In recent years, fabric technology has progressed so far that today's running T-shirts are likely to provide more technology than the space suits that used to run on the moon. Well, maybe not, but a decent person can definitely make running more enjoyable and entertaining with the help of laboratory-tested materials developed through years of research. But what are the differences and which of the myriad available options are best for you? We have tested the best of all major brands so you can find the perfect T-shirt for all your needs.
Under Armor Rush Run Short Sleeve
Brands never shy away from promoting the wondrous technology But Under Armor has gone even further with its new Rush line than most. Mineral-enriched equipment reflects the energy that your body delivers directly to you during your workout to increase your strength and endurance. We will not unpack the science behind these claims, but this is a great running shirt with a tight, yet non-skin-friendly fit and fabric that dries quickly.
Buy at Under Armor | £ 55
Short Sleeve Run Top by dhb Aeron
If you can not stand having more fabric on your back than is absolutely necessary when running, this ultra-light T-shirt is a great choice. The mesh back and moisture-wicking fabric keep you cool on hot runs and dry out the T-shirt at lightning speed.
Buy at Wiggle | £ 28
Gore R7 Shirt
The most expensive T-shirt on this list captivates with its exceptional moisture management, as the lightweight polyamide fabric shakes off the sweatiest runs to keep you cool and cool. The t-shirt will stretch comfortably, but unless you are a fan of the figure-hugging look, you may want to order one size larger.
Buy at sports shoes | £ 79.99
Castore Karlsson Aero Tee
You may never have met Castore unless you keep an eye on the exploits of Andy Murray, who carries the British brand's equipment on the court, but the quality of his Premium sports kit make it a company that runners should necessarily know. We are a big fan of the style of the Karlsson T-shirt and the stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric is as comfortable as any other we use for long runs. The anti-odor properties of the top also mean that you can wear it for a week without having to worry about deface the store.
Buy at Castore | £ 70
New Balance Q Speed Jacquard
This T-shirt is perfect for all weather conditions. It dries very fast and prevents sweat from ruining the barrel.
Buy at New Balance | £ 35 (some colors reduced to £ 24.50)
Montane Fang Zip T-Shirt
This T-shirt is body-contoured, feather-light and, thanks to the Polygiene treated fabric, unpleasantly odorless spend a few days exploring off-road trails. You do not even have to wash it between uses.
Buy at Montane | £ 48
Soar Running Classic T-Shirt
Wearing comfort is a must, no matter how long you walk, in this loose-fitting T-shirt. Thanks to the antibacterial fabric, it does not smell as soon as you sweat, and there are a few subtle reflective details that increase the visibility for motorists at night.
Buy at Soar | £ 62
Instead of producing a wide range of running apparel, the Swiss brand On decided to focus on the essentials and produce one or two first-class specimens each. When it came to T-shirts, this ultra-light performance top and a softer training T-shirt were created. The Performance T has a mesh back for added breathability and the nylon / spandex front dries faster than anything we've tried before.
Buy at ON | £ 70
Craft Eaze Melange Tee
This T-shirt is about as lightweight as a T-shirt, making it a great summer getaway that we'll definitely enjoy. And when it rains in the end, you'll be glad to know that the Eaze Melange tea dries just as fast as it does and not sweat that dampened it.
Buy at Go Outdoors | £ 20 (currently reduced to £ 10)
Vollebak Black Light T-Shirt
At £ 70, this will almost certainly be one of the most expensive running t-shirts you own, but then it's a completely unique one Product. The fabric has matte spots everywhere that contain 60,000 black glass balls that light up like a Christmas tree when light hits them (literally, they look like they're trapped in small balls). It's even better if a T-shirt is as visible at night as you will find it. By day it's just a stylish black T-shirt. All the technical details you expect are also present and correct – the shirt is lightweight and sweat-wicking, making it suitable for sunny runs as well as night trips.
Buy at Vollebak | £ 70
Adidas Supernova Tee
Sweat does not stand a chance when you wear this wonder drug. The fabric wicks sweat away from your skin as soon as it leaves your pores to keep you dry and comfortable. There are also reflective stripes on the back of the shirt for fans of night visibility.
Buy at Adidas | £ 32.95