I’m a great fan of the Pagoda T-shirt. I had some reservations at first, due to its old man image … but now I no longer care, simply because I am old heh heh …
Wearing it as an undershirt, sweat doesn’t show on your formal wear when it’s hot … and then the sweat that the Pagoda has absorbed cools you down.
Wearing it as a T-shirt at home, it’s like not wearing a shirt at all, because it’s so thin, but the advantages of wearing a shirt are still there, in that your skin doesn’t stick to the furniture, and the sweat doesn’t just trickle and roll down your body which is ticklish.
Unfortunately Pagoda T-shirts are not so easy to find, and they are quite dear at more than RM10 apiece. Fortunately there is an alternative: Edwin undershirts. The cutting and sizing scheme are the same, the only difference is the cloth. I can’t say which material is better though; it’s simply not the same type. Anyway I’ve tried both and they both achieve the same ends. It’s just a matter of feel, if one wants to be that particular (which I’m not).
In terms of price, Edwin undershirts are cheaper (less than RM10), and in terms of availability, they can be found at Giant. I do hope that Edwin continues to produce these T-shirts. I’m not partial to either, but I do welcome competition as the driver of quality and low price.
Before, I used to wear Pagoda brand t-shirt but now wearing Bukit Menara brand. It’s just like Pagoda t-shirt but the fabric a bit softer than Pagoda brand. Since I’m kinda a tough, burly and muscular type of person, Pagoda t-shirts tend to brittle and become flimsy where the lifespan of my Pagoda t-shirt can averagely last around 5 months before I do hulk-hogan styled ripping because small rips and holes always form at the neck area, seams and chest area. Not to mention at the back. Furthermore, the stitching at the neck always easily frayed. Then without any doubt, I rip ’em off!! The Hulk Ruless..!!!
I had used so many brands which similar as Pagoda brand. Some are Swan brand, Double-Goose (Siam mali maa), Edwin, Bukit Menara (My new fav!), Double-Bull (ol’ skool), Eagle King and Club Man.
Swan brand : Not so soft as Pagoda but very cheap!!
Double Goose : Loves the x-stitching at the neck area. Looks nice and not easy to fray.
Edwin : The fabric is sturdy for its thickness. Nice wearing it under medium hot and cold season.
Bukit Menara : Soft and thin fabric, very comfortable.
Double-Bull : The fabric kinda crude.
Eagle King : As thick as Edwin and the stitching is made sturdy.
Club Man : Also like Eagle King and Edwin.
Mind sharing where to get these t-shirts?
Edwin is available at Giant.
I used to get my Pagodas at Star Enterprise, Taman Tun Dr Ismail. But that was a couple of years back.