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Top 3 Gildan Shirts - Heavy, Ultra & DryBlend

By Shirtspace | Oct 10, 2014 |  Updated Jan 07, 2022

You’ve heard the name, you’ve seen the name, and you’ve probably worn the name, Gildan, and this brand manufactures some of the most popular t-shirts in the world of blank apparel. Coming in heavy cotton, ultra cotton and dry-blend styles, there is the perfect Gildan shirt for your personal taste and apparel decorating needs.

Know that you are purchasing from a responsible company when you shop Gildan styles at ShirtSpace; they were named by the Wall Street Journal as the 32most most sustainable company in the world! We proudly carry the best Gildan tshirt styles on the market at affordable, bulk wholesale pricing!

Top 3 Gildan Shirts Sold at ShirtSpace

Gildan is one of the highest selling blank shirt brands available –  and rightfully so; these are dependable, quality shirts at a very affordable price. Gildan tees are great for screen printers and casual wear alike. The top three Gildan items we carry are:

  1. G200 Adult Ultra Cotton® 6 oz. T-Shirt

  2. G500 Adult Heavy Cotton™ 5.3 oz. T-Shirt

  3. Gildan G800 Adult 5.5 oz., 50/50 T-Shirt

Are you looking for the best Gildan tshirt, but don't know what material or style to look for? Well you're in good hands because we just so happen to be Gildan experts here at ShirtSpace. You may be wondering what the best Gildan t shirt is, but it all depends on what your needs are. Do you want the best fitting Gildan t shirt, or maybe the most shrink-resistant? Each Gildan t shirt has its strengths, from material makeup, to weight, to seams and tags. Plus, Gildan shirts come offered in a huge variety of colors

Custom Gildan t shirts are on every garment decorator's radar. If you're looking to provide custom Gildan tshirts to your clientele, you'll need to be familiar with your Gildan style options. We recommend any of the Gildan t shirts below, perfect for custom printing. Every Gildan t shirt has their own advantages and unique qualities. If you're just starting out screen printing or new to the Gildan brand, it may be good to have this information on hand. 


Dubbed the “Ultra-Cotton” the G200 has the heaviest ounce rating of the three Gildan tees we mention in this article. At 6 oz. it is a perfect moderate-heavy use t-shirt, very easy to print on and holds up in the wash. In our opinion, it's also the most comfortable of the three shirts. This style is certainly a top contender for the best Gildan shirt. It is “pre-shrunk” cotton, but please note that 100% cotton is still prone to mild shrinkage.

The structure of the shirt is a standard fit, with a mid-size, seamless collar and double-needle stitching throughout. The G200 runs all the way from S – 5X, with sizing holding near industry standard. It earns its title of “ultra cotton” because these tees are ultimately the "softest" of the three due to the thicker cotton of the material. 

With plenty of colors to choose from, it’s a great option for event shirts, graphic tees, personal & casual wear or promotional apparel. With colors like “Safety Green”, they also make hardy outdoor work shirts. The Gildan G200 also comes in many companion styles:

Buy the Gildan G200 t-shirt if you want…

  • The most comfortable and softest Gildan tshirt

  • 100% cotton material 

  • The heaviest ounce rating

View Gildan G200 colors & availability
Note: Some colors such as heathers are a cotton/poly blend and thus the fabric feels slightly different.


The most affordable Gildan shirt available, the G500 is hugely popular and printed on for projects all over the world. At 5.3 ounces, it’s the perfect “mid-weight” tee to print on. Plus it comes with a removable label, which is perfect for apparel decorators wanting to rebrand their creations, or those that just plain hate itchy tags! 

Even though it’s called “Heavy Cotton,” and it is definitely a sturdy cotton shirt, it’s light enough for warmer climates and features a standard fit across the torso. Sizing runs through 3XL and there is a huge selection of colors to choose from. Like the G200, it is pre-shrunk cotton.

The G500 is highly rated on our website and is ShirtSpace's top-selling product. This style takes the #1 spot for best Gildan shirt because of its reliability, durability and color options. Not to mention, the G500 is incredibly affordable. This is why it’s a top choice for schools, promotional items and those working with a tight budget. 

A lot of our customers like to order the G500 because it's a solid standard t-shirt choice and the price is right. For a quality t-shirt to print on and distribute, the G500 makes an excellent choice. The G500 has a variety of companion products, made from the same materials for a similar feel:

Buy the Gildan G500 t-shirt if you want...

  • A mid-weight t-shirt

  • Pre-shrunk cotton to avoid shrinkage 

  • Sturdy and durable materials  

  • A tear-away label

View Gildan G500 colors & availability.

GILDAN G800 – DRYBLEND 50/50 5.6 OZ.

Many printers prefer a cotton/poly blend for it’s shrink-resistance and quick drying. The G800 50/50 t-shirts hold up very well to repeated washing, and hold true-to-color and fit. The G800 is great for heat transfer & embroidery as well!

As a 5.6 oz. 50/50 they are a comfortable mid-weight standard t-shirt option. Very affordable, they come in a wide-range of colors and are available from S – 5XL.

The G800 is one of the best Gildan tshirts because of its ability to hold form, color and fit over time. Some people also prefer the 50/50 feel to a 100% cotton shirt, especially in warmer climates. The G800 also comes in these companion styles as well:

Buy the G800 t-shirt if you want…

  • A 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester

  • Moisture-wicking and quick drying material 

  • A good option for heat transfer or sublimation 

View Gildan G800 colors & availability

FAQ About Gildan T-Shirts

Q: What Gildan shirt do you recommend if I want something incredibly soft, fashion-forward and retail-worthy? 

A: We love the Softstyle line of t-shirts, made from 100% preshrunk ringspun cotton, and a favorite among printers because of it’s buttery-smooth feel. The Gildan Softstyle Line includes these t-shirts:

Q: What is the difference between Heavy Cotton, Ultra Cotton & Dry Blend Fabric?

A: When it comes to Gildan shirts, Heavy Cotton refers to a durable, midweight cotton fabric. Ultra cotton is a heavier weight and even thicker fabric than Heavy Cotton. Dry Blend fabric is made from a combination of cotton and polyester. Since polyester is naturally moisture-wicking, Dry Blend t-shirts will keep the wearer feeling more cool and dry than a Heavy or Utra Cotton shirt would. 

Q: What are Gildan products usually purchased for?

A: Gildan t-shirts and sweatshirts are often purchased for school, sports teams, clubs, promotional items, charities, by apparel decorators, and more. The inexpensive price makes them great for one-time use, but they are good enough quality to be worn many more times after. Ultra Cotton and Heavy Cotton are great for tie-dye projects, and all Gildan styles are liked by screen printers and those working with heat transfer vinyl.


What About Gildan Hoodies? 

Gildan doesn’t just make awesome t-shirts. They also make some of our most popular hoodie and crewneck sweatshirts (among other blank apparel items).  We recently came up with a list of our Top 5 Hoodies— and you guessed it- we've featured some Gildan hoodies in there! 

Now Go Out and Get Some Gildan Shirts!

Now that you know all the details about our top 3 Gildan shifts, try them out for yourself and let us know in the comments which one you like best and why! Still not sure which Gildan products you need? Call us at (877) 285-7606 or email [email protected] for more information! 


Steven Zentz - Oct 04, 2020

I've never had any satisfaction from a Gildan t-shirt. I don't care for the fit or feel and avoid at all costs. I wear a large, but I have to get an XL Gildan to even come close to fitting. Hanes or Fruit of the Loom are a much better choice.

Mai Ron - Sep 17, 2020

Do you have long sleeve shirt? I need 50 pcs.

Adaora Ani - Aug 14, 2020

Would like to buy in bulk of all colors

Melvin Crocker - Jul 30, 2020

Gildan safety work t shirts with pocket had one style where the short sleeve was a little bit longer than the ones I see now. Do you know if Gildan still makes them and if so , where can I purchase them ?

Donte Nevels - Jul 22, 2020

Does any of these 3 options come with the tear away tags...

Bob Evans - Jul 05, 2020

I purchased one of your shirts from Glock gun company and thoroughly love the material and weight. Is it possible to advise me as to which one of your products they use as I would like to purchase more shirts. Thanks in advance, Bob Evans

Alfred Lawson - Jun 29, 2020

Dear My name is Alfred Lawson and am the owner of Atalé a clothing line in Ghana. I want to expand my market and how do I get some of the Gildan t shirts for my clothing line. I will be very grateful if I know the minimum order quantity and the price.

Esther - Jun 15, 2020

I need bulk T-shirt pls how can I get it

Mitchelle - May 29, 2020

Which amongst the three above is the thickest?

ShirtSpace - Apr 15, 2020

Hi Stacia! We are going to follow up with you but email and send you some pocket t-shirt recommendations. Please let us know if you have any questions in the meantime!

Stacia - Apr 13, 2020

I need a good price on bulk t’s with pockets. Please email me back.

ShirtSpace - Jan 27, 2020

The G500 and G200 are going to be softer than the G800 because they are made out of 100% cotton. An even softer option is the Gildan G640 that is made using ringspun cotton. Ringspun is always going to be softer than regular, conventional cotton.

Stacia Horton - Dec 20, 2019

Which one of the three above is the softer cotton?

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