After years of hearing about the AIRism Undershirts from Uniqlo, it’s finally time for me to write my Uniqlo AIRism Undershirt Review.
If I recall correctly, I first heard about them back in early/mid 2012 when I was trolling on Reddit.
The issue back then was that Uniqlo did not have a U.S. website, which meant you could only buy them in-store. The challenge with that was Uniqlo only had retail stores in New York City.
Thankfully, in the fall of 2012, Uniqlo expanded their retail footprint with a store opening in San Francisco. Then in October 2012, Uniqlo launched their U.S. website, making getting their line of products a bit easier for all of us here in the U.S. Now they have around 40 retail locations.
Going back further for just a moment, I first learned about Uniqlo’s other Heattech Undershirts and their t-shirts in 2009, then professed my love for Uniqlo undershirts in my Uniqlo Heattech Undershirt Review.
They also made my favorite undershirt list at the time, and have been there ever since.
Now, four years later I get the opportunity again to profess my love for yet another Uniqlo Undershirt — the Uniqlo AIRism.
Uniqlo AIRism Undershirt Review
Uniqlo AIRism Undershirt Features
- Website: (uniqlo.com)
- Price: $12.90
- Styles: V-Neck, Crew Neck, Tank Tops, V-Neck Sleeveless/Muscle
- Fabric: 86/14 Polyester/Spandex
- Fabric Weight: 115 gsm (super lightweight)
- Colors: V-Neck/Crew Neck – 12 colors, Tank Tops – 5 colors, V-Neck Sleeveless – 6 colors
- Sizing: S – 3XL
- Made In: China
- Other: Anti-Odor, Developed jointly with TORAY Industries
- Care: Wash in Cold, Line Dry, Do Not Iron or Dry Clean
Uniqlo AIRism Photos
At 115 gsm, this is one of the lightest weight undershirts I have ever worn. In my opinion, all undershirts should be close to this weight. Thanks to the folks at Uniqlo for getting me the fabric weight!
My size large AIRism is a tad too big for me, but proportionally I think the overall fit is spot on. Not knowing the sizing, I asked for large instead of my regular size Medium since I heard they run a bit small. Though, after trying large, I’m certain they don’t run small, and that a size Medium would likely fit me perfectly
Plenty long and great length for staying tucked. My size large is about 29″ long after washing which is a respectable length, and with the 4-way stretch, this undershirt reaches far down around my hips
Plenty deep to stay hidden with 2 buttons undone. Front drop on the size large is 7.75″
Awesome. The 115 gsm fabric is slightly transparent, which is ok with me, and breathes incredibly well. It’s so lightweight, it’s one of the most undetectable undershirts I’ve worn
The Not So Good
Honestly, it’s really hard to point out any not-so-good items on this undershirt, but if I had to point out anything, they would be:
While the polyester/spandex blend is pretty darn nice, it does slightly border on the synthetic-feeling side. I generally like more natural feeling fabrics for my dailywear undershirts
Visible chest hair outline
Since the fabric is thin (which I like) and smooth (which is nice), when I look at myself in the mirror, I see my chest hair outline under the fabric.
This may deter me from wearing the undershirt alone around the house
I decided to wear the AIRism undershirt and underwear to the gym, just to see how they felt & performed under severe sweating conditions.
Overall, they both performed pretty well, though I did notice they felt slightly more wet than some of my other synthetic gear that I wear to the gym.
Drying time seemed to be about the same as some of my other synthetics and synthetic blends.
Keep in mind, this is just an observation under a very high sweating condition, and not a situation this undershirt is specifically designed for.
I would say that under most normal dailywear conditions, this undershirt will keep you cooler than many other undershirts, thus likely allowing you to sweat less than you would normally wearing something heavier.
Final Thoughts about Uniqlo AIRism Undershirts
Buy them now. They are an incredible undershirt at an incredible value.
I also just added them to my favorite undershirt list.
My Uniqlo AIRism undershirts have found a permanent place in my coveted undershirt drawer.