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'New nipples are expensive'

by Robert Britton
Friday 16th June 2017
Tags  Tribesports   |   Tribesports Elite   |   UVU   |   Centurion   |   ASICS   |   Robbie Britton
 
 
Summer is here and it’s time to get those guns out. With that in mind here’s a few options for 2017 for when you feel the need to show the world just how wonderful the arms of distance runners are. If anyone is passing through Chamonix and could help open a particularly tough jam jar, that would be great. Obviously I’ve loosened it a lot already with my arm cannons. 
 
We’ve gone for a range of t-shirts here and each for their own special reason. None have these t-shirts have been purchased by yours truly so please take into account the huge amount of bias a free t-shirt may create.
 
Let’s start things off with a classic:
 
Dad’s old Fruit of the Loom Cotton T-shirt (Free)
 
Cheap as chips and with a vintage look that only time and a building site can provide, a simple cotton t-shirt is fine for most endeavours. For those of us who wish to run until the sun goes down (or comes up again) then there can be a couple of issues, mainly being those pointless things on the chests of men… nipples. I don’t feel like I need them to survive, but having them slowly rubbed off whilst running a marathon, thus scaring all the children nearby with blood stains running down your front, is not my idea of fun. 
 
Verdict: Cheap, but new nipples are expensive.
 

Robbie Tribesports
TribeSport tee (image by Pete Aylward)

TribeSports Elite Engineered Short Sleeve Tee (£55.00) 
 
Lightweight, fitted to an athletic shape and good at bringing the sweat away from your body whilst not sawing your nipples off, this is a very nice t-shirt. The Fresh Aqua top that TribeSports sent over does a very good job of showing off how wonderfully tanned I am from a life time outdoors so the added benefit of looking extra Mediterranean is in there too. Having used this on the track and the mountains, it’s a versatile bit of kit that is of a standard you’d expect for £55.00.
 
Verdict: Looks great, does not eat nipples, athletic fitting.
 

Robbie Centurion
Centurion tee (image by Stuart March)

Centurion Race T-Shirt (50-100 Miles of running) 
 
Centurion Running do Endurance events in the South of England and one thing you always notice is that people wear the finishers t-shirts all over the place. Okay, so people obviously want you to know when they have run 100 miles, why else would you do it, but if the t-shirts were horrible then you just wouldn’t see them. Case in point being the 2016 UTMB finisher gilet, which was so ugly people would rather have you think they had DNF’d than wear it in Chamonix the next day.
 
Verdict: Nice, simple technical t-shirt. Hard work to get one.
 

Robbie UVU
UVU Tee (Image by Tim Lloyd)

UVU Tee ($90.00)
 
So UVU is one of those brands with the clothes that are ridiculously expensive and they only sell a few specialist items. I’m very cynical of these set ups and when I spoke to UVU about sponsorship in 2013 they sent over a t-shirt, but things didn’t work out. Three and a half years later I still have that tee and I’m impressed. I’ve run UTMB, Spartathlon and across Iceland in the badger and countless training miles too and I wholeheartedly would expect a tee to have fallen to pieces by this point, especially given that I vomitted a LOT in Spartathlon and fell over a bit in UTMB. It’s expensive but at a “per use” rate it’s worked out very nicely. I actually emailed UVU the other day and asked for a few more, cheeky man that I am. 
 
Verdict: The price of a good pair of shoes in sportsshoes.com, but actually a fantastic and durable bit of kit. I would pay $90 for it, but maybe after Trump has destroyed the US economy a little more.
 
Asics French International T-Shirt (Free if French International, equivalent - £8-30)
 
So after the World 24hr Champs in 2015 I was running around like a footballer swapping kit with people. This isn’t allowed in current British Athletics regulations so I would advise against qualifying for Team GB to get a t-shirt. The French Ultra set up is one of the best in the World so that’s not an easy way to do it either, but Asics do a great range of similar t-shirts and you could just get one of the Adidas Team GB ones that the blaggers used to get on the Team GB victory bus.
 
That said, it’s a simple t-shirt that does what you need it to. There isn’t too much special about it, it will smell after a use or two and it’s not going to last forever, but the French International top does sometimes get a smile on the trails and tracks of France, until they realise I speak French with a Derek Trotter style accent.
 
Verdict: Simple, cheap and a good way to make French people look at you quizzically on a run.
 
So the simple garment that is a t-shirt isn’t actually that simple any more. You can purchase ones that will stop you smelling too much (TribeSports), ones that make people think you are super rich (UVU), ones that tear your nipples off (Cotton) or just run 100 miles so that people think you’re something special (Centurion Running).
 
All have their pros and cons, except for a cheap cotton shirt, and I will be wearing a mixture of these over the season. Well, at least until it’s vest time. Which way’s the beach?.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About The Author

Robert Britton

Robbie is a 100 mile runner who is a member of the Great Britain 24hr Running Squad and Team Centurion and likes to run ridiculous distances as quickly as possible.

To provide enough food to feed a monster running habit, Robbie coaches other ultra marathon runners through www.robbiebritton.co.uk and is also a member of the coaching team at Centurion Running. He likes to dabble with a bit of writing so that others can learn from his mistakes and enjoy the sport as much as he does.

Robbie is also a is a Profeet ambassador.

www.robbiebritton.co.uk

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is just part of the fun"

 
 
 
 
 

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