Patagonia’s Capilene jersey is made from recycled polyester, is very effective at wicking sweat and uses a HeiQ layer to keep away whiffs, making it a good choice for high energy rides.
HeiQ is a treatment that uses the naturally anti-microbial qualities of silver ions to keep clothes smelling sweet. It’s not an after treatment, either, so should last the life of the garment.
We wouldn’t put the Capilene in the same wear-for-days category as some Merino tops, but hanging it to air overnight by its locker tab does extend use.
It also dries quickly, which helps you avoid getting too chilly on any prolonged stops. The three-quarter-length front zip aids with temperature regulation, and on chillier days we really appreciated the high, micro-fleece-lined collar, which is super-comfy and snug.
The mid-weight Capilene material is smooth on the outside and features a diamond grid pattern inside. The waffle texture traps warm air next to the skin, while wicking surface moisture away.
We didn’t find the three open pockets at the rear particularly useful, especially because they’re open to the elements and can’t be closed, making them almost redundant.
We’ve worn this baselayer riding in cold conditions as a combination base/mid layer and it just works; always warm, never uncomfortably damp.
The cut is excellent, too, shaped to move with your riding position, and the jersey doesn’t twist or shift whether it’s under a pack, under a jacket or worn on its own.
The construction quality is as good as you’d expect from Patagonia with flat-lock chafe-free seams throughout and while it’s not cheap, the Capilene jersey is at least eco-friendly and extremely comfy.