Jan 4, 2008 at 5:39 am #1226581
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)?Jan 4, 2008 at 7:14 am #1414808
@jdmitchLocale: KansasJan 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm #1414875
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… :^)Jan 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm #1414876
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
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.Jan 5, 2008 at 1:43 am #1414902
Thanks for the info Tom! and Pamela maybe you're right and i should get both!Jan 5, 2008 at 11:10 pm #1415002
@brianleLocale: Pacific NW
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.Jan 10, 2008 at 6:25 pm #1415663
@oiboyroiLocale: South West US
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 2 up close
Cap 1 in front of a reading 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 rightJan 11, 2008 at 2:39 am #1415696
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.
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