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Capilene Expedition Weight
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Capilene Expedition Weight

Capilene Expedition Weight

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Capilene Expedition Weight

Manufacturer: Patagonia

Your Opinion: 
 - 9 Votes


Page By: William Marler

Created/Edited: Apr 4, 2002 / Jan 17, 2007

Object ID: 205

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Capilene Expedition Weight is indispensable as a base layer for extreme conditions. It also makes an excellent midlayer. Sized for an against-the-skin fit; buy a size up if you intend to wear it as a sweater. This season the zipper has smoother action and the pull tab locks in place so it won't come undone without your permission. And the interior facing has been eliminated to reduce bulk and improve breathability.



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William MarlerUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Excellent product. Long lasting. Very warm yet breathable. I can use the top for just about any condition. Because it breaths so well I don’t overheat. Add layers to this and you are as warm as you can be. A bit pricy but 2 tops have lasted me 12 years and show no signs of wearing out (even the zippers) after multiple washings.
Posted Apr 4, 2002 1:30 pm

miztflipUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I live in this shirt. It breathes great and wicks even better. The shirt is great even against bare skin where other shirts often irratate. I also use it as the only insulation under a gortex shell for most conditions. Last year on Rainier the Patagonia was the only shirt I had on under my gortex and it still kept me sufficiently warm at 10 below. It does show wear after two years of constant wear but that is to be expected.
Posted Jun 7, 2002 4:49 pm

Jerry LUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Excellent for layering. I first bought my first shirt when it was recommended by a mountain guide. I figured he knew what he was talking about. I have all weights and styles now (with and without zipper). I don't leave home without it. Wicks away perspiration and drys fast.
Posted Jun 30, 2002 5:25 pm

dsnellUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I've had my expedition weight zip-T for about 8 years and it has held up reasonably well. It is very comforaable as a base layers or as an intermediate layer over a lightweight capilene shirt. I frequently wear mine all alone for non-mountain activities when it is cool, such as cycling, hiking, or running.

My only complaint is the pilling that happens on the back of the shirt, wear my pack rubs against it. I understand that newer versions of the shirt have eliminated this problem.
Posted Aug 6, 2003 11:24 pm

marcminishUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Waaaaayyyy better many other brands. It will cost you a pretty penny, but worth it. I've found that this shirt does not start wearing out as quickly as others and can wash out pretty cleanly too even after being heavily soiled. The only, and I mean the ONLY drawback is the price ...ask Santa (or the devoted girlfriend) to give you one for Christmas.
Posted Nov 3, 2003 11:31 pm

wildstarUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I have used this shirt for years for a variety of purposes. It has been an integral part of my layering system in the mountains. It has also served me well as insulation along with a wind shirt for runnig on days when the temps were single digits in Minnesota. I bought a size larger and have worn it around town.

I have found this shirt to be functional, long lasting and versitile.
Posted Dec 11, 2004 11:23 pm

Luka ZnidarcicUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Patagonia is far ahead of the competition when it comes to layering systems. A bit expensive, but worth the extra money. Expedition Weight is extremely warm and very comfortable to wear. This is a great base layer!
Posted Jan 24, 2005 11:19 pm

BignickUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Comfortable, warm and wicking. Great for a mid layer over a poly under shirt. Works well for warmth with a windbreaker overshell. Great for cold weather hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, etc. Keeps you dry and not too hot.
Posted May 28, 2005 1:46 am


Voted 5/5

This shirt is the best when combined with the micro-puff jacket. I love the ability to vent the shirt with the zipper on the neck. It kept me dry even though I sweat alot. Buying this may break your bank account but I finally broke down and bought it. I was so happy I did. I first used it this last weekend in conditions down to 30 below zero and was warm and toasty.
Posted Jan 3, 2008 7:46 pm

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