If you love the feeling of running naked…or you just want to see what it's like…you've got to give The North Face Better than Naked Short Sleeve a try! This simple and high-performing running shirt scored top marks in almost all our metrics, earning the 2015 Editors' Choice Award! It was the lightest, most breathable, and quickest to dry of all tops tested. If you're looking for an ultra versatile top that makes you feel like you're wearing nothing at all, check out this award winner!
The North Face Better Than Naked Short Sleeve - Women's Review
Cons: No pockets or additional features
Manufacturer: The North Face
Our Analysis and Test Results
The North Face Better than Naked Short Sleeve is our Editors' Choice for 2015. Earning high marks in all but two metrics, this is great all around techy running t-shirt.
Comfort & Fit
This shirt is incredibly comfortable, has a great fit, and earned the highest rating of all tops tested in this category! Its 100% polyester fabric weave with FlashDry technology is the lightest of all shirts tested (only 2.45 oz!) so you feel like you're pretty much naked! The cut isn't as long as the Adidas Supernova Tee - Women's, nor is the fabric as soft, but all the stitching is either flat or welded. We didn't experience any chafing, even on long runs.
The breathability offered by The North Face model was impeccable. The fabric weave isn't too tight which allows ample air flow. The ventilation and mesh strips extend the entire length of the back, making it perfect to wear with a hydration pack. Take it out the hottest days and stay cool.
Again surpassing the competition, this top was the fastest to dry due to its lightweight FlashDry fabric weave. If you're a woman that runs through the monsoon season and needs something super quick to dry, you've found it here!
Excellent breathability + lightweight + quick to dry + simple design = extremely versatile! Like most of our lightweight and simple tops, you can wear it on hot days or layer it during cooler months. One of our testers even found it to be a perfect shirt to wear while working hard in the heat with her gardening business.
Due to its lack of features, this was one category where the Better than Naked shirt fell short. It sports no additional pockets, zip-neck design, or UPF rating. However, it does sport reflective strips if you prefer to run at night. If you want a top with more pockets and a zip-up collar, check out the Salomon Fast Wing Tee - Women's.
Of all the shirts tested, we thought that the Better than Naked shirt and the Salomon Fast Wing Tee were the most "running chic." It has a performance running look with a deep v-neck and flattering stitching lining the torso. It also comes in several attractive color combinations. Since it has a more athletic look we wouldn't choose to wear it around town and would reserve it for athletic endeavors instead.
With great versatility, the applications for this top are limitless. We would recommend our Editors' Choice winner for both trail and road running in hot or warm weather as a stand-alone top. When it gets cold outside, put it underneath or over top of a long sleeve for additional warmth. Don't be afraid to wear it for other sports too! Hiking, biking, running, and walking are all perfectly acceptable applications!
At only $50 this is a steal! It's not as expensive as the Salomon top, but it performs at a higher level (minus the features). So do we think this is a good value? No! We think it's an AMAZING value.
The North Face Better than Naked Short Sleeve is our 2015 Editors' Choice Award winner. We loved its simple and cute design, high level of breathability, and low weight. Wear this highly versatile top on any athletic endeavor including both road and trail running adventures!
North Face Better Than Naked Jacket
- This is less a true wind jacket than a super advanced base layer
- Excels at running in cool temperatures
Better than Naked Split Shorts 3.5 - Women's
- Running shorts
- 3" running split shorts with liner brief
— Amber King