Falke TK Athletic Short-Sleeved Shirt

Gearflogger reviews the Falke short-sleeved shirt

Being of Germanic heritage myself, I have been accused in the past of a certain amount of anal retention. However, having met German climbers on Denali I also know there are levels of sphincter-clenching far above my meager capabilities.

Thus I had to laugh when I saw the sleeves on Falke's TK Athletic Shirt are marked with L and R. I'm sure this is the first time in the history of t-shirts this has happened, and of course it had to be the Germans. God bless 'em.

The 56% polyester, 40% polyamide, 4% elastane material is unique in another much more useful way, in that it uses antimicrobial activated carbon to fight the funkness. Whatever Teutonic technology it is, it works, and we had no problems with odor.

The shirt is very thin, very stretchy and sized very small, so unless you like the painted-on look order a size up. And speaking of painted on, don't worry about missing the gym this week, and feel free to load up on that apple strudel, because when you put this shirt on you also get at no extra charge a new set of abs! This is a bit of a problem, because if you have abs like this you don't need them printed on your shirt, and if you've got a bit of a muffin top, well, then you just look like a tool, e.g. some fat guy trying to cosplay Batman at Comic-Con.

So the looks weren't really our thing, which is really too bad because the fit, finish and performance of the shirt are top-notch. The flat seams and nice finish make it a great layering piece, and it works nicely as a rash guard for light-duty thrashing. The only real objection is the price, which is three times what you'll pay for a normal technical t-shirt. But then again, normal tees don't tell you which holes your arms go in.

$69.95 at Sierra Trading Post



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