Wool or synthetic? It’s a constant debate in the outdoor community over which material makes the best baselayer. Wool baselayers are warmer than synthetic ones, but synthetic baselayers dry more quickly than wool.
Patagonia have combined the best of both worlds in their Capilene baselayer. Made from polyester and spandex, this thermal top has the quick-drying qualities of a synthetic baselayer with the warmth of a wool one. If you are planning on sweating up hill on touring skis or a splitboard, this is the baselayer you will want.
“The Capilene baselayer is made with 92 per cent recycled polyester and is BlueSign approved.”
Baselayers are important part of any skier or snowboarder’s layering system. They move sweat away from your skin when you are active so you won’t feel the chill when you cool down.
Made with Polartec Power Grid fabric, the Capilene baselayer is soft, stretchy and smooth making it easy to layer. It is lined with Thermal Weight fleece which not only offers more warmth than a regular synthetic baselayer but means it is also more breathable than any other thermal created by Patagonia.
It is treated with Polygiene permanent odour control, which is made from natural silver salts that stop odour-causing bacteria harbouring in your baselayer making it smell.