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Patagonia® Performance Baselayers Capilene® & Wool
Patagonia® Performance Baselayers
 
 
 
 
 
Capilene Baselayer
Wool Baselayer
Capilene® Performance Characteristics
  • Quick to wick, quick to dry
  • Designed for fast-forward aerobic activities
  • Now with Gladiodor natural odor control
  • Made with recycled polyester (50% recycled content or more)
  • 100% recyclable
  • Machine washable
 

 
Capilene® 1
Stay dry and cool in this silky baselayer designed for high-exertion, hot weather pursuits.
 
Ideal Uses: Trail running, sea kayaking, flats fishing, hiking, climbing, summer mountaineering.
 
 
Capilene® 2
 
Stay dry and cool in this highly breathable baselayer designed for a wide range of exertion levels.
 
Ideal Uses: Mountain biking, trail running, climbing, hiking.
 
 
Capilene® 3
 
Stay dry and warm in this versatile baselayer designed for moderate exertion in cool to cold weather.
 
Ideal Uses: Backcountry skiing/snowboarding, Nordic skiing, climbing, kayaking, hiking.
 
 
Capilene® 4
 
Stay dry and warm in this stretchy baselayer designed for high-output stop-and-go activities in cold weather.
 
Ideal Uses: Ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding, cold-weather mountaineering, fly fishing.
 
Wool Performance Characteristics
  • 100% merino wool is the ideal natural fiber for performance baselayers
  • Regulates body temperature by controlling the rate of evaporative cooling
  • Soft next to skin
  • Naturally odor resistant
  • Chlorine-free
  • Machine washable

 
Wool 2
 
Stay warm and dry in this versatile natural-fiber baselayer designed for moderate exertion in cool to cold weather.
 
Ideal Uses: Mountaineering, skiing, trekking, snowboarding, climbing, cycling.
 
 
Wool 3
 
Stay dry and warm in this breathable natural-fiber baselayer designed for moderate exertion in cool to cold weather.
 
Ideal Uses: Mountaineering, skiing, trekking, snowboarding, climbing, cycling.
 
 
Wool 4
 
Stay dry and warm in this toasty natural-fiber baselayer designed for stop-and-go activities in cold conditions.
 
Ideal Uses: Mountainerring, skiing, trekking, snowboarding, sailing.
 
 
How to choose
 
Both fabrics move moisture away from the skin, provide environmentally safe odor control, and are machine washable, but there are some key differences between the two.
 
When should I choose wool over Capilene Polyester?
  • If you prefer the feel of a natural fiber on your skin
  • For a fabric that's warmer for its weight than Capilene polyester
  • For natural odor control that will not diminish even with repeated washings
When should I choose Capilene Polyester over Wool?
  • For more fast-forward aerobic activities
  • For hot-weather activities (Capilene 1)
  • For a quicker drying fabric
  • If you have an allergy to wool
 
 
Fabric: Capilene® Polyester Baselayer
 
Patagonia® Capilene® is still a moisture-wicking polyester fabric that keeps you warm even when wet and dries quickly. Now, Capilene Polyester is also recycled, recyclable and features Gladiodor™ natural odor control.
 
Technology: Gladiodor™ Natural Odor Control
 
The story
 
Most companies use heavy-metal (silver) ions to kill the bacteria that causes odor in their clothing:
  • Heavy metals are a major groundwater pollutant
  • Heavy metals are not safe for human ingestion
  • Bacteria can build resistance to silver
These risks were unacceptable to Patagonia®, so they developed a safe, nonpolluting alternative:
  • Gladiodor™ natural odor control comprises naturally derived amino acid chains
  • Gladiodor™ technology kills odor-causing bacteria
  • Gladiodor™ technology is nonpolluting and safe for humans
  • Gladiodor™ natural odor control is durable
 
Fabric: Merino Wool Baselayer
 
Only a few ranches in the world are capable of growing wool that meets Patagonia's standards for Performance Baselayers. Even though all wool retains its insulative qualities while wet, only exceptionally fine wool can wick moisture away from the skin. Patagonia buys only 100% merino wool from three superbly run ranches in the southern alps of New Zealand capable of producing wool fiber to an 18.5 micron fineness, or about 1/5 as thick as a human hair. Patagonia is confident that their wool is the best in the world for use as a moisture-managing baselayer. And it is exceptionally soft against the skin, naturally odor-resistant and machine washable.
 
There are other benefits. Environmental standards for stock raising are stringent. The ratio of head to hectare is low. The sheep graze on natural grass and drink spring water. They are not subject to painful mulesing. Their wool, because it is so fine can be slow-washed without environmentally harmful chlorine.
 
Wool performance charateristics:
  • 100% merino wool is the ideal natural fiber for Performance Baselayers
  • Regulates body temperature by controlling the rate of evaporative cooling
  • Soft next to skin
  • Naturally moves moisture away from skin
  • Naturally odor resistant
  • Chlorine-free
  • Machine washable (lay flat to dry)
 
 
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