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Not for colder weather and I live in San Diego
With middle weight in the title and based on reviews I thought this shirt would be much warmer. Its only good as a base layer and needs additional layer to be warm in weather under 55 degrees. Also not a fan of the thumb band. Much prefer other brands for thumb holes that have sleeve cover hand. Returnee shirt
Response from PatagoniaMarch 22, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review Mary. We are very sorry to hear that this zip-neck did not provide enough warmth for you. Please note, this is meant to be a baselayer so it is meant to be worn with other layers depending on the temperature you are in. With that said, we would be more than happy to pass this feedback along to our Product Design Team so they can take a deeper look into the thumb loop construction.
Favorite base layer for the winter
My favorite base layer for the winter months. Perfect to wear by itself during the fall too. The thumb loops are so clutch! I love that feature for this garment. Thank you Patagonia for making a product geared for colder months. I love the Capilene collection!
Great product except for length....
I love the quality of Patagonia products and have bought many tops for casual wear and hiking. However given my height 5'1" I always spend too much money shortening the length. It would be great if the sizes were offered for petite sizes... I know I'm not alone in this request.
Love this! Great, breathable, and warm!
Ive been pairing this with the Women's R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody in 35-40F weather with wind in PA for hikes and it's been a winner! I love that there is room for movement and it's just enough on the body enough to not feel constricted but close enough to be on your skin and feel warm. The odor control is okay, need to test it more ;), b... Read Moreut it's a great fit. I am a 40 DD with broad shoulders and biceps and usually wear an XL and this fits awesome! I have the Capilene Cool hoodie and both are right on with sizes (just in case you are wondering if they match in cuts). Great price too! When the weather gets colder (below freezing like 0-10F), I've paired this with my macropuff and I am plenty happy! I love how breathable this is while keeping in your heat when moving.
Nice fit with multiple layers
I like the way the baselayer lays against my body, especially when there are multiple layers. It moves with me, and with the multiple on/off movements, it still holds its shape and doesn't start to bulge/stretch out. I don't have to bulk up as much with this baselayer to stay warm, and I appreciate that a lot as I have more movement outsi... Read Morede.
I received this a few weeks ago, have only had the chance to wear it around the house, but so far it fits nicely and kept me warm indoors on an especially cold day. The ordering process was rather confusing - I'm still not sure which is supposed to be warmer between "thermal weight" and "midweight" - but I think this weight... Read More will work for me!
Response from PatagoniaDecember 13, 2022
Hi Alyssa, thank you for submitting this review, and we hope your Capilene Midweight Crew top will serve you well in the outdoors too! The Thermal Weight and Midweight Capilene lines are both designed to be warm, with a smooth surface that's great for layering, but the Midweight is more wicking, while the Thermal Weight has more stretch. Please let us know if we can be of any further help!
Perfect layer for every activity
I just purchased my second set of the capilene base layers. They are perfect for any activity - I wear them as a ski base layer, when I go backpacking, on my outdoor runs when its chilly...even under a vest as I run around and do errands. Buy these! You won't regret. They have a little loop in the sleeves to help keep the arms in place for act... Read Moreivities (but I don't notice the loops when I don't use them for a more everyday type wear). I've had mine for 2 years and it's in mint condition. I out them in the washer but don't put in the dryer. The matching pants are also amazing. 5 stars!
I got this top for running in and wearing under sweaters-it is ideal for both. I was skeptical about how such a light material could be warm but it has been more than enough for runs in 50 degree or below weather, even without a jacket or wearing only a light jacket. The cut is very flattering. Only warning I would have is that the sleeves/chest is... Read More definitely on the slimmer side so someone with a larger bust might find the top restrictive. For reference I am 5 foot 4 and 118 lb.
I loved my lightweight cap.
I loved my lightweight cap. base layer which you no long make. So I ordered the midweight cap base layer thinking it would be bit warmer but would still fit well. But the cut is now different, 1" narrower and doesn't look as flattering, also feels too snug to be comfortable when exercising. So I returned it and replace it with a Midweight... Read More Cap Cool Daily Shirt. I am comfortable with it even though I still prefer the Lightweight Cap Base Layer best.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 19, 2022
Hey Deborah, thank you for the feedback. We're glad you were able to return this shirt for something you like better. We'll pass your feedback along to our product team for further consideration.
Used this on a week long trek in the Dolomiti where it was 50-65deg Fahrenheit, rainy at times, in crowded huts and it held up well. It breathed well, didn't stretch out (for me at 140lb and 5'6 was loose to start) and didn't stink much after that and being stuffed in a pack. Plus got it in the floral, to get some color! love when ... Read MorePatagonia gives something other than blend-in colors --- want to be located in the landscape
Warm and comfortable
I use this top for snow sports, its warm and comfortable and the material is thick enough that I can strip down to this base layer when over heated. The reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that for me it is not a no-stink top. I have to wash it every time I use it and throw in some oxy to get the smell of my perspiration out of the arm pits.
Perfect, fits as if tailored just for me, comfortable, stylish.
I purchased this to wear as a jammie top and it is comfy as can be. I could use it as outerwear, as I have used other capiline tops, but this purchase was specifically for just around the house. I have a capiline top that is at least 15 years old and going strong. I gave my almost-90-year-old Mom several capiline tops and she absolutely loves them.... Read More My daughter just bought the wool-blend version and is very happy too. Cannot go wrong with Patagonia capiline.
Viva la Raglan Sleeves!
The raglan style cut shoulders finally makes a capilene layer I CAN wear. This open up sizes for people that are curvier and/or with broad shoulders. I had previously sized up a size but the shoulder seam still shifted around. This is perfect! Got the rosehip color- a beautiful mauve dusty pink. I am 5'6" with a 35" bust and 28&qu... Read Moreot; waist. The medium is perfect with a nice drapey feel as I'm wearing it alone not as a baselayer.
Love the pattern/color - fits a bit odd
XS is my size in cap cool which I own several pieces of. This xs is a bit tight but keeping it. Its cute under a vest. Im very small boned and have skinny arms. The sleeves are quite snug and would guess too tight for a medium boned person. The print is awesome.
Not soft or warm
I keep trying to replace my original Patagonia Capilene (mid 80s), but nothing I buy new is even close. When its truly cold, thats the only thing I can wear. It hugs the skin and is soft and warm without being thick or like a layer of fleece. This new stuff stays away from the skin a little bit and actually feels colder. It wicks fine, but is not a... Read More good base layer for cold weather activities. (I live in the upper Midwest). Disappointed
Response from PatagoniaDecember 9, 2021
Hi Nikki, we're sorry to hear that you're having trouble finding a good replacement for your past season Capilene. We think you might like the Women's Capilene® Air Crew. It's extremely light, warm and wicks moisture away from the body. Please take a moment to check it out here, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-capilene-air-crew-neck-shirt/36525.html?dwvar_36525_color=FEBX.
Warm yes, not soft yes
The material was hard. Not soft at all. When you touch it , you dont want to put it on.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 27, 2021
We're sorry to hear that this Capilene Crew fabric was a disappointment, despite the warmth. You're welcome to return it under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee). Please reach out to our Customer Service team for assistance. They'll be happy to help!
thinner than I expected, bigger than expected
I don't think I read the description closely, I liked the way it looks, just thinner/lighter weight and longer, bigger than I expected.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 24, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Rebecca! You're welcome to exchange it for a different size. We're also always happy to provide garment dimensions prior to purchase.
If you like having every dimple and roll on display this top if for you. Midsize girls don't a want slim fit - even sizing up to the XXL didn't help. Please be more inclusive in your sizing and design, Patagonia.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 23, 2021
Hi Julie, thanks for taking the time to write a product review and we're very sorry to hear about your experience with the Capilene Midweight Crew Neck Shirt. We resonate with your frustration and please know we take this feedback seriously. We have no doubts that people of all shapes and sizes get outdoors and can benefit from our clothing. Over the past several years, we've begun to expand our sizes and it is our goal to continue this to make our clothing more accessible. For context, our items come in three different fits - slim, regular, and relaxed. The Capilene Midweight Crew Neck shirt is intended to be a baselayer, which means it is meant to fit next to skin or with a close fit to the body for insulating reasons. It is also a slim fit item so you may be better off going for a different product if you're not a fan of this cut. You could consider checking out the [Long-Sleeved Capilene Cool Trail Shirt](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-long-sleeved-capilene-cool-trail-shirt/24491.html?dwvar_24491_color=CNY&cgid=root) which is relaxed fit. Of course if you aren't satisfied, you are always welcome to return this. We hope to not disappoint you in the future.
so very pretty and comfortable
I am a picky shirt buyer, and usually buy wool but decided to give this shirt a go. WOW, is it warm! I mean, for the lightweight feel of it it is soft and warm. Neckline is just right. And the color is beautiful - between dark blue and purple. The permanent anti-stinky treatment closed the deal. Go for it!!
Fit Issues for Me
I am 5'5", 150 lb, in my seventies. I first ordered XL as that usually gives me the comfortably loose fit I want. But XL hung on me like a sack, so I exchanged for L. Sadly, L is form-fitting on me, not the look I'm after these days. Epic fail. I love the fabric and the colors, but the fit simply doesn't work for me.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 31, 2021
Hello Beverly, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry the fit did not work out. You are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the shirts at your convenience. We are always happy to provide garment measurements for reference.
My favorite base layer shirts
I love these base layers. They are perfect for backcountry skiing. Even though mid-weight, they are actually pretty light and are warmer than you would think. I don't really use the little loops at the wrist, but they don't get in the way. I especially love that they do not have any wool. No matter what wool or wool blend I try, I am alwa... Read Moreys really uncomfortable. These base layer shirts are soft and comfortable. Please don't stop making them!
I wear this piece frequently - running, working, hiking, and more. I am right in between sizes (S-M), so the small I wear is just a little bit too tight. The first few times I wore it, the stitching on the neck chaffed me a little, but after wearing and washing it a number of times, it softened up, and now I have no complaints. absolutely love this... Read More piece - it's warm, breathable, and functional!
Powerful warmth in a pretty thin layer
I wear this all day at work where I am up and moving indoors. It keeps me warm, but never too warm. I have used this as a base layer while hiking in near freezing temps with only a single outer fleece. It does have a tendency to catch on velcro. One of my sleeves is pilled up from catching on velcro repeatedly, but still works fine. One excellent f... Read Moreeature is that it never smells weird. Some synthetic base layers have a weird odor after use.
Love the weight, but...
I had to return this item. Im 5 5 and 125 pounds. I have a straight and narrow body type. Ive left similar reviews for other items. My perfect size lies right in the middle of a M and L. This M was too snug. I returned it, but could not get the L in the color I wanted. I do love the capilene material... so soft on the skin.
Snug at my mid section
Cute shirt but it fit too tightly around my tummy, which has been my observation with other Patagonia womens wear. Im 5 4 and 127 lbs and still felt like it was too slim to be flattering. Sorry I had to return this one. Would love to see a more forgiving fit.
As a Muslim woman I adhere to guidelines that call for me to be covered. As an extremely fair skinned person covering saves me from a world of hurt. Many womens tops are designed with those hated 3/4 sleeves, so I buy the capilene tops as a great way to wear styles I wouldnt otherwise wear. In the winter these heavier tops are an awesome layer for ... Read Morewarmth as well. So, while this is not an outer layer for me, it would be nice with casual pants or jeans without being a layer.
Not made for athletically built women
I will start by saying how much I love Patagonia and their products. However, the base layers do not fit my body type. I originally ordered large top, medium bottom (my normal sizes) in the thermal weight. The thermal weight sizes I got were HUGE. So I spoke with a super friendly customer service agent who helped me exchange for a size down, I ende... Read Mored up deciding to go with the mid weight instead because the bottom cuff on the pants looked like it would go better in a ski boot. So I got medium top and small bottoms, they were WAY too small. I don't know whats up with the sizing with these items, but I guess they just arent designed for my body type of thick thighs/ butt, and long arms/broad muscular shoulders with a small waist. The material of both styles were great, and if the shirt/pants fit your body type I think they would be a great base layer. Customer service reps helped me multiple times to exchange and then ultimately return everything. Hands down best customer service I have ever dealt with.
I bought this base layer shirt to keep me warm and dry on winter runs. I go for 4-5 hour runs in 20 degree and colder weather and this shirt keeps me warm. I still sweat when I run even when its so cold and this shirt keeps me dry. Its the best base layer Ive found.
Fit well and warm. Kept me super warm while shoveling snow for at least an hour or just hanging out wearing only this under my down jacket in freezing temps. Thumb loops are helpful for gloves. The pattern on the shirt is ok... wouldnt wear it outside of winter or by itself, but it was on sale.
Perfect for backcountry skiing
This was the ideal layer for skiing uphill in warm temps (~30-40s). It kept me warm despite being in the shade, but also cool enough to keep from sweating so that I could throw on a midlayer and shell for the ski down. Plenty of room in the arms/shoulders for movement and a longer cut that's practical for skiing if not exactly flattering with ... Read Morejeans.
Warm & Comfortable
Staying close to home these days during COVID & a cold Michigan winter. I bought this as a layering piece to stay warm on daily walks & even indoors (I tend to be cold much of the time). This has been perfect - warm, light, very comfortable. Some days I wear it under a thick sweater; others I wear it as a shirt with a wool vest popped over ... Read Moreit.
Job Well Done!
This shirt does what its intended to do. For outdoor fitness in the cold it wicks moisture, dumps heat and dries quickly. The initial texture of the fabric took a little getting used to the first 20 minuts, but once you are training outside and witness its performance you become grateful that Patagonia has such well thought out gear. It has literal... Read Morely allowed me to do an indoors spoort outdoors during quarantine.
Warm base layer!
This is the first time I have tried this type of base layer and I am delighted that it keeps me warm! I sized up because of the description and I am glad I did. I wear it hiking in the winter under many layers and this morning I wore it running at the beach at dawn. If it was still clean, I would wear it to work under my clothes. It seems like I am... Read More always cold so I am delighted to find something that keeps me cozy outside or inside. I just bought another one this week so I can wear one outside and the other one at work. It is very useful!!
The absolute best midlayer I've found!!
I have been searching for the perfect mid-weight layer that keeps me warm, but not hot, wicks away my sweat and stays relatively dry during a long run (10+ mi). This is the magical shirt! I sweat a lot during my runs, and this shirt keeps the sweat off my skin which helps me not freezing my tail off once I've stopped running. In fact, the othe... Read Morer day I wore it on a snowy trail run. I slipped off a log and fell in the water, but lucky for me this shirt while it did get wet of course (i fell in a freaking river), it was fairly quick to dry and helped my core temp not get too cold before I could run the 2 miles back to the car. Thank you Patagonia for saving me!! Truly, I think you saved me from getting dangerously close to hypothermia. Maybe I'm being dramatic, but I'd prefer not to find out how I'd fare without this layer!
Very interesting material- wasnt sure how I felt about it. Seems thin. BUT whoa!!! Totally works! I use it as a base layer along with a mid (with outside temp range 10-30 degrees) and found myself sweating. After removing my mid, I expected to be slightly cold but it dried very quickly so it was a non-issue. I absolutely love it!
A Perfect Winter Base
I bought this shirt to wear for running and as a base layer for casual/work winter outfits. This shirt does a marvelous job of keeping me warm but comfortably ventilated. It is very fitted (moreso than the Thermal Weight Crew) so it layers very well. The seams are comfortable and flattering and I feel able to move around freely, regardless of the a... Read Morectivity. l like that the shirt doesn't look too casual or sporty, so it's not super obvious I am halfway dressed for a run at work. I am 5'9 and 135 lbs and the XS fit perfectly snug. My arms are too long to use the thumb loops, but I also appreciate that I don't need to fold back a giant portion of sleeve to see my watch the way I do on other running shirts with thumb-caps. My only complaint is the giant tag--I would ask the design team to work on minimizing it or making it easy to remove the tag in future iterations of this shirt. I would definitely recommend this shirt to others and I will definitely buy more.
Fits perfectly excellent base layer
I wore it for the first time last week and loved the sizing, the fact that it didn't smell horrid after my workout, and it was an excellent base layer so I was warm on a super cold day. I'm short but busty so I require the length to be ample enough and this shirt is great. I love the thumb holes too, this will definitely serve as a great ... Read Morecool weather running top. I have about 2 Patagonia base layers in wool, and two in capilene same size, but this one is much better fitting then the other cap products I own. I purchased one for my daughter for Christmas, excited to give it to her for her next adventure.
Warm, but disappointing fit :(
I was really excited to purchase this shirt after reading multiple positive reviews...and I didn't see that it was listed as a "slim fit". The inside texture feels weird, the sleeves are too long, and the thumb holes are ridiculously large. PLEASE make this shirt in a "regular fit" as well! I'm so tired of spending my ... Read Morehard earned money on outdoor gear that is mostly tailored to skinny women! From reading other reviews on other Patagonia items, this seems to be a common theme. I love this brand and everything it stands for, but please be more mindful of various body types & kinds of fit going forward.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 30, 2020
Hi Paula, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're truly sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit of the crew neck. With that said, our base layers typically feature a slim fit so that its easier to layer over the top of them. Nevertheless, we understand that this isn't the best fit for everyone and we really appreciate this feedback. We're going to pass this along to our design crew. Also, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Lightweight but cozy
I love this top alone for a chilly run or a fall hike. Its also a great base layer for winter hiking. The shirt is lightweight, but traps heat well. The navy color is also very vibrant and pretty. In a perfect world, the sleeves would be a bit longer, but I definitely plan on buying this top in other colors.
Warm and stays dry but scratchy next to the skin. Disappointing, from Patagonia.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 3, 2020
We appreciate your feedback on the midweight capilene, Karen! Your purchase is absolutely covered under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) so please don't hesitate to reach out to us to return it.
I live in the midwest, and am always cold. I bought this as a base layer for snowshoeing, but have been wearing it almost daily under my Patagonia fleece. My only complaint is that the arms are too long. I have long arms, and end up rolling the sleeves up 2 inches so they dont stick out of my cuffs. I will definitely be purchasing more of these!
Perfect as a baselayer or standalone layer!
I used this baselayer for x-country skiing in Colorado. The temperature was about 37F and it felt so warm that it worked as a standalone layer for the uphill. Very nice piece of clothing to layer up, for example with an R1. I also like that it is long enough in the back. I bought two of them, my favorite baselayers now. Keep the bright colors comin... Read Moreg!
Loved this midweight layer
I have some older Patagonia midweight crew shirts but they are really scratchy and not very nice against the skin. This shirt was awesome. Super soft and comfortable against the skin. It was a great base layer for a cold Colorado backcountry ski day, so plenty warm. Also seemed to stay dry even though I was working hard uphill. I am going to order ... Read Moremore because most of my base layer shirts are 20+ years old and falling apart. But I still use them because they are soft. I wish I could trade in my old scratchy Capilene shirts, which I never wear because they are scratchy!
Perfect crew for trail running at altitude
I bought this crew for trail running (fall-winter-spring) at altitude in California, and have really been pleased with it so far. For 45 ºF - 60 ºF, it's great on its own. It definitely keeps you warm even when the sun goes down! When temps dip below 45 ºF, I do find I need another layer, but that's to be expected. I've taken some t... Read Moreumbles on the trails, and its encountered some thorns and brambles, but even after regular 20-mile runs, it's still looking (and smelling!) new. Great job wicking away sweat, and despite weekly long runs in it, I haven't had any issues with chafing yet. Ladies who lift or rock climb should probably size up to get more room/freedom of movement in the shoulders/arms. I'm 5'7", 135 lbs, and based on my measurements should be a small. I went with a medium, and it fits just right for a climber's upper body.
Awesome multi-season layer
For running in 35 to 60 degrees, this is the top! It's a layer, but functions well on it's own. I love all Patagonia Capilene and would live in it every day all day if I could. As a yoga instructor, I practice 90 minutes every day, and I can easily wear this for my morning practice, and then later on a run or under a sweater. It wicks moi... Read Moresture better than any top I've ever worn and hangs to dry easily, without retaining odor (yay, minimal washing!). This is perfect for all my favorite activities - yoga, running, rock climbing, skiing, white water kayaking, and even layers nicely under a sweater. I am almost 5'4" 122 pounds, and wear a AA or XS bra, and the XS was the perfect fit, not too tight in the shoulders and great arm length. I will but this again and again and love the beautiful Piki Green color!
A Must-Have Item
I swear by the Capilene Mid-Weight Crew for winter running and cross country skiing. On a 20 degree day, all I need is this as a base layer and the Houdini Jacket to block the wind and I am all set. The top is sweat wicking so it doesn't get you wet, and thus colder. I like the version of the shirt I have from 2015, it's a bit thicker, bu... Read Moret they are both great.
An essential baselayer gets better
Now more breathable and comfortable for high output activities, the capilene midweight crew has long been my preferred baselayer for mountain biking, alpine skiing and snowboarding, hiking running and kayaking. Layered over a lightweight Capilene and under a shell, vest or drysuit, the midweight crew gets used all winter as well as the shoulder sea... Read Moresons.
Great multi-use purchase
I bought this for a hiking trip and never wanted to take it off! The shirt is a comfortable material, great and flattering fit (not too snug but not too big), lightweight and easily layered. I really like the thumb hoops at the ends of the sleeves to keep the shirt from moving when layering.
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