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:
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.
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.
- 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.
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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