Patagonia Capilene 3 Review

The Patagonia Capilene 3 is a synthetic baselayer made for both men and women. It has a snug fit and is ideal for any and all outdoor activities, from a day hike to a backcountry ski trip.

I met with Rachel Piontak at Chautauqua Park where she gave me a testimonial on almost all her gear. She is a true outdoor gal!

She’s run the gamut: bicycle touring across the USA and across Africa, hiking & backpacking the world, and cycling around town. I trust her opinion her outdoor gear as she needs it to keep her safe and secure on all these crazy adventures she goes on (adventures we all wish we could go on!).

Name: Rachel Piontak

Pros: Warm, Lightweight, Not Bulky

Cons: No Thumb Hold

Owned For: 1 Year

Recommends: Yes

Hi, my name is Rachel Piontak, I’m from Catoosa, Oklahoma, and I’m here today to talk about my Patagonia Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck Baselayer.

It’s a Capilene 3, which, correct me if I’m wrong, is the warmest of all the Capilene models. Anyway, it’s very warm, so if it’s not the warmest, I can only imagine how warm the highest level is.

This has been my number-one winter running top. I’m not sure if the makers of this Capilene intended for me to use it like that, but that’s how I wear it. It’s perfect because it has a bit higher of a neck line, as in it doesn’t go up as much as a turtleneck, but it does come to your lower neck. That makes it nice and warm when you’re running, so you don’t need a scarf of anything. It’s also good for walking or biking, or anytime when there is wind. So it also has this large neck zipper for when you start to get warm. And I know when I run I get hot and then cold,  and move my zipper up and down, up and down, up and down–and all I wear under it is generally a t-shirt, or if it’s really cold then maybe a thin long underwear shirt, but that’s all I need. I don’t need anything bulky or wool, etc, because this base-layer itself is really, really great.

I also like it because I got it for pretty cheap, and that’s a bonus! But I think it’s probably worth every penny. I don’t know how much it would normally cost, so I’m not exactly sure on that, but it has been very great for me.

Otherwise… it breathes very well. I don’t know  if the color change in fabric is a stylish thing, or to show that these are different materials so that it breathes well, but it does. So I’ll take that as a good sign. And yeah, that’s my Patagonia Capilene.

Anything that you really don’t like about it? 

There’s nothing that I really don’t like about it, but if I could change one thing, it would be that you would have a bit longer of a sleeve with a thumb spot. Because I always end up wearing this baselayer when it’s cold, so I always end up holding on to the ends of the sleeves because my hand is too cold to be exposed. So, if there was something for my thumb to go in and rest on, it would be ideal. Other than that, it’s perfect.

How many stars out of 5 would you give it?

I would give it a 4.5, and not 5 only because of the thumb.

Great, thank you so much!


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