safyrejet wrote:I feel the same about the comments from people talking about how Anvils fall apart in the wash or shrink...I've had no experience with that. It leaves me wondering why the stark difference...?
Difference in machines? The top loading machines with the agitator discs can be really tough on clothing; likewise with older machines which tended to be built much much stronger. Front loaders tend to be the most gentle. Likewise, some detergents are harsher too, and may affect the fabric more on one brand versus another.
I've documented the shrinkage before, so at least for me, it's real. In this past week, of the 5 shirts I bought, this shirt was significantly shorter (by 3") than the other four. It may not matter as much to some folks (or it may matter a lot), and again, different methods and machines may yield different results.
... P.S. I personally don't care much for Gildan. I've only recently obtained a Next Level shirt, haven't worn it much.
Gildan - their SoftStyle lineup isn't all that soft compared to most competing products, but they're among the lowest priced, hence why they're used a lot. I dislike that they start off over an inch shorter and still shrinks a fair amount, though.
Next Level - they're really soft, but I don't feel they'll have the same long term durability. They're very pre-shrunk, however; Nyom Cat has gone through many hot water/high heat cycles (must wash out dog slobber!), and it's just a half inch shorter than spec. Nearly all my other shirts are line dried and they get even longer; most recent I've measured after a couple wears, Mine! is over an inch longer now.
... Funny how something as simple as a t-shirt can bring up so much division and opinion.
There are so many places to buy shirts, all to varying degrees of quality in both the design and the shirts themselves, that I'm surprised there aren't even more folks chiming in one way or another!