This review is a piece of our Great White T-Shirt Review series, in which we tested nearly two dozen plain white t-shirts to help you understand what’s on the market today. In it, we tested for qualities like fit, construction quality, fabric density, shrinkage, and see-through-ness, amongst many others.
Hanes Comfortsoft. In the words of Nelson Muntz, I can think of at least two things wrong with that title. The shrink-wrapped standby is still here and just as scratchy as ever. This commodity-grade t-shirt will give you the minimum of effort but also for the minimum of cost.
By The Numbers
- Fabric: 100% cotton
- Made in: Haiti
- Postwash Fabric Density: 1.56g/LI (Midweight)
- Postwash Total Weight: 166g
- Construction: Tubeknit
- Postwash Measurements (inches):
- Front Length: 23.5
- Pit to Pit: 20.5
- Shoulder to Shoulder: 18
- Hem Width: 21
- Neck Width: 6
- Sleeve Length: 7.5
- Sleeve Height: 10
- Sizing Recommendation: True to Size
- Shrinkage: 6.58%
- Weight Loss: 4.05%
- Price Per Shirt: $3.66
- Available for $14.64 at Amazon
The Hanes Comfortsoft is the t-shirt equivalent of a 40 & 8 train car, in that you could probably fit 40 people or 8 horses inside of it. I would recommend sizing down, but the body length is barely cutting it as is, so anyone reasonable is stuck with a 10-inch sleeve opening. Did I mention these shirts also shrink over 6%?
I guess if you’re trying to smuggle something, the barrel fit is helpful because the fabric is also stiff enough that it maintains its shape away from your torso.
Not a fan of this fabric. It’s itchy and stiff and wrinkles like crazy. Even when wearing it for a day, I was constantly reminded of its presence. It’s like wearing a shirt made out of thin cardboard.
I know some of you are probably reading that as a challenge like “Oh, if it’s terrible at the beginning, it must break into being comfortable and personalized!” Nope. This is a Hanes t-shirt, it’s terrible all the way down.
But, as mentioned above, if you are looking for a shirt to mule things in, it’s fairly opaque for its weight. And the itchiness could make for a nice distraction to whatever level of stress you’re experiencing at border crossings.
Construction and Details
Construction on this tee actually isn’t awful. All the seams are finished, it’s tubeknit, and the collar lays flat — three things not often found together at any price point.
Details, you’re looking at it. It’s just that one plain logo tag staring back at you like the heel end of a loaf of bread.
The fit is weird and as tubular as the knit, the fabric is like wearing low-grit sandpaper, and the construction is fine. What did you expect? It’s Hanes. It will always be here, holding up the staid and bottom spot on the t-shirt totem. Not an admirable job, but someone’s gotta be there.
- Someone just spilled their drink on you at a Target
- You need to chafe-train your nipples for a marathon
- You became uncomfortably aware of the clothes you’re currently wearing when I mentioned them earlier in this review and this sentence is now remaking you relive that trauma
- You have the means to just pick up the Kirkland
Available for $14.64 at Amazon
As mentioned, this was just one of many other reviews of plain white tees. Have a look at the full comprehensive review including all the other t-shirts.