Vuori Strato Tech Tee
I initially had super high hopes for the Strato Tech Tee. After first trying it on I immediately thought this would become my new go-to workout shirt. It is, hands down, the softest shirt I have ever worn. The issue for me is the stink factor. I’m not a smelly dude by any means (thanks to this deodorant) but I have noticed that throughout the course of the day the armpits get a little funky. It’s likely due to the fact that the Strato Tech Tee is a 96/4 polyester blend. The more polyester you use…the more likely bacteria is to build up. I love the price point and I love the feel and fit of these so they are worth trying out. But I think you will likely end up sticking to Lulu for your heavier workouts.
Ten Thousand Distance Shirt
Given how much we love Ten Thousand’s Workout Shorts, I was excited about the prospect of this translating over to their shirts as well. I think the potential is there. If you try this shirt you’ll immediately notice how it’s probably the lightest shirt you have ever worn in your life. Which is a really cool feeling for when you’re working out. For me, the issue is the fit. Wearing my normal size (Small) means this thing hugs my body like a compression shirt and rides up in the back of the neck. Sizing up (Medium) made it drape off me in all the wrong places. It’s worth trying if you are looking for a super light shirt, but be aware that I don’t think their sizing will work for everyone and that their color choices are extremely limited at the moment.
Uniqlo Dry-Ex Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt
I’m a huge fan of many Uniqlo products, namely their jeans. And I really love this shirt a lot, especially given the cheap $20 price point. I think it fits comfortably and the color choices are plentiful. I own four of them which I still cycle through every once in awhile. The issue remains its breathability and odor control. While Uniqlo claims to have added anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to their Dry-Ex products, performance wise I don’t think it holds up to the test as well as Lululemon’s Silverescent technology. I wish it did because it would then challenge for our top pick given the price point but I don’t think it’s there yet.
Rhone was launched in 2014 with a collection of clothing that looks suspiciously identical to Lulu designs. The ones we have tried are very high quality and fit well. We are currently evaluating and debating internally whether these shirts deserve merit as a potential top contender to Lulu’s MVT.