April 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie and Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie
PTR Review
  • T1 Tech Hoodie Overall 9.2
  • T1 Werkshort Overall 9.4

Like the other workwear that Truewerk has developed, I'm a huge fan of the summer lineup. I love the fit that's geared toward guys that are more athletic and the technical nature makes it so much more comfortable than what's traditionally been available.

Overall Score 9.3 (out of 10)

Spring is in the air now that most of the snow has left the country! Unless of course you live in Florida where it’s been 90 degrees for the last month and a half already and the only Winter we know is the dolphin from that movie my kids like. Thanks to the good fortune in my choice of places to live, I’ve been able to give the new Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie and Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort plenty of good use.

If you recall from our reviews of Truewerk’s original line that came in time for fall/winter last year and the first of their spring products just a few weeks ago, you’ll remember that this is the company that makes technical gear for the industrial athlete. That thread continues with their lighter weight gear designed for summer time. (Cue Kenny Chesney and pass me a Corona!)

Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie

I know what you’re thinking, who needs a hoodie for the summer? I wondered the same thing when I saw the name. The first thing to keep in mind is that “hoodie” merely means the presence of a hood. The Truewerk Tech Hoodie starts off very similar to my running and cycling tops. It’s a dry fit style material that’s a bit more durable than the smooth weaves of running gear. This is mainly due to a more heavy duty weave and stronger stitching.

100% polyester material ensures that sweat and water are wicked away from your body. Additionally, it carries a UPF 20 rating, blocking up to 93% of UV rays. The slightly thicker material is offset by a weave that makes the shirt ultra breathable – especially compared to cotton.

The Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie fits loose, accentuating the breathable material. The hood may be a bit of a curiosity at first. Personally, I think I look kind of like a hi-vis thief with it up. Keep in mind the two-fold purpose though. Primarily, this is a breathable, comfortable shirt that you can easily push up the sleeves on. Secondarily, it protects you from the sun. The hood is there to do that for your head, keeping you from going all Boss Hog and becoming a redneck.

The Hi-Vis Thief Look

The hood is intentionally designed large to fit over a helmet if you’re wearing one. Whether you are or not, a snap below your neck will offer a slightly tighter fit to combat the wind.

The Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie is my favorite piece that they’ve produced so far. I push up the sleeves during most of the day. When the sun is really brutal, I pull them down for the protection and still avoid being overheated. It gets worn, washed, and put right back to the top of the pile to be worn again. If I they had seven different colors, I’d probably wear a different one every day and get rid of my other shirts completely.

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie Action

Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie Specifications

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie Stock

  • Material: 100% polyester
  • Sizes: Small – XXL
  • Colors: Wolf Grey, Cone Orange
  • Style: Hooded long sleeve shirt
  • Pockets: none
  • Price: $79

Truewerk T1 Tech Hoodie Ratings

  • Fit: 5.0
  • Design: 4.7
  • Comfort: 5.0
  • Durability: 4.5
  • Value: 4.0
  • Overall: 4.6

Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort

The Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort is nearly identical to their T2 Werkpant, just as a short. That’s a really good thing, because it means I get to keep all the same pockets and features.  The material features a combination of polyester, nylon, and spandex to produce 4-way stretch and is treated with a durable waterproof coating for days when the weather is less than ideal. Double stitching is in the name and it’s everywhere along with reinforcement in areas that are prone to higher stress from stretching.

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort

Functional pockets are in most of the traditional places with a couple of bonuses. You have your traditional right and left deep pockets. On the upper right side, you’ll find a shallow zippered pocket. It’s great for storing your keys or any other small items you don’t want to get wet. Your cell phone is going to be a bit too big for it unless you’re carrying a flip phone though. The knife and pen pocket on the lower right are where you’ll find my Kershaw Blur and ZT Tactical Pen spending most of their day.

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort Pocket

On the lower left, you have a deep pocket. This has a hooded, solid-holding Velcro closure that protects the contents from falling water. It also has a loop if you need to clip anything below your waistline. There’s just one rear pocket on the right side that zippers closed. It’s slightly offset toward your hip which I’ve come to really appreciate.

The comfort level of these shorts can’t be overstated. They fit and feel like you’re wearing a board short style swimsuit to work every day. Yeah, they’re really that light weight and breathable. There are a couple of things I’d like to see changed, the first being the button fly. I’d much rather have a zipper when it comes to taking care of business around porcelain. The tie at the top is also a bit curious. It tightens the short well enough, but is in the way a little bit if you want to wear a belt, which I do. Neither of these are anywhere close to deal-breakers, just points you’ll want to be aware of.

Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk Double-Stitch Werkshort Stock

  • Material: 50% polyester, 40% nylon, 10% spandex
  • Sizes: Small – XL
  • Colors: Wolf Grey
  • Style: Knee length short
  • Pockets: Traditional front (left and right), shallow hip pocket (right), deep Velcro pocket (left), knife and pen pockets (right), rear pocket (left)
  • Price: $79

Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort

  • Fit: 4.8
  • Design: 4.6
  • Comfort: 5.0
  • Durability: 4.8
  • Value: 4.2
  • Overall: 4.7

Like the other workwear that Truewerk has developed, I’m a huge fan of the summer lineup. I love the fit that’s geared toward guys that are more athletic and the technical nature makes it so much more comfortable than what’s traditionally been available.

Truewerk Workwear - Truewerk Double-Stitch T1 Werkshort Action

Truewerk’s gear does come at a premium price point. If you’re a professional, you really need to take a look at their Pro Purchase Program. This offers significant discounts to tradesmen, first responders, government field agents, military, educators in those fields, and a lot more. If your work lends itself to technical gear, it’s worth your time to apply.

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