Costco Pima Cotton V-Neck Undershirts. Wow

August 15, 2013 | By | 13 Replies More

When I heard recently that Costco was carrying Pima Cotton undershirts, I got really curious, really fast.

This is the email I received from a reader:

Hey Tug,

I was wondering if you had any experience with Jockey Slim Fit undershirts from JCP and/or Kirkland Pima undershirts from Costco?

I’ve been wearing the Jockey Slim Fit for several months now and they have been great. They retain their shape throughout the day and only shrunk minimally after washing. They come in packaging similar to the JKY ones from Target and are slightly heavier and definitely more form fitting compared to those.

I have not tried the Kirkland Pima undershirts from Costco yet but all the reviews on their website (costco.com) are positive.

Best, Brian

It’s kinda funny. Brian was telling me about the Jockey Slim Fit, but I somehow focused on the Costco Pima V-Neck undershirt.

I was so interested in this new Pima undershirt offering, I made a special trip over to Costco and wound up picking up a 4-pack of their Kirkland brand Pima V-Neck undershirts ($16.00), as well as a 6-pack of their Kirkland brand Crew Neck 100% cotton undershirts/t-shirts ($19.00). Both items were offered in sizes S-2XL. (I still don’t know why companies call undershirts t-shirts. It’s so f**king confusing)

Boy, am I glad I made the trip.

Kirkland Men’s Pima Cotton V-Neck Product Info

  • Buy (Amazon)
  • Price: $16.99 4-pack ($4.24 each, wow)
  • Color: White
  • Style: V-Neck Only
  • Fabric: 100% Pima Cotton
  • Sizes: S-2XL
  • Made in Bangladesh
  • Description: Be comfortable any time of day with the Kirkland Signature™ V-neck tee. Dress it up as an under shirt, or wear it by itself to stay casual. Made of 100% Pima cotton, clingy shirts and itchy tags are a problem of the past.

Product Photos

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The Good

  • The price. For just under $4.25 per undershirt, there’s tons of value
  • The feel. Oh my goodness. This undershirt is really smooth and soft.  Has to be the softest $4 undershirt I have ever worn — ever.
  • The weight. Light and cool wearing. MUCH lighter than their Crew Neck (thick) t-shirts/undershirt. Thin, without being too transparent.
  • Length. At 29.5″ long, at size Medium, it’s plenty long to stay tucked. This is pre-wash length, so we’ll see if it shrinks up at all.
  • V-Neck Depth. It’s about 6.5″ deep, so if you’re wearing your outer shirt with one button undone, the v-neck undershirt won’t show.
  • Sleeve Length. 7.5″ is about right. I tried on two of my short sleeve button up shirts with this undershirt on, and the sleeves did not poke out — though they were close.

The Not So Good

  • Fit. I prefer a closer fitting undershirt, and this size medium is a little loose on me, even for a slim cut undershirt.  I suspect it’s a good cut to allow you to wear the undershirt as a t-shirt, but I’m looking at it primarily as an undershirt. I’d probably buy a small size in this undershirt to have it fit me more closely
  • Side Shoulder/Shoulder Strap. About 1.5″ too long for my shoulder with. This pushes the shoulder seam (where it connects to the sleeve of the undershirt) over onto my deltoid.  When the side shoulder is too long, it basically makes it appear that the sleeves are too long. If the combination of the side shoulder and sleeve length is too long, you’ll get sleeve sprouts (where your undershirt pokes out from under your short sleeve shirt)
  • V-Neck Depth. If you want to wear two buttons undone on your outershirt, this undershirt will show.
  • Costco. To purchase this item, it requires you to have/purchase a Costco Membership. Even if you don’t have a Costco in your area, you can try to buy them online — but you still need a membership to purchase them.
  • Poor Online Selection. When I checked online, I couldn’t order the more popular sizes like Medium or Large. I had to go to the physical store to find them.

Final Thoughts

These Pima undershirts are so soft, super smooth, lightweight and have a respectable overall cut/design. For $4.25 per undershirt you absolutely, positively cannot go wrong by owning some of these undershirts. They are such a tremendous value, they completely deserve a place on my Favorite Undershirts list.

If you have a Costco Membership, stop what you’re doing right now (reading this) and go out (or online) immediately and buy one or more 4-packs of these Kirkland Pima V-Neck undershirts.  You’ll be thanking me later. You never know how long they’ll be carrying this item. Stock up asap.

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  1. Joe Pierce

    says:

    Amazon now sells these!

  2. Herbert Eisner

    says:

    while i find the the costco shirts comfortable .i have a problem with their quality.within a year many of the shirts developed holes. i should have returned them but i have been using them as soft cloth rags.

    • Tug says:

      hey herbert, thanks for stopping by and posting your comments and feedback on the costco pima cotton v-neck undershirts!

      you know, i just heard that very same thing from another reader/regular visitor. this is what he just wrote me a couple days ago:

      Just to let you know, I have been wearing the daylights out of the kirkland undershirts and just now they are showing some wear, like small pinholes right at the center of the back side of the collar area. I can not complain though as for the price, they have done their job for sure. I have an extra package of four that have not been opened yet, but will not be long before I will.

      i’ll refer him here to this article to see if he has any other thoughts he’d like to share about them.

      it’s too bad the pima undershirts develop holes — so i guess i’ll have to give them a demerit or two for not lasting too long. again, thanks for sharing this feedback – i know it will be helpful to others curious about these undershirts.

  3. Nomee

    says:

    What are the results after shrink.. I’ve tried both sized Small and Medium and I agree being Medium size small fits perfectly.. but want to know how much it will shrink and it will help me to determine to keep the right size.

    • Chris H

      says:

      Hey Nomee, The best advice I could give you on the shrinkage problem is wash in cold water, then take the Kirklands out of the washer and put on a hanger to air dry naturally. This has been my best method to date as to avoid any shrinkage at all. I have done this with my kirkland pima cotton undershirts and have yet to notice any shrinkage whatsoever. I usually do this with all my undershirts regardless of the brand and it works very well, and in no time, while on a hanger, they are dry and ready to be worn again.

      • Jeff

        says:

        I was wondering how are the neck line of these shirts after a cold wash and hung dry? Do they get stretched out much with the water still in the fabric? Been a Hanes guy for years and may convert.

        • chris H

          says:

          Hey Jeff, i have not had any issues with the neck line on these at all. I had noticed a little shrinkage in the length though, but that was when I had been drying them on low heat setting. The ones I did dry by just hanging up, no shrinkage have I noticed. These are awesome undershirts for the money.

  4. Chris

    says:

    I have to give the Kirkland Pima cotton v necks 5 stars myself, as I am wearing one while I am typing this review. When I first put it on, I thought wow, this thing feels real good. I wear a large and the fit on me was close to perfection. I have to say that for the price of these pima cottons, the value is most surely there.

    The way I read about Pima is it has longer fibers and smoother, and lasts quite a bit longer than regular cotton will. I will be putting these to the test for sure, but I also noticed besides feeling smoother against the skin, they seem to me at least to breathe a bit better than regular cotton does. This is also a plus. 5 stars so far from me, Mr C.

    • Tug says:

      thanks chris for sharing your thoughts of the costco pima cotton v-neck undershirt! i agree with you, it’s a winner, especially for the price.

      for your reference, pima cotton is considered either “long staple cotton” or “extra-long staple cotton” (els). meaning, longer smoother fibers. i’m not exactly sure how you could confirm if a garment had els cotton, with one exception. if the garment says it’s made with supima cotton (super pima), it’s verified extra-long staple cotton that was grown in the united states.

      check out this other comment on my site if you want to learn a little more about egyptian cotton, some of which is els cotton.

  5. Chris

    says:

    Kirkland pima coton v necks were 5 stars! Loved them!

    Sadly, as of the last 6 months or so, my Costco, CT, stopped carrying them. They also used to carry slim fit dress shirts which were on par with shirts that cost 3 times the money…they stopped carrying them too! Now I only see the dress shirts that are super full cut for the tubby guys. :(

    What’s up Costco?

    • heya chris — thanks for those deets. i’m planning to visit costco this week, so i’ll take a look and see if they are still carrying those pima cotton v-neck undershirts and report back here.

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