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Heavy Duty Tee Shirts

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Shann, May 24, 2011.

  1. Shann


    Sep 2, 2004
    What are some good really heavy duty tee shirts? I like to wear tee shirts on the weekend for casual and yard work but a lot of them now are kind of light weight and clingy. I'd prefer plain colors--no logo or branding.

    I have seen Haynes that are like 5.5 oz cotton but don't really know if that is heavy duty.

  2. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    I like Kirkland brand from Costco. They make a good boot sock too!
  3. seadweller

    seadweller Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2011
  4. JHuss


    Oct 15, 2010
  5. Sled

    Sled Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Duluth has some great quality ones!
  6. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    +1 for Duluth trading.
    not cheap, but they don't shrink or stretch out of shape and they're cut long enough I can work overhead without having the shirt hike up above my belly. (they also call 'em crack spackle)
  7. stjames

    stjames Sebenzanista

    Oct 26, 1998
    Carhartt x3
  8. plumberroy


    Jan 27, 2007
    ++++3 I have some that are 6 years old they are faded but not thread bare also tears in them don't ravel out like cheaper t-shirts
  9. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    As cotton has gotten expensive, T-shirt quality has really gone down in general. I would suggest buying a T-shirt from the local shops from brands like Carhartt and Dickies and giving it a "test drive". Then factor in quality versus cost and buy what works for you. You could find a synthetic blend works best or could be a 100% cotton fan. It all really depends on where you wear it and how you wear it.
  10. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    L.L. Bean's web site sale page often has cotton t-shirts marked down to $10–$13. The heaviest have raglan sleeves and long tails.
  11. jogo21


    Apr 30, 2011
    +1 Excellent quality and can't beat the price. Collar holds up well. I hate it when it's wrinkled.
  12. OwenM


    Oct 26, 2000
    Gildan's Ultra-Cotton Heavyweight Ts fit me better than Carharrts or Hanes Beefy Ts, though all of them are ok. I haven't found Carharrts dirt cheap, but the Hanes and Gildans can be found places like www.cheapestees.com because they sell them for vendors to print stuff on.
    btw, you mentioned weights. The Hanes and Gildans are 6.1oz per square yard, and Carharrt's heavy t-shirts are 6.75oz. They are all good quality, durable shirts, and I've used them all for work shirts in a rough, nasty environment. They may get stuff on them that ruins them, but none of them have shown much wear, been ripped, or worn thin, even after extensive use, and they last a long time.
  13. displacedtexan


    May 17, 2010
    Carhartt. Not cheap, but well worth the money.
  14. maury


    Sep 24, 2000
    One problem seems to be that cotton just ain’t what it used to be. Maybe it is the result of chemical fertilizers or genetic engenieering. Maybe global pollution. Maybe evil sprits. One “expert” told me that the fibers are now lts shorter then they used to be.

    Whatever, most cotton seems to wear out lots faster than it did; as a kid I had hand-me-down t-shirts that got passed on after I outgrew them. Doubt if anybody can say that today. I have also noticed that modern corduroy looses it’s knap very quickly on points of wear like knees of work pants.

    These days I buy my t-shirts at the Salvation Army or other thrift shops at a buck or so each. When they wear out, I use them as shop rags.
  15. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    + 1 more
  16. HuntBomb


    Sep 18, 2009
    light-medium-heavy-and "Arctic" thick or something like that.
    I wear the Medium-thick, long-sleeve year-round...great for weed-eating in miserable conditions + warm enough to ditch the jacket in chilly weather.
  17. Bronco

    Bronco Moderator Moderator

    Feb 25, 2000
    Just put in an order to give the Duluth brand a try. We'll see how it goes.

    My biggest problem with the Gildan heavyweight and Hanes Beefy-T is the wild variation in size from one example to the next. The quality of the cotton itself is usually pretty consistent, but torso length fluctuations of 3 inches or more, and sleeve length variations of over 2 inches are not uncommon.
  18. Ben B

    Ben B Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2006
  19. spike116


    Aug 4, 2008
    I like the Carhartt pockets tees, their new tees with the designs on them are made of a thinner material. The Duluth tees are very heavy duty. The only problem with the Duluth tees is that I am short and the shirt ends up either half way to my knee or in a big bunch in me pants.
  20. stormbird


    May 6, 2006
    +1 for Duluth. I have a lot of pants, shirts, and coats/jackets, etc. from those guys.

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