View Full Version : Best undershirt for bulletproof vest

05-12-2005, 03:41 PM

I want to get this for my buddy that lets me ride along with him on duty...just as a thank you. He says the vest is sometimes uncomfortable in the heat but he just deals with it because the t-shirts are too expensive. Is this the right product or are there better ones?

05-12-2005, 03:49 PM
I have no complaints about Underarmour... Should be a good choice.

well, just one. It does not come with the muscles you see in the commercials.

05-12-2005, 04:39 PM
Also, you might look for a ribbed undershirt. It lifts the vest off of the body a bit providing for air flow.

05-12-2005, 05:03 PM
I had one of the ribbed shirts and the maor problem is that the material was freakin scratchy as hell, maybe now the stuff is better but a good old fashioned cotton t-shirt is good. The underarmouirs are real pricey.

05-12-2005, 06:55 PM
You may want to check target or wal mart. They have shirts similar to underarmor a lot less expensive. I have shirts from both places and both work good. See the thread in the Health and Fitness section.

TPD Cadet
05-12-2005, 07:19 PM
Underarmor is good, but it is the name brand of all "Breathing Shirts" I would have to say that the wal-mart brand works just as good, if not better. :)

And at a fraction of the price.

05-12-2005, 08:07 PM

05-12-2005, 11:41 PM
I'll have to look into the ribbed shirts.

But as for your question, Underarmour is a very good product but can be pricey. If you do not want to get the Wal-Mart brand, supposedly the new 5.11 "Undergear" is pretty good stuff. It sells for 30 dollars online but I've seen it at stores for $15.00.


05-13-2005, 02:50 AM
I would highly suggest that you stay away from the ribbed t-shirts. They are VERY scratchy. I have one that I never wear b/c of this.

05-13-2005, 09:55 AM
The streachy shirts at wal-mart are $10.00 compared to $30.00 for underarmor. They are great in the summer as its 90 here now with 90% humidity. (Louisiana) Your vest just slides over the shirt and it never bunches up. Great product.

05-13-2005, 10:01 AM
I would highly suggest that you stay away from the ribbed t-shirts. They are VERY scratchy.

Is it "scratchy" or "itchy"? :o

05-13-2005, 01:56 PM
Is it "scratchy" or "itchy"? :o
oh hell, both :D

05-13-2005, 05:46 PM
Is it "scratchy" or "itchy"? :o
Its the Itchy and Sratchy show dadum....
BOTH are bad ok when the itch or scratrch is under the damm vest :eek: :eek: Ever see a cop banging his back agaist a wall or corner of a wall?? Its an ITCH

05-14-2005, 10:00 AM
Just the other day I was trying to scratch a REALLY REALLY annoying itch just below the neckline of my vest. I used my pen to try and scratch it and the clip from the pen got snagged on the inside of the vest. Naturally, I get a call and have nothing to write it down with...

"Charlie-5, can you copy a 22 (disturbance)?"

"Uhhhh...stand by for a minute..."

05-14-2005, 02:20 PM
A lot of money, I've been told by guys now that I am getting close to graduation that the ones at Wal-Mart are just as good for $10-15.

As a gift though I would understand buying the good stuff.

05-15-2005, 02:30 AM

05-15-2005, 08:15 AM
you get what you pay for...

UA is the most expensive, but it is for a reason...

You want top of the line, then you gotta pay a little more for it. Ive tried the target/walmart brands and dont like them. They never stay tucked in, and they tend to bunch up after any serious movement... IMHO

05-15-2005, 08:30 AM
I have one UA shirt, and several off brand UA style shirts. I can't tell the difference, except that I paid 40 for my UA and 7.99 for my off brand that I got from Wal-Mart. I like them both equally as far as workmanship and wear goes, I like my off brand more for price.