PatagoniaCapilene Midweight Zip-Neck Top - Women's

Squeeze the most out of the colder, shorter days.

Versatility is the name of the game with the Patagonia Women's Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck Top. For the winter athlete who wants to wear the same thing when she runs, climbs, skis, and hikes, this 1/2-zip baselayer is made from a toasty, breathable, and moisture-wicking Polartec Power Grid fabric for all-day comfort. Patagonia treated this top with odor-fighting Polygiene to keep the stink away when you're participating in those activities on back-to-back days. Offset shoulder seams and a flatlock construction minimize chafing, while the underarm gusset keeps your range of motion uninhibited. The elastic thumbholes act as a last line of defense to prevent the piercing wind from getting in.

  • Polartec Power Grid (100% polyester)
  • Odor-fighting Polygiene treatment
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Underarm gusset
  • Flatlock seams
  • Elastic thumbholes
  • Slim fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Must have base layer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've been wearing Patagonia base layers and various clothing pieces for years and continue to be completely satisfied with their products. Comfortable material that wicks moisture and keeps your warm. 3/4 zipper allows you to ventilate when you do get a little too toasty. Thumb loops keep sleeves in place if needed, good length in the body as well. Staple layering piece for everyone in our family.

Basics

    The pullover base layer is nice, great feel, not itchy or irritating. Feels good on the skin.

    Garmet has an odd, unpleasant odor

      Patagonia capilene midweight base layers have been my go-to item for warmth for many years. I've loved them all. Fresh out of the box, this one has an odd odor (faintly, that of a dead animal). I'm returning it, as I have no idea if the odor would come out with washing.

      Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck Top

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I purchased this top to wear while skiing because I am usually cold, but find that my Nano Puff makes me to hot. I needed a happy medium layer. This top is perfect for that! Fits comfortably under my jacket and over a light shirt. Definitely going to be my go-to layer for these warmer ski days. You can't go wrong with anything Patagonia.

      Solid Base Layer

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      Soft and warm grid pattern lining. Does keep you warm, so the zipper is a plus for this base layer, adds a little flow of air with warmer weather.

      Another Solid Piece from Patagoina

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I bought a pair of Capilene leggings, and loved the material and how warm they were. So naturally I needed a top to match. I like the weight and how breathable this top is. Its a great layering piece, and will keep you warm on most days. This top is a bit boxy, and I do wish it was a bit more form fitting in order to hold my body heat in more efficiently. The sizing is correct so I do not recommend sizing down, just add an extra layer underneath on some of the colder days on the mountain.

      Nice shirt, fit is a bit large

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: S

      Quality-wise, perfect. Lightweight. Zips function well.

      The fit is a bit large for 'slim fit'. The length is a little long. Lots of extra fabric around the gut area, though not so bad that I want to return. It sure will make it easier to layer underneath.

      Go-to cold weather layering piece

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      This is my friend's go-to cold weather gear for longer than she can remember and never lets her down! This model is very comfortable. Material feels nice against her skin. Design allows for full range of motion without riding up, or bunching up at all. The midweight works for her on all but the coldest days on the mountain. Love the Underwater blue color. A classic that will always perform!

      Impressive Top

      • Size Bought: medium

      This is a great piece for layering or stand alone. I was a little skeptical of the new elastic thumb strap, and have since decided it is awesome. It is perfect to keep the arms in place and easily goes unnoticed while wearing. I have primarily been wearing this as a base layer for skiing paired with other layers on cold days. It is becoming my favorite top for ski touring as a stand a lone piece on the uphill. It fits well in M. The zip neck is nice and deep so dumping excess heat is a breeze!

      I've seen this on you and it's beautiful. Makes me wanna snag one! Thanks for your review.

      All Time

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      This is my go to base layer, capilene is the way to go for a warm breathable base layer. I have been wearing variations of capilene since i was a kid and dont intend on changing it up. I am 5'3 125 and I wear a medium in this top. Great for skiing, camping, hiking, touring, etc.

      So far, so great.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Size Bought: XS

      SIZE REFERENCE:
      Height: 5' 4.75" with +1 ape index (arms are 1 inch longer than my height)
      Current weight: 103 lb.
      Bra: 34AA
      Waist: 26 in.

      *check back soon for pics!*

      FIT PROS: This piece fits me pretty well throughout the torso and the neck. It's not overly tight on my neck--it fits just right (and I'm really picky about that kind of thing). I could have probably gone with an XXS, but I like having the option of wearing another layer underneath if it's a long-sleeved piece. It fits pretty comfortably for me--not too tight, not too baggy. Being a slim fit piece, it should fit a bit closer to the body to maximize its performance AS a baselayer. It is almost true to size to Patagonia's slim fit--I'd say it has a CINCH less of a tailored effect on my body (i.e., it runs just a tad more toward their regular fit) compared to their other slim-fit pieces. It also has good coverage in terms of length, coming in right at about wrist length--so, great for tucking into baselayer bottoms, ski pants, or whatnot.

      FIT CONS: I found that for some reason, Patagonia's thermal weight capilene fits my arms a little bit better in terms of length (perhaps it's the amount of stretch). When using the thumb straps, this piece (the midweight) is slightly more constricting on my thumbs, but it's not something that's uncomfortable enough to make me not want to wear it. I'd say if I knew I was going to be wearing a baselayer all day skiing, I might go with the thermal for optimal comfort.

      PERFORMANCE PROS: (Note: I haven't gotten much use out of this piece yet since it's just now transitioning into cooler weather, so check back for updates!) As far as I have been able to tell, the breathability is good in this piece, and since it's treated with Polygiene I didn't notice much of a stink to it after the few times of wearing it, but I did throw it in the washer to test its performance and to see how well it dries. It does really well in a cold wash and a line-dry. I always line-dry my technical pieces just to be safe, and it does dry very, very quickly. The quarter-zip feature has also treated me very well, and I never have problems with any of Patagonia's zippers. The internal fleece lining on the zipper is a nice, soft touch, too.

      PERFORMANCE CONS: Compared to the thermal weight, I've noticed that this garment has slightly less next-to-skin comfort. The thermal weight's interior is very soft, and I prefer it to the midweight. For this reason I would give it a 4.5 if I could. But the midweight does have a place in the closet, and I will get a ton of use out of it this winter!


      BOTTOM LINE: If you're all about comfort, and you're preparing for a harsh winter, I think the thermal weight edges out the midweight. However, the midweight is definitely a fantastic piece, especially for the days that you know you're going to be really active and it hasn't quite reached bone-chilling temperatures outside. I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up over time. Updates for its use in colder weather are to come! To be continued...