I wish I could sit here and give you a more hipster/contrarian pick, but (echoing everything we said in our pick for best short sleeve workout shirt), I cannot. Lulu still makes, by far, the best workout shirt for men in the long sleeve category as well.
Unlike a lot of people, we don’t blindly love everything Lulu makes and think there are better options out there in a lot of categories that Lulu is big in. However, their Metal Vent Tech series still dominates and is a major reason why that company has added tens of billions in market cap in recent years. It’s worth it to pay up for these.
Much like the short-sleeve shirts, we look for the following when it comes to an everyday long sleeve workout shirt:
- Wicks away sweat
- Fit your body nicely so you look good while working out
- Not smell if you’re wearing one over the course of the day
- Sleeves tight enough so they don’t drape off your body
- Sleeves long enough to hit your wrist and not look super bunched up if you roll them up
Nothing else we have found comes close to addressing all 5 factors in the way the Metal Vent Tech shirts do. Lulu’s Silverescent technology is one of a kind and is the best in the business at keeping odors at bay. If you get the sizing right, the form and fit of these shirts hug most body types correctly and allow for really comfortable workouts. They also last for a very long time. If you remain the same size, you can use these shirts for years. For $60-90, you won’t find a better option on the market which you can dress down for a sweaty workout or even dress up a little for a casual lunch/dinner.