Patagonia Capilene Baselayer Review

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.

The Capilene baselayer has flat-lock seams to reduce chafing and a long cut for maximum coverage. The beauty of a synthetic baselayer like the Capilene is you can wash it a million times without any sort of special care – and it will last for years.

Patagonia have been making outdoor gear since the 1960s when founder Yvon Chouinard starting making and selling climbing pitons from the back of his car in California. Today the company has evolved into one of the largest outdoor brands in the world.

Your conscience can rest easy when you buy an item of clothing from Patagonia. The environmental impact of every single garment in measured – from crop to final product – for everyone to see. The Capilene baselayer is made with 92 per cent recycled polyester and is BlueSign approved. This certifies that it’s been made according to the most exacting set of environmental and ethical standards in the textile industry, protecting the environment as well as the working conditions of the people making it.

Next time you are looking to buy a long-lasting baselayer to wear into the backcountry during winter, make sure you try on the Patagonia Capilene baselayer top. You might never want to take it off.

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