Under Armour UA Tech V-Neck - Women's Review
Cons: Heavy, slow to dry
Manufacturer: Under Armour
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|Pros||Inexpensive, comfortable fit||Super comfortable, breathable, quick drying, versatile||Ultralight, super breathable, packs small, smooth and stretchy fabric||Soft fabric, flattering style, affordable||Comfortable, affordable|
|Cons||Heavy, slow to dry||Heavier than some, only one small reflective decal||Delicate fabric, not as versatile||Could be more breathable, potential for chafing under arms, runs small||Less breathable, less versatile, slower drying speed|
|Bottom Line||A simple and comfortable running tee for your daily miles||An all-around lightweight winner with high performance that can withstand endless miles||Unbelievably light and breathable, this is the shirt for hot summer days||This soft shirt is best suited to shorter runs and looks cute while doing it||This affordable and comfortable running shirt lacks some of our favorite features, but is a good bargain buy|
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|Weight||3.81 oz (size XS)||2.86 oz (size S)||1.87 oz (size S)||3.35 oz (size S)||3.95 oz (size S)|
|Material||100% polyester||89% polyester, 11% elastane||Polyester double knit||DriLayer 88% recycled polyester, 12% lyocell||Polyester|
|Reflective Areas?||Chest logo, logo on back||Yes||No||No||Yes, back of neck|
|Seam Type||Plain seam||Flatlock||Flatlock||Flatlock||Flatlock|
|Zip Neck Option?||Yes||No||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This is a cute, relaxed-fit tee, but it lost points for its heaviness and lack of breathability. We would still take it out for some miles in cooler weather or wear it to the gym, but it's not the best pick for summer.
Our testers enjoy the loose fit of this shirt, the softness of the fabric, and the length of the sleeves. We find the body to be a bit long for a running top, but that is a personal preference that can, of course, vary between wearers. Although the deep v-neck is a cute style and adds some visual interest, in practice, we prefer a bit more coverage. Most of the time, if you're running in a t-shirt as opposed to a tank or crop top, you're looking for more sun protection. The Tech-V-Neck exposes more of the chest than any of the other shirts we tested.
When looking at the construction of this shirt, it's pretty simply made. It has plain seams, instead of flatlock seams seen on higher-end tops, and that seam allowance that isn't sewn down could potentially cause chafing over long distances, especially around the neckline and shoulders. The overall quality is middle of the road, and if you're prone to chafing or wanting to wear this under a running vest, it might not be the best pick.
This shirt is fairly heavy for its size, and in this case, that seems to correlate with its degree of breathability. Although the looseness of the fit does help with airflow, our testers still found themselves wanting to tuck up the bottom half of the tee when running in the heat. The inner label classifies it as "Heat Gear," but we felt it didn't live up to that name in true summer weather. Keep this top for spring and fall excursions, and you'll likely be satisfied with the amount of breathability the fabric provides.
The UA Tech is one of the slowest drying tops we tested this season — another reason why we wouldn't choose this one for really hot weather. This is also part of why we think it's more suited to road running than trail running, since how quickly your clothing dries can have big consequences for comfort and safety in the backcountry. Additionally, slower drying times combined with the plain seams we mentioned earlier could spell trouble for your skin if you're sensitive to chafing. However, if you're running on roads or in milder temperatures, then this metric might not need to be a big factor in your decision making.
Features & Versatility
This tee has a few extra features we appreciate, such as reflective logos on both the front and the back for increased nighttime visibility. The product specs also claim that it uses "anti-odor technology" in the fabric, and while we weren't able to find out exactly what they mean by that, our testers didn't have an issue with odor.
Although we wouldn't necessarily choose this top for long days of trail running or backpacking, we'd wear it for road running, easier day hikes, working out at the gym, and possibly even climbing since the longer body length would stay in place underneath a harness. It loses some points in the versatility category, though, since there's only a certain range of temperatures and weather we'd want to wear it in, and because we wouldn't want to wear it for long periods of time under certain running vests or packs.
The Tech V-Neck is a lower cost option that performs well for the price. Simple garment construction keeps the price down, although that can come with some trade-offs in performance. Taking into consideration its weight and slow drying speed, we still think this shirt could be worth the money if you're mainly running on roads and not going after those ultra distances. Aiming for a 5k PR in the fall? This shirt will be comfy and stylish as you race towards the finish.
In summary, if you're a fan of the low v-neck and you're not exercising in the heat of summer, the UA Tech V-Neck is a solid option for daily running. It's a flattering style at an accessible price point that can take you through a variety of activities. Think of it as an entry-level gear purchase, and then if your running takes a more specific focus (e.g., heat, trails, long-distance), you'll be able to figure out what features are important to you before investing in your next shirt.
— Paige Klugherz
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