Gildan 42000 Performance® T-shirt FAQ |

Gildan 42000 Performance® T-shirt FAQ |

How much does it weigh?

The Gildan 42000 Performance T-shirt is made with 100% polyester and weighs 8.3 oz.(CA) 5 oz.(US)

Is the Gildan G420 the same as the 42000?

Yes, both names are used interchangeably in the wholesale t-shirt world to refer to the Gildan 42000 Performance T-shirt.

What does it feel like? Is it soft? Is it comfortable?

Polyester t-shirts are lightweight, flexible, and feel soft against your skin. The Gildan 46000 Performance T-shirt is made from 100% performance polyester jersey that has AquaFX® wicking properties and Freshcare™ antimicrobial properties. On the spectrum of fabric softness, the Gildan 42000 polyester tee ranks somewhere between cotton and cashmere.

Please note not all Gildan 100% polyester t-shirts are made equal and can feel very different! Scroll down to read about the differences between the Gildan 42000 Performance T-shirt and the Gildan 46000 Performance Core T-shirt.

Does it shrink?

One of the best features of polyester is its durability. Gildan polyester shirts are woven with long stable polymers that make the garment strong and resilient. Because of this, the Gildan performance t-shirts are snag-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, and shrink-resistant. While they do hold up extremely well in the wash compared to cotton or polycotton blends, we still recommend following the care label and to avoid excessive heat.

This low-maintenance blank t-shirt is an ideal choice for those that need a tough shirt to withstand lots of wearing and washing. Compared to natural fabrics like cotton or linen, polyester is much less absorbent, making it more sweat and stain-resistant too.

How does it fit?

This Gildan plain tee features an active fit with a focus on functionality. The upper portion hugs and compliments the shoulder and chest areas while leading into a spacious fit around the waist. Order true to size for a closer fit and size up for a looser fit.

Gildan t-shirts are meant to fit true to size, however, there are variations amongst the brands we carry at We always suggest that our customers check our size charts prior to ordering. If you are unsure of sizing, please reach out to us here and we are happy to assist you.

Gildan Performance 42000/G420 vs Gildan Performance Core 46000/G460 T-shirt 

Confused by the two Gildan polyester shirts? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Both Gildan blank shirts are made with 100% polyester, however, they feel completely different. The Gildan 42000 feels like a regular cotton t-shirt but softer, whereas the Gildan 46000 t-shirt has a slight stretch and sheen to the fabric, and feels silky, similar to the typical athletic t-shirts.

Choosing the right shirt for your needs can get confusing, so feel free to reach out to our friendly customer service team for some expert advice!

Gildan 42000/G420 Performance T-shirt Review

As the name entails, the Gildan G420 is a performance t-shirt made from moisture-managing synthetic fabric. It mimics the look and feels of a cotton tee with fast-drying properties designed for athletic purposes. It is a popular shirt style for bulk t-shirt buyers from Canadian schools and sports clubs. The 100% polyester composition makes it durable yet soft, perfect to wear at warmer temperatures.

Check out the Gildan 42000/G420 reviews from our customers!

Gildan 42000 DryBlend Size Chart

Gildan 42000/G420 Performance
Width 18" (46 cm) 20" (51 cm) 22" (56 cm) 24" (61 cm) 26" (66 cm) 28" (71 cm)
Length 28" (71 cm) 29" (74 cm) 30" (76 cm) 31" (79 cm) 32" (82 cm) 33" (84 cm)

From the same collection:

Women’s Style: Gildan 42000L Women's Performance® T-shirt

Youth Style: Gildan 42000B Youth Performance® T-shirt

Unisex Long Sleeve: Gildan 42400 Performance® Long Sleeve T-Shirt

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20th Jun 2022

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