Women’s technical tees
Jen Benson takes to the trails kitted out in the top hi-tech running t-shirts
TOTAL OXYGEN OLYMPUS 180g 110g Women’s S www.totaloxygen.com
British brand Total Oxygen works with European designers and UK/Portugal-based manufacturers to make stylish sportswear. Designed for mountain running, the Olympus tee has an athletic look with a quarter-zip and bold branding. The Clima Core polyester fabric is cool, smooth and great to run in, with a breathable mesh strip
down the back.
RAIDLIGHT PERFORMER XP TOP 115g Women’s S www.raidlight.com
Lightweight, breathable, feature-packed and made from 100% recycled polyester, this could be the only technical tee you ever need. Rear mesh pockets easily fit a windproof and a soft flask. There’s a locking front zip for venting, a whistle, reflective detail and a rubberised hem to keep it in place. To top it off, it looks fantastic –
and all for £50.
ARC’TERYX TAEMA CREW NECK SHIRT SS 85g Women’s S www.arcteryx.com
This pretty yet technical polyester tee has everything we’ve come to expect from Arc’teryx: top manufacturing, well-thoughtthrough design and stunning looks. The styling and details give it a classiness that matches its performance. Out running it’s wonderfully light and supremely comfortable, with a nice, longer cut and
GORE ESSENTIAL PRINT SHIRT 105g Women’s S www.goreapparel.co.uk
This lovely soft tee with its funky print detail looks more high street than High Street, but don’t let that fool you. It’s fantastic to run in, made from super-soft, close-knit polyester, with an airy, longer cut that’s great for bum coverage. Around town, over a baselayer or on its own on the trails, this is a great all-rounder.
VAUDE HALLETT SHIRT 90g Women’s S www.vaude.com
This is a lightweight, loose-fitting tee, with simple styling. The fabric is a comfortable, stretchy and breathable polyester, certified by Vaude’s own Green Shape label, guaranteeing fair treatment of workers and a sustainable product lifecycle. It feels wellmade and durable, and comes in a wide range of colours with contrasting flatlock
seams. Great value.
ASHMEI SHORT SLEEVE BASELAYER 110g Women’s S www.ashmei.com
This stylish tee is made using merino wool blended with a carbon-treated synthetic fibre, to create a super-fine fabric that feels great to wear. It’s surprisingly warm for its weight and dries faster than pure merino. The straightforward design works well both as a baselayer and on its own, however, it is the most expensive on test.
TRIBE SPORTS ENGINEERED SS TEE 80g Women’s S www.tribesports.com
This comes with innovative body-mapped panels for breathability, protection and stretch just where you need it. The large venting panel on the back is particularly effective, even with a pack. Although it’s close-fitting, the anti-odour nylon/ polyester fabric is soft, light and stretchy. It’s responsibly sourced and manufactured
BELLUM QSKIN RUN TOP 110g Women’s S www.bellumactive.co.uk
This seamless, technical tee is made with an Italian nylon/polyester QSKIN Odour Control fabric and manufactured in Portugal. It’s soft, light and comfortable, with body-mapped areas of protective, stretchy and breathable fabric right where you need them. Great styling, reflective details and a generous zipped pocket finish
it off nicely.
SALOMON LIGHTNING PRO SS ZIP TEE 150g Women’s M www.salomon.com
Made from an odour-control treated nylon/ polyester mix, this tee is soft, stretchy and close-fitting. There’s a zipped pocket on the back and a front zip for venting, plus reflective detail and ‘pores’ for extra breathability, as the fabric itself is fairly dense and warm. The fit is on the small side, so you may need to size up.
ODLO SILLIAN T-SHIRT 75g Women’s S www.odlo.com
Made from ultra-lightweight, fast-drying four-way stretch polyester/elastane mix fabric, rated to SPF50+, this a great tee for warm weather or harder running, where keeping cool’s a priority. It’s a straightforward, close-fitting design without fancy features, meaning it’s just really comfortable to run in, whether as a
tee or a baselayer.
BERGHAUS SS V NECK TECH T-SHIRT 85g Women’s S www.berghaus.com
A straightforward, well-designed v-neck tee made from 100% polyester, with Argentium for freshness. There are no bells or whistles here, but it’s a great choice as an everyday training tee, for layering, or wearing under a pack when you just want comfort and performance. Berghaus’ Lifetime Guarantee offers to repair or replace any faulty or
RAB AERIAL TEE 70g Women’s S www.rab.equipment
Described by Rab as ‘silk-weight’, the Aerial Tee feels barely there. It’s cool, fastdrying and well designed for high-intensity activities. The Motiv-H fabric is treated with Polygiene odour control to keep it smelling fresh. It’s comfortable to wear, with flatlock seams and a nice feel against the skin, and it looks good, too, with funky side-panel
VERDICT Innovative fabric that looks and feels great; hefty price tag. £65
VERDICT Light, functional and responsibly produced. £35
VERDICT Top performance + top looks + top features = top marks. £50
VERDICT Great looks and performance; European designed and made. £60
VERDICT Great looks, beautifully made and a joy to run in. £45
VERDICT Great to wear, whether you’re in town or on the trails. £50
VERDICT Ultra-light, ultra-comfortable tee, made in the EU. £35
VERDICT Light as air. Ideal for summer in the hills. £30
VERDICT Superb looks, sound ethics and top performance. £49
VERDICT A great tee for everyday training – and a bargain too. £23
VERDICT A well-featured, body-hugging tee for a big budget. £60
VERDICT Great looks, design and features; European made. £53