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DRIFIRE Odor Test Results

By Bryan Black

Five days straight of wearing any shirt is a recipe for being avoided like the plague and getting *that* look from your significant other. Surprisingly enough, I either have an awesome wife and/or DRIFIRE has produced a product that totally lives up to its expectations.

In this case, the answer to both is yes. DRIFIRE has 100% lived up to its claim that their Lightweight Short Sleeve T-Shirt will block odor, and I have an awesome wife.

As someone who has worn numerous athletic shirts and works out all the time, I can’t stand having to workout in a shirt more than once. I do it on occasion, but the stink afterwards reminds me of why I shouldn’t.

I wouldn’t call myself an overly stinky person, which is a relative statement, but I’m sure many of you can attest to that funk after a workout no matter if you’ve used deodorant that day or not.

Testing Procedures

First I have to thank my wife for putting up with this test for five days, even though she reiterates that she really never smelled me other than when I asked her to. I honestly didn’t smell myself that much either.

During the five days of wearing the DRIFIRE T-Shirt I did not shower, only used deodorant once a day and relegated myself to using baby wipes. I wanted to simulate conditions overseas as much as I could, for all our deployed brothers and sisters.

So every day I worked out for at least an hour, broke a good sweat, and even mowed the lawn once.  Never did I take the shirt off unless going to bed. (boy was my wife ready to wash our sheets at the end of this test!)

Each day I also recorded a YouTube video (embedded below) with my thoughts on how the shirt was holding up and even had my wife in there a few times smelling me.

Results

This is by far THE BEST shirt I’ve ever worn, hands down. The FreshGuard Odor Control feature is reason enough for me to purchase many more of these for workout shirts. Based on the videos we’ve seen setting these shirts on fire, there’s no doubt in my mind that these are also an absolute must for those down range.

At $40 per shirt these definitely aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for,  buy cheap, buy twice as my grandfather always said.

While the average civilian isn’t going to need the FR features of this shirt, it’s nice to know if your car catches on fire that your shirt isn’t going to stick to you.

The odor control on this shirt is just one of the many reasons why I’m impressed with this shirt. Another thing that a commenter on YouTube pointed out was how the neck looked after a few days.

That hadn’t even occured to me, but I’m sure all of you know what the necks of T-Shirts look like after a workout or wearing it for a long time. They stretch out and sag. There was none of that with the DRIFIRE shirt, in fact, there wasn’t stretching on any part of the shirt!

Also, many athletic shirts that I own have all kinds of pilling, particularly under the arms from rubbing. There was none of that either with the DRIFIRE shirt.

Conclusion

The one thing I’d like to do is report back in a few weeks and provide a quick update after a few wear and wash cycles. Yet another YouTube commenter mentioned that he’d like to see how it held up after washing. I’m quite interested in that too, so I’ll keep everyone posted.

I’d like to thank DRIFIRE for providing their shirt for me to test, fully knowing what I intended to do. That to me is confidence in a product. I’d also like to thank my wife for smelling my armpits on these videos!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

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Discussion

22 comments
The ITS Crew
The ITS Crew

Brock, we just wanted to follow up with information about the FreshGuard / SilverPlus odor control mechanism in the shirt. DRIFIRE has let us know that it's a permanent feature of the garment that will not wash or wear out for the wearable lifespan of the garment.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

David, so far with two washes there's no shrinkage whatsoever. We'll be following up for sure though.

Thanks for the comment!

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Duck, that's awesome! Never saw that there before. Good on them for adding this feature.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Thanks Mike, glad you liked the write up and videos. I too am interested to give this shirt a go here on the range this summer. I always sweat my shirts out too.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

I didn't want to say anything at the Pistol class, but you could of used one of these shirts brother! You STUNK! LOL

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Mike, I tried to make it for 7 days, I really did. It was hard to have a normal life for the 5 days I did do it LOL... Plus, I'm not going to lie, I wanted a shower.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Thanks Brock, let us know how the TAD shirt holds up.

To be honest I'm not sure on the FreshGuard, something that will tell is after multiple washes and how it still holds up.

The texture of the shirt truly feels like a super soft cotton T-Shirt, but at the same time doesn't feel cheap. Completely natural feeling.

We do plan to test future DRIFIRE garments and would definitely like to give their Arc-Rated apparel a go too.

LOL do let us know how the mini-stink test goes :)

David Smith
David Smith

thanks for the review. i think im gonna try one out. but i am eager to see how it holds up after a few washes as far as shrinkage and look of the material, ill wait till the follow-up

Duck
Duck

Their website even provides a registry. That's a terrific concept to help out the underpaid hard working people who keep us safe. Check it out:

http://www.drifire.com/Registry

Duck
Duck

Their website even provides a registry. That's a terrific concept to help out the underpaid hard working people who keep us safe. Check it out: http://www.drifire.com/Registry

BAND-AID
BAND-AID

Great write up and videos. I might have to order a few of these for the range. I seem to sweat like a pig when I am shooting during the summer. Thanks again Bryan! -Mike

sigsshooter
sigsshooter

You "Sweaty Boy" you!

Good stuff!

My wife says I smell like a "Sweaty boy" sometimes too.

sigsshooter
sigsshooter

You "Sweaty Boy" you! Good stuff! My wife says I smell like a "Sweaty boy" sometimes too.

mikejulietpapa
mikejulietpapa

Thanks for the great review and testing! I'm sure that not a lot of people would try this testing... Although, you know what... I think I would be open to one upping you and go for a full 7 days! (only because the wife is gone for a week)

But really, awesome review and I seriously think I'll have to get this shirt for the summer, it's supposed to be really hot here.

mikejulietpapa
mikejulietpapa

Thanks for the great review and testing! I'm sure that not a lot of people would try this testing... Although, you know what... I think I would be open to one upping you and go for a full 7 days! (only because the wife is gone for a week) But really, awesome review and I seriously think I'll have to get this shirt for the summer, it's supposed to be really hot here.

lpd5408
lpd5408

Looks interesting. Checked out there website and ordered one of there shirts in black to match my PD uniform. When it gets here we will see if its better than what I currently wear.

Maicher
Maicher

Great writeup, I'm glad to see they offer them in Navy I'll definately purchase a couple to go under my ODUs, I bet someone can't wait to get the chance to win the one you wore for 5 days, it'd probably be a collectors item someday!

Brock Carter
Brock Carter

Bryan/All,

Great review - thanks for enduring the stench in the process. I know all too well the stank of multi-workout shirts, your claim that it wasn't an issue inspires me to order one and give it a shot. I actually just received my TAD Gear Tech T, Long Sleeve and I'm getting ready to see how well it holds up to the claim of odor control, uv protection, moisture wicking, etc. A few questions:

Is DRIFIRE's FreshGuard an inherent quality of the material or is it a solution that has the ability to break down or lose efficacy over time?

How would you compare the texture of the shirt to other common brands? Is a noticeably synthetic feel or is it somewhat natural?

Lastly, DRIFIRE has a line of "Arc-Rated" apparel that mentions some standardized cooling rate in the product description (cals/cm^2), do you have any experience with that line of garment or plan to test those out in the future?

Thanks again for the great write-up, and for lining me up to get in trouble with the SO for spending $$ and doing my own mini-stink test.

-BC

Brock Carter
Brock Carter

Bryan/All, Great review - thanks for enduring the stench in the process. I know all too well the stank of multi-workout shirts, your claim that it wasn't an issue inspires me to order one and give it a shot. I actually just received my TAD Gear Tech T, Long Sleeve and I'm getting ready to see how well it holds up to the claim of odor control, uv protection, moisture wicking, etc. A few questions: Is DRIFIRE's FreshGuard an inherent quality of the material or is it a solution that has the ability to break down or lose efficacy over time? How would you compare the texture of the shirt to other common brands? Is a noticeably synthetic feel or is it somewhat natural? Lastly, DRIFIRE has a line of "Arc-Rated" apparel that mentions some standardized cooling rate in the product description (cals/cm^2), do you have any experience with that line of garment or plan to test those out in the future? Thanks again for the great write-up, and for lining me up to get in trouble with the SO for spending $$ and doing my own mini-stink test. -BC

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Thanks Brock, let us know how the TAD shirt holds up. To be honest I'm not sure on the FreshGuard, something that will tell is after multiple washes and how it still holds up. The texture of the shirt truly feels like a super soft cotton T-Shirt, but at the same time doesn't feel cheap. Completely natural feeling. We do plan to test future DRIFIRE garments and would definitely like to give their Arc-Rated apparel a go too. LOL do let us know how the mini-stink test goes :)

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