Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck
9.1 oz / 258 g
5.9 oz Polartec® Power Dry® 94% Polyester, 53% Recycled, 6% Spandex, Gladiodor®
5.9 oz Polartec Power Dry 94% Polyester, 52% Recycled, 6% Spandex, Gladiodor®
The standard for synthetic base layer tops. Patagonia…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
The standard for synthetic base layer tops. Patagonia quality, long lasting, soft feel, warm, excellent fit.
- Typical Patagona quality
- Looks good enough to wear around town
- None, unless you count price.
I am a big fan of Patagonia's Capilene. I have a Capilene midweight top and bottom (back when Patagonia offered 3 weights instead of 4, as it does now) that I have owned since the mid '80s. Those two pieces have gotten a lot of use, including hiking, skiing, bike touring, climbing and just walking around and still look good.
According to Patagonia's website, Capilene products are made from Polartec Power Dry polyester. I presume Capilene is a proprietary version of this fabric. I bought it to layer over my midweight top or wear alone in colder weather. The fit is looser than the midweight, which is very form fitting, so if you want something that clings to your body, consider a size smaller than you usually get.
The sleeves are long enough so that when you extend your arms out in front of you, your wrists are still covered, which I consider an important design feature. It is also long, so it won't pull out of your pants and expose your skin while bending over. The length might bother some people because there is a lot to tuck in, but I prefer it that way.
The Expedition weight fabric has a soft, slick feel on the outside, but is textured on the inside, like fleece, which makes it feel more like wool than a synthetic.
Capilene in general is warm,even when wet, and dries very quickly. Unlike the old polyesters, Capilene doesn't smell like a wet dog or worse after extended (multi-day) wear.
My top is gray, but it is available in different colors. I wear mine as a top around town (LA) under a light fleece jacket, but it is a bit warm to wear indoors for long, so it is better suited for walks or sitting outside.
About Patagonia pricing: Patagonia clothing is expensive, no question. However, my midweights have lasted more than twenty years, so I consider them a bargain. Patagonia does have sales every now and then and I got my top half price at my local Patagonia store (in Venice on Main for you locals).
Patagonia is a progressive company started by Yvon Chouinard, a well-known climber and evironmentalist (he also started Black Diamond). The company donates to environmental organizations and supports recyling.
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Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Capilene 4 EW Zip-Neck FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Capilene 4 EW Zip-Neck Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric has a smooth face for easy layering Fabric's open grid pattern next to skin provides superior warmth, breathability and moisture-wicking performance Spandex for stretch and ease of movement Thumb loops for secure hand coverage Long center front zipper vents body heat Raglan sleeves minimize chafe, maximize movement; cut long enough to tuck in Machine-wash cold, tumble dry at low temperature SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Capilene 4 EW Zip-Neck Weight: 6.7 oz / 190 g Slim fit 3.8-oz (108 g) Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric: Solids, 92% recycled polyester / 8% spandex; heathers, 91% polyester (30% recycled) / 9% spandex, with Polygene permanent odor control Fabric is blue sign approved This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Stay warm and dry in cool-to-cold conditions in our warmest and most breathable baselayer. When a foot-wide ledge becomes your bed for the night, this compressible zip-neck helps turn up the heat. The warmest and most breathable baselayer in the Capilene family, Capilene 4 keeps you dry and comfortable in cool-to-cold conditions and through long nights. It has a soft, stretchy feel, with a smooth face that glides beneath layers. Its open-grid brushed fleece interior warms your core, wicks moisture and rests smoothly against your skin. Details include articulated, offset-seamed sleeves for complete shoulder mobility, hidden thumb loops to ensure wrist coverage and an elongated zipper for efficient venting. The drop-tail hem stays put under a harness. Made of 3.8-oz Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric with Polygiene permanent odor control. Fabric is bluesign approved.
- Ramsey Outdoor
The Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip Neck Top from Patagonia is made from Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric for excellent warmth retention and breathability. In fact, the Cap 4 Expedition Weight Zip Neck is the warmest and most breathable top in the Capilene family, so you're guaranteed to stay warm and dry no matter where you set up base camp. PRODUCT FEATURES: Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric has a smooth jersey face for easy layering Open grid next to skin provides superior warmth, breathability and moisture-wicking performance Spandex adds stretch and ease of Thumb loops for secure hand coverage Long center front zipper vents body heat Cut long enough to tuck in Articulated raglan sleeves minimize chafe, maximize movement 3.8-oz (129-g) Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric (solids: 92% all-recycled polyester/8% spandex; heathers: 91% polyester (30% recycled)/9% spandex), with Polygiene permanent odor control 190 g (6.7 oz) Made in Colombia
- Appalachian Outdoors
Patgonia's warmest and most breathable synthetic baselayer keeps you dry and comfortable in cold conditions.
The Patagonia Capilene 4 EW Bottoms are the warmest and most breathable baselayer in the Capilene family. They have a soft, stretchy feel and a smooth face that glides beneath layers. Regardless if you're wearing these on an expedition or belaying your partner on ice climb you'll feel warm and cozy. Polartec(R) Power Dry(R) High Efficiency fabric has a smooth face for easy layering Fabric's open grid pattern next to skin provides superior warmth, breathability and moisture-wicking performance Spandex for stretch and ease of movement Thumb loops for secure hand coverage Long center-front zipper vents body heat Raglan sleeves minimize chafe, maximize movement; cut long enough to tuck in