Comparison of T-Shirts for Tall Skinny Men: Tall Slim Tees vs Old Navy

Tall sizes are becoming increasingly common both from mass market brands and from niche tall specific clothing companies. In this post, I'm going to compare two examples of these: Old Navy and Tall Slim Tees (TST).

The two t-shirts TST kindly sent me are medium and large while the Old Navy t-shirt is a large tall. And for comparison's sake, I've included a run of the mill large from Hanes. None of the t-shirts were washed nor dried prior to the comparison.

Tall Slim Tees vs Old Navy Tall T-Shirts for Tall People
Clockwise from top left: Hanes, Old Navy Large Tall, TST Medium, TST Large

Though I have had much better luck with Old Navy in the past, in this instance their shirt was only slightly longer the the Hanes large. In contrast, the TST t-shirts both have more than an extra inch in length as well as longer sleeves. All girths are similar except the TST medium, which is as to be expected.

TST Fitting Guide:
MEDIUM: 6'2″ – 6'7″ & 150 lbs. – 200 lbs.
LARGE: 6'4″ – 6'9″ & 200 lbs. – 250 lbs.

I'm 6'7" (long torso) and 220 lbs which puts me at the lower end of TST's large. The large (red) was an OK fit, but I liked the medium (blue) much more. I haven't worn a medium anything since my early teens, so it sounds a bit odd at first. But it makes sense as, for my height, I'm about average build. How nice it is not to have to opt for an XXL tent just to get enough length!

Medium Tal T-shirt for Tall Skinny Guy

A challenge that Old Navy faces is that they are a mass market company and hence will always be pressured to reach the largest market. So while tall men by most definitions are 6'4" and up, Old Navy is drawn to lower this in search of a larger market. From my past experience with Old Navy, I have to say they are a decent option. But for the truly tall men, 6'4" and up, niche companies like TST will always have the edge. It should also be noted that TST t-shirts aren't merely scaled up standard shirts, but have gone through 7 design iterations to be optimized specifically for thin men from 6'2" to 6'9".

The Old Navy t-shirt is about $10 while the TST t-shirt is a bit more expensive at $20 ($17 with the promo code TallAdaptations). But getting a good fit is worth the extra price. Further, the TST t-shirt is softer and just feels like it's better quality, despite both t-shirts being about 50-50 polyester and cotton. Lastly, supporting niche tall clothing companies keeps them around and developing new products. TST, for example, plans to launch more sizes this year as well as getting into long sleeve shirts. In conclusion, Tall Slim Tees wins this match!

Car Seat Tilting Brackets and other Adaptations for Tall People

The following is a guest post by Sean, a fellow Tall Adapter. Please see this site's disclaimer before doing any adaptations.

At 6'3" I have to Tall Adapt. I drive a 2001 Honda CR-V which I purchased new and still drive 13 years on. Here are some adaptations I've made to the car which parallel some of your blog posts.
First up is the mirror. The factory placement puts the mirror directly in my line of sight. I discovered that the bracket which attaches the mirror to the interior had a pivot point allowing it to
rotate [editor: for mirror mounts that don't have this option, see this post]. So this mirror is rotated 180 degrees and thanks to the angle of the bracket it now resides up and out of my direct line of sight. Additionally, I drive with a panoramic clip-on mirror to improve rearward vision. Everybody I've recommended the panoramic mirror to has loved it regardless of their height.

Tall people can't see rearview mirror have to reposition it
Original mirror position
Tall people can't see rearview mirror so move it
New mirror position
Swiveling rear view mirror
Pivot that allows this particular mirror to be rotated 180 degrees
Second is these seat brackets I made. These are a small improvement which made a huge difference for me. I had been buying chair cushions to sit on that raise my seat height to a comfortable level.  I realized the issue really was with the length of my calves. The bracket is flat steel with two holes drilled in it, installed to raise the front of the seat. The first set of brackets I made were too long at 1½" as they interfered with the ergonomics of the seat-back reclining angle. The one inch brackets corrected the length from the end of the bottom seat cushion to the pedals in a way that the chair cushions never could.  It's hard to see in the third image but the seat cushion is a little higher. I suppose as the front of the seat only is raised that there may be more room for my femur-to-butt length on the seat as well but that's just speculation.

Custom car seat bracket
Bracket to tilt seat pan backwards
Custom car seat bracket
Bracket closeup
Tilting seat pan with brackets to get extra leg room for tall people
Side view of tilted seat pan
Lastly, taller people have bigger hands and longer fingers, so I drive with a steering wheel cover to get a better grip on the wheel. I always feel like a steering wheel without one just doesn't feel
right... too skinny and unsafe.

Steering wheel cover for big hands of tall people
Steering wheel cover increases diameter for tall people's bigger hands