Adidas Freelift Prime Tee

If you shy away from certain lifts and exercises – we’re thinking kettlebell swings and the overhead press – because of the fear that your T-shirt will ride up and expose your midriff, then first, buy this tee, and second, stop worrying so much. The long back hem will keep you covered whatever exercise you do in the gym and the Climalite fabric does a sterling job of wicking sweat away to keep you dry. From £10.77, buy on wiggle.com

Reebok Workout Ready Activchill Tech

This tee is all about keeping you cool, with the impressively light and breathable Activchill fabric combining with Reebok’s Speedwick tech to create a shirt that makes sweat feel more unwelcome than ever before. Flat-stitched seams help prevent annoying chafing, while the slim cut of the tee stops flappy fabric disrupting your workout. £13.96, buy on reebok.co.uk

The North Face Better Than Naked

We’d certainly argue that wearing clothes is better than being naked when in the gym, and we’re sure that your fellow gym-goers (and your local authority) would agree. This tee’s major selling point is the Flashdry fabric that dries… in a flash. Good name. Go ahead and get as sweaty as you like with your workouts – you’ll be dry in the time it takes you to walk to the water fountain. £45, buy on wiggle.com

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Nike Zonal Cooling Top

Sure, the triangular pattern is nice to look at, but look closer and you’ll see it’s a feature that’s not totally lacking in function. Those triangles are small bits of mesh fabric to improve ventilation and keep you dry (or, drier) on warm spring and summer days. It’s like a modern take on a string vest. £55 (reduced to £32.97), buy on nike.com/gb

Under Armour HeatGear Compression Shirt

Under Armour’s HeatGear technology is, apparently, “the original innovation” UA’s founder Kevin Plank dreamed up, and it helps to keep athletes and gym-goers feeling cooler, drier and lighter thanks to the breathable fabric wicking away sweat and regulating body temperature. Slip this skin-tight compression tee on and put these big claims to the test. £28, buy on underarmour.co.uk

Iffley Road Cambrian Stripe

The British running label’s now-iconic tees tread the line between innovation and style with ease. Hidden inside that slim cut and eye-catching design is the company’s “drirelease” micro-blend fabric – an impressively soft material that dries four times faster than cotton. It’s the future. £68, buy on iffleyroad.com

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Nike Pro Hypercool

The sportswear big gun is flexing its muscles with this urban-inspired print tee. A very reasonable 35 quid gets you that tasty HyperCool tech plus a mesh fabric for extra ventilation and breathability; stretchiness for unhindered movement; flat seams that won’t rub you up the wrong way; and that all-important Nike fit for a comfortable, locked-in feel. Oh, and you’ll look hella cool wearing it all, too. £37.95, buy on store.nike.com

Saucony Dash Seamless

Discomfort seems to be the biggest issue addressed in this restrained tee. Zero seams means zero chafing, and the long-line fit stops any riding up to expose your relaxed six-pack. If that’s what you want. £50, buy on saucony.com/uk

Arc’teryx Cormac Crew SS

Let’s keep this as simple as this tee’s plain aesthetic. Lightweight? Check. Moisture wicking? You betcha. Stretch knit? Oh yes. Logo you’ll proudly display on your left pectoral? Uh-huh. Simple and effective. £45, buy on arcteryx.com

Asics Print Top

We like this one, primarily because it looks like an as-yet-unseen European club football kit from the future. And the great price point, and the well-placed mesh panels, and the Motion Dry technology, and the non-restrictive raglan sleeves. But mainly the future football thing. £30, buy on asics.com

Runner’s Need 26.3

We’re not entirely sure how much currency there is in marathon banter but for the sake of cool design, we can get behind it. Splash this slogan across your chest, if only to raise a smile on the sweaty faces of fellow runners. £20 (reduced to £15), buy on runnersneed.com

Uniqlo Dry EX

Ah, Uniqlo. That treasured purveyor of fine clothes that don’t break the bank and hence adorn the bodies of almost every twentysomething. The brand also makes excellent sports gear, such as this pleasantly plain, fast-drying tee that’ll keep you comfortable in even the sweatiest of gyms. £12.90, buy on uniqlo.com

Sundried Olperer

The benefits of coffee are well known, but did you know it can stop your T-shirt from stinking? (Well, from stinking really badly.) Before you splash that flat white on your pits, we mean when it’s woven into the fabric of this Sundried tee that’s made entirely from recycled coffee and plastic bottles. Sundried say the coffee grounds also lend a measure of UV protection. Obviously it’s all for nought if it can’t stand up to a workout, but we wore this stupidly soft top to a stupidly tough session at Third Space and even when sweating buckets, it did a stellar job of wicking the perspiration away. £40, buy on sundried.com

Ohmme Cobra

It turns out that men’s yoga gear works exceptionally well in the gym. This Cobra shirt is form-fitting but because it’s designed to cope with yoga moves, it’s stretchy enough to deal with any exercise and wicks moisture away so you don’t get too clammy. While the material has a soft, silky feel, there’s enough grip to keep it in place. It’s the best performer on our totally unscientific mountain climbers test, only riding up as far the bottom of our rib cage. £36, buy on ohmme.com

Björn Borg Tanner

Named, we assume, after Roscoe Tanner, the 1970s tennis player who made Borg sweat in a five-set Wimbledon final, this tennis training top features the wicked wicking material Hydro Pro at the front and mesh panels on the back for when the heat is on. £21, buy on bjornborg.com

J.Lindeberg Active Elements

This is exactly what you want from your athleisure clothes – J.Lindeberg offers the kudos of a Stockholm fashion house with the reliability and innovation (in this case, a quick-drying moisture management system and stretch fabric) of a major sportswear brand. Unfortunately, all that means it comes at a spicy price – but it’s just about worth it. £55 (reduced to £27.50), buy on jlindeberg.com