There are always new materials and fabrics coming out that have improvements in stretch, flame retardants or breathability. Cotton is always very good for breathability which is why t-shirts and jeans and t-shirts and shorts are not going to go away in hot climates, but they have their drawbacks. One of the major issues with all cotton products is that always shrink to some degree. 65%/35% polyester/cotton clothing won’t shrink so much, but there area always quality control variations depending on the brands. We are often asked what the differences are between Rothco Combat Shirts, Tru-Spec Combat shirts, 5.11 Combat Shirts and Condor Combat Shirts. There are plenty more out there but we know that not everyone is going to drop $100 or more on a shirt.
There is a huge crossover market which many of the products we sell, but we don’t always sell the most expensive products and we always avoid going to low on quality. The first thing I’d have to say when looking for a combat shirt is the Tru-Spec Combat shirts that outsell any other type are the 1/4 Zip Combat shirts. If you are wearing body armor you are going to wish you had that feature when you are sweating up a storm. There are several military units that are actually issued these shirts in Multicam so you know they have a very high approval rate. There are big differences in the layout of the sleeves from brand to brand, pocket patterns and fit, so this is something that people either dislike, or it closes the sale. The Multicam 1/4 Zip Combat shirts are sold in either a Polyester/Cotton Ripstop or a Nylon/Cotton Ripstop. There is a Standard Combat Shirt, Winter Combat Shirt and the new Urban Force TRU combat shirt. The main reason is that some military and police forces want they nylon/cotton material for added flame resistances, Tru-Spec demos this on a youtube.