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I Wore A Liquid-Proof T-Shirt For A Week And This Is What Happened

Water we have here?

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Threadsmiths recently sent me one of their special hydrophobic t-shirts ($49), shown above. It uses, "advanced nanotechnology" that makes their products water-resistant. So of course I ran to the nearest faucet to test it out as soon as it arrived.

"Hydrophobic" sounds like some derogatory slur from the 50s, but it's really used to describe the level of waterproofness. There are actually a few levels of what makes something "waterproof".

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So Threadsmiths' t-shirt falls somewhere in the middle of the road. It's not gonna keep you dry in a downpour, but it will deflect water if someone throws a cup of it at you.

So what practical uses could this shirt offer that regular ol’ tees don’t?

I knew the shirt will resist water, but how would it handle sweat? How well does the fabric treatment hold up after a wash? Is the material comfortable? And most importantly for me: Would it smell less than a regular shirt if I wore it for more than one day? I was determined to find out.

I don't just perspire. I torrentially soak things with my armpits.

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I’m a pretty sweaty guy. This is what one of my shirts looks like after ONE HOUR of wear from me. I was sitting at my desk the whole time in an air conditioned building. I wear deodorant and shower daily, but antiperspirants seem to only mildly help with my sweating. My fear was that the hydrophobic shirt was going to feel like wearing a fitted rain jacket. To my relief, the shirt isn’t COMPLETELY hydrophobic. It will absorb water and breathe like a normal shirt. It’s made of 100% cotton. Out of the package, the shirt had a slightly stiff feel to it, but over the week that I wore it, it seemed like my stress test made that feeling fade away.

The biggest feature to me, is that while I'm wearing it, I’m completely unaffected by all the small spills that happen in life.

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I know this sounds like some weird first world problem, but one of my pet peeves is having the condensation from my cold drink drip on my shirt. I HATE IT! So imagine my pleasant surprise when I could just flick the droplets of water off and not leave a mark behind.

I wanted to see how the shirt would clean up after a wash. So I dumped coke on it.

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It's just soda-mn cool!

And spiced it up with some Tabasco.

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And attempted to wash it off with a glass of water.

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Well, not everything beads off so easily. The tabasco left some stains.

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Without using anything other than my regular detergent, the shirt was back to its pristine white beauty after a quick cycle in my washing machine.

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So the shirt isn't a complete miracle worker and it can't stop every mishap that comes your way, but it *can* easily recover from them.

And yes, the shirt is still liquid-resistant after a wash!

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In my search for clothing I can get away with wearing multiple times without washing, I did what anyone else would do. Wear the shirt everyday for a whole week and see what happened.

At the end of my seven day wear marathon, I had three fearless souls in my office smell my shirt.

The reactions were... surprisingly mild. Now, it’s not like I DIDN’T WASH for a week! I kept up my regular body care routines, just like anyone else would.

Priya the valiant.

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"It smells like a normal shirt that probably should go in the laundry and not be worn again. But if you wore this for a week, it doesn't actually smell that nasty. I'm surprised."

Amanda the courageous.

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"Yeah it smells like body products."

Ben the brave.

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"It doesn't even smell like you wore it for a day."

Body odor can vary wildly from person to person, but I would have expected much worse from myself.

I don’t think this confirms anything, but the smell test makes me think that the water-resistant properties of the shirt actually help in stopping your body odor from sticking to you. Your mileage may vary.

For those who are interested 😉, I wear Old Spice Wolfthorn as my deodorant and Dove Deep Moisture as my body wash.

Hydrophobic clothing is nothing new. But watching liquids just pool up and bead off of the shirt still gets me all giddy with excitement.

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There are other companies that make hydrophobic clothing. Maybe you're looking for more options in dress shirt patterns ($135)? However, you will pay a steeper premium for them and they only make suits and dress shirts (they don't have more basic casual items like t-shirts or polos).

Threadsmiths has a few styles that go beyond just a white t-shirt:


Threadsmiths offers up a women's t-shirt ($39), the iconic polo shirt ($59), and a slim cut dress shirt ($89).

* Maybe you work a job that is more hands on and you want something stain resistant?

* Maybe your kids get into some sort of shenanigans and you want their clothes to be more resilient? They have their shirts available in youth ($30) and infant ($15) sizes.

* Or maybe you’re just a person like me and love the idea of just wearing something futuristic.

Is this cool? Is this something you should buy? I’m inclined to say yes. They aren’t exactly cheap, starting at $49 for their t-shirt. But $89 is a fair price for their stain-resistant dress shirt. Assuming you can buy a plain t-shirt for $8 dollars, you're paying around a $41 dollar premium to gain:

* Stain resistance

* Odor resistance

* Water resistance

I don't think that's a bad deal.

I'm the type of person that wears a small set of clothes for months and months. I will wear clothes until they disintegrate off my body.

It's important for me that the clothes I buy stand up to a lot of wear and tear. I'll often wear the same clothes multiple days without washing them (yeah I know I'm a filthy caveman). I'm OK with paying that premium knowing that my shirt will require less washing, smell less, and will resist those odd spills that just happen in life. That's worth it to me.

Interested? You can check out their Amazon store here. Or their official site here.

Disclaimer: This item was provided for review free of charge.

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