It’s no secret that a basic tee is among the core items that every man should have more than a handful of in his closet. And so it’s no surprise that the Responsive Tee is one of Ministry of Supply’s best sellers.
This Responsive Tee review covers how the shirt feels, how it fits, what I really like about it, shirt details and similar shirts I recommend.
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Ministry of Supply Responsive Tee Review
If you like more of a muscle fit with fabric closer fitting to your body, then Responsive Tee is for you. They carry a crewneck and v-neck version, the v-neck being ideal to wear as an undershirt to your dress shirts.
Coming in 2 essential t-shirt colors of black and white, the Responsive Tee is an ideal undershirt and can still be worn on its own as a basic tee so long as you size up.
How Does The Shirt Feel?
Believe it or not, the Ministry of Supply Responsive Tee is made with coffee-infused recycled polyester yarn to absorb odor. The shirt is meant to be ‘responsive’ to your body’s movements and dry twice as fast as cotton.
The fabric feels super soft to the touch and is just as lightweight as some of my other undershirts. It certainly has a premium feel and a slight shine under certain lighting. I tested it and there’s no need to worry about bacon collar or shrinkage after washing either.
The recycled polyester is made to pull excess heat and moisture, transferring it away from your body to keep you dry when those workouts are getting intense or if you just tend to sweat a lot.
The shirt also has considerable stretch while still retaining its shape. And so you don’t have to worry about the Responsive Tee getting warped in a wonky wash cycle. I’ve had this happen to some of my other shirts before and the shirt is never quite the same afterwards.
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How Does The Shirt Fit?
If you get your normal size then expect for the shirt to wear more like an undershirt rather than a tee. If you want to wear the Responsive Tee as a t-shirt then I’d recommend that you size up. And so, depending on how you like your shirts to fit, choose your size accordingly.
In terms of fit, the Responsive Tee is quite snug on my body — around the chest, biceps and midsection. It definitely wears more like an undershirt than a t-shirt. Size small would likely make for a much better fitting tee.
The sleeves hug my bicep nicely and are the appropriate length (albeit a tiny bit short), slightly above mid-bicep. The shirt’s shoulder area isn’t bunching up and extends right out to my shoulder bone. And as for the shirt’s length, it’s just right — short enough to be worn untucked and just long enough to be tucked in as an undershirt should be.
Overall the Responsive Tee is made for performance, is slim fitting and looks great on guys with a sturdier build. Again, size up if you want to rock this shirt as a tee.
What I Really Like About The Responsive Tee
There are a few of things that I really like about the Responsive Tee.
- Tagless design for no-itch comfort behind the neck.
- The coffee infused polyester fabric works as the shirt doesn’t retain odor after long workouts.
- The material is extraordinarily breathable and lightweight.
- Wears great as an undershirt or workout/gym shirt.
- Casual enough for gym wear and refined enough to wear tucked in with tailored trousers.
Quick note: If you’re enjoying this Ministry of Supply Responsive Tee Review, then you’ll probably like this Best Undershirts for Men roundup too.
Responsive Tee Details
My Size: XS (I’m 5’6″, 135lbs for reference)
- Coffee-based odor control
- Moisture wicking
- Soft & lightweight
- 100% Coffee-Infused Recycled Polyester
- Made by Blue Wave (Fuzhou, CN)
How To Care For It
Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. The shirt is naturally wrinkle resistant, and can be washed and dried at home in the washing machine (or kitchen sink), for dryer-to-drawer convenience.
Similar Products I Recommend
Check out these similar products that I recommend.
- Uniqlo Supima Cotton T-Shirt – $14.90 (read the review here)
- Uniqlo HeatTech Short Sleeve Tee – $14.90 (read more about this & all the following shirts here)
- Twillory Performance V-Neck Undershirt – $24
- Mr. Davis Undershirts – $29
- Tani SilkCut V-Neck Undershirt – $55
- Thompson Tee Sweat Proof Undershirt – $32.99
- Organic Basics Tencel Lite Tee – $65
Before You Leave
Check out some of the other Ministry of Supply products I’ve reviewed.
- Ministry of Supply Aero Zero Dress Shirt – $128
- Ministry of Supply Kinetic Pant – $148
- Ministry of Supply Apollo Polo – $88
- Ministry of Supply Chroma Denim – $148
- Ministry of Supply Merino Active Tee – $58
- Ministry of Supply Face Mask – $18
Do you have any go-to performance tees?
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