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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award   Best Buy Award 
Price $38.50 at Backcountry
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$129.00 at REI
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Pros Ultralight, airy and breathable, affordable, up to 100% recycled polyesterExcellent temperature regulation, cozy comfy feel, very warm, breathable, doesn’t hold odorLightweight, insanely comfy, warm, breathable, versatileComfortable, nice fit, breathable, versatile, quick to dry, odor resistantAffordable, tough and ultralight, thoughtful articulation, UPF protection
Cons Not a warm layer by itself, loose-fitting cuffs can get caught up when layeringExpensive, not the most durable, heavy when wetSuper expensive, extremely poor durabilityExpensive, lack of durability, heavy when wetIneffective odor control, warm-weather focused
Bottom Line Ready for all-day activity, but be prepared with a well-layered system if you're taking this out in the coldA staff favorite, this top is the gold standard for staying warm, dry, and comfy on all your ventures and outdoor shenanigansImplementing new and innovative technology, Patagonia brings us a seamless base layer that feels unbelievableThis doesn’t stand out among the crowd, but silently gets the work done without a need for recognitionLightweight, versatile, and affordable, this 3-season powerhouse is ready for warmer-weather adventures
Rating Categories Long-Sleeved Capilene Cool L... SmartWool Merino 250 Crew Patagonia Capilene Air Crew Icebreaker 200 Oasis Outdoor Research Echo L/S
Warmth (25%)
4
9
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5
Breathability (20%)
9
7
8
7
9
Comfort And Fit (20%)
8
8
9
7
7
Durability (15%)
7
7
4
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Drying Speed (10%)
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Layering Ability (10%)
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Specs Long-Sleeved... SmartWool Merino... Patagonia Capilene... Icebreaker 200 Oasis Outdoor Research...
Material 100% double knit polyester (37% recycled, heather-colors; 100% recycled, solid-colors) 100% merino wool 51% merino wool/49% recycled polyester 100% merino wool Airvent 100% polyester
Fabric Weight 77 g/m² 250 g/m² 190 g/m² 200 g/m² 108 g/m²
Weight (size M) 3.8 oz 9.2 oz 6.6 oz 7.7 oz 3.4 oz
Types available long sleeve, t-shirt crew, 1/4 zip, hoody, pullover crew, hoody crew, short sleeve, half zip crew, 1/4 zip, hoody
Thumb Loops? No No No No No
Air Dry Test (minutes) 30 50 40 35 30
Fit Slim fit Slim fit Slim fit Slim fit Slim fit
Stitching Flatlock seams Flatlock seams Seamless 3D construction Flatlock seams Flatlock seams
Dryer safe? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Shoulder top seams? Yes No No No No
Drop tail hem? Yes No No Yes No
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