Our Favorite Reebok CrossFit T-Shirts Fully Tested & Reviewed
In a Hurry? The test winner after 13 hrs of research
- Shadow II Compression
- CrossFit Long Sleeve
- Recycled Tri-Blend
- Speedwick Performance
- As Many Rounds As Possible
- Forging Elite Speedwick
- Specialty Course Defense
- Forging Elite Fitness
- Legend Performance Singlet Racerback
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Reebok CrossFit T-Shirts Placed Burnout Tee
1. Shadow II Compression
Some may find the fit too tight
A tight fitting compression style CrossFit shirt for women. A little more expensive than some of the other shirts on this list but that's due to the compression technology used in its construction. Compression keeps muscles supported and allows users to focus on their workout and not the fit of their shirt. No need to tug and pull at your shirt to keep it in place, the tight fit does the work for you.Read more
The tighter fit means that moisture-wicking fabric is even closer to your body so sweat wicks away faster and you don't have to worry about feeling uncomfortable if you start to sweat buckets. Your shirt will take care of all that moisture for you.
Don't expect to size up for a looser fit with this shirt. The whole point is a close to the body fit that hugs your muscles and curves. The tight fit provides support for muscles and prevents the need for adjusting and re-adjusting your clothing as you workout.
Expect the same high quality as the rest of the shirts on this list. Care for your clothing properly and get plenty of life out of them.
A body-hugging style that's a little sexier and perfect for showing off those abs you've worked hard for. But the tight fit isn't just for show, it provides support, too. Available in an attractive teal and black color option, the shirt is a great addition to any CrossFitter's wardrobe.
Good quality construction
True to size
Limited color selection
Another CrossFit shirt for men from Reebok, this time in a vibrant orange colorway. Made of some of the same ultra-breathable fabric as our top pick, this Tri-Blend tee for men features a smaller graphic on the front side with additional detailing on the back.Read more
The shirt is made with Playdry technology to ensure sweat gets wicked away from the body quickly so you won't be working out in a sweat-soaked shirt. The shirt features anti-microbial material to ward off smells and prevent the growth of nasty bacteria. The mix of materials blends moisture wicking, breathability, and softness for a comfortable fit and feel.
The majority of reviewers found that the shirt fits true to size, with no sizing adjustments needed. Flat seams ensure chafing is kept to a minimum.
Special seam placement ensures that even when muscles are flexed during a workout, the shirt doesn't experience any unnecessary stress. Reviewers found the shirt to be good quality.
The shirt is available in a bright orange color and features a subtle Crossfit graphic on the front and a large backside graphic. Accent colors include white and purple. There is also a small graphic on the shirt's sleeve.
3. CrossFit Long Sleeve
Not highly breathable
This is a stylish option that will show off your allegience to CrossFit as well as the muscles you've developed in The Box. It's made of cotton so it's not the most breathable option, but the size and fit is fantastic and users loved it so we wanted to include it here.Read more
It's made of cotton, which is a natural fiber that absorbs sweat so it's not the most moisture wicking option. But it does look really cool.
This is a category where this shirt shines. It has a semi-fitted athletic cut that users love. It also runs true to size.
The cotton material is well-made, tough, and long-lasting.
We agree with users who felt this one looks pretty cool. It has a simple CrossFit logo across the front and the right inner sleeve has a cool detailing that's a nice added touch.
The soft cotton material feels really good against your skin, and the cut hugs your body ever so gently. Nice.
4. Recycled Tri-Blend
True to size
Long length may not work for everyone
This Tri-Blend shirt for women is made of recycled materials and features a feminine cut. The light heathered purple coloring is subtle, and the lack of logos makes this shirt a good fit for any type of fitness wardrobe.Read more
The Tri-Blend shirt features a mix of fabrics that ensure proper ventilation and a comfortable fit. The material is soft but also wicks moisture. It's also anti-bacterial, so smells are less likely to proliferate and stick to the material. Flat seams are also present to ensure that even when things get sweaty, the wearer doesn't have to deal with uncomfortable chafing. The shirt features Playdry tech, like the other options on our list, to ensure maximum breathability.
All reviewers who tried the shirt found the fit was true to size. Keep in mind; it's a tight-fitting garment so pick your size accordingly. Some found the fit was a bit long, so if you're short, keep in mind that the length will likely go beyond your hips. Reviewers, though, found the fabric and fit to be comfortable for intended CrossFit activities.
Made of the same materials as many of the other shirts on our list, the Tri-Blend t-shirt for women is sure to hold up for many training sessions.
Available in a single light purple color, the shirt features no large logos so it's a great choice for those participating in other activities besides CrossFit.
5. Speedwick Performance
Classic popular style
Crew neck design
Breathability is at the level for cotton materials.
Yet another good classic t-shirt with a soft comfortable feel, nice breathability/ventilation which allows moisture to evaporate.Read more
The clothing tech and design ensure a very nice level of breathability, moisture is lifted and allowed to evaporate and prevents the accumulation of odors.
The shirt is offered as a regular FIT which means that FIt is balanced and comfortable.
The shirt is offered in cotton at 100% and when cared for correctly, cotton gives very good durability.
The shirt has a popular classic style.
6. As Many Rounds As Possible
Cool design and concept
Nice bright color
High-quality material and printing
Not very breathable
This t-shirt will get your workout buddies talking. "Do you mean as many rounds of an exercise as possible? Or as many rounds of beer? Wait a minute, you're talking about both!" The front bold proclaims As Many Rounds As Possible, but then has a bunch of little beer mugs, leaving people to wonder what you're talking about. Besides that, the shirt is soft and made of high-quality material.Read more
The shirt is made out of cotton, so it's middle of the pack when it comes to moisture wicking ability. It's designed more for style and meant to be worn at the bar after your WOD, not during it.
It has a typical t-shirt cut and isn't overly tight or loose.
The material is fairly thick and will hold up well over time. The printing is good quality to stand up to multiple washings.
If you like CrossFit, and you love beer, this is the shirt for you.
This category is where this option really shines. It's soft, feels good to wear, and you'll enjoy owning it.
7. Forging Elite Speedwick
Available in various colors
Looses shape after washing
The men's version of the above women's tee is available in four colors and comes in sizes up to XXL. It's also available in smaller sizes down to XS. The crew neck tee is soft thanks to its cotton construction but also features Speedwick technology, which enhances breathability.Read more
While cotton is not the best at wicking away sweat from the body, the Speed wick technology helps in this regard. Cotton is not great at drying quickly, but the softness is a tradeoff some were willing to accept. If you're planning on heading out for a run in wet, rainy weather, cotton is a horrible option, but for indoor CrossFit workouts, it can work. Forgot to do your laundry? This shirt is a reliable option.
Reviewers were not in agreement when it came to sizing. Larger users found the fit a bit too tight for comfort. Size up if you're waffling between sizes.
A durable cotton construction means that you'll get a lot of use out of this shirt. Some reviewers had issues with the shirt losing its shape after washing. Be sure to pay attention to care instructions on the shirt's label.
The shirt features a crew neck design and a large front CrossFit graphic. There's also a small graphic on the sleeve of the shirt. The shirt is available in orange-red, black, grey, or blue. The style is slim fitted but looser than most of the other men's shirts on this list.
8. Specialty Course Defense
Not highly breathable
This option shows your specialization of Defense within CrossFit. It's well-made, comfortable, and is a 100% authentic licensed piece of CrossFit apparel.Read more
This one is designed more for after your WOD or for mingling at CrossFit events rather than actually working out in. As such it's mostly made of cotton so it's really comfortable but not the most moisture-wicking option.
It's slightly fitted. This gives the wearer an athletic, tapered look.
Being made of durable fabrics it's long-lasting.
For CrossFitter's in the know, this t-shirt shows off your advance knowledge of the discipline.
This is where this option truly shines. It's soft and comfy and you'll enjoy wearing it at the Box or out for beers afterwards.
9. Forging Elite Fitness
Available in multiple colors
Soft cotton with Speed wick technology
Cotton is not the best at wicking sweat
A looser fit for those who prefer the additional freedom of movement. This Reebok CrossFit shirt for women comes in five different colors and tells the world exactly what kind of fitness routine you're into. Made of cotton, it's a better option for loungewear and casual wear, but in a pinch, it could work for physical activity.Read more
The shirt is made of 100% cotton, so it's not the best moisture manager. It's a better choice for loungewear than a sweat-soaked fitness session. But it does feature speedwick technology, so it's a good option for when you're out of other clothes since everything is in your laundry hamper.
The shirt features a slim fit design but is a bit looser than the rest of the options on this list. A crew neck construction provides coverage and reviewers loved the overall fit of the shirt.
Same great materials as the other shirts on this list, the Elite Fitness t-shirt is made of cotton, so it's durable but expect smells to stick a little more to this type of garment.
A great basic style and cut available in five colors. Colors include teal, two white options, coral, and blue. Reviewers loved the basic style and fit of the tee. It's a great t-shirt for lounging around or going out for a run.
10. Legend Performance Singlet Racerback
Designed to move with you
Designed for real women
Only available in plus sizes
This option isn't CrossFit branded but it's an excellent choice for WOD's and is still made by the only officially licensed maker of CF gear. It's made from breathable fabric and users found it to be really comfortable and durable. It also has reflective details on the back that help keep you visible while jogging at night.Read more
The fabric is moisture-wicking and the racerback tank top design makes this feel open and airy.
It's made for plus size women and is mostly polyester for breathability but also has spandex in the fabric blend for help moving with you.
The fabric is pretty lightweight to help keep it breathable, so there is a bit of a sacrifice in long-lasting wear that's always inherent in those situations. It's well-made and won't wear out on you quickly.
While wearing this the user will fit right in at The Box. The racerback cut makes backs look great.
Like most tank top style shirts this one feels great. The fabric is soft, the cut helps the shirt move with you and when you feel good you look good to.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Some of the products on this list are meant for actually doing CrossFit in. These options are made from a mix of synthetic fibers so they're breathable and performance oriented. The rest of the list is comprised of products that are meant to show your love of CrossFit in more everyday settings and are made of super comfortable cotton and other natural fibers. These products aren't really moisture-wicking however, so be sure to think about what you want to use one of these shirts for before you order. If you want something to work out in, go with a performance oriented, breathable option. If you're looking for something meant for social settings we recommend opting for comfort. Whatever you choose, all of the products on this list are made by Reebok, which is the only officially licensed maker of CrossFit apparel. This ensures that what you're wearing is 100% CrossFit authentic and approved.
What’s the difference between fit and sizing, you ask? Sizing refers to the measurements of clothing and the sizing range available. We looked at each of the shirts we reviewed to see if users who tried them found they fit true to size. Most of the time, this was the case. Most of the shirts were available in a decent size range, as well. Fit refers to the shape of the shirt when worn. The majority of the tees on this list feature a slim-fitting design. The result is a body-hugging fit. We also chose to highlight one compression shirt, too. Most reviewers had no issue with the fit of the shirts and liked the close-fitting design. A tighter fit may not work for everyone, but it’s a good choice for those doing CrossFit who don’t want to deal with loose fabrics getting caught in workout equipment or in the way as they pump iron.
Each of the shirts that we reviewed is made by Reebok, a quality brand. Reviewers had no issues with any of the shirts’ lifespans. Quality materials usually translate to a quality piece of gear, and the shirts on this list are no exception. The biggest variable when it comes to durability? Whether you care for your fitness clothing appropriately and according to the included labels.
If you’re trying to increase your physical fitness, the look of your shirt isn’t a big deal. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. But let’s be honest, we all want to look good no matter what kind of activity we’re pursuing. CrossFitters are no different. There’s no need to look sloppy just because you’re getting sweaty. Each of the shirts on this list features trendy designs. Some feature large logos that are great for showing the world what kind of fitness routine you’re into. Others have more subtle styling. Whatever your taste, there’s a Reebok shirt style for you.
We already touched on this a bit, but comfort is super important. Sometimes, it will trump style and breathability, and that’s okay. There will be workouts where you just want to swaddle yourself in a cozy sweater or super soft cotton blend t-shirt, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Whether you need a bit of extra coziness because you’re experiencing DOMS or you’re just feeling a little under the weather, comfort is a perfectly valid thing to think about. We even included two cotton blend shirts on our list, because even if cotton just isn’t that stellar at handling sweat, sometimes there’s nothing like a soft cottony feel against the skin.
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How much you’re willing to pay for workout wear is totally up to you. Your particular lifestyle will play into whether you consider something of value or not. Do you work out every day? A more expensive t-shirt made with high tech fabrics and durable seams may seem like a good investment. More of a weekend warrior? You might find investing in a pricier piece of fitness gear to be a smart move. That way you can wash it over and over again without worrying about it degrading in quality.
Fitness clothing needs to be properly taken care of to stay in tip-top shape. A lot of shirts made for physical activity feature unique fibers and fabrics that help to maximize moisture management. It’s one of the big reasons why you should avoid the dryer like the plague. If you’re going to ignore that directive and do it anyway, expect your clothing to lose its wicking properties, and possibly its shape and stretch. Check the labels of your clothing to figure out how to best handle the washing and drying process. There are sure to be some pieces of workout clothing that you can toss in the dryer and others may even need to be hand-washed. Some workouts clothes even feature special fibers that help reduce bacterial growth. This helps reduce the speed at which smells start to form. It also helps to prevent smells from lingering. You can get special detergent to wash your fitness clothing because some smells are bound to stick around, and regular soap just won’t cut it.
Other Factors to Consider
All of the Reebok shirts on this list share some similarities – besides the fact that they’re all Reebok branded. When picking a t-shirt for CrossFit – and other fitness activities – you want something that’s breathable, fits properly, will last, and you probably want your fitness gear to look good. What else do you need to think about when shopping for a CrossFit-style shirt? Most of the following things apply to all sorts of fitness clothing, so no matter what activity you prefer, pay attention.
Are you asking yourself if there’s anything specific you should be picking out for CrossFit? Not really. It’s more about what not to wear. CrossFit workouts include lifting weights, so a good pair of lifting shoes is a sound investment. If you don’t want to spend extra money on shoes just yet, opt for minimalist sneakers that bring you to lower to the ground. Why not running shoes? They just put too much distance between you and the ground (in most cases), which isn’t great when you’re trying to stabilize yourself as you lift heavy. You also want to avoid loose clothing for most CrossFit activities. Remember high school gym class? Okay, some of us would probably rather forget, but there’s a reason you had to take your hoop earrings out to play basketball. It’s easy for clothing and jewelry to get caught in fitness equipment.
And, that’s about it regarding what you should avoid for CrossFit. Otherwise, the rest is up to you. The color, style, and fit of what you wear should largely be based on what is most comfortable for you. Don’t wear something just because it features a certain kind of branding and doesn’t wear it because you think you should. Choose what feels right because you won’t find yourself improving very much if you constantly perform workouts in clothing that makes you feel self-conscious or itchy.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Should I put my t-shirts in the dryer after washing?
This is one of those questions that we favor our go-to answer. Make sure to read the included care instructions. With shirts, these instructions are usually on the tag. It’s important to properly wash your “clothing” because this can seriously impact the durability of the running wear. Some fabrics and materials favored by athletics companies won’t survive the dryer so just make sure to triple check before throwing any of your clothes in the dryer. A helpful way to remember might be to wash all the non-dryer clothes in the same load. If you have too many clothes to hang up in your home and you don’t have access to an outdoor clothesline there are indoor clothing drying racks you can buy.
q: Do I need to wash my shirts after each session?
While you may have a light run or think that you can get one more “workout” out of your clothes before washing them but this is generally a bad idea. The sweat from your workout can cause a build-up of harmful bacteria that can cause skin irritation and rashes and even infections. If you are in a position where washing your exercise clothes frequently then there are options made with special anti-microorganism materials that will reduce the amount of bacteria that builds up.
q: When and why did Reebok change their logo?
Reebok changed there logo from the old cross pattern to the new delta shaped logo in 2014. They chose to do this to reflect on their steps to change the direction of their gear design. They reoriented their clothing to focus more on CrossFit then on their old focus of pro sporting and athletics.
q: Do I need a specific type of clothing to participate in CrossFit?
Nothing on this list, or otherwise, is a requirement. These are simply suggestions to fit the challenging needs of a CrossFit athlete. Not all athletes have the same access and resources as others, so we recommend that you go with what you can use and not feel pressured to go outside your comfort zone in order to obtain a “necessity”. As long as you are comfortable, you have the right clothes for CrossFit.
q: I sweat a lot, and my shirts get smelly really fast. Is there something I can do to ward off the smell?
There are two options that you can use to safely reduce odor with your clothing. There is one option we mentioned in an earlier question and that is clothing made from anti-microorganism based fabrics. These will prevent the build-up of bacteria and odor caused by sweat. The other option is using a specialized detergent. Many brands have sports or anti-sweat options with special formulas to help eliminate built-up odors. These are the two most accessible options to this problem but if you try these and are still having issues then we recommend looking for specialized solutions.
q: Few of these shirts seems to be made of pure cotton. Why is that?
Cotton is generally regarded as a poor material for athletic clothing since it absorbs so much moisture and holds onto it. Many athletic gear designers favor synthetic fibers since they are often completely moisture proof and the issues they have with breathability can be circumvented. Some gear is made from wool since it breaths better than synthetics but absorbs far less moisture than cotton, but it can be pretty cost restrictive.
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