Best Men's Running Shirts 2021
Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet
Hot or cold, rain or shine, the best men’s running shirts will get you through it all.
Men’s running shirts are designed specifically to keep you comfortable when your workout heats up. Modern technical fabrics help wick sweat and moisture away from your skin, and they dry out quickly to keep you feeling fresh.
It’s not hard to find a great running shirt—almost every brand makes them—but we think these are the best men’s running shirts available today:
- Brooks Distance Short Sleeve (Brooks Distance Long Sleeve)
- Nike Breathe Rise 365 Short Sleeve
- New Balance Q Speed Fuel Short Sleeve
- rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve
- On Active-T
- Brooks Dash Half Zip
- On Performance Long-T
[Updated March 23, 2021. This article is part of the Best Running Clothes 2021 Buyer’s Guide.]
Brooks Distance Short Sleeve
Cut from a recycled polyester-lyocell blend fabric, the Brooks Distance Short Sleeve is one of the best men’s running shirts for all-around performance.
Brooks’ DriLayer fabric is lightweight, breathable and soft to keep you cool on the warmest days. It also mops up sweat and dries out fast for more comfort on warm days.
The short-sleeve version is ideal for summer running, but Brooks also makes the men’s Brooks Distance Long Sleeve for layering on winter runs. Both the short- and long-sleeve versions come in subdued styling for easy wearing at a brewery after a run.
Nike Breathe Rise 365 Short Sleeve
Mesh zones and sweat-wicking fabric combine in the Nike Breathe Rise 365 Short Sleeve running shirt to keep you cooler in hot weather.
Nike used an 85 percent polyester-15 percent cotton blend fabric that provides quick relief from sweat. Designers also used a knit mesh in high-heat zones, like the abdomen, arms and shoulders, to vent excess heat and increase air circulation.
The Breathe 365 has a relaxed fit for easy movement, and it features reflective detailing to help boost your visibility in low-light situations.
New Balance Q Speed Fuel Short Sleeve
New Balance built the Q Speed Fuel Short Sleeve for the fastest runs.
Designers constructed the shirt from a jacquard knit fabric for a soft touch and stretchy performance. The athletic fit limits excess fabric to give you unrestricted movement, and the short sleeve style is perfect for hot weather runs or layering in chilly temps.
New Balance also included its NB ICEx technology. The sweat-wicking tech soaks up moisture and dries quickly to keep you comfortable.
Finished with a curved hem and geometric pattern for cool style, the New Balance Q Speed Fuel Short Sleeve is one of the best running shirts for men.
rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve
The men’s rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve offers effortless comfort thanks to its Quick n’ Fit fabric.
Rabbit’s super soft polyester-spandex fabric provides all the high-performance properties you want from a running shirt: smooth feel, good stretch and ability to wick sweat. That means you can wear it as comfortably on a mid-summer run as you can for a marathon movie session on the couch.
The tailored fit and lightweight fabric make the shirt drape naturally over your body, and the classic crew neck style blends in everywhere you go.
Weighing less than 4 oz, the men’s On Active-T is a breezy men’s running shirt that prizes comfort and versatility.
On made fabric for the Active-T from a blend of cotton, modal and elastane. The trio of fibers lends the shirt a soft touch and stretchy performance, but it also keeps you cool through its natural ability to wick sweat.
Designers backed up the fabric with an antibacterial treatment to keep the shirt smelling fresh all day long, and they sewed the seams for an anatomical fit that won’t chafe or irritate your skin. With the look of a casual T-shirt, the men’s On Active-T will take you from running laps to running errands with ease.
Brooks Dash Half Zip
The Brooks men's Dash Half Zip is the perfect layer all year round.
Cut from Brooks' powerful DriLayer fabric, the Dash Half Zip wicks away moisture and dries in a flash to keep you cool and comfortable in any running conditions. Plus, the DriLayer fabric blend is made from 88 percent recycled polyester.
The semi-fitted cut makes the Dash Half Zip a great fit under thicker, winter layers, or the perfect top layer come spring. It boasts a super-soft feel and adds a touch of sleek style to your run kit.
On Performance Long-T
Long sleeve and lightweight, the men’s On Performance Long-T is a premium running shirt designed for any weather.
On built the Performance Long-T to maintain a comfortable body temperature—warm when it’s cold outside, and cool when it’s warm. They achieved that by using a feathery, 100 percent polyester Japanese fabric that breathes easily and wicks sweat in hot weather but keeps precious heat in during cold-weather workouts.
Designers also gave the fabric an antibacterial treatment to keep it fresh, and they moved the main seams off the shoulders to mitigate any irritation. The result is a simple, comfortable long sleeve running T-shirt that gives you premium performance in any weather.
How We Picked the Best Men’s Running Shirts
The best men’s running shirts for you comes down to personal preferences. Fit, features and style all play a role in finding the right one. But there are things that set some shirts apart from the rest.
We picked the best running shirts for men based on a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, details and our own top-sellers lists. With all of that in mind, we picked men’s running shirts that lived up to our own personal (and professional) expectations.
Standing Behind Our Picks
Our return policy means you have 60 days to put your gear to work. Wear it, run in it, wash it. If you’re not satisfied with the way it looks, fits or performs, we’ll take it back within 60 days and give you a full refund.
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