Working out in a tank can be a bit like going to your first yoga class—you know you want to do it but are filled with apprehension about what you’ll look like. (Kudos to you if that’s not the case for you.)
But, you can confidently rock a tank and we’re going to tell you how: Similar to the lifestyle tanks you would wear on the beach, there are some implicit fashion rules that all guys should abide by when entering the weight room—or anywhere—in a tank top. Since a tank is already pretty revealing skin-wise, there are certain styles and prints that can come off as over-the-top that may work for say, a t-shirt. Our advice: avoid cut-offs, loud graphics, extra-large arm holes, ultra-long or oversized styles, and overly-large mesh holes. Instead, go for styles with a sharp color contrast and a clean design (like stripes or colorblocking).
As for the workout factor: you’ll want a top that boasts a comfortable, athletic fit with highly breathable materials that wick sweat and allow you to move in every direction without being restricted. Other things to look for: Bonded seams will make it feel smooth against your skin—preventing that irritating chaffing—while reflective detailing let you take your runs into the dark.
Here we scouted out the absolute coolest men’s tank tops to wear during your training and cardio workouts—that include all of the above specs—and narrowed it down to our top 10 picks that'll make you feel confident.
This Dash tank by the new, up-and-coming brand, Fourlaps, is so sharp it'll turn heads without you even making a move. From the rich burgundy, gray, and white color scheme to the sophisticated stripe across the chest, this top gives off a preppy vibe while still being masculine—and it's an absolute game-changer. It’s made of mesh material (like a basketball jersey) that delivers ventilation to continuously cool you down, has water-wicking properties that will deflect any sweat that hits the surface, and includes a reflective ‘4’ on the back—their signature logo—so you can take a jog safely at night. Meanwhile, its athletic fit will hug you without suffocating you and its infused anti-odor technology will ensure you smell fresh workout after workout.
Take this tank on your runs, to yoga class, and beyond; the ultra soft fabric is comfortable against the skin, highly breathable, and super stretchy for great shape retention. It boasts a snug fit with a modest design that’s versatile enough to go with anything. And it's crafted with anti-stink components so it won’t develop a stench after excess use. Plus, the materials that make up this shirt are all-natural so it's sustainable, too.
People typically identify RVCA as surfer-dude brand—but it's actually great for gym rats, too. Their sport collection features up-to-date styles that are fresh, effortless, and built to perform. Take this Dealer II Tank for example; the polyester material makes it naturally stretchy so it won't restrict your movements, the moisture-wicking properties will repel sweat, and its all-over mesh design will keep you seriously cool. Bonus: the colorblock design with their VA logo looks undeniably sharp across the chest.
This isn’t just any old running singlet; Tracksmith, the luxury activewear brand known for their quality running apparel and accessories, designed this shirt with inspiration from the Cornell track and field teams of the late 1800’s, where athletes traditionally earned a sash to distinguish their rank. Constructed in only the finest mesh, it's soft to the touch and airflow will easily be able to reach the skin. It's lightweight and boasts antimicrobial properties to keep you free of foul odors. What's more: its diagnol striped design with a sharp navy-and-white contrast is unique, stylish, and a downright classic.
Iffley Road, another luxury performance brand known for their quality running apparel, constructed this shirt to fit loosely with wider (note: not too wide!) armholes for freedom of movement. Its featherweight fabric will feel as if its barely there and its sweat-wicking properties will keep you dry from start to finish. The overall look is timeless but the deep green stripe gives it a bold, masculine edge.
Cover your top half in this Race Mesh Tank from Soar Running when you tackle a run—the clean aesthetic is eye-catching and its functional specs will enhance your every step. The relaxed cut won’t restrict your movement while the bonded seams will prevent any irritation when the shirt brushes against your skin as you jog. Reflective details allow you to take your cardio sessions into the dark; mesh fabric coupled with sweat-wicking properties let moisture out to keep you cool; and antibacterial properties injected into the shirt means stench will be kept at bay.
Throw on this Sports Tank by H&M before you hit the gym. It's crafted with a fast-drying mesh material to drain sweat throughout your workout. The slightly longer back with an allover snug fit will feel comfortable during intense activity while its high-stretch material and side slits will let you to reach every angle. And the cool, arrow design isn't just fashion-forward—it has a reflective finish so you can transition your training into the dark.
If you prefer a style that feels like a second skin then go for this tank option from Uniqlo. The colored trim sets this style apart from a basic tank and at less than $6, it's a steal. You'll remain cool and dry during your most intense sweat sessions thanks to its quick-dry properties and enjoy a chafe-free experience due to its minimally stitched hems.
If there’s one brand that manages to continuously master the amalgam of style and function, it’s Lululemon. This Train and Gain tank, which is new to their collection, let’s you stand out thanks to its minimal colorblock design in bold hues which makes for a cool, stylish contrast—and once you put it on and realize how comfortable it is you won’t want to take it off. The materials that make up this shirt are super stretchy so that it moves with you, water-wicking technology lets sweat escape, and it also has mesh holes to make sure you seriously keep cool. What’s more: the laidback, loose cut allows superb range of motion and will deliver breeze to your skin during intense cardio or training sessions. Anti-odor tech means you’ll smell great, too.
Crafted with funk-fighting fabric means foul body odor will be kept at bay while ultra lightweight, stretch material that wicks moisture will let you whip through workouts with ease. The stitching on the seams is flattened so you won’t experience chaffing and its overall fit, which mimics the shape of your torso, is comfortable to boot. And we dig the classic black with subtle red logo at the collar.