TECH­NI­CAL TEES

Men’s and women’s on test

Trail Running (UK) - - Contents -

SMARTWOOL MERINO 150 BASELAYER SS 140g Men’s M www.smartwool.com

This tee is made with 87% merino wool spun around a ny­lon core; this in­creases dura­bil­ity but keeps a nat­u­ral fi­bre against the skin. Merino of­fers good tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion, doesn’t smell and breathes very well, so it’s a great fab­ric to run in. It’s cut looser than the other tees on test, which makes it nice to wear ca­su­ally as well.

SALMING SS TEE 100g Men’s L www.salming.com

This polyester run­ning tee from Swedish brand Salming has a stylish ath­letic cut and bold, branded graph­ics. If you like the de­sign then it’s a rea­son­ably priced, light­weight tee, which wicks well and has an open mesh-type con­struc­tion that helps keep you cool. It feels light and com­fort­able to wear on its own or as a base layer.

SCOTT RC RUN S/SL SHIRT 95g Men’s M www.scott-sports.com

Part of the high-per­for­mance RC col­lec­tion, you’ll see this strik­ing yel­low and black race top on Scott’s pro team. Its light­weight polyester/elas­tane mix fab­ric is stretchy and smooth, with no hem or cuff seams, so it’s su­per comfy on its own or un­der a race vest. £60 is pricey, but it is made in Eu­rope, which guar­an­tees fair man­u­fac­tur­ing.

PATAG­O­NIA SS WINDCHASER SHIRT 85g Men’s M www.patag­o­nia.com

The Windchaser is de­signed for ul­tra­run­ning, where com­fort and per­for­mance have equal im­por­tance. It has a slim fit but the clever cut moves with you and you won’t no­tice the bonded seams. Poly­giene odour con­trol keeps it fresh, and re­flec­tive de­tails add style and safety. Patag­o­nia man­age all this us­ing 100% re­cy­cled Blue­sign

cer­ti­fied polyester.

MAMMUT MTR 71 T-SHIRT 130g Men’s M www.mammut.ch

This tee is eas­ily best value; the MTR 71 uses a polyester/elas­tane mix fab­ric com­bined with a good ath­letic cut, flat­lock seams and a dropped tail. It’s a very com­fort­able tee to run in and has Pure an­timi­cro­bial treat­ment, so it shouldn’t smell. It feels light and breath­able to wear and looks good, with four colour choices and re­flec­tive lo­gos.

PARAMO CAMBIA SS T-SHIRT 120g Men’s M www.paramo-cloth­ing.com

Made in Paramo’s Fair Trade Miquelina Foun­da­tion fac­tory in Columbia, the Cambia tee is re­versible, with two dif­fer­ent polyester weaves, pro­vid­ing dif­fer­ing rates of cool­ing. It’s a smart-look­ing tee but the cut is slim and the siz­ing’s quite small – great for a baselayer, but go up a size for a looser fit. UK-based Paramo of­fers a re­pair

or re­cy­cle ser­vice.

DARE 2B JEOP­ARDY JERSEY 155g Men’s M www.dare2b.com

The Jeop­ardy is a polyester tee with a short zip, a zipped pocket, re­flec­tive de­tail and vented un­der-arm pan­els. It has a slim fit with a slightly dropped tail. It’s good value but not fin­ished as well as some of the other tees on test, with loose stitch­ing and a sharp zip. Dare 2b have a clear eth­i­cal code, how­ever, which is ex­cel­lent to see.

MON­TANE SONIC ZIP T-SHIRT 110g Men’s M www.mon­tane.co.uk

This slim-cut tee uses a denser-weave polyester than most oth­ers, which feels less breath­able but ac­tu­ally works very well in the heat. The high col­lar and a UPF of 50+ give good pro­tec­tion from the sun, the fab­ric wicks well, and the mesh un­der­arms and quar­ter-zip aid ven­ti­la­tion. It’s good value and in­cludes Poly­giene anti

odour treat­ment.

INOV-8 AT/C BASE SS 65g Men’s M www.inov-8.com

By far the light­est on test, Inov-8 has de­signed this 100% polyester tee for rac­ing. It has an ath­letic cut that feels com­fort­able when run­ning and, with bold re­flec­tive brand­ing, it looks good too. Treated with Poly­giene odour con­trol, it wicks well and dries al­most in­stantly. The hem and sleeves are seam­less, so they feel smooth and

won’t chafe.

2XU X-VENT TEE 110g Men’s M www.2xu.com

The X-Vent tee is all about stay­ing cool. It fea­tures two dif­fer­ent weaves of polyester to vary the amount of ven­ti­la­tion, and a loose cut to in­crease air­flow. The back panel is an open weave, which vents well un­less un­der a pack. It’s a stylish top, avail­able in four dif­fer­ent colours, with re­flec­tive de­tail on both the back and front.

OMM GRID TEE SS 135g Men’s M www.theomm.com

This slim-cut tee has a quar­ter-zipped col­lar, mesh vent­ing pan­els and a dropped tail. It’s made from a 50/50 polyester/ bam­boo mix, which feels soft against skin and re­duces the amount of plas­tic used. It wicks well and feels more breath­able than 100% polyester. Con­tour-in­spired graph­ics look good, and the lo­gos are re­flec­tive, to keep you safe.

SALEWA PEDROC DELTA DRY TEE 110g Men’s M www.salewa.co.uk

Salewa has used the new Blue­sign-ap­proved Po­lartec Delta fab­ric to cre­ate a bril­liant trail run­ning tee. The polyester, ly­ocell (wood pulp) and elas­tane mix fab­ric has a 3D struc­ture, which pro­motes wick­ing and stops it feel­ing wet on the skin. It also holds its shape un­der ruck­sack straps, al­low­ing air­flow. It has a long ath­letic cut and looks fan­tas­tic.

VERDICT An ex­cel­lent ac­tive life­style tee, for run­ning or so­cial­is­ing. £57

VERDICT Great qual­ity and de­signed for pro rac­ers – at a price. £60

VERDICT The per­fect ev­ery­day tee; good value, top per­for­mance. £35

VERDICT A ver­sa­tile, slim-fit­ting tee with great eco cre­den­tials. £40

VERDICT A high-per­for­mance eth­i­cal op­tion for ul­tra-run­ners. £50

VERDICT Strong graph­ics on a good run­ning tee for any oc­ca­sion. £38

VERDICT Eth­i­cally sound and bril­liant to wear, espe­cially with a pack. £50

VERDICT Com­fort­able and func­tional; a top choice for long days. £42

VERDICT In­cred­i­bly light and comfy. Save it for race day. £42

VERDICT A de­pend­able tee; bril­liant for long days and warmer weather. £40

VERDICT A nice bud­get tee, ideal for train­ing or shorter races. £25

VERDICT Stylish and com­fort­able; de­signed for warm weather. £40

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