Fancy and technical are great when you’re talking about Gore-Tex jackets. But when it comes to T-shirts, we want them as simple and comfortable as possible. Here are eight of our favorites.
Lululemon 5-Year Basic V ($58)
Buttery soft and with enough stretch to do just about anything, this top has kept up on long runs and mountain bike rides. The trim fit never chafed, while the fabric—a blend of cotton, spandex, and seaweed—held its shape wash after wash.
Jungmaven Baja Short-Sleeve Pocket ($55)
We love the heavy drape and durability of this hemp-and-cotton-blend T-shirt. Its classic, roomier fit makes it more suitable for the campsite and corner pub than the trails.
Patagonia Men’s Daily ($39)
If you want to go one step above plain, look here. It comes in several tasteful patterns that make this shirt pop without being obnoxious. And it’s made from organic cotton, of course.
Buck Mason Venice Wash ($32)
The knit of this shirt is loose, making it both softer and more breathable than the other options on this page. It’s the best choice for those sweltering July days.
Alternative Heritage Garment-Dyed Distressed ($38)
This shirt comes pre-distressed with small nicks in the neckline and hems that mimic your favorite shirt from high school.
American Giant Classic Ringer ($29)
The ringer pattern—a solid body with contrasting colors on the neck and sleeves—is a classic look. Like all American Giant pieces, this shirt is built with durable cotton that’s made to last through years of washing.
Vuori Tuvalu Stretch Tee ($45)
A blend of seaweed, wood pulp, pima cotton, and Lycra give this shirt incredible stretch. An anti-stink treatment fights bacteria. Use it on the trail, the bike, or in the gym.
Outdoor Voices Merino Tee ($75)
Merino and nylon doesn’t have to scream performance. This shirt, with its slim fit, is proof.