After a year of development, we're proud to announce the newest addition to our core collection: the Pima T-shirt and Pima Pocket T-shirt. Utilizing American-grown Pima cotton knit into a luxuriously soft yet durable 160 GSM jersey, these t-shirts also feature a slightly elongated and relaxed fit in comparison to their Heavyweight counterparts.
Although this new Pima jersey clocks in about 30% lighter than our Heavyweight Tees, the weight alone doesn't tell the whole story. Pima cotton features a longer staple than standard cotton which results in a softer hand and less pilling over time. As a result, our Pima tees feel noticeably lighter on body than our Heavyweights and drape differently as well - all combined with a smoother, softer hand. Despite the fabric differences, though, all construction details remain exactly the same - which means that our triple-needle coverstitched "never-sag" collar design remains.
As for fit, we made some slight pattern adjustments to our tried and true t-shirt body to accommodate this new jersey fabric. The Pima Tees feature a roomier chest and longer body and sleeves for a slightly looser, drapier fit. Combined with the fit changes, though, it's important to note that this jersey has also been scoured and laundered to minimize shrinkage and torque. As such, Pima tees will maintain their fit from day one.
We intended to release Black tees at the same time, but factory shutdowns have pushed them back until later in the summer - so if you pick up the White tees and love them, look for Black to follow soon. Like our Heavyweights, Pima Tees will retail for $95 for a two-pack and are available via your favorite retailers and 3sixteen.com starting on Friday, May 8th at noon EDT.