Women's Under Armour HeatGear Tech Tee
Author: Kristin Hoelscher
Until recently, my workout wardrobe consisted mostly of old freebie tee shirts from college. And while they’ve helped keep my nostalgia for the days of intramural domination, homecoming festivities and school spirit alive and well, these cotton tees haven’t managed to pass the test of my trusty treadmill. So I turned to Under Armour® for a more technical version of my cherished cotton tees.
Following years of brutal workouts in stifling cotton tees, I was sold after one session in the Under Armour® HeatGear® Tech™ Tee. Delivering lightweight, moisture-wicking performance with a cotton-like feel, it instantly made my old exercise shirts obsolete.
Under Armour may be best known for the outstanding performance of its extensive base layer selection, but my Tech Tee experience proved its line of Loose Fit HeatGear deserves equal acclaim. I found familiar comfort in the Tech’s generous cut that was similar to the "vintage" tees I finally ditched. And even better, the women’s-specific version of Under Armour’s 95/5 PolyArmour™/elastane take on the basic tee has a feminine shape, unlike the one-size-fits-most giveaways I have now come to loathe.
(It’s Under Armour’s patented PolyArmour technology that makes this shirt capable of wicking perspiration and drying quickly to provide maximum moisture transport and temperature regulation.)
The Tech’s raglan sleeves are a simple concept, but they make all the difference in strength-training routines that require a wide range of motion and freedom of movement. Average tee shirt sleeve designs are great for lounging, but the seams end up in all the wrong places when it comes time for lateral raises and shoulder presses.
In the past, I’ve always had the urge to gather up short sleeves and push the extra fabric to the top of my shoulders as my workout intensified – but the thought never crossed my mind while wearing the Tech Tee. The sleeve length is ideal for a woman’s upper arms and the flatlock-stitched, raglan-style seams never irritate my shoulders.
Another seemingly inconsequential feature that I think really takes this performance tee to the next level is its V-neck design. Crew necklines tend to make me feel like I’m being smothered, especially when I’m already out of breath. So the V-neck was a welcome change that increased my comfort level and improved my mindset, allowing me to push myself harder than usual.
I now own several short-sleeve Tech Tees, and a couple long-sleeve and sleeveless versions too. I wear them every morning when I work out and they’ve kept their shape and maintained their technical properties through many washing cycles. (Though I prefer to air dry them as I have noticed that similar performance fabrics come out of the dryer with a less skin-friendly feel.)
And as trivial as it sounds, I love slipping into Under Armour’s bright colors when I’m still half asleep in the morning; it gives me that extra little push I sometimes need to make the groggy trek down to the basement for my date with the treadmill.
Click this link to purchase: Under Armour® HeatGear® Women’s Short-Sleeve Tech Tee