Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Bottoms

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Weight 6.6 oz / 187 g
Solid Fabric 5.4oz Polartec® Power Dry® 100% Polyester Double-Knit, 65% Recycled, Gladiodor®
Heathered Fabric 5.4 oz Polartec Power Dry 100% Polyester Double-Knit, 51% Recycled, Gladiodor®



Excellent base layer bottoms. I was looking for a…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30


Excellent base layer bottoms.


  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • Durable

I was looking for a comfortable pair of base layer bottoms to keep me warm under my work dress pants. These things were perfect. I am about 5'11" 180 lbs with a 33/34 inch waist and I think the medium is a perfect fit. These bottoms are form fitting but not so constricting where it feels too tight or decreases my mobility.

The material is very soft to the touch and stretchy. I have read stories about other base layer materials getting ripped by toe nails when people have tried to put them on, but this material has so far been very durable and doesn't seem prone to getting ripped by a toe nail snag.

The moisture and heat control seem to be pretty good with this material. I am on my feet at work for 8 hours a day and I never feel sweaty or cold in these.

Unless it's absolutely freezing, I would recommend getting these. Based on reviews, the Capilene 4 doesn't seem that much warmer. If you really want a heavyweight bottom, the Patagonia Piton bottom seems like it would do the job.

Retailers' Descriptions

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Stay dry and warm in Patagonia's versatile Capilene 3 baselayer for moderate exertion in cool or cold weather.


Stay comfortable during any activity in very cold weather with the men's Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight long underwear bottoms, a warm and highly breathable next-to-skin layer.


Patagonia's most versatile baselayer, the Capilene 3 Midweight Bottoms keep you dry and comfortable when the weather turns nasty. When you're working hard, Cap 3 wicks moisture to keep you dry, and when you're stuck on belay duty it insulates to keep you warm. Put it to the test! 5.4-oz (183-g) Polartec(R) Power Dry(R) 100% polyester (solids: 65% recycled; heathers: 51% recycled; stripes: 56% recycled) double knit with Polygiene(R) permanent odor control Stretchy double-knit fabric wicks extremely well Durable smooth jersey face slides easily beneath layers Fabric is brushed for warmth, softness and compressibility; provides excellent insulation and breathability Elastic waistband is brushed for next-to-skin softness Gusseted crotch for unimpeded mobility Functional fly Machine wash cold, tumble dry at low temperature

- OMCgear

An alpine fact: Sweaty leads turn into cold belays. Designed to manage the extremes of high-output exertion in cool-to-cold conditions and to keep you dry and warm beneath layers, Capilene(R) 3 Midweight baselayer is the most versatile of our performance baselayers. Brushed on the inside for warmth, these bottoms are soft and compressible and have a smooth face that glides easily under layers. Details include a brushed elastic waistband and a gusseted crotch with a functional fly. Made of a 5.4-oz Polartec(R) Power Dry(R) 100% polyester double knit, with Polygiene(R) permanent odor control. Fabric is bluesign(R) approved.


Whether you're running, climbing (ice or rock), hiking, backpacking, skiing, or snowboarding, you'll love the Patagonia Men's Capilene 3 Midweight Bottom. Slip this bottom on under shell pants and you'll immediately recognize the free movement you have, and when you're in the middle of your activity you'll notice how well it breathes.