7858Re: [BackpackGearTest] Re: Owner Review #1 Patagonia SW base layer bottoms
- Feb 1, 2002Patagonia Women's Capilene® SilkWeight Bottoms
Capilene Silkweight is marketed by Patagonia as being their
fastest-wicking, fastest-drying and
sleekest base layer, providing thermal regulation in sun and wind.
Layer under endurance shells in cool
or cold weather.
3.5-oz. Capilene microdenier polyester.
128 g. (4.5 oz.).
Made in (approx.) 1999
When I picked these bottoms out, I originally didn't have
hiking/backpacking in mind as I am a cold
weather weenie. I bought them for agility trialing, plus any other
outdoor sports I desired to do. I was
looking for a close fitting base layer that would stay put during
any bursts of activity, and would wick
sweat and dry quickly. I normally wouldn't buy an artificial fabric
to wear, but I seem to be
constrained by being generally poor, punctuated by moments of
abject poverty, I was a little strapped
for cash, and in a hurry as well, so I went with these.
Two things I noted right off... The Large aren't long enough for my
5'10" women's legs, so there is a
gap of about 2" from my ankles, which I despise; and there is no
elastic at the bottom to keep them in
place, just self fabric hems. The XL are far too baggy to be a good
layering candidate for me. Despite
the ankle gap they are quite comfortable, especially with long
socks, unless you are doing any sort of
climbing, including stairs. At this point, the bottom of the legs
started to creep up my calves a bit,
giving about a 3.5" gap at my ankles.
I have had the opportunity to wear them in a variety of conditions,
for my area (Memphis, TN). I
worn them hiking through Shelby Forest (moderately hilly), as well
as along a bit of Natchez Trace.
Additionally I have worn them on some rather cold days (for the
Mid-South) where my activity was
limited. If you are active, and have some manner to keep the ankles
down, or aren't doing much
knee-lifting climbing, they will do fine in moderately cool-cold
weather, say somewhere in the range of
40-30 degrees, if you tolerate cold weather better than I do, you
could probably go a bit colder.
Standing around, however, they were only slightly better than being
naked, okay, quite a bit better
than being naked, but not amazingly better than the jeans I was
wearing over them. It was 45 degrees,
no sun and fairly windy. I have been caught in the rain with them,
and they do dry quickly. They are
also quite comfortable to wear in moderate weather, as they do wick
sweat, and stay comfortable
while running. They are also not bad when the weather could cover a
wide range of temps, as
Memphis is prone to do. They have been comfortable up to about 60
degrees, being about as warm as
I could stand with them on.
They say that you can wear them alone, and comfort wise I think you
could, but they are VERY form
fitting, and I don't care for that kind of exposure.
All in all, I do like having them, and they have held up to quite a
bit of wear without pilling, they still
look pretty good, and if they were just a bit longer, I'd say for
moderately cool/cold weather, they are
a good product.
Contact info: http://www.patagonia.com/
Kelly Riggs, 31, 5'10", 150#, female, reside in Memphis, TN, Novice
hiker, Novice backpacker,
occasional runner, agility, herding, and other assorted dog sport
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