10 Best CrossFit Shirts Tested & Fully Reviewed
Finding a great shirt that will keep up with the versatile challenges that come with CrossFit can be difficult. So, we have sorted through the top-rated brands to find the best CrossFit shirts available.
Here you will find shirts that all have great fit, flexibility, breathability, and style to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter what your WOD throws your way.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 12 hrs of research
Mesh panels for breathability
Fitted without being too tight
- Under Armour Raid
- Under Armour Twist Tech V-Neck
- Nike Women's Dry Performance Athletic Training Tank
- Nike Women's Pro Cool Training Tank Top
- Under Armour Short Sleeve Tech
- Nike Pro Fitted Short Sleeve
- Reebok Burnout Graphic Short Sleeve
- Reebok Women's Crossfit SS Graphic Training T-Shirt
- Baleaf Cool Dry Skin Fit Long Sleeve Compression
- Tasc Performance 365 Core Long Sleeve
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Under Armour Raid
Mesh panels for breathability
Fitted without being too tight
May run a bit long
This fitted shirt from Under Armour is ideal for CrossFit. The lightweight HeatGear material and perforated back help to keep you cool throughout your workout. Mesh underarm panels and 4-way stretch fabrication never inhibit range of motion. Men really love the comfortable and flattering fit for any type of exercise.Read more
The Men’s Raid Shirt has a body tight fit without the squeeze of Under Armour’s typical compression shirts.
The 4-way stretch fabric allows for maximum flexibility in this shirt. No reviewers felt their range of motion was limited.
This lightweight shirt offers a lot in the way of ventilation. With mesh stretch panels on the underside and a completely mesh back, breathability is never an issue.
Under Armour’s Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away and dries quickly.
This fitted shirt is available in over 50 colors and patterns. The fit is flattering and the underarm panels create a slimming look. The mesh back appears to be more perforated than the front and is just slightly see-through in some colors.
Under Armour shirts tend to be a bit more expensive than some other brands. However, users note these shirts wash well and offer more durability that the alternatives so they're worth it.
2. Under Armour Twist Tech V-Neck
Flattering loose fit
Wear with shorts or leggings
This is a basic V-neck tee that can be worn with shorts or leggings. It has a flattering fit and wicks away moisture to keep you cool and dry through any workout. It has a looser fit that gives you room to breathe without being too loose.Read more
This shirt has a fuller cut that fits the body loosely. It has a flattering V-neck cut and is a bit longer, hitting most women around the hips. Reviewers feel confident wearing this top with both shorts and leggings and do not worry about it rising up with lots of movement.
The fabric does not have much stretch but the loose fit is not restricting.
There are no added areas of mesh or ventilation. However, almost all users found the material to be very lightweight and breathable.
Under Armour is well known for its moisture-wicking materials and this shirt is no exception. Made of 100% polyester and featuring UA’s signature Moisture Transport System, this shirt handles sweat well and dries very quickly.
This is a flattering, basic V-neck tee that can be worn for any workout with any pants or shorts. With over 20 color options, you can fill out your workout wardrobe.
These shirts are a bit more expensive than some other polyester shirts but the material is softer and more durable than you may find with the less expensive brands.
3. Nike Women's Dry Performance Athletic Training Tank
Dry-Fit and Stay Cool Technology
Lots of colors to choose from
Can be expensive depending on the color
This roomy, comfortable and breathable tank is effective and cute. It's perfect for your next workout and will keep you cool and dry during your entire workout.Read more
This shirt is roomy and looser fitting. It won't fly all of over the place but it also won't constrict you. It has a nice open back to keep you cool and show off your muscular back.
This shirt is 100% Polyester and a has a little stretch, but not much. It's meant to be roomy and loose fitting so watch for that when ordering your size.
This shirt is not made from thick material so it is definitely breathable and will keep you cool and dry.
This shirt uses Dry-Fit and Stay Cool Technology so your sweat won't weigh you down.
This shirt is cute, stylish, flattering and it comes in lots of colors.
The price varies by color and can range from average to pretty pricey but it's a Nike product, so that is expected.
4. Nike Women's Pro Cool Training Tank Top
Keeps you dry and comfortable
Uses Dry-Fit fabric
Comes in lots of colors
Can be expensive
Some don’t like tight shirts
The Nike Pro tank top is cute, comfortable, and perfect for your WODs. It comes in several colors and uses Dri-fit fabric to help keep you dry.Read more
This racerback tank is the perfect length and shows off your figure. It's tight, so it won't all down in your face when you're doing handstand push-ups. This shirt will keep you comfortable and help you perform to the best of your ability.
This shirt is made of a polyester blend and is stretchy, but not stretchy to the point you should necessarily order a size too small. It is meant to be form-fitting so it does have some wiggle room.
This shirt is made of thin material and is very breathable and comfortable.
This polyester blend shirt also uses Dri-FIT fabric to keep you as dry as possible during your workouts.
This acer back shirt comes in lots of colors and is really cute and flattering.
The price for this shirt varies based on what color you choose, and because it's made by Nike it can get pretty expensive.
5. Under Armour Short Sleeve Tech
Loose fit more like a T-shirt
Great for moisture management
Lightweight breathable material
Good flexibility in the arms
Great color options
Can be expensive depending on size and color
Not as fitted
Thin material can be see-through in some colors
The Under Armour Tech Shirt is lightweight and very breathable. Made of 100% polyester it wicks sweat away from the skin and dries very quickly. It has a looser fit across the shoulders and torso than many of our favorite CrossFit shirts but it is slim enough to stay out of your way during lifts.Read more
The Under Armour Tech T-shirt has a loose fit that diverges from their typical compression gear. This shirt has a more fitted feel than you may expect from a loose fit. Most men find it is slim enough to keep excess fabric out of your way but still loose enough to breathe and provide more modest coverage.
The 100% polyester fabric does not have much stretch but the loose fit will give you enough room to move. Users do not note any limitations in range of motion.
The entire shirt is made from thin material that users find very breathable. It does not have any targeted areas of ventilation but the loose fit and light weight make it perfect for hot workouts.
Polyester fabric and Under Armour’s Moisture Transport System control moisture to keep you cool and dry through the toughest WODs. Men accustomed to cotton T-shirts are blown away by the quick dry time on these tees.
This shirt has a more relaxed fit and is available in over 40 colors and patterns each with a large UA logo on the left chest.
Price may range depending on color and size. Despite the very thin fabric, reviewers note these shirts hold up to machine washing and tough workouts without tearing or snagging.
6. Nike Pro Fitted Short Sleeve
Mesh back panel for ventilation
Some feel it is too loose around the waist
This Nike Dri-Fit shirt has most of the same features as the Under Armour Raid but at a lower price. It fits snugly across the shoulders and is slightly looser around the torso but is still relatively form-fitting and stays close during workouts. It also features thin Dri-Fit material and a mesh back panel for breathability.Read more
The fitted design skims the body without being tight like a compression shirt. This shirt is intended to have a tighter fit across the shoulders and chest with a slightly looser fit through the torso.
The looser fit and low collar make this shirt easy to move in. Despite the snug fit across the shoulders and chest users do not feel range of motion is limited.
Back panel mesh and thin material provide excellent ventilation. Reviewers find this shirt works great for humid runs as well as at the gym.
Nike’s signature Dri-Fit Material wicks sweat away and keeps you dry throughout your workout.
The flattering fit of this shirt is great for most body types. It hugs in close around the shoulders and arms where most men have the most muscle and gives a little bit more space where they may be carrying more weight. It has a small Nike Swish just below the collar and is available in 10 colors.
The mesh panels and soft Dri-Fit material set this shirt above budget activewear and may be worth paying a bit extra for.
7. Reebok Burnout Graphic Short Sleeve
Antimicrobial Cubron fabric
This Reebok Graphic tee is made with copper-based Cupron fabric to fight bacteria and reduce odor. The fit is flattering and tight throughout but it has good stretch and is made with Reebok’s BareMOVE system that places cooling and movement zones in targeted areas to maximize comfort.Read more
This shirt is intended to fit tightly throughout but seems to run a bit small. Reviewers find the snug, comfortable, and flattering to show off those CrossFit muscles.
The fabric has a good stretch and the BareMOVE system places seams in ergonomic areas for uninhibited movement.
Cool zones in the BareMove system help keep this shirt feeling lightweight and breathable.
Reebok’s PlayDry system works to wick away moisture to keep you cool and dry through any exercise.
This graphic style tee has CR-055 fit in bold letters across the top to leave no question to what gym you are headed to. It is available in purple and blue.
This shirt is a bit more expensive than your average tee but you are paying for the high level of comfort and the CrossFit branding.
8. Reebok Women's Crossfit SS Graphic Training T-Shirt
Racerback seams for better range of motion
This shirt is designed with CrossFit in mind. Strategically placed seams give you the same range of motion in the shoulders as a racerback tank with the coverage of a T-shirt. Women love this tight-fitting top for any CrossFit workout. It is on the more expensive side for a shirt and the CrossFit branding is very small.Read more
This shirt has a body-hugging fit with short sleeves for unrestricted shoulder movement. It runs a bit long in the torso and is great for wearing with shorts and leggings.
Ergonomic racerback seams and fabric with a bit of a stretch provides unlimited range of motion in the shoulders.
There are no added panels for ventilation but the cotton and polyester blend is breathable and lightweight.
Polyester in this fabric works to wick moisture away from skin, keeping you dry. It also features anti-microbial Cubron fabric to fight odor.
This shirt has a tight and feminine fit, with flatlock seams at the back, and cool CrossFit inspired graphics on the front and back.
While this may be on the pricey side for a T-shirt it is designed with CrossFit in mind. It allows for full range of motion in the shoulders and has a slim fit that will move with you and never be in your way.
9. Baleaf Cool Dry Skin Fit Long Sleeve Compression
Compression to improve muscle recovery
Strategically placed seams
Not very breathable
This long sleeve compression shirt works fits like a second skin. Thin moisture wicking material wicks moisture to the surface to keep you cool and dry. Elastane in the fabric provides great flexibility and gentle compression that may improve blood circulation and muscle recovery.Read more
This long sleeve compression shirt provides more squeeze than others on this list. The tight fit can be slimming and improves blood circulation and muscle recovery.
With 10% elastane in this fabric blend, this is a great option for flexibility and will allow you to move through any workout. Strategically placed seams also enhance mobility in shoulders and arms.
There are not any added features for ventilation and the material is thin but not the most breathable.
The thin polyester fabric does do an excellent job of wicking moisture from skin for quicker evaporation.
This shirt has a flattering cut with seams and compression fabric to create a slimming look. It is available in 8 solid colors with brightly contrasting seams.
This compression shirt is very inexpensive in comparison to the better-known brands.
10. Tasc Performance 365 Core Long Sleeve
Breathable bamboo and cotton blend
Soft and silky feel
This women’s long sleeve is a great option for a CrossFit warm up and has UPF 50 for some added protection when exercising outside. Tasc’s MosoTech fabric blend is made up of cotton, bamboo viscose, and lycra to create a soft and silky feel with breathable coverage. Despite the snug fit, it has a nice amount of stretch and can be worn easily over a tank top.Read more
This long sleeve shirt has a slim fit that hugs the body without squeezing. Reviewers love the longer torso and long length of the sleeves as they do not roll up and stay close to the body during sets.
There is 5% lycra in the fabric blend to give this shirt a good amount of flexibility.
The fabric is largely cotton and bamboo which makes for a very breathable and lightweight material.
Tasc’s MosoTech fabric blend has moisture wicking properties to keep you dry when you start to sweat.
The fabric is thin and lightweight without being see-through. It has a flattering fit that is long enough to wear comfortably with leggings and is available in 6 colors.
These shirts are a bit more expensive compared to your standard long sleeve. However, the high-quality materials and soft, lightweight comfort make this a great versatile shirt for any workout wardrobe.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
CrossFitters recommend looking for fitted to semi-fitted shirts for CrossFit workouts. Even if you are not ready for skin-tight gear or skimpy tank tops, snuggly fitting clothing will be more beneficial during any WOD. The variety of activities during any given workout will vary widely. Loose clothing can get caught on equipment and can get in the way during lifts. Looser fits can also fly up or roll up during jumping or inversion exercises. It is best to stick with clothing that is at least semi-fitted to avoid distractions and keep you focused on your workout. Bonus points for tighter clothing showing off your great CrossFit body.
CrossFit workouts consist of a wide variety of activities that necessitate an unlimited range of motion. Between kettlebell swings, rowing workouts, burpees and Olympic style lifting, maintaining flexibility across the shoulders, chest, and arms is crucial. Therefore, we looked for CrossFit shirts that have some elasticity to stretch with you through the demands of your workout. We also favored designs with ergonomic cuts and seams to keep your movements from feeling inhibited.
At many CrossFit gyms, you will see your fair share of men shedding their shirt half way through their workout. However, for those wanting coverage for the duration of your workout, it is important to have a shirt that will breathe and not cause you to overheat. We looked for shirts with features for breathability including areas of mesh ventilation and lightweight materials.
CrossFit gyms foster a sense of community among their members. There is a great sense of camaraderie in the workouts and you will likely find yourself chatting with other members. Of course, you are there to get in shape, but it does not hurt to look good for your CrossFit fam And you never know who you’ll meet at the gym! Unlike many other workout classes that are dominated by one gender, CrossFit has a pretty even representation between the sexes. So, there may be slightly more motivation to look good during your workout.
Feeling good in your clothing can improve confidence in yourself and in your workout. We looked for flattering fits and styles that you will be excited to wear. Practical considerations about color were also taken into account. CrossFitters may want to avoid whites and lighter colors as they pick up dirt from equipment and the floor more quickly than darker colors. Similarly, gray is not necessarily a great option as it is more likely to show sweat.
There are many factors that play into the value of a good CrossFit shirt. We considered branding, specialization, and durability when it came to justifying the price tag and finding a good value. Either way, even the most expensive of these shirts won't break the bank, and from your very first burpee wearing your new gear, you'll be glad you made the investment.
Other Factors to Consider
CrossFit is a demanding sport that requires dedication and a significant amount of time, energy and money. It is no wonder why committed CrossFitters take pride in their membership and love to show it off. However, having that label often comes at an added cost. The name CrossFit is trademarked so not all brands are contractually able to display it on their apparel.
Reebok currently dominates the CrossFit label but keep in mind that having the CrossFit label will add a bit to the price of the garment itself. Consider how important that label is to you and its prominence on the shirt when considering the value. Similarly, other well-known brands such as Nike and Under Armour will have higher priced shirts because they have their well-respected logos on the chest.
Increased durability seems to be an added benefit of the higher cost shirts. Most reviewers of the products on our list felt that investing a bit more upfront resulted in replacing their shirts less often and spending less in the long run.
Like all activewear, the shirts we recommend for CrossFit feature fabric blends designed with sweat and movement in mind. Common elements include:
-Polyester is the most popular fabric for CrossFit shirts. It is a synthetic fabric that works well for wicking away moisture so you do not become saturated with sweat during your workout. It is not always the softest fabric but it is highly durable and holds its shape better than most other fibers.
-Spandex is another synthetic fabric that is typically included in at least small amounts in lots of athletic wear. A small amount of spandex increases flexibility and elasticity in any garment. Spandex materials generally hold their shape well but they do lose some elasticity with frequent washing and drying.
-Bamboo is a natural fiber that is growing in popularity among activewear brands. It has a soft and cool feel with natural moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties. It does tend to be more expensive than cotton or many synthetic fibers but it is very durable and has a luxurious feel. Materials made from bamboo is also typically more environmentally sustainable than other choices.
-Cotton is another natural fiber that is soft and breathable. However, its tendency to absorb moisture does not make it the ideal fiber for activewear. Cotton is most often seen as a smaller portion of the blend to add softness and antimicrobial properties to the garment, and we recommend avoiding activewear with a large percentage of cotton in it.
Any shirt intended for CrossFit is inherently versatile as it needs to accommodate a variety of activities. However, as you consider the best CrossFit shirt to invest in, it may be worth considering if you can see yourself it using for other activities as well. CrossFit can be expensive and demanding so you may want to have gear that works for lower intensity or alternative workouts as well.
For others, having a shirt with features that are well suited to CrossFit may be more important than having a nice label or being able to use it for other activities. This is where springing for a higher cost shirt can be worth the extra money. Ergonomic seams, soft fabrics, and mesh panels are all added elements typically associated with the more expensive shirts. Having that attention to detail in design may make a big difference for some people and no difference to others. Consider your wants and needs when it comes to CrossFit and your other fitness activities to determine what makes the most sense for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Are tank tops or sleeves better for CrossFit?
This is up to the individual of course, but most CrossFitters seem to prefer shirts with sleeves over tank tops. The main reason for this is shirts with sleeves provide more protection and can help you maintain a better grip on the bar when it's resting against your chest or shoulders. Wearing a tank top does not provide the same protection and assistance.
For some people however, the breathability and comfort of wearing a tank top can't be beat, and they're willing to sacrifice a little bit of protection and assistance to stay cool during strenuous workouts.
Most of the shirts on our list have sleeves, but we included a few tank tops to be sure to cover everyone.
q: What bottoms should I wear for CrossFit?
Shorts or spandex leggings work well for CrossFit workouts. Women will often opt for longer shorts or short compression shorts while men choose shorts with a longer inseam or additional compression layer. You do not want clothing distracting you during your workout so make sure you choose bottoms that will provide good coverage and flexibility for a wide variety of movements.
q: What else do I need for CrossFit?
First timers need only athletic wear and a water bottle. Once you are willing to commit to a longer membership investing in CrossFit specific shoes should be your first big investment followed by socks, hand protection, and other gear to make you more comfortable, such as your own jump rope and weight belt.
q: How fast will I see results from doing CrossFit?
Like anything else, if you apply yourself to CrossFit you'll see results and usually they come pretty quickly. Serious CrossFit athletes typically train 5 or more times per week, but if you're just starting out we recommend 2-3. You don't want to go too hard too fast before you're ready and injure yourself, and you want to avoid overtraining as well.
Your results will differ depending on a variety of factors such as the intensity of your workouts, form, genetics, diet, and rest and recovery. Generally speaking however, if you stick to it, like with most exercise programs you should expect to start seeing, and most importantly, feeling good results in 6-8 weeks.
q: What about special shoes?
Dedicated CrossFit athletes usually have a specialized pair of shoes or two just for training. If you're just getting started just about any pair of good cross training shoes or other sneakers will be fine.
When you're ready to invest in a pair of shoes specially designed for CrossFit, check out our list of the 10 Best CrossFit Shoes
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