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    Alex V
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    @valleyjo

    Locale: North Cascades

    I have the capilene lightweight long sleeve shirt and have been getting good use out of it. Patagonia used to make pants of the same material, but they were discontinued in 2019[1]. Does anyone know of something similar still available today? I’m looking for a lightweight breathable later to add just a touch of warmth for higher output activities or to use for sleeping. Thanks for the help!

    [1]: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/clothing-mens/long-underwear/patagonia-capilene-lightweight-bottoms

    [2]: https://www.rei.com/product/884935/patagonia-capilene-lightweight-long-underwear-bottoms-mens

    #3721212
    bradmacmt
    BPL Member

    @bradmacmt

    Locale: montana

    REI has its own branded lightweight long underwear bottoms.

    However, the US Military’s long underwear lineup (GEN III E.C.W.C.S – Extended Cold Weather Clothing System) is probably the best out there for the money. They offer a Silkweight Polartec Powershield bottom this is simply fantastic. US made, and 1/3 the price of Patagucci.

    I own two pairs of silkweight bottoms:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/383871302262

    https://www.polartec.com/news/polartec-launches-military-issue-collection

     

     

     

    #3721332
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    Bradmacmt…

    What do the Silkweight Polartec Powershield bottoms weigh in ounces or grams? (in what size?)

    Can’t fine weight information anywhere… weight is a rough indicator of thickness/warmth…

    #3721367
    bradmacmt
    BPL Member

    @bradmacmt

    Locale: montana

    Size M, 4.48 0z’s / 127 g.

    #3721519
    Steve H
    BPL Member

    @hop

    I like my Kuiu Peloton 97 zip-off pants.  Don’t even notice the zipper.  Around 4.4 oz I think.  Slightly short so needs boot length socks.

    #3721520
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    The Kuiu web page says they are 5.5 oz…

    But interesting…

    DWR

    #3721526
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    I ordered one of the Silkweight Polartec Powershield bottoms… we’ll see… but  up until now my choice has been the REI silk long johns for light weight bottom layer… they’re only about 3 ounces… and about as light weight as you can get…

    DWR…

    #3721542
    Steve H
    BPL Member

    @hop

    DWR, I’ve got my Kuiu’s weighing 4.1 oz on my Lighter Pack list.  Should be accurate – but you have me wondering now (so I’ll re-weigh). Cheers.

    #3721578
    Steve H
    BPL Member

    @hop

    I re-weighed my Kuiu Peloton 97 base layer pants & they are 4.1 oz (medium).

    #3721744
    Alex V
    BPL Member

    @valleyjo

    Locale: North Cascades

    Great info! Thanks all. I have been looking at the Peleton 97 for the pants and hoodie already. I think the versatility of the Peleton 97 [1] will be worth the slight increase in weight over the REI silk weight. Now just have to wait for them to come back in stock…

    [1] 5 Ounce Fleece Hoodie – Backpacking Light

    PS Looks like there was an almost identical post to this a few months ago, my bad for missing that.

    https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/lightweight-base-layer-bottoms-since-cap-lw-are-gone/page/2/?forum=gear%2Fgeneral-gear

    #3721872
    Nathan R
    BPL Member

    @nathanr

    Locale: TX

    Probably too warm for what you want, they let wind through, and are ugly, but I have a pair of polartec alpha direct pants that I use for sleeping and camp. Put them under hiking pants if around camp to block wind and bugs. 2.5 oz.

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