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ChaparralCommando
05-22-2011, 12:34 PM
I'm looking for recommendations for cooling undershirts to wear under a polyester uniform shirt. Something in khaki would be nice since that is the color of the shirt. I was thinking of Coolmax; is that good?

fullrearview
05-22-2011, 1:04 PM
Get the under armor type made by champion... I often find them from 2.50 to 6.00 a few times a year at Target.

Falconis
05-22-2011, 1:12 PM
I think the term is 5.11 whore. Anyhow, that's pretty much what consists of my undershirt collection since I bought it all on sale. Underarmor is good as well as that's what half of my department seems to wear. If you decide to go with coolmax, let us know how those work out as well.

Marty33
05-22-2011, 4:45 PM
UnderArmor, but make sure you get the seamless type. Those seams really chafe.

RollingCode3
05-22-2011, 4:58 PM
Get the under armor type made by champion... I often find them from 2.50 to 6.00 a few times a year at Target.

Target brand for me. I think they sell them from 10-15 bucks. They are a lot cheaper than underarmor.

Roddd
05-22-2011, 5:03 PM
I get mine at walmart for about $8 a piece.

1911su16b870
05-22-2011, 5:05 PM
For me cotton t-shirts from costco. I own a couple UA polys that I use during the really hot days of summer. 5.11 makes cotton t's a tad longer to keep them tucked.

BoJackUSMC
05-22-2011, 5:21 PM
Hanes prefect t shirts are pretty good.

Noah3683
05-22-2011, 5:52 PM
I wear under armor or the Champion from Target. They work well, and I'm out in the hot Barstow sun for about half of my 12 hr shifts in the summer.

Notorious
05-23-2011, 12:21 AM
I have various UnderArmour shirts, some Nike shirts, some Reebok shirts, some Blackhawk shirts, and some Magnum shirts. The fitted shirts can become tight and restrictive so you have to buy at least 1 size larger for optimum comfort. I find the shirts that are 2 sizes larger to be best for comfort while maintaining a some what fitted appearance.

The loose fit shirts are actually great for general use, and not good for under uniform wear as they can bunch still thanks to the looser fit. Those shirts you can buy true to size.

Botach always has some of the Magnum or Blackhawk shirts for sale. I picked up quite a few for $5 or $6 each.

fullrearview
05-23-2011, 12:43 AM
Target brand for me. I think they sell them from 10-15 bucks. They are a lot cheaper than underarmor.

Yep... I check the clearance rack every time we are there... About every 3rd time, they have them for sale between the prices I posted. And to anyone reading, check EVERY label... Some are the same, but could be marked a few bucks less... Most of the time I buy a few and they will knock it down to the lower price of the bunch.

cacop
05-23-2011, 2:15 PM
Target and Walmart are my top two places to go. I normally wear an XL t-shirt so I go with a large loose cut shirt rather than the fitted ones. It feels more comfy to me. I have picked up a UA from REI when they had a clearance. IT seems to be a better finish to it but it is not worth the price especially when it comes to performance. The cheaper brands wear just as well if not better.

sacshooter1
05-23-2011, 2:48 PM
I like the looser fitting ones from UA and Blackhawk. I've found that the compression one let my vest slide around too much and my uniform shirt always comes untucked.

ChaparralCommando
05-23-2011, 3:58 PM
Good info guys. There isn't a Target or Walmart near me, so it would be a 30 mile drive to check to see what they have. My dad works for Adidas, so he's going to see what they have at the outlet store.

oldmotor
05-23-2011, 4:25 PM
So, who goes commando?

ChaparralCommando
05-23-2011, 4:35 PM
I just ordered some of these tees, the same as issued to the military. Tan color too! https://www.camapp.com/poly.cgi

Spyder
05-23-2011, 6:17 PM
Sleeveless shirts work well under body armor too, if your uniform is short sleeved. Lets a lot more air flow through. Just don't forget to put deoderant on.

cacop
05-23-2011, 7:06 PM
Good info guys. There isn't a Target or Walmart near me, so it would be a 30 mile drive to check to see what they have. My dad works for Adidas, so he's going to see what they have at the outlet store.

Call them first to see if they have them. They have sometimes gone out of stock depending on the store. Also check out online. It might be easier just to order them online. I am in the same boat as you. Target is 30 minutes and Walmart is 45 minutes.

beauregard
05-23-2011, 7:07 PM
Smartwool.

Worth every penny.

RedMongooSe
05-24-2011, 8:24 PM
the extra long 5.11 shirts. come in a 3pk

HisOwnHero
05-24-2011, 8:39 PM
Under Armour Heat Gear. I won't wear anything else

ChaparralCommando
05-24-2011, 9:13 PM
Smartwool.

Worth every penny.

I was looking at those since I'm a big fan of wool. I might splurge on Smartwool once fall comes around. My new job is in Colorado.

beauregard
05-24-2011, 9:50 PM
I was looking at those since I'm a big fan of wool. I might splurge on Smartwool once fall comes around. My new job is in Colorado.

I wear one every day of the year, even on July days out on Park Hill Rd. Wool, unlike cotton, wicks moisture and is a natural antibacterial. Check out Mountain Air Sports in SLO. Smartwool is spendy, but you know a dealer now.

Mister BLASTEE
05-25-2011, 12:52 AM
1) UA compression shirts
2) Stafford
3) 5.11/ Nike pro