What they say:
Designed to perform effortlessly and look good run after run, the classic running tee is made from bespoke technical drirelease fabric that is lightweight, soft and durable. This tee shirt has a slim yet relaxed cut and trademark longer sleeves.
Available in 7 colours inspired by the British elements.
Bespoke drirelease fabric
Signature tri-stripe hanging loop
Discreetly embossed Iffley Road roundel
In-seam valuables pocket designed for a key and credit card
Curved back hem
Made in the EU
Our classic tees are the perfect running t-shirt, combining top performance fabric and an elegant slim cut. Made from our bespoke drirelease® micro-blend they are soft, light and highly wicking. A near invisible in seam pocket is perfect for car keys, credit card or a single gel.
Just receiving & opening this drirelease classic t-shirt from Iffley Road is an occasion. It arrives packed in a luxurious looking box with a hand written note on a postcard & a replica of the race number Roger Bannister wore when he broke the 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track in 1954. So special in fact I decided to wait until my birthday before testing it properly.
When I first took the t-shirt out (on my birthday) I was, I am embarrassed to say, underwhelmed. In this current culture with breathable panels, flashy reflective material, supposed performance enhancing additions & go faster stripes all the rage this offering from Iffley Road seems somewhat… classic. Examine a bit closer & classy details are in evidence, such as the embossed logo & loop on the reverse but this shirt is on first examination is a fairly standard shirt.
Then I put it on.
And had to check I was still wearing it.
I don’t think I’ve ever worn a top that felt so comfortable, light & airy. So much so that you do genuinely forget that you’re wearing it. I always say that this is the highest compliment you can pay performance clothing… but this does make completing a review of it quite difficult, so I concentrated a little harder.
The fit is as you would expect from a tee of the name, classic. I wear a medium & if fits perfectly. While running it moves, but with a soft swishing as opposed to the heavy bouncing that other heavier shirts do and there is no rubbing or abrasion anywhere. It feels like you’re not wearing it at all. It has a fairly wide neckline, which I had thought would be a problem but actually aids breathability & even though I’ve been out in it during the recent high spring temperatures we’ve been blessed with I felt remarkable comfortable running in it.
Which leads me on to those unseemly sweat marks & smell. No. None.
There is a small zipped pocket, which through design is hidden. I’m not a huge fan of pockets on shirts as I find the bouncing of whatever you put in them irritating, but the addition is convenient to store necessities if you don’t have a pocket on your shorts & wasn’t overly uncomfortable or distracting on the move.
All things considered this is a standard looking running shirt created from a highly functional & lightweight fabric making it a pleasure to wear whilst exercising. It is a true classic.