As summer approached, I spent a lot of time focusing on undershirts designed to keep you cooler such as the Fros-T, Jockey Stay Cool, Uniqlo “Cool”, and the Famously Fit Cooling T-shirt.
Well just the other day I ran across a review of the Sunspel Cellular Cotton undershirts offered as a close-out item by online retailer Sierra Trading Post and thought it’d make for a good article here.
Sunspel Cellular Cotton Undershirt Review
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
In my quest to find a great undershirt for summer, I picked up two of these Sunspel cellular cotton V-necks from Sierra Trading Post for just over $11 a piece.
While steeper than my usual staple—the $20 six-pack of Hanes V-necks—I figure $11 isn’t too bad if it means more comfort when temperatures approach the triple digits some time this summer.
And it sure beats the retail price of $40.
The product description isn’t kidding when it says “ultra-breathable”—the fabric is the sort of open mesh you’d expect to find on basketball jerseys.
This definitely can’t do double duty as a t-shirt, unless you’re into the whole “see-through” thing. I imagine the mesh should also mitigate one of cotton’s chief downsides: moisture retention.
The shirt itself is wonderfully soft and comfortable. I have about a 37” chest, and the 36 felt trim, but not overly tight.
After trying it on, I ended up bumming around the house in it (thankfully, I didn’t have to answer the door).
I’ll still have to wait for summer to finally show up before truly testing these in real heat.
May has been unseasonably cool here in NorCal.
The “cellular” construction of the long-staple cotton (i.e. Pima/Supima) Q14 undershirt is a unique fabric construction that Sunspel is known for.
The great thing about it, and their similar weaved fabrics, is that it makes the final product ultra breathable.
Of course the down side is that in an undershirt application, it’s probably too transparent to wear by itself.
But hell, when it’s hot out, I’d take function over fashion any day.
I took a look at some of the reviews, and for the most part guys are providing positive feedback.
The common theme is how lightweight and breathable the undershirts are.
The main downside is that many report that the sleeves are too long.
Also, since all the Sunspel undershirts are close-out items on the site, the size selection is somewhat limited.
Sunspel Cellular Cotton Undershirt Review Follow-up
The review was written in early June, so I sent a quick note to the person who wrote the review to see if he had any updates for us and to ask if I could share his review here:
Haha, wow…I’m a fan.
Actually spent some time on your site trying to pick out what would work for me (undershirt for a bike commuter in 90+ degree temperatures), but couldn’t quite bring myself to shell out that much for an undershirt, so went off searching for something cheaper.
No additional thoughts–my first child came along shortly after that review was posted, so the crazy hectic schedule and an out-of-season cold spell had me driving to work more than riding.
And yes, absolutely, please do post it as a guest review.
Thanks so much for asking,