I’ve worn moisture management fabric shirts while exercising for more than ten years. Before that – it was the cotton tee shirt. But once I discovered moisture management fabrics, I became a fan of Nike’s Dri-Fit and Russell’s DriPower clothing.
However, I’ve noticed prices have gone up as these items have become more popular – but the shirts haven’t been adding any additional features or becoming significantly better performers as far as I could tell.
Through several retailers, I became aware of Nike’s Rio II Soccer Jersey (and many other styles of shirt as well.) Without a club badge and number, the Rio shirt looks like any other exercise apparel – available in four youth and five adult sizes and ten different colors. But it’s added functional feature: it has a back made completely of mesh for airflow. The white front insert panel is made of the same type of mesh. The back is very effective at keeping you cool while exercising.
The fit on the shirt is great if you fall into the athletic cut. I have a problem buying most athletic retail styles – they either are too short through the body or too large through the chest, shoulders, sleeves and torso (this applies to a lot of other clothing as well.) In the case of the Rio, I can comfortably wear a size Small and it provides plenty of length but a fitted appearance.
There’s also a long sleeve version with the same construction.
I recommend the shirt if you are in the size range that retail styles don’t fit well, and if you are looking for added features in your sports apparel.