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Bring back the old merino wool shirts
As a somewhat tall and thin guy, I was surprised to find this shirt to fit quite tight. The FABRIC, however, is where Patagonia have now really got it wrong. Although soft, it is very, very thin with poor stretch properties compared to the merino wool t-shirts of ten years ago. (Those contained something like 85% wool / 15% nylon.) The blend of 65%... Read More wool / 35% polyester results in a fabric that is less durable and less comfortable, especially when wet. When damp/wet, the shirt sticks to my skin and is awfully difficult to remove. To take advantage of wool's wicking properties, the fabric needs to be thicker. (Wool and nylon threads elongate when wet, while polyester tends not to.) Beyond that, a thin fabric like this simply becomes saturated. I understand that Patagonia (admirably) strive to incorporate recycled polyester into their textile supply, but I sense that the case of this shirt, that and cost were the only two factors that got considered.
Hi David! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes we've made throughout the years. We truly appreciate this feedback, and we'll share it with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Great looking and versatile shirt
Wow! So impressed with this shirt. Feels good and doesn't itch, wore each of two shirts I brought with me on a trip to CO and they looked great the second day and even better, smelled great! Colors are really nice (I bought 3 - black, green and gold). Fit is great too. I am 5'9", 178 and 69 years old. I have been a Patajunkie for a r... Read Moreeally long time and it is products like these that keep me coming back! As I remind myself when shopping Patagonia, while a bit more expensive, my Patagonia clothing gets boring before they wear out if they ever do!
My go-to shirt
I live in Texas and need a shirt that feels cool. This fits the bill! Great for activities and dries quickly. Only draw-back is that it isn't super durable. A few hole developed after a few wash/dry cycles. Although, that isn't ideal, I love the shirt and will wear it everyday with those holes!
Hi Rob, thank you for this review. We're sorry to hear about the holes! Merino products can require a little more care than most. To maximize the life of your Merino blend shirts we recommend machine washing them in Cold, on the Gentle cycle, no bleach, and drying flat. Please let us know if we can be of any help!
Not biodegradable + allergies to synthetic
I am sorry that you seem to have stopped producing 100% merino underwear items.the new capilene is not biodegradable and for these reasons (including allergy to dyes) I dont want to buy and wear capilene. sorry about this! Have been a faithful customer. Only buying external wear that might be with synthetic fibers.
Hello Fleur, thank you so much for your review and we are very sorry that this product did not work out for you. Please know you are more than welcome to start a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
I just did a 1100
I just did a 1100 mile bike tour and this shirt was my mvp (most valuable piece of equipment). I wore it every day for 26 days, washed it out every night, it was dry in the morning. It did not stink and very comfortable. I bought two for my son who is also active. You cant go wrong with this and worth every penny.
Great Fit & Performance
Fits slim - especially after being washed. Super soft & comfortable. Wicks sweat effectively and dries out quickly. I've worn this shirt mountain biking and to work. My only complaint is a bit of nipple chafing but that was only on multi-hour mountain bike rides in very humid climates.
This is an absolutely perfect shirt. It's super lightweight and breathable so it feels great on hot days, but it's not see through. The cut is great, it hangs loose but is not baggy. It wicks sweat and doesn't get stinky over time. And the design is very minimal so you can wear it every day. I picked up one of these for backpacki... Read Moreng, but now I have many of them to wear at home, at work, and on the trail. Patagonia... please, please, please make a sun hoody with this same Capilene Cool Merino fabric!
Solid shirt! Kinda delicate.
I have 5 of these shirts, and I really wear them for everything: undershirt, casual T, hiking, running and even climbing. It's not a highly durable piece, though, so I worry how it will hold up long-term, and hesitate to climb in it again. However, in as a general active piece, it's great for hiking or as a trail runner, or similar! It re... Read Moregulates heat even as I'm sweating, and dries out super quicky. Mine gets drenched during a long run but dries out rather quickly when I'm done, and it doesn't hold any odor. I typically wear mine for several days of intense activity without it needing a wash. That all said, it's DELICATE. It can snag and little micro tears appear out of nowhere. It pills a bit but I don't mind that, as it makes it even softer over time. A heavy pack could exacerbate pilling or micro-tearing. Overall, solid piece that I definitely recommend. Hopefully some improvements can be made in it's durability.
Good but light weight
I have tried similar shirts where I didn't like the 2 way stretch. They sag when sweaty to the length of a dress which tugged and was very uncomfortable. The Capilene shirt does not do that fortunately, but shares the other flaw I have found in most running shirts: they are a bit too light weight. If this shirt was a bit thicker, it would feel... Read More more rugged and like it would last longer. That being said, I have experience with merino wool socks and can attest to the material's durability. For now, this is a very comfortable running shirt and I expect mine will last a long time.
Nice fabric, poor fit/sizing
I have been a fan of Patagonia products for many many years. I am hiking the John Muir trail next month and wanted a wool blend shirt. The Patagonia shirt looked like a great option but sadly its not. Ive worn the shirt a number of times now and while the fabric feels great and seems to wick well, the fit is terrible. The shirt is way to long and t... Read Morehe neckline too droopy and loose. Sadly I cannot recommend this shirt. Still looking for a good wool hiking shirt.
Thank you for submitting this review, William. We're so sorry to hear the fit of this shirt didn't work for you! We'll reach out to you about returning it.
Not worth it.
I thought this shirt would be super comfortable and something I wear often. Ive worn it a couple times now. It seems a little on the tighter side. Very light weight which is good. I think cause the fabric is wool, it does feel kinda itchy. If you have sensitive skin I think it might irritate it. Its suppose to be a cooling tee but in my opinion I s... Read Moreee no difference. Overall its alright but I dont think its worth the price.
Thank you for submitting this review, Brenton. This feedback is very helpful to both our designers and other customers. We're so sorry this shirt wasn't comfortable for you! If you decide you want to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it, we'll be happy to help. In the meantime, if you're interested in a baselayer you might find the Capilene Cool Daily Shirt more comfortable. While it has many of the same properties as the Capilene Cool Merino Shirt it has a regular fit, instead of slim, and won't itch.
I bought 2 of these tee-shirt. Like on the first they are the very best. Thats why I keep buying them. If didnt like them I would keep buying them I love Patagonia for what they stand for. Thats why over many years this the company I buy from. Keep the great Philosophy and what you stand for. Thats why you are the very best
Would love a thicker version
I love the patagonia merino + polyester shirts both for sports and casual wear and was sad when they were dropped due to sourcing issues a few years back. The merino combination with polyester has the durability but not the sheen of the merino+nylon that other brands use and I don't like that sheen for casual wear. Unfortunately, I find the ca... Read Morepilene cool merino series is a bit too thin for casual wear, it's almost see-through, so unless you want to show off some big muscle it's not that great. Maybe Patagonia can offer a bit heavier version for casual wear in the future?
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry the new style is a bit disappointing. You might take a look at our "slim" fit [Capilene Air Crew](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-air-crew-neck-shirt/36515.html?dwvar_36515_color=CNY&cgid=root) which is comfortable across a wide range of temperatures and looks as good on the trail as it does in the city!
Great warm weather T
I appreciate this shirt so much I have three of them. These Ts are perfect in warm to hot climates, they hold their shape really well even after lots of adventures and many washes. They seem to not really carry BO which is a relief not just for yourself but others also. Love this T
The best for temps
These shirts have become my daily go to 'uniform" for night shift; with temps ranging from 20 to 50s and then some. The blend of Cap and Mer is utter perfection. Will be expanding my collection and replacing my beloved organic cotton Tees as they begin to succumb to washing, wear and age.
I where this t-shirt summer and winter. In the winter I use it as my base layer. Summer alone or as an undershirt. Does not smell if you sweat in it. Warm in the Winter cool in the Summer. ONLY down side is it rips easily after a few months. I bought 3 on my second order, 3 on my first order. Two on the original order did eventually rip but it woul... Read Mored never stop me from buying 3 more!
Best active outdoor shirt
I use this instead of a cycle jersey because it is comfy, looks cool and casual, but also because it is surprisingly warm without making you overheat. It is super durable. I bought the same shirt a few years back and have probably worn it 100+ times. The shirt is still in perfect condition but I couldn't even read the tag to see what size it w... Read Moreas for purchasing this new alternate.
The Capalene takes me back appx 10 years one merino breathable layers are best industry. I was little apprehensive when Patagonia decides to open in my home town Cardiff by the Sea. BUT your staff treats me my wife land two grown like family! Thanks Roy Chad Troy and entire team at Cardiff Patagonia ️
Heavy Pilling After One Hike
I expect more from Patagonia. Especially for a shirt that costs this much and is meant for active use. I bought this shirt to go on hikes. After one hike in calm, sunny weather, it is already showing heavy pilling on the front and back. I am very disappointed in this product.
Hi Francisco! Thanks for letting us know about your shirt pilling. When fabrics, especially wool, meet friction pilling will occur. Often this can happen if there's abrasiveness from a pack or something similar. You're more than welcome to return this for a warranty. You might prefer something like our [Men's Capilene® Cool Lightweight Shirt](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-capilene-cool-lightweight-shirt/45760.html) which has a fabric that's less prone to catching or pilling.
HOLEY shirt !!!
Beware, I washed as per instructions and after 2 washes I started to see fraying and beginning of holes in near the bottom half of the shirt ! Disappointing
Hi Michael, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're so sorry to hear that your shirt developed a hole. We definitely expect better durability out of our gear so we're also very disappointed by this. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance!
Went for a run, came back with a soaked shirt. As I was taking the shirt off, I ripped a fist sized hole in it. The fabric is great but not strong when wet with sweat.
Hello JR, yikes, so sorry to learn about the tear. We are happy to take a look at the shirt under our guarantee. You are welcome to send it [back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a warranty evaluation at your convenience.
I Want to Love It
I really, really want to love this shirt. Especially because I purchased two or them! The pros: they are super light weight and soft, definitely the most comfortable shirts I own. I am also so happy Patagonia makes mens XS sizes as most womens merino clothing is super fitted and too long for me, so the fit is great! My only complaint is durability.... Read More My shirts began piling after two wears and only moderate use. I wore a small pack with a 1 belt on a short hike and immediately noticed A LOT of piling on an already thin shirt. This is so important in my opinion as most people purchasing merino wool intending to wear it multiple times while backpacking or hiking and will be experiencing piling as well. I truly want to love these shirts but I feel like my investment isnt going to last very long. I hope Patagonia creates a more durable version of this shirt and hopefully adds more colors as well.
Hi Kori, due to the knit of this item, pilling can be more noticeable on a Capilene® Cool Merino Shirt. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your Capilene® Cool Merino Shirt, you are absolutely welcome to send those in for a warranty returns evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Great all-around shirt
I have one of the old cotton and capilene shirts that I am literally wearing holes in. I wanted to replace it but Patagonia stopped making suitable a replacement. I didn't really care to much about the price since I knew that I would get at least a decade (if not two like my other shirt) of use out of it. I have only used it once on a longer... Read More outdoor day, MTB riding in Tahoe, but I think it was a good test day. I was sweaty enough that I was getting salt rings on my pack then got a tiny bit of sprinkles on it on the way back to the car. Afterwards, we hung out and chatted over lunch. I was never too warm or cold. The only thing I am worried about is the thinness and getting snagged on a tree or something like that. Otherwise, I am sure I will enjoy this shirt for a while.
This one has limits
This shirt feels so great you'll want to wear it all the time. Unlike many of my other Patagonia Wool shirts, this one has limits. I purchased 3 short sleeves and 3 longs sleeves and the issues are: 1. Shrinks a good amount (washed on cold, dried on low), not a dealbreaker. 2. Can not handle any type of friction from a pack; my day pack straps... Read More caused 2 minor holes in the shoulder/collar area and my backpack belt created many holes around my stomach. Patagonia made good as they always do, I just now have to limit what I do in this shirt. It will be great for runs, short hikes without a pack and hanging around. I imagine it will also be a great layering shirt come fall/winter.
Hi Kenny, we're so sorry to hear about the untimely wear on those Men's Capilene® Cool Merino Shirts. We'd be happy to take those back as a warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee. Please feel free to begin that process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
New Favorite Shirt!
Just when I thought I couldn't find a better shirt they had to release this thing! Absolutely hands down the best shirt I own, I actually own 3 of them now. It's insanely soft and comfortable. Super breathable, and you can wear it multiple times before it gets stinky. Love the merino wool and recycled polyester blend. Hopefully new colors... Read More come out soon!
Great fit but not made for all activities
This shirt is so comfy for hiking! But as with other technical shirts from Patagonia this year I have had pilling. It happened on a week of 5-7mile day hikes in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. Anywhere the waist belt and lumbar pad contacted the shirt it pilled up. This shirt less than other materials.
Got this shirt a week ago and loved everything about it! The fit is amazing, super soft, great color(s), and just overall amazing. But within the first 2 hours of wearing there was a snagged thread. I didn't think much of it because it was only one thread. I have had it for a week now and climbed in it twice and there are about 7 new snagged t... Read Morehreads. I have never ever had this happen this bad in a shirt. I'm not sure what is going on but I am super disappointed. I loved this shirt so much until this started to happen. If this wasn't an issue It would easily be one of the best shirts I have ever bought.
Thanks for the feedback Henry! We're so sorry to hear about the snagging. Please reach out to our Customer Service Team to get set up with a replacement.
Don't expect a beefy T.
Obviously in normal times, I would have had the opportunity to feel this shirt in a store but I didn't and I'm glad. For the price, my initial thought where, where's all the fabric!? Maybe someone with more experience would have known but I didn't. As I hate returns ,I put it on to try it out. Its a thin merino wool shirt that f... Read Moreelt great to wear while hiking and running. Really think it fits a great niche in my closet.
I bought the predecessor to this t-shirt many years ago. At the time, people complained about it pilling and whatever else (maybe due to a higher wool content?), but it quit pilling long ago, I still have it and I wear it often, though it's nearly see-through now. So, when I saw there was finally an updated version I bought 3 right away and I&... Read More#x27;m happy I did. Glad to have a merino (mostly) t-shirt to go to every day.
Perfect for warm weather, hiking/workout/running
Its thin and light (cant speak to its durability) but have used it to run and workout at home and love the thin and lightness of it! Also appreciate the style touch with the split hem at bottom of shirt at the sides! Will def be my trail running/ hiking/ workout shirt ! Gotta get More colors !
Great shirt. Super comfy and light. Packs down small and fits true to size. Im probably technically a M but I like my T shirts a little more snug and sometimes I feel like their shirts are a tad large. Only issue with the shirt is I wore it camping last weekend and had three separate locations have a small thread come out which left little holes.... Read More Not sure if it was just the shirt or if I was doing something stupid which is more likely. That being said I just bought another one. Gonie or die
Warning of Wearing on Long Runs or w Running Vest
I have ran 3 ultras in my Patagonia High Endurance gear. I bought this tee to wear for an upcoming ultra and wore on one 10 mile training run. After the run I have SERIOUS chaffing burn in R armpit. I have never chaffed their (or anywhere else) on a run. The other issue is that after only the one 10 mile run, that the shirt has visible piling where... Read More the lower running vest strap goes across my body. I wear my merino wool shirt (from other maker) and it has never had this issue.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on our Capilene Cool Merino Shirt. We're sorry to hear that you experienced chaffing while wearing it, it could be that a different size could make all the difference. As far as the pilling is concerned, friction will always be the main culprit, and unfortunately that is not always avoidable. The good news is a sweater stone usually does the trick! If you haven't already and you'd like to return or exchange, please click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
6'1", 175. Originally ordered a medium since that is what I wear in almost all of my Patagonia shirts. Fit was definitely slim and a bit tight across the chest. It would have been fine for active wear and using as a baselayer but I wanted a little more versatility from a casual standpoint. Large fit better in the chest if not just a tad l... Read Moreong in the torso. Shirt is super soft and breathes well. No stank after 3 hikes on consecutive days. Love the blend. Haven't had it long enough to comment on durability but have not had any issues.
I'm all for a super lightweight shirt but this was so thin it was sheer.
Hi Caleb, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry that the fabric was not to your liking. Our products are backed by Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee so you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. For a comparable baselayer, the Men's Capilene Cool Daily Shirt may be worth consideration.
I bought this t-shirt for my husband. You had them a few years ago and couldn't get the merino wool for a while. I am so glad they are back - this is positively the best men's t-shirt ever made. They last a long time even with daily wear and they always look immaculate. Never a wrinkle - the fabric drapes and has a low sheen- it covers an... Read Mored the fit is perfect. If you want to look you very casual best - wear this shirt. I also like your woman's longer down vest. Covers your backside and longer under tops.
Ive bought previous versions of this shirtusually when I see a color that inspires me. The last one was a few years ago, in a dark loden green/turquoise. This one is a deep rust. The fabric is greatfeels mostly like merino, its soft and moderates temperatures and perspiration well. And I deeply appreciate being able to find XS at Patagonia to fit m... Read Morey small, slender frame. Unfortunately, they typically run out of stock quickly enough that I don't even see them before they're gone. I still have the previous shirt, and there's no comparison in cut and execution. The older shirt I would describe as a tailored T-shirt. The seams are flawless and smooth. The neck is a better fit, and lies perfectly flat, as do the tops of the sleeves. The sleeves are noticeably longer, which I prefer. For many years now, the sleeves on Patagonias short sleeve shirts, in general, remind me of what was available at places like Pennys when I was growing up in the midwest. I thought they were too short and tacky thenstill do. Short sleeves that come up just shy of the cubital crease look and feel much better to me. Shirts that end with the deltoid just don't work for my taste. You emailed me, and asked for a detailed review, and this may be more than you bargained for. But while Im here, lets talk about color. The colors you choose for women's clothing are great, but for some reason you seem to think that men should be stuck in drab, depressing Microsoft blues, reds, greys, black or moss. Or maybe a screaming chartreuse or Microsoft orange for variety. To me, this is mistakenly giving men the short end of the stick. Loosen up! My recollection is that Patagonia didnt suffer from these tendencies in the Kris McDivitt days, and there was a very distinct shift at some point after. But I wasnt paying attention that closely. Because of the general quality Patagonia has tended to offer over the years and appropriate sizes for the small people, I tend to rely on them more than others. But I think there are some ruts that could be departed from, and I imagine youd be surprised at the reception. Could be mistaken, but you asked. Now that I'm finishing up, I see that the page has removed apostrophes and em-dashes from my review. Hopefully, that's not intentional.
Quality material, good fit, but still not perfect
This is only my personal preference. But most of the Patagonia t-shirts I have purchased are too loose around the collar. For a perfect fit, I wish they were tighter at the collar. Otherwise, great shirt. Quality material, good length and fit through chest and arms.
Great summer shirt
I'm not built for humid heat, despite having lived in the tropics and places with miserable summers like Atlanta. So, I'm willing to splurge on lightweight, hot weather clothing for daily use and for travel. My shoulders are on the upper end of most mediums, so a large fit for me. The shirt dries quickly and although the mercury hasn'... Read More;t gotten too bad yet, it seems to work well enough that I plan to buy another.
Wool for the Summer
I've been wanting to give merino t-shirts a shot for a while but never pulled the trigger because of their high price tag. Once Patagonia came out with them I decided to give it a go and I'm stoked that I did. These are super soft, lightweight, and don't build up odor even after wearing multiple times. Like others have said -they are... Read More quite thin and don't exactly scream durability, but time will tell. I'd also note that they are definitely slim fit, so if you're like me and mainly looking for an everyday t-shirt, I'd go a size up. I tend to prefer a looser fit so I returned the Medium for a Large and I am about 5'8", 150lbs. Overall, great shirts for being active and travelling in warmer weather!
Decent Merino Tee
Pro: --Merino wool --Fits great --Great construction Con: --Too expensive --Too thin Overall I like it, but I just with it's a little heavier.
Thank you for the review on our Capilene Cool Merino Shirt. We're glad you have had some positive experiences with it. The weight of the shirt was designed to help with keeping you cool and the shirt breathable. We're not sure what you were intending on using the shirt for, but if you wanted something warm and heavier, we'd recommend checking out our [thermal weight line](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-thermal-weight-baselayers).
Thin and easily torn
Tore this the third time I wore it when I was trying to take it off. It's a great workout shirt except it doesn't have a lot of stretch so when I was removing it I tore a hole in it. Bummer.
Hey Andrew, sorry to hear this tore while you were taking it off! Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it if you are unsatisfied with its performance.
Not sure what kinda of magic Patagonia uses to make these shirts, but they are warm and cool at the same time. Every time I pull over my head it feels like quality and luxury at the same time. Never retains odor and looks great in a casual setting. Treat yourself and add this to your closet. You will not regret it.
Nothing special but is a good shirt for any type of active wear. Due to how thin it is I wouldn't wear as a casual item as it is semi transparent and can show some nip outline. The shirt will absolutely help keep you cool and you can tell it is made of merino due to its ability to control odor. I think I still like the original Capilene cool b... Read Moreetter.
What happened with the stitching?
So glad to see the merino Capilene is back after a ?two? Year absence. Fabric seems similar to the old one, a good thing. The elegant stitching of the old style is gone, as is the offset style. The offset let you wear the T without abrasion from a backpack, and it looked much more sophisticated than this one. I tried a few other brands while the me... Read Morerino Capilene was not in production, didnt like that they were heavier or had boring stitching. This new model has the same stitching, and I dont like it.
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