CMP T-Shirt review
This simple, classic-fitting polyester tee is available in a large choice of colours. The fabric is stretchy and slightly perforated for added ventilation and greater comfort on warmer runs. It’s good value but could be improved by moving the seams away from the shoulders, which would also improve the cut around the neck.
Verdict: Good value for everyday running but cut could be improved.
Outdoor Research Echo short-sleeve review
A light polyester tee with a soft thin feel, the slightly more relaxed cut makes this a comfortable multisport baselayer or running top. Raglan sleeves mean it’s comfortable with a pack. The AirVent fabric wicks moisture away and dries quickly, while the Polygiene treatment prevents odour. Available in 14 different colours.
Verdict: A great all-round active tee with an awesome choice of colours.
Vaude Tamaro Shirt III review
This heavier tee has a quarter zip to aid ventilation and allow a higher collar. The bluesign-certified fabric is polyester with a small amount of wool to improve the feel, thermoregulation and reduce odour. Seam-free shoulders are good under a pack and it features a useful zip pocket in the side seam.
Verdict: Comfortable, durable and ethical; an everyday running tee.
Smartwool Merino Sport ‘Go Far Feel Good’ tee
Women 105g (S) £55
This great-looking, relaxed-fit tee combines super soft and comfortable, naturally antimicrobial, responsibly-sourced Merino wool with quick-drying, durable polyester. It has a long cut and V-neck with a stylish front print, making it a great option to wear all day and all year, whether you’re on the trails or in town.
Verdict: Great all-rounder. Top looks, comfort and performance.
Men’s Iffley Road Cambrian Striped Drirelease T-Shirt review
A stylish and well-made tee from British brand Iffley Road, inspired by the athletics apparel of the 1950s. It’s predominantly cotton with 15% polyester to improve performance. In use it’s comfortable but best for dry weather and shorter runs. It feature a small zipped pocket and was made in Portugal.
Verdict: Stylish and comfortable but better for the track than the trails.
Dynafit Elevation S-Tech Tee
Women 100g (M) £56
This high-performance tee, made from a polyester/Nylon/elastane mix, features seam-free construction, body-mapped panels and a close, stretchy fit for great comfort. It looks good in a bold red colour with contrast details. The long, snug fit and reinforced shoulders work really well under a pack for longer adventures.
Verdict: Soft, stretchy and seam-free. A great choice for ultras.
Icebreaker Cool-Lite Amplify SS Low Crewe
Women 100g (S) £65
Icebreaker’s lightweight Cool-Lite fabric combines responsibly-sourced Merino wool with Tencel (from plant cellulose) and Nylon for superb softness, breathability, natural odour control and durability. The long yet athletic cut with drop tail, relaxed fit and vented back panel make it a joy to wear all day long.
Verdict: Super comfort and responsible production feels great to wear.
Gore R7 shirt
Men 115g (M) £80
This great-looking lightweight polyamide/ elastane mix tee is stretchy, wicking and quick drying. With its slim cut it’s ideal for hot weather, as a baselayer or under a pack. and the bonded or flatlock seams are well positioned away from potential rubbing points. It’s on the pricey side, but well made and performs brilliantly.
Verdict: A technical running tee or base layer, perfect for ultra-running.
Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Shirt
Women 105g (S) £35
Made from a lightweight, bluesign-approved 100% polyester jersey with recycled content and Polygiene odour control, this soft, wicking, quick-drying tee is a great choice for running in warmer weather. The fit is relaxed and airy with a drop tail. However, the scoop neck doesn’t work so well with rucksack straps.
Verdict: A light and airy ethically-sound tee for warm weather running.
Ronhill Infinity Marathon Tee
Women 115g (10/12) £40
From a Nylon/polyester mix, an innovative tubular knitting technique means this soft and stretchy, close- fitting tee is not only seam-free but also superbly comfortable. With its exceptional fit and coverage, the longer cut and secure lower hem of the T-shirt means it doesn’t ride up or ruck up under a pack, either.
Verdict: Soft, stretchy, form- fitting and seam free. Great under a pack.
OMM Flow Tee
Men 135g (M) £30
This great-looking, great-value tee is made from a soft bamboo/polyester mix fabric with reflective details and a rubberised contour pattern on the seam-free shoulder panels for rucksack straps. The bamboo in the fabric makes it soft and comfy to wear, reduces plastic content and improves breathability and odour control.
Verdict: Comfy and well designed, great for everyday running.
On Comfort Tee
Women 100g (S) £50
Stylish looks combine with comfort and features in this well thought through tee. The fabric is a soft, breathable blend of cotton, modal (from plant cellulose) and elastane for stretch. It has flatlocked seams and a wicking mesh panel for added comfort, plus a discrete zipped pocket, perfect for a card or key.
Verdict: Great looks and comfort for summer runs and adventures.
Comppressport Racing SS T
Men 55g (M) £60
An incredibly lightweight tee with great looks, a slim athletic cut, seamless construction and vented areas on the chest and back. The stretchy fabric is superbly comfortable, wicks and dries very quickly and the polyamide/elastane mix fabric has proved surprisingly durable considering the weight of the garment.
Verdict: High performance and comfortable; perfect for racing.
Men 135g (M) £40
A well-cut athletic tee with carefully positioned flatlock seams designed for active use. The polyester fabric wicks well and dries quickly, while Argentium Pro treatment adds long-term protection against odours. The fabric is satisfyingly silky and works well either as a base layer, on its own or under a pack.
Verdict: A comfortable all-round athletic tee or base layer.
Men 105g (M)
Designed for summer running in the mountains, this stylish tee is made with a soft and durable high-quality polyester fabric that feels great to wear. A standard cut allows air flow across the skin while mesh side panels increase the ventilation. The shoulders are seamless for increased comfort when worn under a pack.
Verdict: Brilliantly designed tee with superb comfort on any run.
Men 140g (M)
With its bold print and cotton blend fabric, this tee has a casual look and feel, yet still performs well on the trails. It’s an incredibly comfortable top to run in, although it does take a little longer than others here to dry on the wearer, due to its cotton content, so is probably best suited to shorter runs and drier weather.
Verdict: A comfortable active tee for summer days on the trails.
Asics Lite-Show SS Top
We found this T-shirt from Asics great for summer training. Made from lightweight fabrics, this T-shirt was ultra-breathable and quick-drying too. It also had plenty of reflectivity, giving 360-degree visibility in case you are running in darker conditions, with the fit being fairly baggy. Available in several colour options in men's and women's styles.
The original merino base layer, Icebreaker’s Oasis Crew is made from 100% super-fine 200gsm responsibly-sourced wool. The stylish cut with offset shoulder seams works well on its own or as an underlayer. There are no zips, pockets or synthetics – just soft, breathable, naturally antimicrobial wool that feels great and regulates your temperature.
The original soft and comfy 100% merino base layer.
Made from a soft, durable nylon/polyester mix, this form-fitting base layer is cosy, comfortable and great at keeping you cool. ‘Engineered’ venting holes down the spine and sides, plus mesh panels, allow good air flow. Antibacterial treatment, thumb loops and reflective details finish a stylish top that works on its own or under an outer layer.
Great look and feel with superb features for runners.
We’ve used this base layer for a couple of years and it still looks, feels and smells as good as new. Made from a comfy, quick-drying fabric that mixes 65% non-mulesed merino wool with 35% carbon-treated polyester, it’s lightweight, durable, great looking and odour-resistant. We’ve worn it for everything from racing to casual wear.
Great-looking, great-feeling, great-smelling base layer.