Patagonia Cap Cool Merino – Perfect Combo of Comfort and Durability
The new Patagonia Cap Cool Merino wool shirt is a perfect combination of comfort, performance, durability, and sustainability. I have been hoping for this shirt from them for years. It is no secret that I love merino wool shirts and base layers. The Cap Cool Merino seems to be the perfect mix.
Merino wool, done right
I have a lot of wool shirts. In fact, most of my shirts are wool. I am a big fan of wool for a lot of reasons. It feels good on the skin. You can wear it back to back days without it stinking. Wool is a natural material and is sustainable. Clothes made of wool last for years. Much longer than most synthetic garments. This short is 65% merino and 35% recycled polyester.
I dig the look of this shirt in a lot of ways. It is not too tight (thank goodness!) it drapes well and has a nice little flare where the front and the back meet. Kind of like a polo shirt. It is the little things like that which make me appreciate the shirt a little more.
I did not want to take it off
How I test merino wool shirts it very simple. I just use them non stop until my wife demands that I stop wearing the same shirt. An average testing day usually has several activities in it. I am a fitness coach, so I spend several hours demonstrating exercises and moving around a lot.
Between coaching sessions, I get my own workout in. This is usually 30-40 minutes of legitimate high-intensity training. Swinging kettlebells, pullups, deep squats, heavy presses, and all the other good movements.
After all of that, I get to take our dogs to the mountains for them to run around and explore. Often (2 times a week) we camp and get hikes in. I usually sleep in a shirt as well. So even more time to test this Cap Cool out.
After 5 days straight of using this shirt, it still did not stink. The only brake the Cap Cool saw was when I showered. Then it was back to testing! While I can not say that I always smelled good, the shirt did not seem to stink. And that is why I love Merino wool!
Fit and function
I was sent a size large for testing. 95% of the time I am an XL in shirts. Somehow the large fit perfectly. For reference, I am 6’1″ 205lb 45″ chest and 33″ waist. This was the first time in a long time that a large fit me this well. I hope that helps you with sizing!
Patagonia Cap Cool Merino Review
As much as I love all my merino shirts, the Cap Cool Merino is now my favorite! When these become available (they are not availabe at the time of this review) I will be stocking up on these! If you appreciate merino shirts as well, you will really dig the Patagonia Cap Cool Merinio shirt.