Versatility and comfort make the Capilene Air Baselayer collection from Patagonia possibly the best next-to-skin baselayer for FW18.


“Capilene Air is the solution to a cold weather running conundrum. Cold temps require some layering, but high output limits the use of some fabrics. The Cap Air is super warm for cold starts and bitter mid-winter days, but it allows excess heat to escape when the pace picks up. It is a staple for me.” — Luke Nelson, trail running ambassador, Patagonia, pictured above

The fabric is a blend of 51-percent merino wool and 49-percent recycled poly.  That equals temperature regulation and moisture wicking when temps go in an extreme swing, so no matter if the day starts at 70 degrees and ends at 20 degrees, you stay warm and comfortable.

Within the fabric weave, the Patagonia team included what’s called airblasting technology. The science behind the innovation dramatically increases the yarn’s loft while simultaneously reducing weight as compared to traditional wool yarn. Seamless 3D construction of the garments removes all the standard chafe points and wasted material during the manufacturing process.

The Capilene Air collection for men and women includes  a hoody, crew and bottom. Elastic knit in the cuffs and hems of the shirts keep them comfortably snug in the right places. The hoody’s collar is seamless and designed with an anatomical shape and gender-specific box stitch texture. The bottoms have a brushed elastic waist for men and wide seamless wasteband for women. The men’s pant includes a double-layer crotch support, and both pants offer gender-specific box stitch texture same as the hoody.

Photos courtesy Patagonia