good, I DIDN'T SMELL. And I wore it skiing, after skiing, riding my cargo bike around town with 2 kids in it, cooking dinner, skiing again....I may even have sle... Read Morept in it. Imagine your 5 favorite shirts. How much were they? Yeah. Now imagine you spent less on one great piece that will do everything and allow you to pack that much lighter. When I pulled it out of the package I felt like it was too nice to use as a base layer. Well it is nice, but it's SO nice you can wear it as a base layer all the way to a fine sweater over a collared shirt for a PTA function ON THE SAME DAY. tldr; buy it, no regret.
Looked terrific...before I wore it.
I purchased a black Capilene Air crewneck and a navy Capilene Air hoody (fall 2018). I wore the crewneck twice before a large hole appeared on the front of the garment. The navy hoody hasn't fared much better--lots of pilling. It's disappointing, particularly because neither top was used as activewear. Patagonia clothing usually withstand... Read Mores my outdoor pursuits and I've enjoyed years of wear. I hope these will be improved in the future.
Best thing ever
This is the softest, warmest, most breathable baselayer ever. I’ve worn it almost every day this winter, from skiing to working in the shop. The fabric is a little delicate, but it’s still worth the price. And yes, it pills, but I appreciate it’s functionality enough to overlook that. I want 5 more. Please keep making this product!
Great idea. Looks terrible after one wash.
I loved the feel of this baselayer. It's warm, but stretchy (unlike heavier Capilene). After one wash, the top was totally pilled. After three washes, it had a handful of holes in the fabric. Really disappointing. I hope they PG goes back to the R&D phase to get this product right. I'd buy a stack of these shirts if they didn't l... Read Moreook like garbage after a bit use.
Pills after two washes
I bought two at the San Diego Patagonia. One for skiing and the other casual wear. I wore both three times and washed. Both pill. I splurged on these because quality is so much better than quantity, but I am disppointed they look like I have had them a year. I don’t find them warm at all. They are comfy and breathable. The red color is pretty. This... Read More is the most disappointing Patagonia clothing I have purchased.
Beautiful, warm...and delicate
I love the look, feel, and fit of this Capilene Air. For being so thin and breathable, it is surprising how warm it is. However, it pulls easily, attracts tons of lint, and is disastrous when it comes into contact with Velcro. I want to love it and wear it for all my adventures, but am not good with clothing that can't take a bit of rouging-up... Read More. What I wanted to be a cute base layer that I can wear as an outer-layer will remain as an inner-layer, hidden in all its balled up, linty pulled, glory.
Warm and Dry - Game Changer
I encouraged my wife to try this upgrade to her very old Capilene baselayer system. She had invested in newer outer and mid layer patagonia pieces and was still not quite warm enough at points throughout the day of skiing. She found that replacing her older base and expedition weight capilene with the capilene air crew she was warmer and dryer than... Read More the past. We wash it in the Nikwax base layer detergent and air dry. Fit is down one size from her normal Patagonia size, no odor retention, and piece has retained its original soft feel after a month of use.
I loved the feel of this top for a few days. It was a great insulator for both downhill and backcountry skiing. Then I washed it (according to manufacturer directions) and dried it on low heat. It's been pretty scratchy ever since. I tried washing it again with fabric softener and hang drying it. It's no better. I don't have the incl... Read Moreination to coddle my athletic wear. This is a base layer and meant to be worn next to my skin. It needs to feel good! It's going back. One of my few Patagonia purchases that have ever been returned.
I'm usually sensitive to wool, but this layer so sweet. Its not itchy, and super soft! I wore it for 2 days straight backcountry skiing in 10 degrees and it was warm, yet I didnt get too hot. Its so stretchy too. I'm 140 lbs, 36 d and got a medium in red, its fantastic, I will be wearing it a lot!
This proved to be an excellent base layer for field work and a nice looking primary layer as a sweater. I spend a large portion of time working in the field (often in cold-water trout streams) and either this or the hooded version are always in my bag. Do not get too cold or warm. Holds up great to challenging conditions in the field. This is an al... Read Morel-purpose piece of gear, I wear it in the field as a base-layer and then converts to a nice looking sweater when teaching in the lab or working on fisheries research in the lab. Since I regularly wear these as a primary layer so elected to order one size up (L) so it wouldn't be too snug.
So versatile and cute!
I wore this all day skiing and it was everything I needed--warm, comfortable, and no stink at the end of the day. The next day, I realized I had forgotten to pack something a little fancier for dinner. I put this base layer right back on. It works perfectly as a cute sweater, for apres ski or anything else. Thrilled with this purchase and definitel... Read Morey getting more!
This lightweight but warm top is my new favorite. I wear it as a top indoors, then layer over it for cold weather activities. I like the higher than usual crew neck as it gives added warmth around my neck without needing a turtleneck and allows me to add a scarf. The torso and sleeve lengths are perfect.
Love these sweaters (Base layers?), I now have 2! I usually can't wear wool products as they are too itchy, but these I can wear no problems. They look fantastic, I wear them all the time as a sweater, but also great for hiking/skiing etc as a base layer. So incredibly warm but also super breathable so you don't get too hot. The Arrow Red... Read More color is gorgeous, I wish they would make more products with this color! (AKA marsupial better sweater please???). I usually wear a Small or XS, went with Small in this. 5'3" 115lbs 32DD.
Excellent Baselayer Piece
The biggest draw for me = blending merino wool into this Capilene. It fits a lot tighter/closer to skin than the Thermal Crew. I bought same size for both = XXS. I am 5'1 and 95lbs. The sleeves and torso are great length (longer). Very breathable and warm. Thanks Patagonia and keep on finding ways to give us Merino Wool pieces!
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