Review: Wilkwear

The CrossFit community is large and wide and over the last few years has introduced me to some amazing athletes and coaches.

This includes Joseph Wilkinson from CrossFit Jersey City who contacted me about trying out his padded collarbone compression shirt that he manufactures through his fledgling company Wilkwear.

The shirt is designed to help with training by protecting the body in certain places from the common bruising caused by either a barbell or some other piece of equipment.

It is a compression shirt and, as imagined, is tight. I liked the fact that it was, outside of the padding, thin and sleeveless, and could be comfortably worn under a regular t-shirt if desired.

Here are some of the noted tech specs courtesy of the Wilkwear website:

  • 85% Nylon & 15% Spandex creates the compression fit
  • Anti-microbial fabric wicks moisture away from your body, keeping you cool and fresh before, during and after a workout
  • The compression shirt fits tight to your body to keep the padding in place, so you can focus on the workout rather then readjusting the padding
  • The 8 individual pads allow for maximum collarbone protection while maintaining mobility

For front squats, thrusters, any type of clean or any type of press, where the bar is in the front rack position, the padding absorbed the impact, as you can see in the picture below:

The shirt was comfortable to workout in and definitely let my collarbone unscathed. Currently it retails for $49.95.

It’s hard to judge if that is a good price as it is the only shirt that I am aware of like this out on the market.

If you are focused on lifting, especially the Olympic lifts, than I can see this being of a great value.

I’m looking forward to using the shirt more often in my training and I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what’s next in the Wilkwear product line.

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