TRIED & TESTED: BEST CREW T-SHIRTS

 

Written by Yachting Pages | With thanks to Sea Design

Last updated: 11/10/2019

The life of yacht crew is not easy. For all the obvious - and well-publicised - advantages to undertaking a career aboard a superyacht, the hours are long, the work demanding and the clients even more so.

We at Yachting Pages want to make a difference, or at least help to make life on board a little less stressful. In our new feature, Tried & Tested, we task market-leading brands to conduct real-world tests on essential crew products and services and provide a comprehensive breakdown of their findings - so you don't have to.

Utilising the experience and expertise of a serving crew member to independently rate and review each product in line with key criteria, the brand provides an unbiased verdict on which products are best suited to yacht-crew life, saving you precious time, effort and energy.

Tried & Tested: Crew T-Shirts

In the first in the series, superyacht crew uniform specialist Sea Design and second stewardess Anne Marie Beaumont review a selection of the best crew t-shirts on the market, highlighting their pros and cons and crowning an overall Tried & Tested winner.

In alphabetical order, these are the T-shirts that have been put to the test:

B&C Inspire t-shirt - RRP: €8.50

Based in Europe, the B&C brand has been established for more than 20 years. Among its many lines include the Inspire range of t-shirts, which come available in both mens and womens styles. The tee features a crew neck, short sleeves and side seams, and can be bought in a wide range of colours. Its clean and minimalistic style makes it suitable for any occasion, whether there's a need to dress up or dress down.

B&C Inspire tee

Pros

  • Made from organic cotton
  • Available in male and female styles
  • Good colour palette
  • Can be embroidered or have vinyl design applied
  • Suitable for screen or DTG printing
  • Easy to care for
  • Very competitively priced

Cons

  • No discernible negatives in practice

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The B&C Inspire t-shirt is made of superior combed, ringspun organic cotton, with a very soft hand feel. Its smooth and even surface provides the best blank canvas for printing.

Find on Sea Design.

Clique ladies Carolina - RRP: €15.60

Characterised by having one of the widest size and colour ranges in the industry, Clique is renowned for using premium materials and producing premium products, but without the high price tags. The Carolina range of tees is stylish and available in long sleeves or as a tank top, while it comes available in eight basic colours.

Clique Carolina tee

Pros

  • Very fitted, stylish look
  • The elastane makes it easy care with little ironing necessary
  • Comes in eight basic colours
  • A longer length style

Cons

  • Not a good model for crew that prefer a more relaxed fit
  • Does not come in a men's model with the same colour palette, although similar options are available from Clique

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

This is one of the most popular ladies t-shirts, despite being a more expensive option. The model prints well and can be embroidered, which is always a strong selling point. This model has 5% elastane, meaning it fits to your body - this can be either good or bad, depending on personal preference.

Find on Sea Design.

Gildan Ultra - RRP: €10.80

Gildan is a US-based brand and one of the world's biggest manufacturers of t-shirts. They offer a wide range of models and colours, including the Ultra line, which is a classic, loose-fit, heavyweight model.

Gildan Ultra tee

Pros

  • Fabric is cotton and heavyweight
  • Short- and long-sleeve models
  • Can be embroidered or printed
  • 54 colours available
  • Sizes go up to 4XL
  • Very competitive price

Cons

  • Does not have a female model, although Gildan does offer other similar options from their Softstyle collection

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Gildan Ultra is a classic, hard-wearing t-shirt that comes in both short- and long-sleeve options. The fact it can be emboridered or printed makes it an interesting option, especially as it is priced very competitively and sizes extend - unusually - up to 4XL.

Find on Sea Design.

Gill UV Tec - RRP: €30.00

Headquartered in England, Gill Marine is well established in the sailing industry. Its UV Tec line of crew neck tees is loaded with an array of technical qualities, such as 50+ UV protection and moisture wicking technology. Ultra lightweight, it provides a comfortable fit.

Gill UV tee

Pros

  • Fabric is quick dry and lightweight
  • 50+ UV protection
  • Avilable in male and female styles
  • Also available in long sleeves
  • Can be emroidered or have vinyl design applied
  • Easy care

Cons

  • Limited colour selection
  • Not suitable for screen printing designs
  • Some people cannot support polyester, and body odour may be an issue
  • The price is high

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Gill UV Tec t-shirt is a good option for yacht crew given its quick-dry properties and UV protection. The product is of undoubted quality, but it is a more expensive option. The fact it's made from polyester may also be an issue for some.

Find on Sea Design.

Russell HD - RRP: €11.00

Russell was one of the first brands to introduce a range specifically for sublimation printing (when the design is printed on transfer paper and heat pressed on to the garment): the Russell HD.

Russell HD tee

Pros

  • 65% polyester, 35% ringspun combed cotton. giving it a very soft touch
  • Available in mens and womens models, v-neck and long sleeved
  • Can be sublimated, DTG printed or screen printed
  • Easy care

Cons

  • Limited colour selection - colour printing only really works on white
  • Some people cannot support polyester, and body odour may be an issue

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Russell HD is a t-shirt that is designed for traditional and digital print, as well as sublimation, but it also delivers on hand feel and wearer comfort. The limited colour selection and the fact it is made from polyester does mean it is not a universal option.

Find on Sea Design.

Slam Lecanto - RRP: 22€

Established in Italy in the late 1970s, Slam is a well-known brand with a strong following. Its Lecanto range provides quality tees with a good surface for printing and embroidery.

Slam Lecanto tee

Pros

  • Good quality, 100% cotton t-shirt
  • Available in mens and womens models
  • Good surface for printing and embroidery

Cons

  • Very limited colour selection: grey, white and navy
  • Subject to stock availability
  • Higher price; paying for brand name

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

Despite the quality of the tee, this is an option for brand lovers. It comes with a hefty price tag for what is a plain cotton t-shirt.

Find on Sea Design.

Spiro quick dry - RRP: 10€

A relatively new brand in sportswear, Spiro's quick dry range uses cool-dry fabric to offer breathability and absorbency management. Cotton fabrics can suffer from shrinkage and mis-shaping; cool-dry does not shrink or distort, making it a valuable option.

Spiro tee

Pros

  • Fabric is quick-dry and lightweight
  • Available in mens and womens models
  • Can be personalised with vinyl or sublimate print designs
  • Easy care
  • Very competitively priced

Cons

  • Limited colour selection
  • Not suitable for screen printing designs
  • Some people cannot support polyester and body odour may be an issue

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Spiro quick dry is a great option for a sporty look and provides crew with an easy care garment that requires very little drying time and no ironing. The downside is that there is a limited colour palette.

Find on Sea Design.

Stedman Dean - RRP: 10€

Founded in the U.S., Stedman is a successful European brand that delivers optimum-fitting garments and bright colours. Its new material compositions offer a perfect base for textile finishing.

Stedman Dean tee

Pros

  • Fabric is 170 grams, 95% cotton and 5% elastane, making it a fitted t-shirt
  • Makes an ideal under garment
  • Available in mens and womens styles
  • Can be printed
  • Easy care
  • Very competitively priced

Cons

  • Limited colour selection: black, grey and white
  • Not suitable for embroidery

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Stedman Dean v-neck t-shirt is an excellent option for a fitted look and offers crew an easy-care option that needs very little ironing. It does have a limited colour palette, but overall represent good value.

Find on Sea Design.

Teejays Ringer - RRP: 10.80€

Although of U.S. origin, Teejays is now a Danish brand. Its Ringer style is a fashion-fitted single jersey tee with contrast ribs on sleeves and neck rib, featuring lycra ribs and shoulder-to-shoulder tape.

Teejays Ringer tee

Pros

  • Smart alternative to wearing a polo shirt
  • Medium weight and consisting of soft cotton made from long fibre
  • Available in mens and womens styles
  • Tailored fit
  • Mélange colours are 50% cotton, 50% polyester - the plain colours are 100% cotton
  • Can be embroidered or printed

Cons

  • Too classic for some tastes

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

Whilst Teejays' Ringer tee is a little more expensive than other options, the quality is high and the look distinctive compared to modern styles.

The Winner

Best Crew T-Shirt

Russell 180

Based on two key purchasing factors – sizing and price - the Russell 180 has been selected as the best crew t-shirt on the market. Made from 100% cotton, it comes in a range of colours and is highly customisable: it is the ideal tee for superyacht crew.

Anne Marie Beaumont, second stewardess aboard Lady S, stated, "We selected the Russell tee overall because of its true-to-size nature and overall quality-to-cost."

Sea Design echo these sentiments, adding, "The Russell 180 is definitely the winner due to value for money."

Best of the rest

A couple of other tees stood out during testing too, including the Dean and the long-sleeve B&C. "The Dean undershirt is perfect; it ticks all the boxes on quality, cost and fit. One of those pieces that you don’t have any crew complaining about which is a true rarity," Anne Marie Beaumont noted.

"As a long sleeve option, we would go for B&C because of the style of the cut, but after a few uses we have found them to shrink. For future ordering I think we will try our luck with another brand."

The products featured can be purchased through Sea Design.

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TRIED & TESTED: BEST CREW T-SHIRTS

 

Written by Yachting Pages | With thanks to Sea Design

Last updated: 11/10/2019

The life of yacht crew is not easy. For all the obvious - and well-publicised - advantages to undertaking a career aboard a superyacht, the hours are long, the work demanding and the clients even more so.

We at Yachting Pages want to make a difference, or at least help to make life on board a little less stressful. In our new feature, Tried & Tested, we task market-leading brands to conduct real-world tests on essential crew products and services and provide a comprehensive breakdown of their findings - so you don't have to.

Utilising the experience and expertise of a serving crew member to independently rate and review each product in line with key criteria, the brand provides an unbiased verdict on which products are best suited to yacht-crew life, saving you precious time, effort and energy.

Tried & Tested: Crew T-Shirts

In the first in the series, superyacht crew uniform specialist Sea Design and second stewardess Anne Marie Beaumont review a selection of the best crew t-shirts on the market, highlighting their pros and cons and crowning an overall Tried & Tested winner.

In alphabetical order, these are the T-shirts that have been put to the test:

B&C Inspire t-shirt - RRP: €8.50

Based in Europe, the B&C brand has been established for more than 20 years. Among its many lines include the Inspire range of t-shirts, which come available in both mens and womens styles. The tee features a crew neck, short sleeves and side seams, and can be bought in a wide range of colours. Its clean and minimalistic style makes it suitable for any occasion, whether there's a need to dress up or dress down.

B&C Inspire tee

Pros

  • Made from organic cotton
  • Available in male and female styles
  • Good colour palette
  • Can be embroidered or have vinyl design applied
  • Suitable for screen or DTG printing
  • Easy to care for
  • Very competitively priced

Cons

  • No discernible negatives in practice

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The B&C Inspire t-shirt is made of superior combed, ringspun organic cotton, with a very soft hand feel. Its smooth and even surface provides the best blank canvas for printing.

Find on Sea Design.

Clique ladies Carolina - RRP: €15.60

Characterised by having one of the widest size and colour ranges in the industry, Clique is renowned for using premium materials and producing premium products, but without the high price tags. The Carolina range of tees is stylish and available in long sleeves or as a tank top, while it comes available in eight basic colours.

Clique Carolina tee

Pros

  • Very fitted, stylish look
  • The elastane makes it easy care with little ironing necessary
  • Comes in eight basic colours
  • A longer length style

Cons

  • Not a good model for crew that prefer a more relaxed fit
  • Does not come in a men's model with the same colour palette, although similar options are available from Clique

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

This is one of the most popular ladies t-shirts, despite being a more expensive option. The model prints well and can be embroidered, which is always a strong selling point. This model has 5% elastane, meaning it fits to your body - this can be either good or bad, depending on personal preference.

Find on Sea Design.

Gildan Ultra - RRP: €10.80

Gildan is a US-based brand and one of the world's biggest manufacturers of t-shirts. They offer a wide range of models and colours, including the Ultra line, which is a classic, loose-fit, heavyweight model.

Gildan Ultra tee

Pros

  • Fabric is cotton and heavyweight
  • Short- and long-sleeve models
  • Can be embroidered or printed
  • 54 colours available
  • Sizes go up to 4XL
  • Very competitive price

Cons

  • Does not have a female model, although Gildan does offer other similar options from their Softstyle collection

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Gildan Ultra is a classic, hard-wearing t-shirt that comes in both short- and long-sleeve options. The fact it can be emboridered or printed makes it an interesting option, especially as it is priced very competitively and sizes extend - unusually - up to 4XL.

Find on Sea Design.

Gill UV Tec - RRP: €30.00

Headquartered in England, Gill Marine is well established in the sailing industry. Its UV Tec line of crew neck tees is loaded with an array of technical qualities, such as 50+ UV protection and moisture wicking technology. Ultra lightweight, it provides a comfortable fit.

Gill UV tee

Pros

  • Fabric is quick dry and lightweight
  • 50+ UV protection
  • Avilable in male and female styles
  • Also available in long sleeves
  • Can be emroidered or have vinyl design applied
  • Easy care

Cons

  • Limited colour selection
  • Not suitable for screen printing designs
  • Some people cannot support polyester, and body odour may be an issue
  • The price is high

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Gill UV Tec t-shirt is a good option for yacht crew given its quick-dry properties and UV protection. The product is of undoubted quality, but it is a more expensive option. The fact it's made from polyester may also be an issue for some.

Find on Sea Design.

Russell HD - RRP: €11.00

Russell was one of the first brands to introduce a range specifically for sublimation printing (when the design is printed on transfer paper and heat pressed on to the garment): the Russell HD.

Russell HD tee

Pros

  • 65% polyester, 35% ringspun combed cotton. giving it a very soft touch
  • Available in mens and womens models, v-neck and long sleeved
  • Can be sublimated, DTG printed or screen printed
  • Easy care

Cons

  • Limited colour selection - colour printing only really works on white
  • Some people cannot support polyester, and body odour may be an issue

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Russell HD is a t-shirt that is designed for traditional and digital print, as well as sublimation, but it also delivers on hand feel and wearer comfort. The limited colour selection and the fact it is made from polyester does mean it is not a universal option.

Find on Sea Design.

Slam Lecanto - RRP: 22€

Established in Italy in the late 1970s, Slam is a well-known brand with a strong following. Its Lecanto range provides quality tees with a good surface for printing and embroidery.

Slam Lecanto tee

Pros

  • Good quality, 100% cotton t-shirt
  • Available in mens and womens models
  • Good surface for printing and embroidery

Cons

  • Very limited colour selection: grey, white and navy
  • Subject to stock availability
  • Higher price; paying for brand name

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

Despite the quality of the tee, this is an option for brand lovers. It comes with a hefty price tag for what is a plain cotton t-shirt.

Find on Sea Design.

Spiro quick dry - RRP: 10€

A relatively new brand in sportswear, Spiro's quick dry range uses cool-dry fabric to offer breathability and absorbency management. Cotton fabrics can suffer from shrinkage and mis-shaping; cool-dry does not shrink or distort, making it a valuable option.

Spiro tee

Pros

  • Fabric is quick-dry and lightweight
  • Available in mens and womens models
  • Can be personalised with vinyl or sublimate print designs
  • Easy care
  • Very competitively priced

Cons

  • Limited colour selection
  • Not suitable for screen printing designs
  • Some people cannot support polyester and body odour may be an issue

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Spiro quick dry is a great option for a sporty look and provides crew with an easy care garment that requires very little drying time and no ironing. The downside is that there is a limited colour palette.

Find on Sea Design.

Stedman Dean - RRP: 10€

Founded in the U.S., Stedman is a successful European brand that delivers optimum-fitting garments and bright colours. Its new material compositions offer a perfect base for textile finishing.

Stedman Dean tee

Pros

  • Fabric is 170 grams, 95% cotton and 5% elastane, making it a fitted t-shirt
  • Makes an ideal under garment
  • Available in mens and womens styles
  • Can be printed
  • Easy care
  • Very competitively priced

Cons

  • Limited colour selection: black, grey and white
  • Not suitable for embroidery

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

The Stedman Dean v-neck t-shirt is an excellent option for a fitted look and offers crew an easy-care option that needs very little ironing. It does have a limited colour palette, but overall represent good value.

Find on Sea Design.

Teejays Ringer - RRP: 10.80€

Although of U.S. origin, Teejays is now a Danish brand. Its Ringer style is a fashion-fitted single jersey tee with contrast ribs on sleeves and neck rib, featuring lycra ribs and shoulder-to-shoulder tape.

Teejays Ringer tee

Pros

  • Smart alternative to wearing a polo shirt
  • Medium weight and consisting of soft cotton made from long fibre
  • Available in mens and womens styles
  • Tailored fit
  • Mélange colours are 50% cotton, 50% polyester - the plain colours are 100% cotton
  • Can be embroidered or printed

Cons

  • Too classic for some tastes

Fit

 
         

Weight

 
         

Personalisation options

 
         

Colour range

 
         

Model options

 
         

Value for money

 
         

Ease of care

 
         

Final verdict

Whilst Teejays' Ringer tee is a little more expensive than other options, the quality is high and the look distinctive compared to modern styles.

The Winner

Best Crew T-Shirt

Russell 180

Based on two key purchasing factors – sizing and price - the Russell 180 has been selected as the best crew t-shirt on the market. Made from 100% cotton, it comes in a range of colours and is highly customisable: it is the ideal tee for superyacht crew.

Anne Marie Beaumont, second stewardess aboard Lady S, stated, "We selected the Russell tee overall because of its true-to-size nature and overall quality-to-cost."

Sea Design echo these sentiments, adding, "The Russell 180 is definitely the winner due to value for money."

Best of the rest

A couple of other tees stood out during testing too, including the Dean and the long-sleeve B&C. "The Dean undershirt is perfect; it ticks all the boxes on quality, cost and fit. One of those pieces that you don’t have any crew complaining about which is a true rarity," Anne Marie Beaumont noted.

"As a long sleeve option, we would go for B&C because of the style of the cut, but after a few uses we have found them to shrink. For future ordering I think we will try our luck with another brand."

The products featured can be purchased through Sea Design.

Sea Design logo

Sea Design T&T Cont Bnr