New Base Layers From Patagonia

Patagonia's latest Capilene 2 base-layer clothing uses Polartec's Power Dry fabric with Polygiene anti-odour technology.

Posted: 23 April 2013
by Jon

Tee-shirt versions in both men's and women's versions retails for £37
While the versatile, long-sleeved zip-neck is £45.

Patagonia's Capilene base-layer collection has used various different wicking fabrics over the years, but the latest incarnation uses Polartec's impressively fast-wicking Power Dry fabric with a permanent anti-odour technology called Polygiene.

Permanent Anti-Odour Treatment

We've use Power Dry extensively in the past and it's a cracking, fast-wicking and drying material that works really well as a base layer in when the going gets hot and you need to shift sweat outwards. The version being used by Patagonia in its new Capilene 2 base-layer clothing incorporates a permanent treatment called Polygiene that inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause base-layer whiff.

Polygiene Odour Resist Technology is a bluesign® approved silver-salt treatment that permanently binds to the fabric’s fibres. It uses natural silver rather than chemical products which bacteria can, apparently, become resistant to. It also uses relatively small amounts of the precious metal compared to some older silver-based treatments. It should also remain effective for the lifetime of the garment.

Slim-Fitting Cut

The base-layers themselves are slim-cut affairs with a choice of rib-knit collared tee-shirts in a choice of colours - the bright green men's version on the left retails for £37 - and verstile zip-necked, long-sleeved versions at £45. The blue is a women's top. There are also bottoms with an elastic waistband with brushed finish and a high-mobilty gusseted crotch.

All the garments can be machine washed and tumble dried. They also give  20 UPF sun protection.

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