Top critical review
Not great, but necessary.
on June 13, 2016
I'm a security officer, required to wear white uniforms, in the deep south, and I have tattoos all the way down my left arm. In short, my options were to keep wearing my long sleeve uniforms through the summer as I did the last four years, or find a decent undershirt that covers my tats so I could wear the cooler short sleeve uniforms. Well, that's what this is, decent, not great.
The good: It fits well and has tons of length. I have arms like an orangutan, and this thing covers them and then some. I could put thumb holes in this shirt if I really wanted to, though it is just a tad more loose at the wrists than I would prefer. The "compression" is not too much or too little, but just where I like it, and this shirt definitely doesn't stay wet, sweat, rain, or whatever. And of course, finally it is temperature-wise a much better choice than a cotton undershirt. We'll get into more detail about that in the next section, though.
The bad: Why the hell does UA have to slap their name over every available surface they can find?!? It took me forever to find a shirt (and yes I searched other brands) that wouldn't show brand names under my d@#n uniform, and even this one's little logo at the neck is visible sometimes. I'm not wearing this as a fashion statement. What I need is a plain white UNDER-shirt that won't overheat me while I'm out there in the Georgia summer for 8 hours a day. Oh, and the "heat gear technology," nonsense. Every once in a while it kind of sloughs off a little heat, giving you a slight hint of what it was supposed to be designed to do, but mostly it's just gimmick. The shirt is cooler than a cotton undershirt, but I'm pretty sure that actually using it as an undershirt is negating the effects of the "heat-tech." Their claims that it "will keep you cooler than bare skin," flat out lies. Oh, and hope you don't sweat too much at work. This thing''s moisture wicking works very well, so we'll that it will take all of your sweat and move it to its surface where it will dry and stink. Wash it thoroughly when your done. Don't get me wrong, you'll somehow still be left sticky and gross, but so will the shirt. Maybe that should have added some anti-microbial tech to it.
Final score, 3 stars. I did buy two more, but that's saying more about the lack of alternatives than the quality of the shirt. It's long enough and cool enough, but the heat-tech doesn't do much and UA needs to be thoroughly scolded about not making any actual UNDER-shirts.