A little over a year ago, a reader (John) with a heavy underarm sweating condition (hyperhidrosis) stopped by my site.
After some extensive research and a lot of article reading here, John decided to try out two different brands of hyperhidrosis undershirts – Thompson Tee & Sweatshield.
As of this writing, there are approximately 14 different brands of hyperhidrosis undershirts that I have come across.
Most of them have extra sweat-through prevention protection in the underarm only, while a select couple offer all-over sweat through protection.
John graciously has provided his feedback on which undershirt offered him better protection & a better overall experience.
Hyperhidrosis Remedy: Thompson Tee vs Sweatshield
By: John from UK
2 x Products reviewed.
I have no commercial link to either company, this is my own personal review.
I am a 49 year old male who lives in the UK.
Firstly let me start by saying that finding these shirts was a miracle for me. I have tried everything to ‘cure’ hyperhidrosis and there is no cure.
You have to learn to manage it.
For me I suffer from overheating, which 99% of the time involves ‘wet’ underarms. There is no rhyme nor reason as to when they get wet.
It can be mid-winter or mid-summer. Also wearing a suit can be a nightmare as my underarms overheat as they cannot breath.
Bought a 5 pack, mixture of V neck and round [crew] neck
Bought 5 x slim fit and V neck only
As my intro says this has been a long term issue for me.
Changed to a very good job about 2 years ago where at times I have to wear a suit jacket all day. I hate that because I have damp arm pits all day.
Looked again at many solutions including surgery, can’t remember why or how but came across sweat resistant T shirts.
I had no idea if they would work so initially looking at cost I went with Sweatshield, buying a combination of round [crew neck] and V neck.
After about a month of use I realized that they were very, very good and did solve the problem of sweat stains on work shirts.
Each to their own but I realized I had made one mistake. I had bought mostly round [crew] neck.
Often in work I don’t have to wear a tie and I didn’t like the T shirt showing. I decided I wanted V necks.
I also decided to invest in what I read were the best, Thompson T.
Here lies a problem for Thompson, they do not sell in the UK. For the UK they wanted $60 to ship. That’s a lot of postage. With some help here I used viabox and reduced that to $25.
However on arrival in the UK I got hit with a £35 import/Vat bill. Got 15% of for a 1st purchase but all in all Thompson cost me twice the price of Sweatshield.
I have spoken to Thompson via Twitter and they say they will have a UK distribution channel soon.
Photo shows, Sweatshield are longer, too long. I would say both are a little too long, lot to pack in a suit trouser along with a shirt.
The big difference is underarm.
Sweatshield feel much bulkier, they feel like a nappy under your arm.
Thompson feels much neater under the arm. If Thompson get a UK distribution arm I will most likely throw my Sweatshield out and get another 5x Thompson Tees.
That said I have tested both under very bad conditions and neither let through a drop of sweat.
Some final thoughts
- Even though both are an additional shirt under other clothes they have not caused me to feel ‘extra’ hot
- However, the slim fit from Thompson did feel much neater
- I was in Spain recently in business. For the 1st time in 25 years I could go out for dinner in chinos and a light blue work shirts. It felt lovely
- Don’t be put off by what I said about Sweatshield, if budget is an issue then go with them. They do work.
The Winner of the hyperhidrosis undershirt challenge
, Thompson T are better but for me twice the price. Are they worth twice the price? In my opinion, yes.
I hope this helps people, feel free to ask questions.