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Durable, Comfortable, Quick-drying!
as a long-distance backpacker, i look for durable, comfortable, light-weight, quick-drying gear, and these tights fill all that criteria in spades! AND they stay looking so good, and non-odoress, that i even think they have positively affected my ability to get a hitch into re-supply towns! i wear the tights under a skirt, and have no issue being t... Read Moreoo hot or too cold, as they seem to wick away moisture (sweat;) and extra heat, while holding in warmth when it's chilly! this is pair number 5+ and i have yet to find anything that comes close, so i've stopped looking! brava!
I believe my fit issues are because I selected the wrong size. An XL would have been a better fit. I am a sz18 and these are a bit baggy on me. Despite the slightly ill fit for me, these have quickly become my favorite pants to throw on and take on a hike, dog walk, errands. Breathable, comfortable, and they wash great.
No room to move, runs short
I wanted to love these, but they are several inches too short and Im only 5 ft 6 in. Legs and waist fit great, but fit was small in the rear and restrictive when moving. Returned.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 25, 2023
Hello Alexandra, thank you for the feedback on these baselayer bottoms. The inseam on these run from 26.5" to 28.5" depending on size. If you're looking for an option with more stretch we recommend checking out the [Women's Capilene Air Bottoms](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-capilene-air-baselayer-bottoms/36565.html?dwvar_36565_color=BLK&cgid=root). They do come in a 25.5"-27.5" inseam length depending on size, so something to keep in mind.
Love these, although they run short
If you have cold and short legs, these are a great pant for you! I have long legs, and these are way too short, but they keep me warm enough and I just wear tall socks with them. I liked them enough to get a second pair. The only reason i give them 4 stars is due to the length.
Sizing and fit changed for the worse
I have some black midweight capilenes that I have had for the last couple seasons. I love them so much I finally got a second pair this fall. Tried them on and they feel very different from my other pair (same thing). This year's version is tight in the thighs and butt and loose in the waistband. They bind on my legs/butt when I bring my knees... Read More up or when I bend over, causing the loose waistband to slide down and expose my low back. (of note - I wear an XS snow pant in Patagonia and they are a little big- these are size Small so should have plenty of room in the legs). Will likely have to try to cut and resew the waistband to keep them up and be useable for skiing, otherwise will have wasted my money. Would 100% recommend the version from a couple years back but definitely not the current version
weird fit and material, good quality
The Pros: - nice and warm - great quality work and product The Cons: - way too short - tight around calf and loose around waist (don't know if i should exchange for size up or down???) - stiff-ish material, non-stretch - low-medium waist, high-waisted preferred Bottom-line: If they were high-waisted and longer, they would've been great!... Read More They accomplish base purpose, but they're not comfortable.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 5, 2022
Hi Lili, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry to hear these bottoms aren't comfortable for you! Please keep in mind you are welcome to to [return](https://www.patagonia.ca/returns.html) anything that isn't going to work for you. Please get in touch with us if we can help you choose another option!
Love the Product
Love the product! I ordered this item in a variety of sizes as I have gained weight since the beginning of COVID and was not sure what size I needed (I had XXS at home from a few years ago). I also ordered the item in the color Hut to Hut: Salt Grey but found that the item in this color was a little different. I don't know if the fabric is a l... Read Moreittle different or the if there is a slight difference in the way they are cut but I noticed a slight difference when I tried them on so I stayed with the all black. Love the product and miss the Lightweight version.
Not stretchy enough to move in
These bottoms are too tight and too restrictive to move in. I bought my usual Patagonia size of XS. I didnt feel like I could sit easily and definitely could not ski easily in them (which is why I bought them). I have the matching top (same size of XS) with zipper and that item is loose/stretchy enough to move in and works well as a base layer or m... Read Moreid layer. However these do not. Im unsure why the top fits and stretches enough, but these bottoms don't. I exchanged these bottoms for the Women's Capilene® Thermal Weight Bottoms and those are absolutely perfect for a warm ski base layer so I highly recommend those instead!
Good midweight base layer for the price
I looked at different brands and found this base layer to be the best price for what I needed. They keep me warm under my ski pants. The only reason why I am not giving them 5 stars is that I expected them to be more stretchy like a legging.
Warm bur runs a bit big
The material is soft, it is very light, it won't be warm if worn on its own but it is really good when paired with pants. I usually wear a small but this ran a bit big, not very big but I would have loved it to be a bit tighter.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 28, 2022
We appreciate your review Hamsa! If you'd like a warmer [baselayer](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/womens-baselayers) which has some stretch in the fabric, we recommend our Thermal Weight or Capilene Air Bottoms. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you'd like any assistance to return or exchange. We'll be happy to help!
Always a staple
Though not quite as warm, I prefer these over the thermal weight due to the material being more durable. Its been a while since I replaced these and I was surprised to find the fit running much bigger than my last pair. A bit of a disappointment but Id much rather be comfortable! Overall, love em!
The best patagonia thermals I ever bought were in the 90s. Those were well made and thick, wore well and I have been seeking to find some ever since. I still have them, though they are thread bare they are still thicker than this product. Dissapointed.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 9, 2022
Hello Nancy, we are sorry to learn about your disappointment with the updated iteration of the bottoms. While we have now moved to 100% recycled polyester with Fair Trade Certified sewing on the new version, we still back our products with the same Ironclad Guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you are always welcome to send them [back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) to us.
Nice but a big big
I like these they seem very warm. The only thing i'm not sure about is that I thought they were going to be like leggings and tight to the legs. They are baggy and not tight fitting on me. 5'2" 140 lbs and I ordered a medium. I generally wear size 4-6 pants.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 9, 2022
Hello Louise, thank you for taking the time to share your review. Based on your height and weight, the Size S may be more suitable and offer a trimmer fit. You can initiate the free [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) via our website.
I typically wear these under my pants when Im hiking or having to stay outside for long periods of time.
I enjoy wearing my midweight bottoms under my jeans in the winter when Im outside for long periods of time. It just makes me feel more comfortable and able to stay outside for longer periods of time and enjoy the outdoor experience.
Itchy and too small
I love that these are 100% recycled! I am always looking for clothing that is sustainably made. However, I did not like the fit and the feel of product. Whenever I put them on, they immediately felt very itchy along the seem on the inside of the thigh. They were also too large on my hip/waist so they kept sliding down, and were way too short for me... Read More even though I got a Small.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 26, 2022
We're sorry to hear that the fabric and fit of these Capilene Bottoms didn't work well for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service team to return them under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
Sadly, had to return
It's been years since I've worn capilene bottoms and I remembered a great pair I used to love so I ordered these and failed to see in the description that there is not an elastic ankle cuff on these. These mid-weights seem thin-ish and also run very large through the legs. With no cuff to hold in place and feeling very loose on the leg, I... Read More don't know how these would be able to stay in place inside another pant. Loved the wide waistband and the material is soft and feels great. In 40 years of buying Patagonia, this is one of only a small handful of items I've ever returned.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 24, 2022
Hi Lynn, we're sorry to hear these bottoms didn't work out for you! Thank you for sharing this feedback; it's immensely helpful not only for other customers but also for our design team as they revise our products. If we can be of any assistance in returning them, please let us know!
Perfect weight for late season river trips
So comfortable...love the fit. Perfect weight for sleeping in my down sleeping bag. I tend to always be cold. I'm petite and these come down on my ankles and insulate well under splash gear and booties. I loved the gray moddled and was afraid the cut might change next year. My third pair, love these!
Material was scratchy and lite weight then the last pair I bought
Response from PatagoniaNovember 10, 2021
Hi Ted! Thank you for your review. Please know all our garments are under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'd be happy to assist with a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you are not completely satisfied.
Bummed about the changes!!
I'm a loyal patagonia baselayer user... but I'm very sad about this new cut -- it's short, as others have noted, and leaves my ankles and shins cold -- why, patagonia?? Also, the calves are baggy... again, why? for a baselayer, this doesn't cut the mustard, sadly... Finally, the sizing is a bit large which is fine, but it'... Read Mores also not accommodating to larger hips so I kind of have to size up. My recommendation is to go back to the drawing board on these.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 21, 2021
Hi Theodora, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit of the bottoms. This feedback is truly appreciate as it helps us to improve things for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Have been wearing your base layers for several years and love the olde fabric so it was quite disappointing to note the latest. Sizes have changed as well. Am wearing an olde pair under this new and still not interesting. Very sorry. The socks are handsome but elastic is tight over ankle. ... too bad.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2021
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback Norvie. We're sorry that these aren't working for you. We've got lots of new gear and would love the opportunity to talk to you about the function and get you into something that will work for your needs. We're also happy to provide garment dimensions prior to purchase.
Toasty Under Thin Tight
My legs are long so I went with a large which was the perfect length. I never tried a medium. The legs could have been a bit more snug particularly if I was going somewhere brutally cold. For walking, hiking and running outdoors, these kept me toast when placed under a thin tight. The temp got as low as 19 degrees and the wind blew about 15 mph.
I should have read the description better and these seem like they would be warm.... however, without a drop of spandex these are not staying on when you bend over and wearing under something is uncomfortable. New customer of Patagonias so I will try again!!
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2021
Hi Joanne! We're so sorry these weren't what you were expecting! These were designed to be worn as a baselayer, so underneath another pair of pants. If you're looking for a pair of leggings, you could consider the [Center Tights](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-centered-tights/21961.html?dwvar_21961_color=SDNA) or the Pack Out Tights. Both are customer and staff favorites!
The pants are nice but loose not leggings . Are comfy able to wear under clothing.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2021
Hey Arlene! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. You're absolutely correct - these are not leggings but are actually intended to be worn as a baselayer underneath another pair of pants. You could try out the [Pack Out Tights](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-pack-out-tights/21995.html?dwvar_21995_color=NENA) if you're looking for a comfy pair of leggings!
Getting warmer, but needs more length
These are great -- warm, stretch enough but hold their shape, they stay up, there's no static or bunching under layers, and they seem durable. But I'm 6 ft with long legs and need at least 3 inches for them to be long enough. Please add tall sizes for bottoms!
These are not leggings that hug your legs. The fabric is rather stiff, and simply not stretchy like the many other pairs of leggings I own. The waist band is placed at an odd spot as well, and I have both high-waisted and hip-slung leggings--these are somewhere in between and very unflattering, and the problem is not a matter of fit but placement. ... Read MoreWould not recommend.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 25, 2021
Thank for your the feedback on fit for our Women's Capilene Midweight Bottoms! These are intended to be used as a base layer, not necessarily worn on their own, so they won't have the same fit or feel of a standard legging. If that is what you were in the market for, we'd recommend checking out the [Women's Pack Out Tights](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-pack-out-tights/21995.html?dwvar_21995_color=BLK).
I use these as a base layer when it is cold. I bought fleece Patagonia bottoms about 25 years ago and, while worn thin, they still work. I was hoping these were fleece. While disappointed that they are not, I find them comfortable and warm. My cotton base layers arent as warm.
Great quality but weird fit for my body type
It's tough to review these because they're totally a well made garment but they just fit weird on my body type. For context, I'm 5'6" and about 160 pounds on an athletic frame - my butt, thighs, and calves are thicker and my waist is kinda small. As I understood it, these base layers were to be a bit looser in the calf/over... Read Moreall leg area but on me they ended up being tight around my calves and butt but somehow sort of baggy in the crotch area and too big in the waist. All that said, they're still wearable, but they definitely don't fit like I thought they would, especially given that the material isn't stretchy. Story of my pants-purchasing life :( Otherwise I can say that they do seem pretty warm but I haven't gotten the chance to camp in them yet!
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 6, 2021
Thank you for this thoughtful and detailed feedback, Alexis! Please reach out if you'd like any [assistance](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) to return the Midweight Bottoms. Note that the Thermal Weight Bottoms have some spandex, and Capilene Air have mechanical stretch built into the woven nature of that fabric, so either of those might be a better choice for you.
I already owned a wonderful pair of these midweight bottoms purchased for my Antarctic adventure a few years ago. I re-ordered the same style/size and was astounded at how the quality has suffered in the exact same product. So lightweight to the point of being see-through. Poor cuff design. Too short in the waist /rise so tops do not stay tucked in... Read More and leaves your back exposed to the cold. I do not recommend these baselayers!
The bottoms fit like a second skin. It fits perfectly in the crotch and does not rub or chafe anywhere. I think the color selection is limited. I bought a medium gray a few years ago which I am still wearing. I may order a black. I am a person who prefers browns, greens and golds (or yellows).
Forgot they were on
This is great base wear. Not sweater like, but warm like a sweater. I wear them under my scrubs and actually stay toasty. Will be perfect under ski gear. They are thinner than other base layers but warmer... the bottoms could have more butt room, however the issue is probably in the length from crotch to waist
Nice lightweight tights
Great lightweight but not too thin tights with interesting fabric texture that makes them supa comfortable. Got two pairs and on one the seam started unraveling after one wear I expect that to be a one-off thing and, knowing Patagonia, expect no trouble getting a replacement. Still, ducked one star for it.
Too short, too loose, not stretchy.
Usual sizing issues. Info on the site just not accurate. They are too short, they end in the middle of my calves (not even above the ankle) - not something one would want when it's cold and you want to wear a piece for warmth. Also they are very wide and loose in the calf area and that also makes for a weird fit. They really don't look go... Read Moreod, maybe they fit better if your calves are big, but if you have a very average build like me, they won't fit you well. I'm 5'8, and my legs aren't super long - pretty standard, so I don't see a reason why I have such issues with patagonia sizing. Also, they have a very small amount of stretch - not something you want for sport activities (I bought them for skiing) and I just can't see how they would be particularly comfy in that situation. It makes me so sad I cannot wear so many of your items because they just fit me so poorly.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 5, 2020
Hi Maja, so sorry these didn't fit as you expected! Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them back to us as they are covered under our Ironclad Guarantee.
Perfect for the coldest conditions!
I recently traveled to Antarctica during its Spring season and ordered a bunch of new Patagonia gear to test. I have to say, the quality and comfort couldn't be better. Especially these Capilene® Midweight Bottoms! They kept me warm and dry. From trekking with penguins and seals, to hiking icy/snowy mountains. True to size (I ordered a M), for... Read More reference, I'm 135#, 5'4', and curvy.
I have been wearing Patagonia for 30+ years. I love my midweight bottoms. I weighed 110, athletic fit with big calves and small waist I wear xs and it fits perfect, more on the loser side which I like. I am going to purchase 2 more pairs! These are great under the nano air pants too! :)
Soft and stylish
I bought several of the tops and bottoms for my 12-year-old daughter who will be an exchange student in Quebec this winter. They are well-made, soft and cozy, and the cool designs make them feel more like yoga pants than long underwear. She loves them! She is 5‘4“ and 115 pounds, the extra small fit her well.
The pants are short, not even reaching the top of my ankle and the material did not have enough elasticity making them tight in the knees when I bent them.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 31, 2019
We are sorry to hear that the fit didn't work out for you in these and we thank you for providing that feedback. Please know, your satisfaction is guaranteed and if you decide you'd like to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) those back, we'd be happy to offer a credit.
Now more breathable for high output activities, the Capilene midweight bottoms have been a winter essential because they provide warmth without bulk under shell pants, drysuit or even hiking or casual pants on cold days. I like the midweight for most of my winter adventures alpine skiing and snowboarding, backcountry skiing, whitewater kayaking and... Read More hiking.
Okay, these may be one of the comfiest things I've ever worn for a base layer. Or maybe even any layer. I have worn these twice now for walking across campus in below zero weather and they have surpassed my expectations. With only one other layer on top of them, I was exactly where I needed to be for warmth. I can see myself wearing these camp... Read Moreing, hiking, skiing, really anything. It's awesome to not feel the instant reaction of peeling off a base layer after a day in chilly weather. I liked the waistband a lot too, it didn't squeeze me too tight and it's a nice size band.
Not Stretchy Enough
I had to return my xs Capilene bottoms because they were not stretchy enough to wear skiing under my nordic and alpine pants. They were also quite short - only hit the upper ankle. I have a pair of Capilene that are 20 years old and I am sad to say these new ones just don't measure up!
Great fit and fabric
I have worn Patagonia bottom base layers for so long, I wasn't even sure what weight they were. The two pair I have must be 12 or more years old, but they are finally showing some wear (I wear them every weekend in the winter!), so I bought a new pair of midweight capilene bottoms. I was thinking maybe these were too heavy for backcountry skii... Read Moreng, but they are a similar weight to my old ones. The fabric is very soft and the fit is perfect, maybe a little closer fit than the old ones. The seams are smooth and I'm looking forward to wearing them skiing.
Underwear? Outerwear? You decide....
All this talk of whether leggings can be worn as pants and then, Patagonia gives the world these...I ordered the Arctic Ox print in Navy with the plan to just replace the previous version of midweight baselayers I had that had basically worn out after many, many years. So, intended purpose: baselayers for all things outside and cold. Where I am act... Read Moreually wearing them: Everywhere. It turns out if you throw some kind of tunic or sweater over them and then finish off with a pair of boots you are actually dressed. I've worn them working (even in the office, although I do work in a generally casual setting), hiking, momming, sleeping, sports spectatoring, travelling and camping. They only stretch out a tiny bit--which is a (good) change from the old, old styles. And, I have to add, they are really cute. Compliments on the regular. I am 5'7" and 140 lbs with muscular legs; the Medium are a good fit. Breathable, comfortable, versatile and cute....Win!
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