Whether you like it or not, winter is coming, and with it comes the cold weather. While there are a few staples you should be sure to have in your winter running closet, a good long-sleeved shirt is arguably one of the most important. Functioning as a single layer in early fall, to a base layer as the temperature drops, long-sleeve workout shirts are a piece of apparel worth investing in.
Since it can be difficult to choose a shirt with so many options out there, we gathered up some of our favorites with features like moisture wicking fabric, four-way stretch, and styles that take you from running the track to running errands. Check out our picks below with in-depth reviews on each product.
How We Choose
To find the best options among the many men's long-sleeve workout shirts out there, we researched the most popular models available. We then took into account price, materials, fit, and size ranges. Finally, we consulted more than 4,700 reviews, written by people who’ve bought these models on sites like Amazon, to settle on these eight.
- Sizes: S-3X
Like most Baleaf clothing, this shirt is a great value for the cost. It is made from super soft, moisture-wicking, four-way-stretch fabric that is great for all types of exercise. It features a longer hem in the back, which prevents it from riding up when bending over. It comes in 11 different colors and even different lengths for average heights and “big and tall.”
- Sizes: XS-XXL
This top may look like something you would wear out on the town, but it is truly designed to tackle your toughest workouts with some added flair. The material is partly cotton, so it feels like your favorite T-shirt, but it has Lycra as well, which allows it to stretch and move with you. It is also treated with No Stink-Zinc technology that helps keep you smelling fresh.
- Size: XS-3X
This shirt is basic, affordable, and great for doing it all. It has a relaxed, comfortable fit that allows for easy movement and won't feel constricting. It comes in 16 color options, and sizes XS-3X. The fabric is super lightweight and quick-drying, so you won't feel damp even when working up a sweat.
- Sizes: S-XL
The weather is starting to cool down, and if you plan to keep training outside, you will have to think about winter layers. This turtleneck shirt is great for keeping your neck warm and preventing any gaping that can happen when wearing a gaiter.
While this shirt is on the expensive side, it is warranted since it is made from 65% merino wool which is moisture wicking and traps in heat.
- Sizes: XS-XXXL
Another affordable option, this Old Navy top is super lightweight making a great base layer—or standalone on those not hot, not cold days. It comes in six heathered color options, and a great size range of XS-XXXL. The reflective patches on the arms are also a nice touch of extra safety when running outside.
- Sizes: XS-XXL
This Gym Shark shirt focuses on ventilation and movement, making it a great choice for indoor workouts. It has a slim fit which is flattering and shows of the gains you have worked so hard for, but it stretches with you, so no worries about having restricted movement.
- Sizes: XS-XL
Waffle shirts scream comfort, but this one is designed to keep you feeling snuggly and warm on the couch and on the run. It may feel like a traditional waffle shirt, but it is made with moisture-wicking fabric, which helps keep you warm and cut down on drying time.
- Sizes: S-XXXL
This shirt is designed for optimal movement. It has a raglan sleeve construction that helps to give full mobility in arms, and it uses overlock stitching, which prevents the seams from separating overtime. The fit is tapered but relaxed, making for a flattering but comfortable fit.