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Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily T-Shirt | Review

A cool, functional, outdoors t-shirt that’s got more to it than meets the eye

Why We Chose The Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily T-Shirt: Cooling, wicking and wearable over multiple days.

It’s easy to dismiss t-shirts as just, well, t-shirts. However, they can be so much more than just clothing you buy at gigs when you’re 15 years old. The Capilene Cool Daily from Patagonia is one such item that’s taken the fundamentals of a t-shirt and morphed it into something so much more impressive.

The Capilene Cool Daily, which comes in men’s and women’s designs, is suitable for all kinds of outdoor use, whether that’s on trails, at the climbing wall, or on the water. It’s made from 100% fully-recycled polyester fibres, so, as is usually the case with these kind of synthetic-based fabrics, you can expect a very high wicking performance. Break a sweat and this will lift any moisture off you and disperse it right out into the atmosphere.

It also provides 50+ UPF sun protection, and contains Polygiene permanent odour control. This technology, if you’re not familiar with it, effectively means you can wear the item for days on end without stinking out the place and making your friends insist on walking 10 metres away from them at all times. Synthetic baselayers are notoriously bad between washes, but Polygiene genuinely makes a difference.

The Capilene Cool Daily is stretchy enough to cope with an active lifestyle and, thanks to the miDori biosoft, which is a plant-based fabric softener used in its manufacturing, there’s a great feel to it that you won’t always find in other tees.

“It provides 50+ UPF sun protection, and contains Polygiene permanent odor control”

Patagonia, no strangers to environmental and political activism, have lived up to their reputation here. The fabric used for the Capilene Cool Daily is bluesign approved, while the sewing is Fair Trade Certified – meaning that the people who made it weren’t exploited for their work.

The Capilene Cool Daily comes in a variety of different colours and with a load of different graphic design options, each artistic and stylish in their own right. As brands go, Patagonia know how to fuse wearable practicality, good ethics, and on-trend aesthetics. This excellent, more advanced than it appears, t-shirt shows that their run of form is very much ongoing.

By the way, it’s worth also having a look at the rest of the Capilene range which includes various different designs and fabric blends to suit different activities.

The Capilene Cool Daily is stretchy enough to cope with an active lifestyle. Photo: Chris Johnson
The Capilene Cool Daily comes in a variety of different styles. Photo: Chris Johnson
The t-shirt provides 50+ UPF sun protection. Photo: Chris Johnson

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily T-Shirt

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