After 12 hours of research evaluating 75 products, we picked Under Armour Men's Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt as our top choice.
A comfortable shirt can make or break your workout! The right shirt will keep you cool or warm (depending on climate), prevent odors, and move comfortably with your body. The wrong shirt will just feel wrong when you move, run, lift, or train.
So what's "right" look like?
The best running shirts for men are lightweight, comfortable, and loose enough to prevent chafing while tight enough so as not to flop around. It's also adapted to the weather—warm enough as a base layer for cold days, but cool and breathable enough for the hotter days. Most importantly, it wicks away sweat and dries quickly.
You need a good running shirt!
Below, we've got a list of the top running shirts on the market—from long-sleeved to short-sleeved to tank tops/singlets. We've scoured hundreds of products, read thousands of reviews, and road-tested more than a few shirts ourselves (with the sweat stains and sore feet to prove it). The shirts below are the best for your needs.
Sleek, light, super comfortable, reflective piping for after-dark running, antimicrobial properties, moisture-wicking, durable material, solid seams, athletic fit, and racerback pattern.
Doesn't dry quickly and prone to pilling.
Style: This singlet/tank top is different from most of its kind. Instead of the classic A-shirt design, it features a racerback design on the back. This unique design and the 1-Inch rolled forward shoulders prevent fabric bunching up at your neck and shoulders, keeping it slim and sleek. It's not only stylish, but also more comfortable for using as a base layer beneath shirts and sweaters.
The fit is a bit slim, intended for lean runners rather than bulky weightlifters. Expect a bit of tightness around the midsection, so consider buying a size up if you consider yourself on the bulkier side.
Material: The shirt is 100% polyester, with excellent moisture-wicking properties to pull sweat away from your body. The material is lightweight and durable, and the shirt will last for months of regular use. It's safe to wash in the machine, though it is prone to pilling.
One downside is that the shirt can get quite heavy when you sweat. It wicks moisture away from your body but isn't able to dry as effectively as other shirts. You can expect to soak through your top layers if you sweat excessively.
Price: At $20, this is definitely one of the pricier shirts on our list. It's a good quality tank top for running and will offer good comfort, but it's fair to say that you're paying a slightly higher price than the shirt warrants.
Very well-built, solid fabric, heavy-duty stitching, good design, great color choices, colors don't bleed or fade, super light, quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and great fit for athletic bodies.
Slim fit, and the sizes are a bit snug.
Style: This shirt is cut in the classic short-sleeved Tee style, with solid stitching around the crew neck to keep it from sagging or fading. The similar stitching around the arms and bottom hem makes this shirt a long-lasting choice. With its reliable fabric and durable unions, you'll find it suits you well for years of regular use.
The shirt is intended for those with a sleeker athletic build, so you may find that it's a bit slim around the midsection. The sizes also run small. If you want a looser fit, you'll want to try one size up from normal.
Material: Older versions used to be an 85% polyester and 15% cotton blend, but the newest versions are 100% polyester. Though this sacrifices a bit in the softness of the fabric, it enhances the Climalite moisture-wicking and quick-drying technology that makes this such a great shirt for runners. You'll find it keeps you cool and dry even through a marathon!
The material is beautifully breathable, and you'll love how cool you feel when running down the road, around the track, or through those mountain trails.
Price: At $17 per shirt, this is slightly on the pricier side, but well worth the investment if you're looking for a shirt that will keep up with your runs for many years to come.
Very quick-drying, good fit for active use, comfortable, sweat controls, good selection of color and style choices, moisture-wicking, durable, and comes at a decent price.
Unusual cut—a bit too loose and boxy.
Style: This shirt is designed for running, but also for all other athletic activities—from weightlifting to CrossFit to HIIT to team sports. The loose fit makes it perfect for all types of workouts and sports. You'll find it lightweight, breathable, and a beautifully versatile shirt.
The shirt comes in a broad assortment of colors, making it perfect for guys who like options—dark, bright, bold, and muted. Be warned: the sizes tend to run a bit large, and the torso of the shirt can be a bit too loose and boxy for guys who like more form-fitting shirts.
Material: The shirt is made of 100% polyester, which makes it lightweight and soft enough for any type of sport or running. The shirt has quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool in even the hottest weather. The Dri-Equip technology will ensure that your body stays at just the right temperature no matter how much you sweat.
Price: Starting at $13, this shirt is a well-priced option for those who want a good quality shirt for running and all sport activities. Just remember that you may have to exchange the shirt a few times to get the size just right.
Super lightweight, good warmth, soft to the touch, durable crew neck stitching, stylish, great for active and casual wear, machine washable, and odor-resistant.
Not the best at moisture-wicking; doesn't dry as quickly as other shirts.
Style: This long-sleeved shirt is made with comfort and versatility in mind, so it has a relaxed fit that gives you great freedom of movement. The ribbed collar is resistant to sagging and damage, and the seamed cuffs grip your arms tightly when you roll up the shirt. The double-needle hemmed bottom is the final addition of durability that makes this a long-lasting shirt.
The shirt can be worn as a base or top layer, though it's better worn over a shirt that offers the quick-drying, moisture-wicking properties you need. Thankfully, it's easy to wash in the machine and won't shrink with regular washing.
Material: This shirt is made of 50% cotton, which makes it lightweight and beautifully soft to the touch. However, the addition of 50% polyester also ensures that it can be used for athletic activity. Though it doesn't have the moisture-wicking, quick-drying properties of other shirts on our list, it's light and breathable enough to be comfortable for most activities.
The shirt even comes with UPF 40 protection, keeping your skin safe from solar radiation as you run.
Price: Starting at $14, this is one of the best-priced shirts on our list. While it's not built for maximum competition like some of the other options, it's one of the most comfortable choices on our list.
Super warm, lightweight fabric, good elasticity, versatile, lightweight, two-way air circulation, good quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties, broad range of patterns and colors, and very stylish.
Sizes run small and attracts lint in the wash.
Style: If you want a good-looking running shirt for the winter, this is your top pick. Not only is it a stylish shirt—made by UnderArmour, with the classic slim fit to emphasize your toned physique—but it comes in a broad range of colors and patterns (from textured to dark colors to camo to bright orange and red). This is the shirt professional athletes wear when running in winter months.
The manufacturer makes it clear that these shirts are sized to be tight, so you'll need to buy at least one or two sizes above normal to be comfortable. However, the slim fit ensures that your body heat is trapped near your skin, keeping you warm in winter. The tighter fit also makes it the perfect base layer under heavier sweaters and shirts.
Material: The lightweight shirt is made out of 87% polyester and 13% spandex, meaning it has the perfect mix of elasticity and comfort. The moisture-sensing fabric will pull sweat away from your body as you run, and it will dry quickly to prevent the winter cold from making you sick. The shirt also offers enough two-way air circulation to keep you from overheating without sacrificing warmth.
On the downside, this shirt is prone to odors. It's made with formaldehyde, so it's recommended you wash it once or twice before using. Be warned: the fabric attracts lint in the dryer. You're better off washing it in the machine and letting it dry in the sun.
Price: At $17, this is a great choice for a super-warm base layer. You'll find it keeps you warm on even long-distance runs when the temperature is below zero.
Stylish, warm, comfortable, soft material, UPF protection, anti-microbial, odor resistant fabric, unisex cut, durable, broad range of colors, designed for outdoor use and top layer, and versatile design.
Sizes tend to run small and it stains easily.
Style: This long-sleeved shirt is made for your comfort, with a loose fit that makes it ideal for any workout. The long sleeves will keep you warm in the winter, but the relaxed torso gives you plenty of mobility not just for your runs, but for any type of training. It's not so loose it will feel baggy, yet ensures maximum comfort for your workouts and runs.
The shirt comes in a broad range of colors, appropriate for both men and women. The unisex fit means this shirt can be worn by both genders. Be warned, though: the sizes run a bit on the smaller side for men.
Material: The shirt is made of 100% polyester microfiber, and it has a layer of UPF 50+ sun protection that makes it perfect for running under the bright sun. The PURE Tech moisture wicking technology will pull sweat away from your body, and the polyester fibers will dry quickly when exposed to heat and wind.
The shirt is lightweight and comfortable, and it has an odor-resistant, anti-microbial protection to keep the shirt from wearing out. Sadly, once it's stained—either by sweat, dirt, or food—it's nearly impossible to get the stains out in the wash. It's also prone to absorbing body odors, making it a bit smellier than your average running shirt.
Price: At $22, this is a bit on the pricier side, but a great long-sleeved shirt for runners who want to stay warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Comfortable, soft material, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, natural feel, durable UA Tech Fabric, well-priced, broad color selection, good fit, breathable, good quality product, and perfect for both warm and cool weather.
May shrink in the wash and features somewhat of a "boxy" fit.
Style: This shirt offers a loose fit, so it will be ideal for your long distance runs. You won't have to worry about chafing or rubbing, thanks to both its comfortable fit and super soft material. The shirt may look a bit boxy (especially the larger sizes) and the sizes run small, but it's a shirt that will keep up with any run.
One of the great things about this shirt is the color selection. Instead of solid colors, the shirt combines two colors (graphite and white, black and steel, etc.) to give it a bit of flair. With dozens of colors to choose from, it's one of the most stylish options for a running shirt.
Material: The material is 100% polyester, so you may end up with a little bit of smell after heavy sweating. However, the shirt is super soft to the touch, and it will do wonders to prevent chafing and rubbing on your skin. The UA Tech Fabric is highly effective at wicking sweat away from your body, drying quickly to keep you cool on hot days.
The shirt also serves as a great base layer, offering warmth under a running sweater in the winter. The fabric is durable, and you'll find this is one of the longest-lasting running shirts on the market!
Price: Starting at $19, this shirt is a well-priced option. They're not the cheapest shirts on our list or the market, but they offer excellent quality and style at a price you can love.