So, when I saw that it was available in a long-sleeved, hooded version, making the switch felt like a no brainer. I’ve long been a fan of various versions of Patagonia’s “Capilene” polyester fabric, whether used in the context of base layers or performance shirts. Clothing made from Capilene is generally lightweight, moisture wicking, and does a really good job of moderating temperature, regardless of whether or not it’s wet. I’m notorious for under packing on backpacking trips, oftentimes electing to wear a single shirt for the duration (much to the chagrin of my friends), and the properties of Patagonia’s Capilene layers allow me to get away with being pretty spartan without emerging from the backcountry in complete tatters.
In my experience, Patagonia’s Capilene Cool Daily Hoody breathes just as well as their standard shirt, despite offering more extensive coverage. It’s cut in a similarly slack style, just short of baggy, which supports ventilation and upper body mobility well. However, its length is pretty abbreviated compared to other sun shirts I’ve tested, so if you happen to have a long torso, sizing up could be a good idea.
While the Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Hoody’s resemblance to the Capilene Cool Daily Shirt was what initially attracted me to it, I think some might find that it constrains the scope of the hoody’s design. Aside from the addition of a loose-fitting hood, the Capilene Cool Daily Hoody maintains Patagonia’s minimal styling; no thumb holes, no pockets, no elastic cuffs, and certainly no graphics. However, the hoody’s lack of physical features discounts the ones endemic to its material, such as “miDori™ bioSoft” for better wicking and “HeiQ® Pure” for odor control, both of which work in tandem with the stretchy polyester to deliver a cool and comfortable sun hoody for just about any setting.