Monday, August 24, 2009

Patagonia Cap 1 short sleeve t-shirt

Patagonia Capilene 1 Short Sleeve Shirt

For those of you athletes who haven’t embraced the tech revolution brought on primarily by Under Armour, perhaps it’s time to join. For those of you not donning football pads, trying to cut air resistance, or don’t want to look like a complete meat head weekend warrior, it’s time for Patagonia’s Capilene 1 short sleeve shirt (or a similar shirt put out by many of the other wonderful companies not associated with . . . you know, the mainstream).

Patagonia has been pumping out great stuff since Chouinard made some pitons, but many of us have started to mutter PataGucci in our outdoor circles. Eh, some truth, some truth, but none the less, this is a good shirt. After snagging a few off SAC, I quickly got them moving. Everything from running, hiking, climbing, and skiing.

As a next to skin layer, the Pat Cap 1 does a fine job of pulling sweat right off your nasty skin and letting it evaporate no matter how much sweat you pour out. I’ve never felt saturated while wearing this shirt, but in the most humid of weather, I definitely did feel clammy. Also, I’ve had some chafing problems, only on long runs, mostly while wearing a camelbak, and oddly around the neck. Luckily, there are not a whole lot of seams along the shoulder to really cause you misery.
As a trail running piece, never had any tears from branches or the occasional fall, so abrasion wise it’s fine. Wicking wise, I’m happy. Fit wise, lil snug as a medium, so for running it’s not the most flowing shirt. I guess that’s good for a first layer, not great as a running shirt.

None the less, it’s comfortable, it wickes, I’m happy with it. Runs about $40, on SAC for $15.

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