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rabbit EZ Tee Collection Review


rabbit has been delivering some very comfortable and durable apparel for a while now. The EZ Tee SS (short sleeve) and LS (long sleeve) are no different and utilize their comfortable polyester and spandex hybrid material for a shirt that is comfortable for nearly any effort. As in the title though, this is for those easy day efforts, and for when you also want to look good doing your thing. 

If you haven't heard of rabbit before, here are a couple things that define their company. They are a women-founded company that puts an emphasis on sustainable and ethical manufacturing. Based out of Santa Barbara, CA, they do all their manufacturing and product development within the state of California, keeping tabs on each step of production. 


Specifications (per rabbit)
Material: 94% polyester, 6% spandex
Classification: Easy day short sleeve/long sleeve



RUNNING APPAREL SUMMARY


David: The rabbit EZ Tee SS is made of their incredibly soft and comfortable material in an aesthetically pleasing heather design. The shirt is best on easy days in temperate environments, but can be used as a workout top in slightly colder conditions. The shirt is a pleasing addition to any clothing rotation. 


Nathan (LS): The EZ Tee LS may be the most comfortable shirt to touch my skin. My wife touched it for the first time and said "Wow, this feels better than my own skin". Don't tell her, but I got her one from Christmas this year (don't worry, she doesn't read my reviews - hah). The EZ Tee LS is a thin, comfortable shirt that avoids irritating the skin and can serve as a good base layer in the winter and fly solo in the fall/spring here in Wisconsin.  




David Salas Body Type Profile: 
Height/Weight: 5'10''/135 #
Chest: 33in
Arm Length: 29in

Nathan Brown Body Type Profile: 
Height/Weight: 5'10"/155#
Chest: 38in
Arm Length: 29 in
Waist: 31in
Inseam: 32in
Thigh Diameter: 21in
Calf Diameter: 14.5in

FIT

David:
The fit of the EZ Tee SS is relatively form fitting with having still a little room to play with. The dimensions are really well constructed along the sleeves and contours from the armpits through the torso. Everything is held together nicely with no major amounts of rubbing or swaying. In my normal men's medium the length of both the shirt and sleeves are really well placed. This shirt should fit nearly any one nicely since it is sized well and still expandable and stretchy if it really needs to be. Very impressive fit.  


Nathan (LS): SIZE TESTED: men's Small. 
For almost every shirt I wear, I am a size medium top, partially due to my slightly broader shoulders. For test, I was sent a size small and it fit perfectly. Thanks to the 6% of spandex material it molds really well over the shoulders and chest while remaining looser, given some room to play with. While running, there are no areas of irritation or rubbing in the armpits, chest, or on any of the seams of the shirt. Sleeve length, when pulled all the way down would hit the middle of my palm, but would sit nicely at the crease of the wrist. Length-wise it easily covered the waist line and was not too long. Again, this shirt fit me perfectly.


 

BREATHABILITY/WARMTH

David:
The rabbit EZ Tee SS is a nice blend of breathable and warm. It's breathable enough to run on warmer days, but still structured and warm enough for some colder days as well. In warmer climates above 90 degrees the shirt might begin to feel like a little much, but is still doable. The sweetspot on temperature here is probably 70 to 80's, but can still run well in the 60's. I've done some speed workouts with it slightly colder than that in the mid 50's ok, but after a warm up of course! Breathability lies in the middle. It isn't nearly as airy as some of the running shoes on the market, but makes up for it with comfort and versatility in usage across varying temperatures. 


Nathan (LS): I was sent this shirt for test in late fall in Wisconsin, and tested it alongside the rabbit super sleeve. Between the two, this is certainly the lighter weight option and was best in the earlier fall temperatures and I assume will also thrive in spring as well. Obviously temperature is a tricky thing as everyone gets accustomed to their climate, but here was my testing experience. For anything 30 degrees F and above, I would rock this thing solo. Anything below that I would use as a base layer, particularly on the overcast days and more humid days. That said, this shirt functions really well as a base layer given how soft the material is and that it does not irritate the colder, more firm skin. 





MATERIALS/MOISTURE WICKING

David:
From a pure comfort standpoint the material of the rabbit EZ Tee SS is pretty hard to beat. It is incredibly soft and adaptable and a pleasure to have on. The material does however run a tad thicker than some of the other performance shirts on the market. Because of this it will have a tendency to hold a little more moisture than some of the more airy competitors. For those controlled efforts where you are not going to be sweating profusely anyways, this is an incredibly comfortable piece of apparel. If you are in a hot/humid climate and doing an effort that will cause a lot of sweat, perhaps you might look for something a little more thin and airy. This isn't to say it does a bad job of wicking moisture, it actually does a great job. It's just a little thicker and warmer than some of the other running shirts out there. 


Nathan (LS): Again, I'll just reiterate here how comfortable this shirt is. It's almost like you aren't wearing anything at all. Not only it is comfortable, but I also have not had any issues with odor. Typically after my late fall/winter runs I come inside with a bit of a "funk" to me. I wouldn't know this if I didn't have a wonderful wife who let's me know when I try to give her a hug after a run -- but this shirt has gifted me a renewed ability to give my wife a hug after a run. Not much more to say than this gives top-notch comfort for your runs.




DURABILITY/WASH RESILIENCE 

David: One of my biggest things with apparel purchases is durability. rabbit does an excellent job with durability. I wear this shirt through high mileage every single week and it goes through the wash countless numbers of times. It is still just as comfortable as the day I got it and has no signs of wear anywhere including the logo. The construction is done very well and it will last you a lot of miles (and maybe some casual wear too...). 


Nathan (LS): Shirts like these are expensive. The EZ Tee LZ costs $50. If you spend $50 on a shirt, you will want it to really last. So far so good. There are simple washing instructions (meaning you don't have to do anything crazy to take care of it -- just cold wash and tumble dry low) and it hasn't changed at all over the number of washes I've put it through so far. 




RECOMMENDATIONS 

David: The rabbit EZ Tee is one of my favorite running shirts that I have had the pleasure to run in. However I do think thinning the material slightly might make the shirt more pleasurable in harder efforts in normal conditions (70's-80's) and more pleasurable in hot climates over 90's with easier efforts. 

Nathan (LS): I don't have any recommendations to make for this shirt in terms of comfort/performance. It's fantastic for comfort (even just daily use), fits well, and avoids irritation on the skin. For the consumer, just make sure you check sizing. If I didn't know better, I would have bought a medium and it likely would have been too large.



WHO THIS APPAREL IS FOR (Conclusion)

David: The rabbit EZ Tee SS is a short sleeve running shirt for someone looking for a luxuriously soft and comfortable shirt to log miles in. The shirt is a tad thicker than some of the other running shirts on the market, but is aimed at those easy days when you don't look at the watch. Proportionally the shirt is constructed very well and is also very durable. This is a shirt that could find a spot in anyone's rotation for easy days and long runs. 

Nathan: For someone looking for a long sleeve shirt to handle those seasonal transitions with high end comfort, this is a great option. Shirts that run in the $50 realm should be able to give you the value out of that purchase, and all signs point to this shirt being able to deliver. It doesn't have any special warming tech, but just is a shirt packaged with high end materials and top tier comfort. 

GRADING

David
Fit                                           10/10 (dimensions are perfect in the sleeves, chest, and length overall)
Breathability                           9/10 (breathable for most conditions, the incredible softness comes at that small price however)
Materials/Moisture Wicking   9/10 (same as above, material itself is 10, in hot or humid conditions though it has tendency to hold a little bit of moisture)
Durability                               10/10 (I run in this shirt once a week, and have washed it... a lot. It's still good as a new with no loose threads or anything)

Nathan (LS)
Fit                                            9/10 (-1 for being off my typical size, perfect fit 1 size down)
Warmth                                    9/10 (best for transitional times of year and base layer use)
Materials                                 10/10 (feels better than your skin)
Durability                                10/10 (absolutely no wear with use or washing)



Total Score: 95% (D: 9.5/10 N: 9.5/10 )

Thanks for reading!

TESTER PROFILES:
Dr. Matthew Klein is a 140 lb male with notable PRs of 14:45 for 5k and 2:32:44 for the full marathon.  He typically runs 70-100 miles per week and trains at a variety of paces from 8min per mile recovery runs to 4:40 per mile 1k repeats.  He prefers firmer and responsive shoes with snug heels and medium to wide toe boxes.  He is particular to less cushioned shoes and close to the ground shoes, but can handle a little cushion when he gets beat up.

Dr. David Salas is a 135 lb male with notable PRs ranging from 3:54 in the 1500m to 1:08:36 for half marathon. He typically runs 60 to 70 miles per week and trains from about 7:30 recovery runs to fast shorter efforts at 4:30 pace. He normally prefers neutral shoes with a firmer ride, but is completely open to other types of shoes.  He is a footwear enthusiast at heart and will always appreciate a high quality shoe when it comes around. For updates on training or testing, IG handle: @docsofrundavid

Dr. Brown is a 155 lb male with notable PRs of 18:18 5K, 39:25 10K, 1:29:01 half marathon, and 3:54 marathon. He typically runs between 20-40 miles per week at a variety of paces from 7:30-8:30 min/mile for recovery runs to 6-6:45 min/mile for tempo runs. He typically prefers shoes that provide some cushioning underfoot but still maintain a more firm and responsive feel. Current goals for 2020 are to break the 1.5 hour half marathon and 3:30 marathon. IG handle: @nate.docsofrunning

Editor's Note: As always, the views presented on this website belong to myself or the selected few who contribute to these posts. This website should not and does not serve as a replacement for seeking medical care. If you are currently injured or concerned about an injury, please see your local running physical therapist. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I am currently taking clients for running evaluations.

Matthew Klein, PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Nathan Brown PT DPT MS
Doctor of Physical Therapy 
Masters in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science
Movement Performance Institute Certified in Advanced Functional Biomechanics 

David Salas PT DPT CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

***Disclaimer: These apparel items were provided free of charge in exchange for a review.  We thank the  people at rabbit for sending them to us.  This in no way affected the honesty of this review. We put at least 40-50 miles on clothing prior to reviewing them. Currently we have 80 miles (David) and 42 miles (Nathan) in our clothing. Our views are based on our extensive history in the footwear industry and years testing and developing footwear. If you are a footwear or apparel rep looking for footwear reviews or consultations on development, we are currently looking to partner with companies to assist, discuss and promote footwear models. Partnership will not affect the honesty of our reviews.

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