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I'm wondering if any of you have experience with both Capilene and the "Bergelene" product from EMS. I've got what I think are a set of "mid weight" Bergelene tops/bottoms from probably 15-20 years ago. I'm comparing them to Capilene 3.
What I want to achieve:
- most warmth per ounce to carry, or looking at it another way, the lightest to provide the required warmth
- most compact/packable
- warm if it gets damp, or looked at another way, the best wicking of moisture to keep me warm and dry
The Bergelene has a soft inside, almost like a microfleece. The Capilene has are more "waffle" like inside.
The Bergelene has served me OK. I will say I tend to get sweaty in it if I'm very active (with or without the Bergelene, but especially with it). So given that many years have passed since I bought the Bergelene, I'm contemplating whether the newer technology (?) Capilene might serve me better on my cool-weather adventures.
The waffle pattern Capilene seems like it might be less prone to holding moisture from sweat though the softer Bergelene might be more comfortable when dry. The Capilene feels like "technical" gear whereas the Bergelene feels like a pair of light pajamas. I'm not sure if this different "feel" will translate into different performance. e.g. they both claim to be "wicking".
My intended use is as a base layer in sub-freezing weather. If it's very cold I'd wear it while active, under mid/outer layers. If it's warmer I'd just wear it as a base layer around camp, or for extra warmth in my sleeping bag.
I'll likely use them in a variety of areas ranging from coastal to inland mountains.
What do you all think?