Carhartt’s ‘Best Summer Work Shirt’ That’s ‘Comfortable Right Out of the Box’ Starts at Just $19 Right Now


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Many guys have their own definitions of what the best T-shirt is, whether it’s a lightweight undershirt, a moisture-wicking Merino wool top, or something more unique. But Carhartt remains one of the most relied-upon brands for hardy basics like its bestselling heavyweight cotton T-shirts, its light and breathable sun shirts, and its go-between midweight pocket T-shirts that just dropped in price to less than $20.

Typically around $30, Carhartt’s Force Relaxed Fit Midweight Short-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt is now on sale for as low as $19—up to 38% off the original price. This popular style has earned over 5,000 five-star ratings from shoppers who have said it’s “the best work shirt you’re going to find.” These T-shirts are available in sizes small through 4XL, with tall sizes available, and they come in nearly 40 colors. The price ultimately depends on the color and size you choose, but most are between $19-$23.

Carhartt Force Midweight Pocket T-Shirt in Black, From $19 (was $30) on Amazon

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While Carhartt’s K87 T-shirt is beloved for its heavyweight all-cotton fabric, it can be a little too hefty for summer. Thankfully, this midweight pocket T-shirt is an excellent alternative. It features a UPF 25+ fabric to shield you from the sun, and it has 35% polyester woven into it to wick moisture while maintaining the comfort of cotton. Mesh panels along the sides add breathability, while flatlock seams keep it durable and prevent chafing. The semi-raglan sleeves allow for a wider range of motion in the arms, whether you’re working or working out, and the shirt also features a modern drop-tail hem for extra rear coverage. Like many Carhartt T-shirts, the chest pocket is adorned with Carhartt’s C-logo, and the pocket has a slot for stashing a pen.

Shoppers were impressed with the shirt’s comfort, particularly in warmer weather. “Best summer work shirts,” one shopper said. “This midweight series is way better for summer. I go with the heavyweights for winter. Both shirts last forever…These are comfortable right out of the box, unlike heavyweight shirts that take about 100 washes to be comfy. These are well worth the money and have a pen pocket, to boot.”

Carhartt Force Midweight Pocket T-Shirt in Heather Gray, From $19 (was $30) on Amazon

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Other shoppers specifically called out the shirt’s breathability as something that immediately stands out. “Great for hot Florida weather,” a shopper noted. “It’s really well made and allows for maximum breathing [thanks to] air holes along the armpits and side.” Another shopper agreed, saying, “I have many Carhartt shirts and this is my favorite…they breathe, dry quickly, and don’t collect dust or dirt.”

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If you’re looking for a durable yet lightweight alternative to Carhartt’s heavy K87 shirt, the Force Midweight Pocket T-Shirt is the one you’re looking for. For less than $20, it’s a versatile option that’s worth stocking up on before the price goes back up.

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