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Durable, Comfortable, Quick-drying!
as a long-distance backpacker, i look for durable, comfortable, light-weight, quick-drying gear, and these tights fill all that criteria in spades! AND they stay looking so good, and non-odoress, that i even think they have positively affected my ability to get a hitch into re-supply towns! i wear the tights under a skirt, and have no issue being t... Read Moreoo hot or too cold, as they seem to wick away moisture (sweat;) and extra heat, while holding in warmth when it's chilly! this is pair number 5+ and i have yet to find anything that comes close, so i've stopped looking! brava!
I believe my fit issues are because I selected the wrong size. An XL would have been a better fit. I am a sz18 and these are a bit baggy on me. Despite the slightly ill fit for me, these have quickly become my favorite pants to throw on and take on a hike, dog walk, errands. Breathable, comfortable, and they wash great.
No room to move, runs short
I wanted to love these, but they are several inches too short and Im only 5 ft 6 in. Legs and waist fit great, but fit was small in the rear and restrictive when moving. Returned.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 25, 2023
Hello Alexandra, thank you for the feedback on these baselayer bottoms. The inseam on these run from 26.5" to 28.5" depending on size. If you're looking for an option with more stretch we recommend checking out the [Women's Capilene Air Bottoms](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-capilene-air-baselayer-bottoms/36565.html?dwvar_36565_color=BLK&cgid=root). They do come in a 25.5"-27.5" inseam length depending on size, so something to keep in mind.
Love these, although they run short
If you have cold and short legs, these are a great pant for you! I have long legs, and these are way too short, but they keep me warm enough and I just wear tall socks with them. I liked them enough to get a second pair. The only reason i give them 4 stars is due to the length.
Sizing and fit changed for the worse
I have some black midweight capilenes that I have had for the last couple seasons. I love them so much I finally got a second pair this fall. Tried them on and they feel very different from my other pair (same thing). This year's version is tight in the thighs and butt and loose in the waistband. They bind on my legs/butt when I bring my knees... Read More up or when I bend over, causing the loose waistband to slide down and expose my low back. (of note - I wear an XS snow pant in Patagonia and they are a little big- these are size Small so should have plenty of room in the legs). Will likely have to try to cut and resew the waistband to keep them up and be useable for skiing, otherwise will have wasted my money. Would 100% recommend the version from a couple years back but definitely not the current version
Love the Product
Love the product! I ordered this item in a variety of sizes as I have gained weight since the beginning of COVID and was not sure what size I needed (I had XXS at home from a few years ago). I also ordered the item in the color Hut to Hut: Salt Grey but found that the item in this color was a little different. I don't know if the fabric is a l... Read Moreittle different or the if there is a slight difference in the way they are cut but I noticed a slight difference when I tried them on so I stayed with the all black. Love the product and miss the Lightweight version.
Not stretchy enough to move in
These bottoms are too tight and too restrictive to move in. I bought my usual Patagonia size of XS. I didnt feel like I could sit easily and definitely could not ski easily in them (which is why I bought them). I have the matching top (same size of XS) with zipper and that item is loose/stretchy enough to move in and works well as a base layer or m... Read Moreid layer. However these do not. Im unsure why the top fits and stretches enough, but these bottoms don't. I exchanged these bottoms for the Women's Capilene® Thermal Weight Bottoms and those are absolutely perfect for a warm ski base layer so I highly recommend those instead!
Good midweight base layer for the price
I looked at different brands and found this base layer to be the best price for what I needed. They keep me warm under my ski pants. The only reason why I am not giving them 5 stars is that I expected them to be more stretchy like a legging.
Warm bur runs a bit big
The material is soft, it is very light, it won't be warm if worn on its own but it is really good when paired with pants. I usually wear a small but this ran a bit big, not very big but I would have loved it to be a bit tighter.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 28, 2022
We appreciate your review Hamsa! If you'd like a warmer [baselayer](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-baselayers) which has some stretch in the fabric, we recommend our Thermal Weight or Capilene Air Bottoms. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you'd like any assistance to return or exchange. We'll be happy to help!
Always a staple
Though not quite as warm, I prefer these over the thermal weight due to the material being more durable. Its been a while since I replaced these and I was surprised to find the fit running much bigger than my last pair. A bit of a disappointment but Id much rather be comfortable! Overall, love em!
The best patagonia thermals I ever bought were in the 90s. Those were well made and thick, wore well and I have been seeking to find some ever since. I still have them, though they are thread bare they are still thicker than this product. Dissapointed.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 9, 2022
Hello Nancy, we are sorry to learn about your disappointment with the updated iteration of the bottoms. While we have now moved to 100% recycled polyester with Fair Trade Certified sewing on the new version, we still back our products with the same Ironclad Guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you are always welcome to send them [back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) to us.
Nice but a big big
I like these they seem very warm. The only thing i'm not sure about is that I thought they were going to be like leggings and tight to the legs. They are baggy and not tight fitting on me. 5'2" 140 lbs and I ordered a medium. I generally wear size 4-6 pants.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 9, 2022
Hello Louise, thank you for taking the time to share your review. Based on your height and weight, the Size S may be more suitable and offer a trimmer fit. You can initiate the free [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) via our website.
I typically wear these under my pants when Im hiking or having to stay outside for long periods of time.
I enjoy wearing my midweight bottoms under my jeans in the winter when Im outside for long periods of time. It just makes me feel more comfortable and able to stay outside for longer periods of time and enjoy the outdoor experience.
Itchy and too small
I love that these are 100% recycled! I am always looking for clothing that is sustainably made. However, I did not like the fit and the feel of product. Whenever I put them on, they immediately felt very itchy along the seem on the inside of the thigh. They were also too large on my hip/waist so they kept sliding down, and were way too short for me... Read More even though I got a Small.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 26, 2022
We're sorry to hear that the fabric and fit of these Capilene Bottoms didn't work well for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service team to return them under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Sadly, had to return
It's been years since I've worn capilene bottoms and I remembered a great pair I used to love so I ordered these and failed to see in the description that there is not an elastic ankle cuff on these. These mid-weights seem thin-ish and also run very large through the legs. With no cuff to hold in place and feeling very loose on the leg, I... Read More don't know how these would be able to stay in place inside another pant. Loved the wide waistband and the material is soft and feels great. In 40 years of buying Patagonia, this is one of only a small handful of items I've ever returned.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 24, 2022
Hi Lynn, we're sorry to hear these bottoms didn't work out for you! Thank you for sharing this feedback; it's immensely helpful not only for other customers but also for our design team as they revise our products. If we can be of any assistance in returning them, please let us know!
Perfect weight for late season river trips
So comfortable...love the fit. Perfect weight for sleeping in my down sleeping bag. I tend to always be cold. I'm petite and these come down on my ankles and insulate well under splash gear and booties. I loved the gray moddled and was afraid the cut might change next year. My third pair, love these!
Material was scratchy and lite weight then the last pair I bought
Response from PatagoniaNovember 10, 2021
Hi Ted! Thank you for your review. Please know all our garments are under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'd be happy to assist with a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you are not completely satisfied.
Bummed about the changes!!
I'm a loyal patagonia baselayer user... but I'm very sad about this new cut -- it's short, as others have noted, and leaves my ankles and shins cold -- why, patagonia?? Also, the calves are baggy... again, why? for a baselayer, this doesn't cut the mustard, sadly... Finally, the sizing is a bit large which is fine, but it'... Read Mores also not accommodating to larger hips so I kind of have to size up. My recommendation is to go back to the drawing board on these.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 21, 2021
Hi Theodora, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit of the bottoms. This feedback is truly appreciate as it helps us to improve things for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Have been wearing your base layers for several years and love the olde fabric so it was quite disappointing to note the latest. Sizes have changed as well. Am wearing an olde pair under this new and still not interesting. Very sorry. The socks are handsome but elastic is tight over ankle. ... too bad.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2021
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback Norvie. We're sorry that these aren't working for you. We've got lots of new gear and would love the opportunity to talk to you about the function and get you into something that will work for your needs. We're also happy to provide garment dimensions prior to purchase.
Toasty Under Thin Tight
My legs are long so I went with a large which was the perfect length. I never tried a medium. The legs could have been a bit more snug particularly if I was going somewhere brutally cold. For walking, hiking and running outdoors, these kept me toast when placed under a thin tight. The temp got as low as 19 degrees and the wind blew about 15 mph.
I should have read the description better and these seem like they would be warm.... however, without a drop of spandex these are not staying on when you bend over and wearing under something is uncomfortable. New customer of Patagonias so I will try again!!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2021
Hi Joanne! We're so sorry these weren't what you were expecting! These were designed to be worn as a baselayer, so underneath another pair of pants. If you're looking for a pair of leggings, you could consider the [Center Tights](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-centered-tights/21961.html?dwvar_21961_color=SDNA) or the Pack Out Tights. Both are customer and staff favorites!
The pants are nice but loose not leggings . Are comfy able to wear under clothing.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2021
Hey Arlene! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. You're absolutely correct - these are not leggings but are actually intended to be worn as a baselayer underneath another pair of pants. You could try out the [Pack Out Tights](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-pack-out-tights/21995.html?dwvar_21995_color=NENA) if you're looking for a comfy pair of leggings!
Getting warmer, but needs more length
These are great -- warm, stretch enough but hold their shape, they stay up, there's no static or bunching under layers, and they seem durable. But I'm 6 ft with long legs and need at least 3 inches for them to be long enough. Please add tall sizes for bottoms!
These are not leggings that hug your legs. The fabric is rather stiff, and simply not stretchy like the many other pairs of leggings I own. The waist band is placed at an odd spot as well, and I have both high-waisted and hip-slung leggings--these are somewhere in between and very unflattering, and the problem is not a matter of fit but placement. ... Read MoreWould not recommend.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 25, 2021
Thank for your the feedback on fit for our Women's Capilene Midweight Bottoms! These are intended to be used as a base layer, not necessarily worn on their own, so they won't have the same fit or feel of a standard legging. If that is what you were in the market for, we'd recommend checking out the [Women's Pack Out Tights](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-pack-out-tights/21995.html?dwvar_21995_color=BLK).
I love Patagonia's baselayers, but this item was really tough to size. I'm 5'7", 155 lbs, with bigger hips and athletic legs, and I usually wear a medium. I like to have many baselayer options to wear under my bibs for skiing, and under my drysuit for winter and spring boating. The large here was too baggy (I couldn't easil... Read Morey layer over it without feeling super bulky, but couldn't layer under it either), and the medium was too short (didn't cover my ankles) but otherwise fit well. I ended up going with the medium and will give it a shot this season. I'm counting on long socks to cover the gaps. I loved the chicory red color and the details in the waistband, and it's a nice light weight without being too thick. Shame that they fit me funny.
I use these as a base layer when it is cold. I bought fleece Patagonia bottoms about 25 years ago and, while worn thin, they still work. I was hoping these were fleece. While disappointed that they are not, I find them comfortable and warm. My cotton base layers arent as warm.
Not As Expected
The waist band is deceivingly uncomfortable. It looks like its a wide elastic, but unfortunately its just a small one at the top. Additionally, the first time I wore them as a base layer, I slipped on ice and they immediately tore a large hole. Expecting a bit more comfort and durability...
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 9, 2021
Thank you for leaving us a review on the Women's Capilene Midweight Bottoms. We're really sorry to hear that the elastic was uncomfortable, we'll be sure to send this feedback to our design team. If you still have them, and would like to send them in for warranty evaluation that is still an option for you. We want to be sure that you're completely satisfied with your purchase, give us a [call or chat](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) and we'll give you some guidance on your options.
Pretty good base layer bottoms but the fit is off
I bought a couple of pairs of Patagonia baselayers for my job working lift ops at a ski resort. These are a good base layer for under your ski pants in temps above 25F, and I like that they don't get drenched in sweat when I get moving. However, I'm not super impressed with the material and fit on me. They are definitely a stiffer materia... Read Morel, and the waistband doesn't work well for me as a gal with an athletic build and muscular thighs/booty, it just doesn't sit well on me. They are also definitely a bit on the shorter side as you can see in the picture, and in order to not have exposed ankles, I have to wear knee-high socks. The thing is, I ordered the thermal weight base layer bottoms in the same size (small) and those fit me 10x better. The material on those is way better for moving around in all day (more stretchy) and for some reason, the lack-luster ankle and waistband fit aren't an issue on the thermal pair. So, I would recommend buying the thermal base layer bottoms over these mid-weight ones.
A see thru leggier s
It runs way too small, see thru fabric, pricey. This is the first time i am disappointed with one of your products.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 2, 2021
Thanks for your feedback, Maria! These bottoms are a slim-fitting base layer with no stretch, 100% recycled polyester material. Your purchase is covered under our Ironclad Guarantee and we'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you return them for a different base layer, leggings or tights, so don't hesitate to reach out.
Great quality but weird fit for my body type
It's tough to review these because they're totally a well made garment but they just fit weird on my body type. For context, I'm 5'6" and about 160 pounds on an athletic frame - my butt, thighs, and calves are thicker and my waist is kinda small. As I understood it, these base layers were to be a bit looser in the calf/over... Read Moreall leg area but on me they ended up being tight around my calves and butt but somehow sort of baggy in the crotch area and too big in the waist. All that said, they're still wearable, but they definitely don't fit like I thought they would, especially given that the material isn't stretchy. Story of my pants-purchasing life :( Otherwise I can say that they do seem pretty warm but I haven't gotten the chance to camp in them yet!
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 6, 2021
Thank you for this thoughtful and detailed feedback, Alexis! Please reach out if you'd like any [assistance](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return the Midweight Bottoms. Note that the Thermal Weight Bottoms have some spandex, and Capilene Air have mechanical stretch built into the woven nature of that fabric, so either of those might be a better choice for you.
The bottoms fit like a second skin. It fits perfectly in the crotch and does not rub or chafe anywhere. I think the color selection is limited. I bought a medium gray a few years ago which I am still wearing. I may order a black. I am a person who prefers browns, greens and golds (or yellows).
Forgot they were on
This is great base wear. Not sweater like, but warm like a sweater. I wear them under my scrubs and actually stay toasty. Will be perfect under ski gear. They are thinner than other base layers but warmer... the bottoms could have more butt room, however the issue is probably in the length from crotch to waist
Nice lightweight tights
Great lightweight but not too thin tights with interesting fabric texture that makes them supa comfortable. Got two pairs and on one the seam started unraveling after one wear I expect that to be a one-off thing and, knowing Patagonia, expect no trouble getting a replacement. Still, ducked one star for it.
Perfect for the coldest conditions!
I recently traveled to Antarctica during its Spring season and ordered a bunch of new Patagonia gear to test. I have to say, the quality and comfort couldn't be better. Especially these Capilene® Midweight Bottoms! They kept me warm and dry. From trekking with penguins and seals, to hiking icy/snowy mountains. True to size (I ordered a M), for... Read More reference, I'm 135#, 5'4', and curvy.
I have been wearing Patagonia for 30+ years. I love my midweight bottoms. I weighed 110, athletic fit with big calves and small waist I wear xs and it fits perfect, more on the loser side which I like. I am going to purchase 2 more pairs! These are great under the nano air pants too! :)
Soft and stylish
I bought several of the tops and bottoms for my 12-year-old daughter who will be an exchange student in Quebec this winter. They are well-made, soft and cozy, and the cool designs make them feel more like yoga pants than long underwear. She loves them! She is 5‘4“ and 115 pounds, the extra small fit her well.
The pants are short, not even reaching the top of my ankle and the material did not have enough elasticity making them tight in the knees when I bent them.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 31, 2019
We are sorry to hear that the fit didn't work out for you in these and we thank you for providing that feedback. Please know, your satisfaction is guaranteed and if you decide you'd like to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) those back, we'd be happy to offer a credit.
Now more breathable for high output activities, the Capilene midweight bottoms have been a winter essential because they provide warmth without bulk under shell pants, drysuit or even hiking or casual pants on cold days. I like the midweight for most of my winter adventures alpine skiing and snowboarding, backcountry skiing, whitewater kayaking and... Read More hiking.
Warm but loose fitting
I finally got my first pair of base layer bottoms. I own the Thermal weight tops (love!) but went with Midweight for bottomsbecause I wanted a thinner pant to fit under nordic ski pants/tights. These Midweight bottoms are awesome for warmth. I think if I had bought the Thermal weight bottoms, they would have been too thick and too warm. Maybe great... Read More to have as a single layer pant to wear while hiking or camping in fall/winter/early spring. I have used my Midweight bottoms for running at night in 30-40 degree weather, and have used them to sleep at night while camping in 20 degrees. Stayed warm! Why have I waited this long to invest in a pair?! They also fit well under skinny jeans. I have even worn them to work under a quilted skirt. So versatile! Will probably invest in a second pair! My only gripe is they are slightly loose on me - but I am tiny. 5'1 and 95 lbs and wearing the XXS size. So while they do not fit like yoga leggings, they definitely still fit like tights. Just slightly looser but could just be me!
Okay, these may be one of the comfiest things I've ever worn for a base layer. Or maybe even any layer. I have worn these twice now for walking across campus in below zero weather and they have surpassed my expectations. With only one other layer on top of them, I was exactly where I needed to be for warmth. I can see myself wearing these camp... Read Moreing, hiking, skiing, really anything. It's awesome to not feel the instant reaction of peeling off a base layer after a day in chilly weather. I liked the waistband a lot too, it didn't squeeze me too tight and it's a nice size band.
Not Stretchy Enough
I had to return my xs Capilene bottoms because they were not stretchy enough to wear skiing under my nordic and alpine pants. They were also quite short - only hit the upper ankle. I have a pair of Capilene that are 20 years old and I am sad to say these new ones just don't measure up!
Great fit and fabric
I have worn Patagonia bottom base layers for so long, I wasn't even sure what weight they were. The two pair I have must be 12 or more years old, but they are finally showing some wear (I wear them every weekend in the winter!), so I bought a new pair of midweight capilene bottoms. I was thinking maybe these were too heavy for backcountry skii... Read Moreng, but they are a similar weight to my old ones. The fabric is very soft and the fit is perfect, maybe a little closer fit than the old ones. The seams are smooth and I'm looking forward to wearing them skiing.
Underwear? Outerwear? You decide....
All this talk of whether leggings can be worn as pants and then, Patagonia gives the world these...I ordered the Arctic Ox print in Navy with the plan to just replace the previous version of midweight baselayers I had that had basically worn out after many, many years. So, intended purpose: baselayers for all things outside and cold. Where I am act... Read Moreually wearing them: Everywhere. It turns out if you throw some kind of tunic or sweater over them and then finish off with a pair of boots you are actually dressed. I've worn them working (even in the office, although I do work in a generally casual setting), hiking, momming, sleeping, sports spectatoring, travelling and camping. They only stretch out a tiny bit--which is a (good) change from the old, old styles. And, I have to add, they are really cute. Compliments on the regular. I am 5'7" and 140 lbs with muscular legs; the Medium are a good fit. Breathable, comfortable, versatile and cute....Win!
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