Patagonia Cap Thermal weight hoody vs Cap Air (not merino blend) hoody?
Jul 3, 2021 at 4:12 pm #3720948
I’m looking for advice on a versatile piece that can function as a base or mid layer. Thanks!Jul 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm #3720949
Clarification – Cap Thermal hoody vs R1 Air hoody. I have a Kuiu Peloton 97 hoody I like, but looking to add something a little warmer but still versatile (breathable) for cooler/colder weather. I appreciate it. SteveJul 5, 2021 at 8:39 am #3721026StumphgesBPL Member
The Thermal, made with Polartec Power Grid HE, has a very powerful wicking function. The voids in its structure provide very good airflow and breathability. It excels as both base and midlayer, kind of integrated. With a wind shirt over the top, I wear mine hiking down to 20F. Midlayer isn’t really necessary until temps below that.
My understanding is that the Polartec fabric used in the R1 Air was developed to minimize the shedding of microplastic fibers from polyester insulation. It does not have high warmth/weight and has no wicking function. Therefore, it will not perform very well as a baselayer and will not provide the warmth of other much lighter pieces.Jul 7, 2021 at 7:03 am #3721188
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