Overall, this was a functionally awesome layer, but there are still a few things we would change. We'd give it a less boxy fit and use stretchier fabrics like our Editors' Choice Award winner, the Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip - Women's. We would also fit it with more solid thumb loops like those found on the REI Space Dye Zip-T. Finally, we'd find a way to make it more odor-resistant - instead, we found that it got stinky after one or two uses.
Aside from those few wishes, we thought that for only $59.00, this top was worth its weight in gold. The Capilene Midweight's top competitor, the Smartwool NTS 250 Crew - Women's, was a little cozier, but far more expensive ($95) and delicate. If you're in the market for an affordable synthetic base layer that will dry quickly, take you where you want to go, and won't drain your wallet, this may be for you. If you're looking for an affordable merino wool option, check out the Minus33 Ossipee.
The Capilene 3 Crew has been renamed as the Capilene Midweight Crew. Over the course of the past year, Patagonia has done away with their numbered classification system of the Capilene line and has renamed the line using the categories daily, lightweight, midweight, and thermal weight. Patagonia has assured us that only the names of the Capilenes have changed, not the products themselves. However, a few changes have occurred since we last reviewed the Capilene 3 Crew. Read on to learn more.