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Gear Review: On Performance-T

A man wearing the On Performance T

For warm-weather running, you need a lightweight shirt. Enter the On Performance T.

On created the Performance T to give you all the warm-weather qualities you need: breathable, quick-drying and light. The short-sleeve running shirt is specifically tailored to stay out of mind whether you’re racing for your PR or just trying to beat the heat.

Fleet Feet reviewers tried out the On Performance T to see how it performs during real-life workouts. Here’s what they thought.

Tech specs

On Performance T

Weight

2.31 oz (W), 2.98 oz (M)

Fabric

100% polyester

Fit

Athletic

Sleeve length

Short

On Performance T Fit and Materials

A runner stretching in the On Performance T

On cut the Performance T for an athletic fit that stays out of your way.

The short-sleeve T-shirt fits true to size but has a slim fit through the shoulders and chest, which mitigates any excess fabric. It also still has a bit of flowiness through the midsection to increase airflow.

Best of all, though, is the shirt’s lightweight fabric. The fabric is very thin, and its mesh-like weave makes the shirt breathable. One Fleet Feet runner wore the shirt for a run on a hot, humid afternoon, and he could feel the air moving through the fabric.

On designers chose a 100-percent polyester fabric to boost warm-weather performance. The polyester is lightweight and smooth, and it helps pull sweat away from your skin.

Some small but important details are the neckline, sleeves and hem. The edges of the shirt have smooth, flat finishes that lie flush against your skin. The neckline doesn’t bunch up or crinkle, and the sleeves don’t roll up.

The men’s Performance T has a classic crew neck, while the women’s version has a lower-cut neckline that swoops down just below the collarbone.

A woman wearing the On Performance T

Light Feel, Excellent Performance

On a sticky, humid afternoon in August, the On Performance T excelled.

One Fleet Feet reviewer says the Performance T was stellar on a day when no shirt was going to stay dry for very long.

“I was dripping sweat a few miles into my run, but the Performance T felt great,” he says. “It still feels light even when it’s soaked through.”

The light weight is one of the shirt’s defining features. On lists the women’s Performance T at 2.31 oz, and the men’s version at 2.98 oz, which is among the lightest running shirts on the market.

Conclusion

The On Performance T is an outstanding lightweight running shirt that will keep you moving comfortably in warm weather.

On cut the Performance T from a 100 percent polyester fabric to help wick sweat and dry quickly, and designers tailored it for an athletic fit that stays out of your way when you move. Testers appreciated the attention to the neckline and sleeves to keep them from bunching up.

The On Performance T eliminates all distractions to let you focus on chasing down your fastest times.

Still not convinced? Don’t sweat it. Fleet Feet's return policy means you can test drive your shoes and gear without risk. If you’re not happy with the way your gear performs, looks or fits, we’ll take it back within 60 days. Plus, you’ll get free shipping on orders over $99 and free return shipping on all fleetfeet.com orders. That's our Happy Fit Guarantee.

By Evan Matsumoto. Evan played many sports growing up but didn’t go pro in any of them. Now, he’s the digital copywriter for fleetfeet.com and editor for the Fleet Feet blog where he writes about different foam densities and engineered mesh uppers.

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