Women’s tech­ni­cal tees

Jen Benson takes to the trails kit­ted out in the top hi-tech run­ning t-shirts

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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

ex­cel­lent breatha­bil­ity.

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

in Por­tu­gal.

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

de­fec­tive prod­ucts.

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

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