Fitness is painful. But that isn’t to say that your workouts should be inherently uncomfortable or unpleasant. If anything, the painful nature of physical fitness is a strong argument for buying yourself a bit of comfort where you can. The best way to do that? Getting yourself a workout shirt.
Good athletic tees help wick sweat and keep you cool even while going through the toughest workouts. The best athletic shirts not only check these more technical boxes, but they feel great and look sharp to top it off. Whether you are looking for something comfortable to wear both in and out of the gym, or a dedicated shirt to bring along with you as you churn through some torturous WOD, we’ve rounded up some options for you to pick from. Take a scroll through our list of the best workout shirts for men and see for yourself the difference these will make.
Tasc Carrollton Performance Crew
If you aren’t a really big synthetic fabrics guy, but you like all of the properties of sweat-wicking materials, you should consider Tasc’s Carrollton Performance tee. Made by a New Orleans-based, family owned company, this workout shirt boasts a combination of organic cotton, viscose from bamboo, and a small amount of lycra. The resulting athletic shirt is moisture wicking, anti-odor, completely breathable, and ridiculously comfy. To top it all off, it is much more affordable than most high-performance athletic tees out there.
J.Crew x New Balance Workout T
This polyester workout shirt from New Balance and J.Crew offers the ultimate combination in Northeastern prep and athletic technology. Using New Balance’s Ice fabric, these shirts are built to keep you cool whether you are flipping tires in a box or going on a long, hot weather run along the Charles. Along with a top-notch fabric choice, this training shirt boasts gusseted underarms for a dynamic feel and reflective detailing throughout so you can stay seen while out pounding the pavement early in the morning or late at night.
Rhone Element Tee
Made from Pima cotton and infused with SilverTech threads, this athletic shirt offers up the best of both worlds. The premium cotton fabric provides a super-soft feel, while the polyester, Spandex, and XT2 materials give the tee an extra lively stretch to match all of your wild workouts. Thanks to an athletic cut on the workout shirt, this won’t feel either too baggy or too tight – making it ideal for wear both inside and outside of the gym.
“They don’t make them like they used to, so we did.” That is the explanation New England running apparel brand Tracksmith has offered up for their simple but time-tested Grayboy t-shirt. Designed, knit, and sewn within an hour of the brand’s offices in Wellesley, Massachusetts, this American made tee is proud of its untechnical nature. Cut from cotton and rayon blend, this heavy workout shirt is built to be worn for a lifetime and then some.
Ryu Vapor Crew Neck Tee
Seamless, ultra breathable, and odor fighting, the Ryu Vapor Crew Neck is as technical a workout shirt as you could hope for. It has two proprietary technologies – first being TecLayr, an ultra light seamless fabric with four-way stretch for the ultimate in versatility and cross section nylon yarns for enhanced sweat wicking. For fighting off odor causing bacteria, the athletic shirt has a special Polygiene antimicrobial silver salt treatment that blocks the growth of bacteria. To top it off, this piece boasts ultra comfortable raglan sleeves for a close fitting but dynamic fit.
Outdoor Voices Featherweight Swing Tee
As its name suggests, the featherweight swing tee is just that. Light. Made from a special nylon mesh, the workout shirt barely even feels like it is there – making it ideal for stuffy gyms or hot runs through the city. And thanks to the sweat-wicking properties of the athletic shirt, it’ll keep you dry and cool whether you’re running around the soccer field or trying to nail down a course P.R.
Ten Thousand Distance Shirt
A young brand, Ten Thousand first started out with just two products, a pair of shorts and a tee. Now after gaining a bit of traction and growing – they’ve rolled out a few different variations on their popular gym basics. The distance shirt is especially for runners. Made right here in the U.S.A from a premium featherweight Italian fabric that features micro-ventilation for top tier breathability – this thing is ideal for throwing on for a long run or an extended session in the gym. The silver ion treatment on the fabric will keep it from stinking up the place, and the Anti-Chafe seams will keep you focused on your goals.
Olivers Convoy Tee
San Francisco-based athletic brand Olivers knows that sometimes simpler is better. The brand’s convoy tee, cut from 100% Merino wool, is a no-nonsense workout shirt that relies on the natural properties of the fabric to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to sweat wicking and fighting odor. The perfect pick for the guy looking to keep it all natural without compromising on quality.
Lululemon Somatic Half Sleeve
Quick drying, sweat wicking, and gusseted underarms. What more can you ask for of a training shirt? Well, Lululemon Men figured you’d maybe want a media loop for your headphones and reflective detailing along the back too, so they threw that in for good measure. All things said the Somatic Half Sleeve checks all the boxes and leaves very little to be desired.
Isaora Engineered Mesh Knit Training T
It is hard to think of a better or more capable shirt. Paired down to its most basic parts, this minimalist athletic shirt is engineered to be incredibly breathable. Thanks to mesh panels along the chest, abdomen, back, and underarms it will keep you cooler for longer than any other workout shirt out there. More than just a lightweight and breathable athletic shirt, Isaora did away with all but two seams, one along the neck and another along the armholes – making it totally aerodynamic and comfortable no matter what workout you’re running through. As much a fantastic workout shirt as it is a feat of engineering.