If your gym sessions tend to get hot and steamy, the Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Tee tee has all the vents you need to stay cooler for longer…

If you’re looking for the best workout clothes that are performance-driven and will handle your toughest sessions, the Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve Shirt should be on your radar. 

Designed for running and general training – and made with Lululemon’s signature Metal Vent Tech fabric – this is one of the best sweat-wickers we tested. It stays cool and comfortable for virtually every session, from boot-camp body workouts to long, slow runs. 

Men’s Fitness verdict

With a great fit and fantastic sweat-wicking performance, this Lululemon tee is a good option for handling those hotter, tougher sessions. It won’t look out of place outside the gym either.
  • Great sweat wicking and cooling
  • Lots of colour options
  • Good run-gym versatility
  • Fairly expensive

How we test the best workout tees

Our kit tester Kieran Alger tested each workout tee in a variety of conditions for at least a month. He put them through cardio and HIIT sessions as well as bodyweight and free weight strength workouts and floor work. He marked each top on its fit and coverage, comfort, range of motion, drying and breathability – as well as overall value. He also considered how versatile each top was for wearing outside the gym.

Stylish colourways add outside-gym appeal

Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Tee features

The fit is good and it’s instantly comfy the moment you put the Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Tee on. Unlike some tees that can get clingy, this skims the body from chest to waist so it’s slim-fitting without feeling too tight. That gives you a little more room and freedom of movement in the chest – and some welcome wobble room around the belly.

The Lululemon tee won’t hinder your range of motion and it’s cut slightly longer in the back for better coverage when you’re smashing out squats and deadlifts. It’s also virtually seamless so there’s no nasty rubbing. 

Material, colours and sizes

The mix of nylon, recycled polyester, elastane and X-Static nylon is soft, smooth and stretchy with plenty of flex. It’s breathable and lightweight, so you won’t feel weighed down, with mesh panels from the armpits to the love handles, as well as on the sleeves and chest, to boost air flow.

This is a ideal choice for workouts in warmer weather or if you run hot when you’re moving up through the training gears. 

Anti-odour silver technology embedded into the fabric aims to kill off whiff-causing bacteria. So theoretically you can wear this shirt multiple times without worrying about stinking out your fellow gym-goers. In reality, that’ll depend a lot on how sweaty your last workout got. 

The Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Tee comes in a large range of 14 different colours, as well as six sizes from XS to XXL. It also has reflective detailing to help boost visibility and keep you safer when you’re running or cycling on dark winter nights.