I first discovered the Mr. Davis Undershirt about a year ago, just before they were planning to hit the market.
Their goal: To create premium undershirts, that fit and feel great, stay tucked, and aren’t visible through your outer shirts (aka: invisible undershirt).
I got my hands on an early prototype and provided the company some initial feedback.
Fast forward 10 months, Mr. Davis had a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised enough funds to launch the product, built their new website, and probably had a little left over for some R&D.
The founder reached out to me and offered up one of their latest generation Mr. Davis Undershirts, that had been improved from the first iteration I tried back in January.
Mr. Davis Undershirt Review
So I decided to put my Mr. Davis undershirt to the test.
I’ve been wearing it pretty regularly over the last couple of weeks which of course accelerates what will happen wearing and washing the undershirt over a period of time.
Here’s what I found.
Mr. Davis Undershirts – The Good
Overall fit and feel of Mr. Davis is pretty amazing. It’s easily as good as any other premium undershirt I’ve tried at prices $10 – $20 more.
Good body fit and body length. Undershirt stays tucked fairly well. Sleeve fit and length are great. It’s really spot on in this category.
Fabric feels really nice on the skin. Again, it’s easily as good or better than other premium undershirts priced higher than Mr. Davis.
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V-neck depth is good for one button of your outside shirt undone, but not two — the collar line does show with two buttons undone.
Wearing temperature is as good, or slightly better than other fitted stretch undershirts that contain lycra / spandex.
The “invisibility” factor of not showing through my outer-shirt doesn’t really resonate with me, because, well…I dress pretty casually. I never really wear any outer shirt that is so light in color that my undershirt will show through.
The better feature for me would be a slightly deeper v-neck so I could wear two buttons undone, instead of just one.
I’m listing it here in this category because to me, it’s not good or bad. It’s just a feature that some people may be looking for.
In A Nutshell
At a high level, the Mr. Davis undershirt really has a lot to offer, especially when you can get it as low as $18, though without subscription it’s $24.
Mr. Davis Undershirt – The Not So Good
Not all features of these undershirts are amazing. The things I found not so good are:
The collar line fits a bit loose in the back neck area on me, and the collar itself doesn’t lay as flat as i would like it to. it bends pretty easy, so unless you iron the collar line, it might not lay flat.
After several wears, the fabric is starting to pill quite a bit, especially in the high wear regions like the underarm and some on the collar.
Although the pilling itself doesn’t change the way the fabric feels on my skin, it does take away from the look of the garment, and it is beginning to look pre-maturely worn.
Due to the light-brown color, I can visibly notice some underarm “staining”. This is a direct result of a little bit of underarm sweat and antiperspirant getting on the underarm area of the undershirt.
No matter how hard i try, my underarms are still slightly wet when i get dressed. The antiperspirant just doesn’t want to fully dry.
Since the undershirts are fitted and fit close into my underarm region, there is a bit of transfer to the undershirt. Granted, this is the same for all of the sleeved undershirts I wear, but when you’re wearing white undershirts, you just don’t see it as much.
I do need to wash the Mr. Davis undershirt, so we’ll see how well the stains wash out.
I can say that even though I let the undershirt fully air out/dry between wearings, the stains are still visible.
On the warmer days, due to the body hugging fit (from spandex), I did notice that I felt warmer wearing Mr. Davis than if I were wearing something with a slight bit of room or a tank top.
Granted, it performed about the same as any other spandex fitted undershirt I’ve tried, so this is merely an observation.
In other words, I don’t feel that much cooler wearing Mr. Davis than I do other similar undershirts like UnderFit, Tommy John, Sloane Men, and Mack Weldon.
Though it probably is a hair cooler wearing than some of those I just listed.
There are some loose threads starting to form around sleeves and bottom of the shirt.
Though, since I see that on many other undershirts, I’m not going to unfairly grade Mr. Davis on this issue alone.
While I do like the overall Mr. Davis undershirt experience, and really want to consider it for my favorite undershirts list, I’m not sure it’ll make it for the reasons listed above.
I’ll have to noodle on a while.
Though, the fact that I’m inclined to keep it in my undershirt drawer tells me that it just might make the list.