Menswear | March 30, 2021 12:08 pm

8 Heavy Tees That Are as Comfy as a Weighted Blanket

For your T-shirts this spring and summer, add a bit of heft and durability

Richer Poorer and 3sixteen Heavyweight T-Shirts
Heavyweight t-shirts bring the same comfort as your favorite weighted blanket.
Richer Poorer, 3sixteen

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Heavy and T-shirt aren’t two words you usually associate together. The idea is to keep it light and cool, right?

But given the current weather — it was both 81 and 49 degrees the other day in NYC, and now it’s hovering in the mid-50s — we don’t necessarily want something flimsy even if the temperature shoots up, because that’s not gonna last.

Heavy tees provide a bit of extra warmth, and they’re great for layering! Throw a bomber or hoodie over one of these and you’ll be fine through most spring extremes, while having a bit more movement and freedom than if you were wearing something long-sleeved. (And when it does get a little sweaty out? While not moisture wicking or “technical” in any way, they’re good at discreetly absorbing — or hiding — sweat. Yes, TMI.)

From my experience, the “heavier” shirts — defined loosely as shirts that weigh 6 oz or more, or about 2 oz and change above a regular tee — have more structure and last longer. I’ve had the same American Giant shirts for about six years, and only just now am I considering a refresh.

Plus, these heavy tees are no more or less comfortable to wear than an average T-shirt. But can they also provide a sort of mental comfort? Richer Poorer just debuted a weighted tee that purposely aims to be the “equivalent of a weighted blanket.” We tested it out, and it’s one of the examples of a heavy tee we recommend below.

model in a Richer Poorer Weighted Tee
Richer Poorer Weighted Tee
Richer Poorer

Richer Poorer Weighted Tee

Available in five colors, these 180 gsm organic cotton shirts are an aesthetic step above the average heavyweight. They feel strong and tight but not oppressively heavy. One tip: The slim fit is no lie. You’ll want to size up.

Flint and Tinder Surplus Collection Tee
Flint and Tinder Surplus Collection Tee
Huckberry

Flint and Tinder Surplus Collection Tee

Inspired by the wares in Army surplus stores, these tees are a mix of cotton and rugged Cordura nylon.

man in an American Giant Heavyweight Pocket
American Giant Heavyweight Pocket
American Giant

American Giant Heavyweight Pocket T

Elastic neck that holds its shape, a fairly discrete front pocket and a colorway in oxblood that’s gonna get me to buy this in a bundle of three. The longest-lasting tees I’ve ever owned, and some of the best fitting if you’re not super slender. Also, the rare heavy tee that you don’t need to size up.

model in an Everlane The Premium-Weight Crew
Everlane The Premium-Weight Crew
Everlane

Everlane Premium-Weight Crew

These get softer the longer you wear ‘em, and they arrive with a 365-day guarantee. 

man in a Mott & Bow Heavyweight Pocket Tee Carlton
Mott & Bow Heavyweight Pocket Tee Carlton
Mott & Bow

Mott & Bow Heavyweight Pocket Tee Carlton

Leave it to a denim brand to craft a very heavy (8.3 oz) minimalist tee. But like their jeans, it’s deceptively comfy while it feels durable.

man outside in a Taylor Stitch The Heavy Bag Tee
Taylor Stitch The Heavy Bag Tee
Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee

As we noted in a review a few years back, this standout (which you’ll want to size up) is “made using both upcycled and recycled yarns — a process which uses no water, as opposed to the 1,200 gallons a shirt would normally use — which combine to produce a beefy fabric that’ll last you at least twice as long as the typical T-shirt.”

model in a 3sixteen Heavyweight Pocket T⁠-⁠Shirt
3sixteen Heavyweight Pocket T⁠-⁠Shirt
3sixteen

3sixteen Heavyweight Pocket T⁠-⁠Shirt

Search for heavy tees online and this made-in-the-USA shirt will pop up repeatedly. Note: Arrives in a two-pack. And it’ll shrink a bit on first wash. 

man in a Camber 301 Max-Weight Heavyweight T-Shirt
Camber 301 Max-Weight Heavyweight T-Shirt
All USA Clothing

Camber 301 Max-Weight Heavyweight T-Shirt

“Built like a tank” is a good selling point for this monochromatic 8 oz tee, made in America and available in 11 colors.

model in a Los Angeles Apparel Garment Dye Crew Neck from Los Angeles Apparel
Los Angeles Apparel Garment Dye Crew Neck
Los Angeles Apparel

Los Angeles Apparel Garment Dye Crew Neck

If you miss the old American Apparel — made in the USA, fair wages, great prices, questionable marketing — Dov Charney’s follow-up brand is pretty much the same thing. Higher neck line, slightly more generous fit and a little more colorful with a “lived in” vibe. 

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