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Street Price: Varies from $33 - $65 | Compare prices at 8 resellers
Pros: Versatile, high quality and dependable, great temperature regulation
Cons: Synthetic material is not soft, can shrink in length when washed, very tight around the neck, nothing “special” about the design, very basic
Best Uses: Camping, climbing, bouldering, hiking, skiing, winter sports, backpacking, horseback riding, kayaking, rowing, sailing, trail running
The Capilene 3 Midweight Zip-Neck is the 1/2 zip version of the Patagonia Capilene 3 Crew - Women's which won our Best Buy award. It costs $59 ($10 more than the Crew) which takes it out of the Best Buy category. Capilene 3 is on the fence between being heavy long underwear or a really light fleece jacket. We feel the zip pushes it more toward the jacket category as it now comes up around your neck. The zipper makes it a little harder to layer. So we feel it is a little less versatile. However, the zip does add ventilation, especially because it zips almost halfway down the front whereas the North Face TKA 100 Glacier - Women's is only a 1/4 zip. The North face is $10 less expensive. Both the North Face and Patagonia use 5.4oz material so they are very comparable. We prefer the Patagonia because of the look and longer zip. But the North Face is usually much less expensive. To find out what are the best long underwear and fleece layers, check out our Long Underwear - Women's Review and Fleece Jacket - Women's Review.
— Lita Collins
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Most recent review: September 25, 2011
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