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Top 3 Gildan Shirts - Heavy, Ultra & DryBlend

By ShirtSpace | Aug 23, 2019 |  Updated Apr 08, 2024

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 t-shirt 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, such as red, blue, green, yellow, pink and more! 

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 its 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 its 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 t-shirts 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 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 where you need quality tie-dye clothing, 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! If you're curious about Gildan crewneck sweatshirts, we have those available too! 

Now Go Out and Get Some Gildan Shirts & More!

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 on Gildan sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! 


Lindsey 11/15/2023 03:05 am

I’m looking for more of the tiny shirts that are 7 inches long and about 5 inches wide.


ShirtSpace11/15/2023 04:44 pm

Hi, Lindsey. We suspect you are talking about the Gildan mini tee swatch sets. Those were promotional items that Gildan gifted to us, and we were able to run giveaways with. Unfortunately, we do not have any more on hand at this time, besides the set we have in our office for color reference for our staff. We had reached out to Gildan to see if we could get some more in the recent past, and they said they were working on bringing them back. We will be sure to run a giveaway for our customers if we receive more. You can always try reaching out to Gildan directly to inquire about their mini tees, as well. Thank you for reading our blog and take care!


julian kroin 04/19/2023 09:10 pm

I have 2 different Gildan shirts that say 'soft style' on the label. One is 100% cotton and the other is a 50-50 blend. How can that be? The blend is longer and fits right. What is the length of your 50-50 blend in Large? I ordered 10 'soft style shirts' from another outfit, washed them and they are too short. Turns out they are the 100% cotton ones. I can't return them because I washed them. What is the lengths of your 50-50 blend in L size?


ShirtSpace04/19/2023 09:33 pm

Hi, Julian. Thanks for reading our blog! The G640 Softstyle tee comes in a variety of fabrications. These are listed in the “Features Section” on our product pages. Most colors are 100% cotton, but “graphite heather” is 50% cotton and 50% polyester, and the other heathers are 35% cotton and 65% polyester. They should all be the same in body length, regardless of fabrication, but the 100% cotton options will definitely shrink more than graphite heather and the heathers without extremely careful washing and drying. The large of both cotton and 50/50 at the time of sale is 28.62". For more info on how to prevent cotton clothes from shrinking, we suggest checking out our blog on the topic:


Tess 04/06/2023 03:20 am

I am looking to buy about 20 tshirts of different sizes but only one color for our family reunion. I need to have a chosen design printed on the shirts. Is this something you can do? Please let me know. Thank you!


ShirtSpace04/06/2023 02:56 pm

Hi, Tess. We have over 1,300 blank t-shirt styles on our site, but we do not provide customizations. Sometimes it's cheaper to take your shirts directly to the printer. Thanks for reading our blog, and we hope you consider shopping with us!


John Brodemus08/14/2021 05:43 am

Do you have any v neck shirts or polo shirts with pockets?


ShirtSpace08/18/2022 05:00 pm

Hi, John. Unfortunately, we do not have any v-neck options with a chest pocket, but we do have plenty of polos with a pocket! Here is our inventory of pocket polos: We hope this helps you find just the right shirt you have been looking for. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team — we are here to help!


Steven Zentz10/05/2020 01:31 am

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.


ShirtSpace10/12/2022 03:55 pm

Hi Steven! Sorry to hear about your dissatisfaction with Gildan t-shirts. We are glad to inform you that we have a wide range of options for both Hanes and Fruit of the loom t-shirts on our website. Thanks for reading! Hanes t-shirt options: Fruit of the loom t-shirt options:


Mai Ron09/17/2020 02:21 pm

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


ShirtSpace10/12/2022 03:57 pm

Hi Mai! We are happy to inform you we have a wide range, with lots of options to pick from, of long sleeve shirts. Here is a link to long sleeve options Thank you for reading!


Adaora Ani08/15/2020 03:51 am

Would like to buy in bulk of all colors


ShirtSpace10/12/2022 03:58 pm

Hi Adaora! You can purchase t-shirts in bulk in all colors directly from our website Thank you for reading!


Melvin Crocker07/31/2020 12:22 am

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 ?


ShirtSpace08/17/2022 11:09 pm

Hi, Melvin. The Hanes W110 Workwear Pocket T-Shirt comes in safety colors and is an inch longer in total length than the comparable Gildan shirt you are mentioning from our site. You should try that for a longer cut, we are sure you will like it!


Donte Nevels07/22/2020 01:23 pm

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


ShirtSpace08/17/2022 11:07 pm

Hello, Donte. Both the G200 and the G500 have tear-away labels. The G800 has been transitioning to a tear-away label, so any inventory received of this style may be mixed.


Bob Evans07/05/2020 11:24 pm

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


ShirtSpace08/17/2022 11:04 pm

Hi, Bob. Unfortunately, looking at the Glock Store apparel website we aren’t able to tell the brand of blanks they are using for their branded apparel (although they definitely have some cool stuff, so thanks for sharing!) If you like a heavier shirt, we can suggest a few heavyweight t-shirt options that we think are pretty great! First, may we suggest the Gildan G200 Adult Ultra Cotton® 6 oz. T‑Shirt, a customer favorite. It’s very durable, comes in 62 color options and most colors are 100% preshrunk cotton. Since it’s both heavy-duty and comfortable, we recommend this shirt for work and leisure alike. We also really like the Next Level N1800 Unisex Ideal Heavyweight Cotton Crewneck, a 5.6 oz 100% cotton preshrunk unisex tee. We love this brand here at ShirtSpace and recommend it if you like a quality t-shirt with a nice, relaxed fit. Another option that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for durability is the Comfort Colors 6030CC Adult Heavyweight RS Pocket T-Shirt. It’s made from 100% preshrunk ringspun cotton and softwashed for added comfiness. It’s available in 80 colors so there is sure to be the perfect shade for you! Feel free to email us at "[email protected]" with a photo of the Glock Store shirt you had in mind, as well as information on the tags and we will try to figure out what kind of tee you previously purchased to make recommendations accordingly. Thanks for your question and we hope these suggestions will help you pick out a shirt that you love as much as your Glock Gun Company shirts!


Alfred Lawson06/29/2020 04:27 pm

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.


ShirtSpace10/12/2022 03:59 pm

Hi Alfred! We do not have a minimum order quantity or price! You can purchase however many t-shirts you would like from our website Thank you for reading!


Esther06/15/2020 11:38 am

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


ShirtSpace11/15/2023 04:53 pm

Hi, Esther! Bulk pricing guides are listed on our product pages. Bulk pricing is also built right into our site. So, once you add enough product to qualify for bulk purchasing, the discounts will automatically be applied in the cart. For more information about bulk purchasing, we encourage you to reach out to our friendly Customer Service Team. They can be reached M-F 6:30 AM — 5:00 PM PST by emailing [email protected], calling (877) 285-7606, or using the chat feature on our site (little blue icon in the bottom right corner).


Mitchelle 05/29/2020 08:37 pm

Which amongst the three above is the thickest?


ShirtSpace11/15/2023 04:48 pm

Hi, Mitchelle! The G200 would be the thickest, weighing a durable 6 oz. Thanks for reading our blog.


Stacia04/14/2020 05:38 am

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


ShirtSpace11/15/2023 04:50 pm

Hi Stacia! Check out our pocket tees section here: – We especially love the Comofort Colors 6030CC pocket tee!


Stacia Horton12/20/2019 09:01 pm

Which one of the three above is the softer cotton?


ShirtSpace11/15/2023 04:45 pm

Hi, Stacia. 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.


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