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Running Shirts for men

Best Running Shirts for Men in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best running shirts for men in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Despite being simple apparel, there is a lot to look for in a running shirt to be used for a routine run or a full-fledged marathon. The discomfort from a shirt is probably the last thing you want to expect. Hence it becomes important to have a closer look at the features and basics of the running shirts for men as sportswear. Therefore, we present you a detailed buyer’s guide on running shirts for men and give an insight into the top 7 picks.

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Apparels Compression Full Sleeve Tights T-Shirt

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Apparels Compression Full Sleeve Tights T-Shirt

B078WTZ18M

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9.6 / 10

11/2020

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Nylon

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Tight

Great material
All season garment
Pricey
No reflectors
Black
All season

Nivia

Xenon-2 Seamless Half Sleeve Fitness T-Shirt

B07F83T86B

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9.5 / 10

11/2020

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Polyester

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Tight

Raglan sleeves for better stretchability
Flat seams
Colour fastness
Grey
Summer

Nivia

Nivia Oxy-5 Running T-Shirt

B07DGW8KQJ

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9.4 / 10

11/2020

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Polyester

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Regular

Odour control
Low sweat absorption capacity
Black
Summer

Azani

Men's Strike Anti-Odor Dry Fit Running & Training

B07DRJXJ5S

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9.3 / 10

11/2020

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Cotton with high-quality elastane

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Supreme material
Black/Grey
Summer

SportsYuva

Compression Top Half Sleeve Tights Plain

81-9SI1-41HK

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9.2 / 10

11/2020

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All season garment
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Brown
All season

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Men's Light Weight Dryfit Polyester Sports Round Neck t-Shirts - Pack of 5

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8.9 / 10

11/2020

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Sweat-absorbent
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Multi colour
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Azani

Mens Grindle Tshirt 100% Recycled Polyester

B07DRKHBXC

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8.8 / 10

11/2020

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9.6 / 10

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Chitransh Waghmare

Chitransh Waghmare

Buyer's Guide - Running Shirts for Men in India

Buy the best fit shirt!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for running shirts for men

Here’s a sneak peek into the most significant features to consider before buying running shirts for men.

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for running shirts for men

Best practices for running shirts usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best running shirts for men

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for running shirts for men

1.1 Comfort

It is beyond obvious that with any type of clothing, it is comfort that is of paramount importance. This is the ultimate essence of any piece of cloth, that it provides the maximum ease while it's worn. There are a number of factors that enhances the wearability of a shirt. These are known as design elements. For example, the type of seam stitching, type of fabric, and fit. The stretchability of the cloth also matters due to varied body shapes and different fitting.

It is beyond obvious that with any type of clothing, it is comfort that is of paramount importance. This is the ultimate essence of any piece of cloth, that it provides the maximum ease while it's worn. There are a number of factors that enhances the wearability of a shirt. These are known as design elements. For example, the type of seam stitching, type of fabric, and fit. The stretchability of the cloth also matters due to varied body shapes and different fitting.

1.2 Seam Stitching and Its Types

  • Flat Lock Seam

This seam is by far the most common seam type. Most of our reviewed shirts have this. Flatlock seams are where two pieces of fabric are joined against each other and are then sewn together flat, without any overlapping. This type of seam sewing is very common for outdoor clothing, as they are low-profile and leaves less material for rubbing.

  • Overlock Seam

Overlock seams are seams where the two pieces of fabric are joined with each other and are folded together and finally sewn. They have more chances of rubbing against each other causing irritation in the body. The seam looks nice from the outside as no stitching is visible, whereas there hangs a tab of the fabric where it was sewn when we look inside.

  • Taped Seam

Taped seams are seams where an adhesive is used to glue or tape the seam together, and no stitching at all is present. These seams are most comfortable against the skin, especially when running because there is no protrusion to rub at all. These seams are comfortable yet one of the most delicate types.

  • Flat Lock Seam

This seam is by far the most common seam type. Most of our reviewed shirts have this. Flatlock seams are where two pieces of fabric are joined against each other and are then sewn together flat, without any overlapping. This type of seam sewing is very common for outdoor clothing, as they are low-profile and leaves less material for rubbing.

  • Overlock Seam

Overlock seams are seams where the two pieces of fabric are joined with each other and are folded together and finally sewn. They have more chances of rubbing against each other causing irritation in the body. The seam looks nice from the outside as no stitching is visible, whereas there hangs a tab of the fabric where it was sewn when we look inside.

  • Taped Seam

Taped seams are seams where an adhesive is used to glue or tape the seam together, and no stitching at all is present. These seams are most comfortable against the skin, especially when running because there is no protrusion to rub at all. These seams are comfortable yet one of the most delicate types.

1.3 Breathability

Breathability refers to the ability of a shirt to efficiently allow for airflow through the fabric of the shirt so that sweat can remain in a vapour form while passing from the inside to the outside air. Shirts that feature mesh panelling or very thin fabrics allow for air to easily transfer through, score higher in this metric.

Breathability refers to the ability of a shirt to efficiently allow for airflow through the fabric of the shirt so that sweat can remain in a vapour form while passing from the inside to the outside air. Shirts that feature mesh panelling or very thin fabrics allow for air to easily transfer through, score higher in this metric.

1.4 Drying Speed

Drying speed, on the other hand, was measured in a controlled environment by comparing all the shirts, dripping wet, to each other. Two factors — wicking and water absorption — play a large role in a shirt's drying time. Wicking is the characteristic of fibre to move sweat from the inside, through the shirt, to the outside where it dries off quickly, as it is exposed to wind and sunlight.

Drying speed, on the other hand, was measured in a controlled environment by comparing all the shirts, dripping wet, to each other. Two factors — wicking and water absorption — play a large role in a shirt's drying time. Wicking is the characteristic of fibre to move sweat from the inside, through the shirt, to the outside where it dries off quickly, as it is exposed to wind and sunlight.

1.5 Reflectivity

To increase a runner's visibility at night, most of the running shirts described here include reflective tabs or logos. When the headlights of a car hit these reflectors, they light up bright white, not unlike an animal's eyes when you shine a headlamp at them in the dark. While these reflectors are not strictly necessary, they add a sense of security for those who like to run in the dark. Look on manufacturers' websites, and you will often come across the descriptive term "360-degree reflectivity." However, we found this to be true for only two shirts — the Arc'teryx Motus Crew and the Baleaf Quick Dry — where each reflector is positioned on all four sides of the body.

To increase a runner's visibility at night, most of the running shirts described here include reflective tabs or logos. When the headlights of a car hit these reflectors, they light up bright white, not unlike an animal's eyes when you shine a headlamp at them in the dark. While these reflectors are not strictly necessary, they add a sense of security for those who like to run in the dark. Look on manufacturers' websites, and you will often come across the descriptive term "360-degree reflectivity." However, we found this to be true for only two shirts — the Arc'teryx Motus Crew and the Baleaf Quick Dry — where each reflector is positioned on all four sides of the body.

1.6 Odour Control

Most of the shirts we tested either have natural odour protection (like merino fabrics) or some sort of proprietary odour control additive in the fabric. These all worked fairly well during our testing, but the natural, merino wool found in the Black Diamond Rhythm Tee was the best. If you remember polyester shirts from the past, they would hold onto odour to the point where they almost couldn't be washed out. While some of the shirts tested retained odour more than others, we suspect that many of these odour protection additives effectively help with odour.

Most of the shirts we tested either have natural odour protection (like merino fabrics) or some sort of proprietary odour control additive in the fabric. These all worked fairly well during our testing, but the natural, merino wool found in the Black Diamond Rhythm Tee was the best. If you remember polyester shirts from the past, they would hold onto odour to the point where they almost couldn't be washed out. While some of the shirts tested retained odour more than others, we suspect that many of these odour protection additives effectively help with odour.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 What is seam stitching?

A shirt (or any garment) is sewn at different places. And in places where the pieces are joined to stitch a garment, we find a seam. The way in which the seams are joined determines how comfortable the garment will be. Also, while the stitching type seems insignificant for a regular work shirt, it is significantly important in the case of a running shirt. Running may cause a constant rubbing of seams against the body which may result in irritation while running.

A shirt (or any garment) is sewn at different places. And in places where the pieces are joined to stitch a garment, we find a seam. The way in which the seams are joined determines how comfortable the garment will be. Also, while the stitching type seems insignificant for a regular work shirt, it is significantly important in the case of a running shirt. Running may cause a constant rubbing of seams against the body which may result in irritation while running.

2.2 What is jacquard knit?

Jacquard weaves are produced on a special loom and are characterized by complex woven-in designs, often with large design repeats or tapestry effects.

Jacquard weaves are produced on a special loom and are characterized by complex woven-in designs, often with large design repeats or tapestry effects.

2.3 What is the colour fastness?

Colour fastness is the ability of the cloth to prevent fading or running of colour upon washing or frequent use.

Colour fastness is the ability of the cloth to prevent fading or running of colour upon washing or frequent use.

2.4 What is compression wear?

Compression wear is close-fitting clothing, from socks to base layers and t-shirts, made of lycra (or other elasticated material) that squeezes and sticks to the muscles that play a vital role in efficient running.

Compression wear is close-fitting clothing, from socks to base layers and t-shirts, made of lycra (or other elasticated material) that squeezes and sticks to the muscles that play a vital role in efficient running.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for running shirts for men

3.1 What are the general usage and care tips for running t-shirts?

  • Not referring to the garment labels of your apparel is one of the most commonly made mistakes. Most sportswear has specific requirements while you wash them and that should be cautiously taken care of.

  • Never keep sweaty and dirty shirts unwashed for too long. In a closed and dark environment, it's fairly easy for bacteria to develop and also foul odour can spread rapidly.

  • Leaving your wet clothes piled up one over the other is also one of the common and risky mistakes that if repeated over time, makes it very hard for the odour to get out.

  • However, a simple hack to prevent soggy clothes from getting piled up and lock bacteria & bad odour within them is to hang up the clothes after the run for a while and pile them up once dried.

  • Sportswear is always meant to be washed with detergents specifically designed for them. Something else in place would eventually spoil the quality of the cloth as it will not be able to remove the heavy buildup of oil and sweat efficiently.

  • Similarly, using a dryer to dry sportswear, like shirts, and pants would have highly contrasting effects on the clothes due to the heat that is being inflicted on the clothes in the process of drying. This reduces tightness and increases the elasticity of the clothes. Plus the dryers heat up whatever existing bacteria remain in your clothing.

  • No softening agents should ever be used on the sportswear of any sort, while its making things soft and fluffy, this could have an opposite effect on the sports clothing. Alternatively, vinegar can be used for zero negative effects.

  • Not referring to the garment labels of your apparel is one of the most commonly made mistakes. Most sportswear has specific requirements while you wash them and that should be cautiously taken care of.

  • Never keep sweaty and dirty shirts unwashed for too long. In a closed and dark environment, it's fairly easy for bacteria to develop and also foul odour can spread rapidly.

  • Leaving your wet clothes piled up one over the other is also one of the common and risky mistakes that if repeated over time, makes it very hard for the odour to get out.

  • However, a simple hack to prevent soggy clothes from getting piled up and lock bacteria & bad odour within them is to hang up the clothes after the run for a while and pile them up once dried.

  • Sportswear is always meant to be washed with detergents specifically designed for them. Something else in place would eventually spoil the quality of the cloth as it will not be able to remove the heavy buildup of oil and sweat efficiently.

  • Similarly, using a dryer to dry sportswear, like shirts, and pants would have highly contrasting effects on the clothes due to the heat that is being inflicted on the clothes in the process of drying. This reduces tightness and increases the elasticity of the clothes. Plus the dryers heat up whatever existing bacteria remain in your clothing.

  • No softening agents should ever be used on the sportswear of any sort, while its making things soft and fluffy, this could have an opposite effect on the sports clothing. Alternatively, vinegar can be used for zero negative effects.

4. Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about running shirts for men

4.1 Instead of ‘running,’ the activity was known as ‘pedestrianism’ during the late 19th century.

4.2 Each step you run consumes movement from approximately 200 muscles.

4.3 Running helps in getting better sleep, mood boosts, and higher concentration. Its makes the immune system stronger.

4.4 Running is the most basic form of exercise. A person uses the whole body, entire weight, and both legs while running. Activating 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments that work with other blood vessels, nerves and tendons, running highly improves your blood circulation.

4.5 Running is among the most known, famous and even most trained sports in the world.

4.1 Instead of ‘running,’ the activity was known as ‘pedestrianism’ during the late 19th century.

4.2 Each step you run consumes movement from approximately 200 muscles.

4.3 Running helps in getting better sleep, mood boosts, and higher concentration. Its makes the immune system stronger.

4.4 Running is the most basic form of exercise. A person uses the whole body, entire weight, and both legs while running. Activating 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments that work with other blood vessels, nerves and tendons, running highly improves your blood circulation.

4.5 Running is among the most known, famous and even most trained sports in the world.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best running shirts for men

5.1 ReDesign Apparels Nylon Redesign Compression Top Full Sleeve Tights T-Shirt for Sports

Redesign Apparels is one of the largest manufacturers that uses top-notch nylon fabric for compression wear. This smooth and ultra-soft fabric provides excellent comfort and has significant elasticity with an enhanced range of motion and durability.

The heat and moisture quickly dose off with the fast-dry technology that extends a cooling effect to keep you dry and cool from the inside for long.

This sports t-shirt has a nylon compression that gives more oxygen-filled blood to active muscles, also enhances endurance, efficiency and power. This promotes recovery after hard workouts and running. It helps in regulating the blood flow and also to prevent muscle soreness.

The fabric features UV rays which prevent and also helps in avoiding tanning due to prolonged exposure to the sun. This is an all-season t-shirt that could be a great fit for sport and gym lovers for heavy-duty workouts and running routines.

Redesign Apparels is one of the largest manufacturers that uses top-notch nylon fabric for compression wear. This smooth and ultra-soft fabric provides excellent comfort and has significant elasticity with an enhanced range of motion and durability.

The heat and moisture quickly dose off with the fast-dry technology that extends a cooling effect to keep you dry and cool from the inside for long.

This sports t-shirt has a nylon compression that gives more oxygen-filled blood to active muscles, also enhances endurance, efficiency and power. This promotes recovery after hard workouts and running. It helps in regulating the blood flow and also to prevent muscle soreness.

The fabric features UV rays which prevent and also helps in avoiding tanning due to prolonged exposure to the sun. This is an all-season t-shirt that could be a great fit for sport and gym lovers for heavy-duty workouts and running routines.

5.2 Nivia Xenon-2 Seamless Half Sleeve Fitness T-Shirt

The Nivia Xenon-2 t-shirt is yet another brilliant option for running t-shirts. The lightweight polyester fabric bears a fast-wicking technology, which implies that as we sweat, the printed areas remain dry against the skin while small absorbent “windows” pull moisture to the outside of the fabric where it can evaporate and dry quickly.

While the Raglan sleeves provide better stretchability, the reflectors on the T-shirt helps the runner to be safe during dim-light runs. The flat seams on the garment prevent chafing.

This nylon and spandex mix T-shirt has dual jacquard knit which makes the garment more structured and durable. The t-shirt features superior colour fastness as well which prevents frequent fading and washing out of the garment colour.

The Nivia Xenon-2 t-shirt is yet another brilliant option for running t-shirts. The lightweight polyester fabric bears a fast-wicking technology, which implies that as we sweat, the printed areas remain dry against the skin while small absorbent “windows” pull moisture to the outside of the fabric where it can evaporate and dry quickly.

While the Raglan sleeves provide better stretchability, the reflectors on the T-shirt helps the runner to be safe during dim-light runs. The flat seams on the garment prevent chafing.

This nylon and spandex mix T-shirt has dual jacquard knit which makes the garment more structured and durable. The t-shirt features superior colour fastness as well which prevents frequent fading and washing out of the garment colour.

5.3 Nivia Oxy-5 Running T-Shirt

The Nivia Oxy 5 is a running t-shirt made up of lightweight, plain polyester micro fabric with fast-wicking technology that dries off quickly despite heavy sweating.

Similar to the last pick, this t-shirt has raglan sleeves for better stretchability. Moreover, it has reflectors to help in dim light conditions.

Flat seams on the garment make it rub less against the body even during vigorous running. This prevents chafing of the cloth with the body and makes the run comfortable.

The Nivia Oxy 5 is a running t-shirt made up of lightweight, plain polyester micro fabric with fast-wicking technology that dries off quickly despite heavy sweating.

Similar to the last pick, this t-shirt has raglan sleeves for better stretchability. Moreover, it has reflectors to help in dim light conditions.

Flat seams on the garment make it rub less against the body even during vigorous running. This prevents chafing of the cloth with the body and makes the run comfortable.

5.4 Azani Men's Strike Anti-Odor Dry Fit Running & Training Tshirt

Carved out of super soft cotton and high-quality elastane, the Azani Men’s T-shirt could be a one-stop solution for a number of outdoor activities and even workout at a really affordable price.

A superior 4 Way Stretch fabric gives ample stretchability and no movement restriction, which makes it an ideal choice for high-intensity workouts.

The breathability of cotton fabric maintains the cool inside the garment despite extreme (hot) weather conditions. The anti-odour stink-free technology keeps you refreshed throughout and its perfect fit gives you ultimate skin comfort without restricting your capacity to move and stretch.

Carved out of super soft cotton and high-quality elastane, the Azani Men’s T-shirt could be a one-stop solution for a number of outdoor activities and even workout at a really affordable price.

A superior 4 Way Stretch fabric gives ample stretchability and no movement restriction, which makes it an ideal choice for high-intensity workouts.

The breathability of cotton fabric maintains the cool inside the garment despite extreme (hot) weather conditions. The anti-odour stink-free technology keeps you refreshed throughout and its perfect fit gives you ultimate skin comfort without restricting your capacity to move and stretch.

5.5 SportsYuva Compression Top Half Sleeve Tights Plain for Gym, Running, Cycling, Swimming, Cricket, Basketball, Yoga, Football, Tennis, Badminton

This is a product from the indigenous brand called SportsYuva which is a t-shirt cum compression top made up of non-abrasion fabric material that ensures durability and elasticity. On top of that, a UV blocking cover amid long exposures to the sun also there in the t-shirt.

A quick and dry transport system wicks sweat away from the body, keeping the runner cool and dry throughout the run. And the moisture sensing, TWO-WAY air circulation mechanisms adds more value to the product. Besides, this all-season t-shirt features heat retention capacity as well.

This is a product from the indigenous brand called SportsYuva which is a t-shirt cum compression top made up of non-abrasion fabric material that ensures durability and elasticity. On top of that, a UV blocking cover amid long exposures to the sun also there in the t-shirt.

A quick and dry transport system wicks sweat away from the body, keeping the runner cool and dry throughout the run. And the moisture sensing, TWO-WAY air circulation mechanisms adds more value to the product. Besides, this all-season t-shirt features heat retention capacity as well.

5.6 AWG Men's Light Weight Dryfit Polyester Sports Round Neck t-Shirts - Pack of 5

The AWG men's running shirts are very well-made sportswear that can be worn while at a gym or during a running session.

These round neck dry-fit shirts for men feature half sleeve, sweat-absorbent, breathable fabric. Besides, it has special neck tape for comfort and comes with multiple colour choices.

Providing a comfortable fit and ideal for summers, they shied the runners' body amid high and humid temperatures. Made up of featherweight polyester, these shirts should not be bleached and should be washed with the same-coloured clothes with cold water.

Last but not least, these shirts come in variable sizes which can be seen in the size charts provided by the manufacturer.

The AWG men's running shirts are very well-made sportswear that can be worn while at a gym or during a running session.

These round neck dry-fit shirts for men feature half sleeve, sweat-absorbent, breathable fabric. Besides, it has special neck tape for comfort and comes with multiple colour choices.

Providing a comfortable fit and ideal for summers, they shied the runners' body amid high and humid temperatures. Made up of featherweight polyester, these shirts should not be bleached and should be washed with the same-coloured clothes with cold water.

Last but not least, these shirts come in variable sizes which can be seen in the size charts provided by the manufacturer.

5.7 Azani Men's Grindle Tshirt 100% Recycled Polyester. Ideal for Gym and Fitness Wear

Another Azani T-shirt is our final pick for the comparison, and that is because it has all the bells and whistles, and a few more added features.

The Azani Grindle T-shirt once more has tons of good things to unveil at a very reasonable price. It is a fitted t-shirt that extends next to the skin without being squeezed.

This is extremely flexible with greater stretch capacity and also embeds the quick-drying mechanism and odour control. While it posses a soft and natural cotton-based hand feel, it is made up of 100% recycled polyester. Checkout reviews and comparison of best women's winter jacket, best hammocks, best running shirts for women, best men raincoats, best women raincoats, best men's winter jackets, best camping chairs, best camping tents, best camping beds, best camping tables, best sleeping bags, best running shoes in India.

Another Azani T-shirt is our final pick for the comparison, and that is because it has all the bells and whistles, and a few more added features.

The Azani Grindle T-shirt once more has tons of good things to unveil at a very reasonable price. It is a fitted t-shirt that extends next to the skin without being squeezed.

This is extremely flexible with greater stretch capacity and also embeds the quick-drying mechanism and odour control. While it posses a soft and natural cotton-based hand feel, it is made up of 100% recycled polyester. Checkout reviews and comparison of best women's winter jacket, best hammocks, best running shirts for women, best men raincoats, best women raincoats, best men's winter jackets, best camping chairs, best camping tents, best camping beds, best camping tables, best sleeping bags, best running shoes in India.