We don’t talk about tank tops all that much here on UndershirtGuy.com, but I believe they play an important role in our undershirt wardrobe.
I spent a good amount of this past summer wearing tank top undershirts — mostly because I was spending more time in hotter areas, and since I don’t sweat too much in the underarm area, I wasn’t too worried about staining the underarm area of my outer shirts. Oh, and now that I know of various ways to remove deodorant stains from my shirts, I’m a bit less worried about staining them.
The great news is that I have some loyal and regular readers who are absolute fans of tanks tops, and they help move the tank top discussion along nicely here. One such reader, “C in Cali” is an UndershirtGuy.com article contributor as well.
Here’s is take on the Adidas Athletic Comfort ClimaLite, 100% cotton ribbed tank top. (these specific items were found at Kohls and Dick’s Sporting Goods)
Guest Review: Adidas Ups the Game in Tank Top Undershirts
By: ‘C in Cali‘
The Adidas Tank Top
For those of us who take our undershirts and tank tops seriously—and would you be reading this, if you didn’t—undershirt manufacturers and retailers can sometimes prove to be annoying. After we do lots of shopping, we finally come across a favorite undershirt only to find on a stock-up trip that it has been discontinued or supposedly improved.
Consider these orphaned lower priced tank top undershirts:
- the practical and well made Puritan undershirt once sold by Wal-Mart…gone;
- the highly popular early Stafford undershirt sold by J.C.Penney…replaced by a newer version;
- a tank top with closely sewn distinctive neck straps sold as Premium Hanes…replaced by a newer premium version with thinner shoulder straps that could be offered by any manufacturer.
These functional, durable, and inexpensive quality tank tops were orphaned by either the manufacturer or retailer.
One of the sorely missed orphans was an earlier version of a tank top sold by Target under the Merona label. This was arguably a great undershirt at a highly affordable price. The original Merona tank top was similar to far more expensive compression tanks. It was a rare undershirt without a ribbed pattern, had an attractive neck line, and gave off lots of warmth for daytime wear, sleeping or gym time. It never tore or developed pin-size holes. I still have a couple of them, and I’m not giving them up! Fortunately, the discontinued Merona shirt has met its match in a tank top offered by Adidas that may very well up the game in the lower priced category of undershirts.
Adidas is surely a well-known brand. The company is the second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world. Beyond the company’s more familiar basketball shorts, sweat pants, and comfy tops lies a tank top worth considering. You can find the manufacturer’s crinkly packages of two tank tops in white or black under $20.00 at most sporting goods stores and mid-price retailers. Some retailers are offering the shirt as a BOGO—buy one two-pack, get another at half-price.
I’ve been wearing an Adidas tank top fairly regularly of late. Here are the reasons.
The Adidas tank top undershirt is a perfect fit in multiple sizes for us who are neither “small guys” nor “big guys”—notice how I avoided the word “average.” These tanks in my judgment offer one of the best fits among the competition.
They achieve a comfortable mix of “loose” in terms of breathability and “tight” in terms of wrapping the upper body. This is partially achieved by having a closer ribbed pattern than the competition, high arm holes, and an attractive high neck with a generous use of fabric built into the design. The neckline stitching is strong and keeps the shirt from sagging. The back of the neck is covered fairly high too. In other words, Adidas doesn’t skimp on material. Instead, this shirt manages to give support and coverage.
It’s also a structured shirt that keeps its shape after several washings. A sure test of structure is whether a tank top remains aligned with the body after it is used as sleepwear. In the morning, the tank top is still in perfect form. Nice. The shirt is hemmed and, depending on your body type, may seem long, but this helps to avoid a tendency in many shirts to roll up or shrink.
Thankfully, there are no logos on the shirt. On the other hand, if your taste runs to low neck lines and large arm holes, or if you prefer thin neck straps, this is not the shirt for you.
Like most undershirts, the Adidas tank is tag free. It is 100% cotton and has a wicking design to eliminate moisture. One of the reasons many of us opt for tank top undershirts in lieu of more traditional crew neck shirts is to avoid the tight feel of being wrapped up. The old Merona athletic undershirts, for all their good attributes, had a tendency to be clingy and sweat-inducing because of their 5% Lycra construction, but the Adidas undershirt just feels natural and doesn’t bring out and trap sweat.
And unlike some many inexpensive undershirts that start out feeling comfortable but develop a rough feel after spending time in the wash tub and dryer, the Adidas shirt maintains its texture. Comfort for the long haul.
Since this undershirt comes from Adidas, you might expect it to be mainly a gym or sport-friendly garment. It is ideal for these pursuits, but, it is a highly versatile tank top that equally complements business or casual wear. The standard white is an appropriate business undershirt, and even after multiple washings, it doesn’t fade or yellow—even in the high underarm areas. If you don’t like “show through” with your business shirts, you may want to try it in black. It’s nice to discover a tank top that goes well in a business setting as well as the gym or even lounging around the house.
Even though tank top undershirts are enormously popular, some men still prefer other styles. Adidas makes traditional crew neck and V-neck shirts to suit those tastes, though I haven’t tested them. Their tank tops are just too comfortable for me to switch.
For the price and availability, this may be a best in show contender.
Let’s just hope the Adidas undershirt does not become another orphan, but I’ve stocked up just in case.
Where to Buy?
I did some poking around, and found the Adidas Athletic Comfort ClimaLite Tank top 2-pack available on a couple of websites including:
- Zappos.com: http://www.zappos.com/adidas-athletic-comfort-climalite-2-pack-tank-white
- Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/adidas-Athletic-Comfort-Climalite-2-Pack/dp/B004RKJ5HI
If this is the correct product, and since it’s no longer available on the Adidas.com website, I’m guessing this particular item may have already been discontinued.
I’m going to check with C in Cali to see if this is the correct item, or if he picked up a similar Adidas product.