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Top 3 Gildan T-Shirts | G200, G500 & G800 – Which do I need?

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 – rightfully so; they are dependable, quality shirts at an affordable price.

Perfect for screen-printers and casual wear alike, the top three Gildan items 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. Starting with the G200, let’s discuss these.

G200 – Ultra Cotton 6 oz.

Dubbed the “Ultra-Cotton” the G200 is the sturdiest and heaviest 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. It is “pre-shrunk” cotton, but  100% cotton is still prone to mild shrinkage.

Structure of the shirt hangs well over the shoulders, with wider, seamless collar and double-needle stitching. The G200 runs all the way from S – 5X, with sizing holding near industry standards. With plenty of colors to choose from, it’s a great option for event shirts, graphic tee’s, casual wear or promotional apparel. With colors like “Safety Green” they make great hardy outdoor work shirts.

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.

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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 shirt, it’s light enough for warmer climates and wears well 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 the fit is stylish and the price is right. For a good, solid standard shirt to print on and distribute, the G500 makes a great 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 shirts hold up very well to repeated washing, holding 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.

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 for more information!

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