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on February 16, 2014
I'm comparing CANVAS MEN's HOWARD TRIBLEND T-Shirt to NEXT LEVEL's TRIBLEND (6010). This is after several normal washes with low dries per instructions. I'm 5'11 and 170ish with a 40'' chest and 16.5'' neck. I ordered a large in both.
WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON...
- Both triblends have a high percent of rayon, which is what makes them so soft.
- Both are extremely soft. If you've been a cotton, poly/cotton person, this is a whole new level. (It's not yet rivaling the softness of higher percentage modal fabrics used on things ranging from bedsheets to CALVIN KLEIN products, but you could buy four of these for the price of one CK modal.)
- Both respond well to simple stretches and bounce back.
- Both have a heather-like appearance.
- Both have lie-flat neck lines.
- Both have tight neck collars around the neck line, though neither is too tight.
- Both have reasonably short shoulder lengths.
WHERE THE SHIRTS DIFFER
- The CANVAS is tagless, NEXT LEVEL isn't.
- The CANVAS is lighter (in weight), and even folds smaller. I suspect some colors of the CANVAS may be slightly see-through, however.
- The CANVAS has a more modern cut (sometimes described as "regular" or "slimmer"), with a tighter profile than NEXT LEVEL, which has a classic (slightly looser) cut.
- Since the CANVAS has the cut it does, it makes the better undershirt. But, since it is cut slimmer, it will look better worn on its own or under a blazer.
- NEXT LEVEL is at least 2 inches longer than CANVAS, but similar lengths for sleeves. Despite this, CANVAS is long enough to be tucked in depending on torso and the hight of your pant line. You could bet that the NEXT LEVEL will undoubtedly stay tucked in.
- NEXT LEVEL is slightly roomier around the chest and armpits.
- They have different trim around the neck and sleeves. NEXT LEVEL has wider trim, 3/4 in, and is ever-so-slightly ribbed. CANVAS has a 1/2 in trim, and no ribbing.
- And while both shirts have great neck's (who doesn't care about this these days), NEXT LEVEL's is more classical when you think of a shirt's neck. The NEXT LEVEL is my preferred neck line, but the CANVAS is a bit more modern with the smaller trim.
Without question, both would make excellent sleep and undershirts and will challenge you to go back to cotton undershirts. (However, note that at the time of this review, neither triblend offers a pure-white, so it wouldn't look good under a Oxford-style button up.) But, my verdict is that the CANVAS is a better look to wear out given its cut. But, the slightly roomier nature of NEXT LEVEL makes it my preferred lounging and house shirt. And given how cheap both are, I think you could buy both and try them out yourself. Still, these shirt prove that we're not stuck in an undershirt world consisting of HANES and FRUIT OF THE LOOM, which, despite their best efforts to do otherwise, cannot provide a shirt this soft with a neck line that lasts. Additionally, we don't have to pay the prices of even JOCKEY or CK to get something that is super soft, comfortable, and stylish.