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Top 3 Gildan Shirts - Heavy, Ultra & DryBlend

By Shirtspace | Oct 10, 2014 |  Updated Sep 20, 2019

You’ve heard the name, you’ve seen the name, you’ve probably worn the name.

Gildan is one of the highest selling blank shirt brands available –  and rightfully so; they are dependable, quality shirts at a very affordable price.

Perfect for screen-printers and casual wear alike, the top three Gildan items we sell are the G200 (6 oz. “Ultra Cotton”), G500 (5.3 oz “Heavy Cotton”), and the G800 (5.6 oz “Dryblend”).

Each 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. Starting with the G200, let’s discuss these three Gildan shirts.

G200 – Ultra Cotton 6 oz.

Dubbed the “Ultra-Cotton” the G200 has the heaviest ounce rating of the 3. 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. It is “pre-shrunk” cotton, but  please note that 100% cotton is still prone to mild shrinkage.

Structure of the shirt is a standard fit, with a mid-size, seamless collar and double-needle stitching. The G200 runs all the way from S – 5X, with sizing holding near industry standard. With plenty of colors to choose from, it’s a great option for event shirts, graphic tee’s, personal & casual wear or promotional apparel. With colors like “Safety Green” they also make great hardy outdoor work shirts. (Be sure to take a look at the Pocket-T edition G230) 

These are ultimately the "softest" of the three due to the thicker cotton of the shirt.

Available in adult (G200),  adult-tall (G200T), youth (G200B) and ladies (G200L) sizing.

View G200 colors & availability

Note: Some colors such as Heathers are a cotton/poly blend and thus the fabric feels slightly different.

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G500 – Heavy Cotton 5.3 oz.

The most affordable Gildan shirt available, the G500 is hugely popular and printed on for projects all over the world. At 5.3 oz. it’s the perfect “mid-weight” tee to print on.

It’s called the “Heavy Cotton” and though it definitely is 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 good selection of colors to choose from. Like the G200, it is pre-shrunk cotton.

A lot of our customers like to order the G500 because it's a good solid standard t-shirt choice and the price is right. For a good, solid cotton t-shirt to print on and distribute, the G500 makes an excellent choice. 

Available in adult (G500), youth (G500B), ladies (G500L) and toddler (G510P) sizing.

View G500 colors & availability.

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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. Great for heat-transfer & embroidery as well!

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

The G800 is a favorite option of customers due to it’s ability to hold form, color and fit over time. Some people also prefer the 50/50 feel especially in warmer climates. 

Available in Adult (G800) and Youth (G800B) sizings.

View G800 colors & availability

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Still not sure which one you need? Call us at (877) 285-7606 or email sales@shirtspace.com for more information!

To order Gildan products : https://www.shirtspace.com/brand/gildan

UPDATED 2/7/2018

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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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