T-shirts have came a long way since it first got popular in 1932, it went from being and under shirt to casual wear, Wikipedia has a a great article that goes in greater detail history of the T-shirt. (Link) In this blog i wanted to discuss the custom t-shirt for commercial, promotional and sport wear printing.
Your first visit to T-shirt is essential to narrow down which type of shirts fits your needs. What is the most important feature you want in a T-shirt. The common answer I get 9 out 10 would always say a t-shirt that would hold well in washing. Expect to get 3-6 worth of regular washing out of most T-shirts. The life cycle of a shirt will depend on how you are using the custom t-shirt and where you will be using the custom T-shirt.
Every customer will be using custom T-shirt differently and in different weather conditions. A 5.5 Oz 50/50 T-shirt for every day casual and indoors wear. If you are planning to wear it outside often, then you might want to take a step up and get the 5.5 Oz 100% cotton T-shirt, this will help you absorb sweat in hot climate. If you will be doing a lot of physical work like carpenters, oil fields, landscaping etc, then I would recommend getting the Beefy T-shirts;100% ring-spun cotton long sleeve Beefy T-shirts to protect you arms. The Beefy T-shirt feel very soft and holds very well labor intensive activities. The beefy T-shirt does shrink quite a bite; however mostly upwards since it ring-spun cotton, estimated to be 3% horizontally only.
The best custom T-shirt for the money in my opinion is the Gildan 2000 T-shirt, it is heavy weight T-shirt like the beefy, weighing at 6.1 oz, and it is 100% cotton pre-shrunk; plus it is priced between beefy T-shirt and standard 50/50 T-shirt. Like the beefy T-shirt the Gildan 2000 T-shirt comes in 27 different colors, before you get too excited some colors are harder to find in stock through out the year than others. I have had great luck with the Gildan 2000 overall, custom T-shirts come out very vibrant and sharp while maintaining a relatively decent budget. However, it is not substitute for beefy when it comes to physical labor.
Here is the simple Table to help you determine which T-shirt suits you best,
|Type of Shirt||Recommended|
|5.5 oz 50/50 Hanes T-shirt (5170)||Affordable|
|Heavy Weight 5.5 100% Hanes Tshirt (5280)||Out-Door|
|6.1 oz Gildan (2000)||High-End Promotional Giveaway|
Sharp Logo or where you are judge by your image
Wide Variety of colors (check stock)
|Beefy T-shirts||Labor work (Landscape, Ac repair) long sleeve|
Wide Variety of colors
Quality Printing at Best Price