The T-shirt is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of your wardrobe; something you absolutely have to have but don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money on. We found five killer tees, for men and women, made from comfy cotton to fast-drying performance blends, that will keep your t-shirt drawer fresh this summer.
Meridian Line Captain Bird Beard Shirt ($25)
All of Meridian Line shirts are printed from hand drawn sketches by artist Jeremy Collins. Captain Bird Beard is Collins’ interpretation of a folk legend from the Manganese Mountains who was born in a cave and raised by wolves. The shirt itself is a combo of polyester, rayon, and cotton.
Prana Redlands Shirt ($20)
This lightweight tee is a blend of organic cotton (Fair Trade Certified) and polyester for long-lasting comfort, while the hand-drawn graphic emphasizes your climbing cred. And it’s slim fit, because it’s Prana, after all.
The North Face Crag Crew ($25)
The North Face has a surprising number of low-cost T-shirts, but we dig the Crag Crew, a fast-drying performance tank made from their proprietary FlashDry material that wicks moisture and dries on the fly. It’s also UPF 15 rated.
Under Armour Charged Cotton V-Neck ($25)
UA calls the cotton polyester blend in this performance tee “Charged Cotton.” It’s soft like cotton, but wicks well and dries fast. We like the casual fit of this V-neck, which is tough to find in a performance-minded tee.
Stio Van Life Shirt ($20)
Jackson Hole-based Stio uses original artwork by local artist Stephen Brewer on a pre-shrunk, tri-blend fabric. Even if your day job/family/lack of van prohibits you from living the #vanlife, you can still rock the shirt.