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René Jeninga

Locale: Near the coast in the Netherlands
Capilene 1 or 2 ? on 01/04/2008 06:39:53 MST Print View

What is the difference between patagonia's caplinene 1 en 2 ? Is there realy a difference or is it smart marketing so they can sell more baselayers? I know the capilene 1 has a smoother fabric, what should i choose for allround purpose ( hiking, running)?

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Capilene 1 or 2 ? on 01/04/2008 08:14:48 MST Print View

Essentially thickness (aka warmth)... Pat's got more than enough data on it on their website...

Performance Baselayers

Capilene Polyester Baselayer

Edited by jdmitch on 01/04/2008 08:16:48 MST.

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
1 VS. 2 on 01/04/2008 18:46:19 MST Print View

Capilene 1 is very silky & thin.

Capilene 2 is thin, but non-silky. It has a light weave. I like Cap 1 for bottom layer insulation for sleeping in the summer or for hiking in the winter. I like Cap 2 tops for the same, as they feel slightly warmer.

C'mon, you're in the gear forum here - you know you need both... :^)

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Capilene 1 or 2 ? on 01/04/2008 18:48:36 MST Print View

Hi Rene,
For highly active pursuits, you shouldn't need anything heavier that Cap-1. I snowshoe with Cap-1 underneath windproof pants and have never felt cold well down into the 20's(Farenheit, ~-5 Celsius). When you rest, be prepared to throw on an insulating layer(fleece, Polarguard, down, etc). I have also tried Cap-2 and found it to be overkill, i.e. I start getting moisture buildup in the Cap-2. I also used to run in Cap-2 with no outer layer and was never cold through ~ the same temperature range.

René Jeninga

Locale: Near the coast in the Netherlands
Capilene 1 or 2 on 01/05/2008 02:43:54 MST Print View

Thanks for the info Tom! and Pamela maybe you're right and i should get both!

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Cap 1 great for summer on 01/06/2008 00:10:15 MST Print View

I have no experience with Cap 2, but I love using a long-sleeved white cap 1 shirt as a baselayer pretty much all the time, including on fairly hot days in the summer. Cap 1 is light enough that you can get some evaporative cooling right through it, and I don't feel the need to put sunscreen on my arms.


Locale: South West US
Re: Capilene 1 or 2 ? on 01/10/2008 19:25:38 MST Print View

So I'm a little late in responding to this thread but I thought it might be useful for others with the same question.

Both base layers are good all-rounders with maybe a slight nod towards Cap 2 IMHO.

Cap 1 is silky smooth and pretty comfortable in warmer temps. It has a slightly more dense weave (knit?) than Cap 2 which makes slightly less air permeable. It has trimmer fit than Cap 2. The Gladiodor seems to work better in Cap 1. It doesn't eliminate odor but if you wear it and then throw it in the hamper for a day the smell is significantly reduced.

Cap 2 is more like a very fine mesh and breaths better than Cap 1. The Patagonia website says it's the fastest drying and I would agree although its a close call. Cap 2 seems less durable than Cap 1 but I've not had problems with either one.

Here's some pictures to help clarify the differences

Cap 1 up close
Cap 1 up close
Cap 2 up close
Cap 2 up close
Cap 1 in front of a reading lamp
Cap 1 in front of  a reading lamp
Cap 2 in front of the lamp
Cap 2 in front of the lamp

Hope this helps,


P.S. As far as fit goes the Cap 1 I wear a large because the medium is just a little tight in the pits. For the Cap 2 the medium is just right

Edited by oiboyroi on 01/10/2008 19:31:45 MST.

René Jeninga

Locale: Near the coast in the Netherlands
Re: Capilene 1 or 2 ? on 01/11/2008 03:39:49 MST Print View

Thanks Roy! Good information on capilene 1 and 2. I am going to buy a short sleeve capilene 1 and a long sleeve caplinene 2, and test them both.