If you play enough airsoft games out in warm climates, you will no doubt wonder why there is such a lack of quality combat shirts in short sleeve varieties. Most companies opt for long sleeve combat shirts, which are more protective – especially ones designed for actual soldiers. However, that protection comes at the cost of higher heat levels. In airsoft, we are obviously not in any mortal danger or situations which would absolutely require a longer length sleeve. That is why when I saw that Tru-Spec had released a short sleeve 1/4 zip combat shirt, I had to get one to review.

The Tru-Spec Short Sleeve 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt comes in four color varieties: Black, Navy, MultiCam-Coyote, and Olive Drab. The torso fabric is soft and allows for a lot of air flow through its fabric. This softer torso material is made from a blend of 60/40 cotton nylon CORDURA. The sleeves are thicker and made from a 65/35 polyester cotton vat rip-stop material. The sleeves also feature shoulder pockets and patch space, both of which are excellent things to have available to you for airsoft play. I can’t count the number of times I have thrown my keys or ID into one of the shoulder pockets for safe keeping so that it doesn’t get tangle up with all the rest of the gear I wear out to airsoft events.

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Features of Tru-Spec Nylon / Cotton 1/4 Zip Short Sleeve Combat Shirt

  • 65% polyester / 35% cotton vat ripstop sleeves
  • 60% cotton / 40% nylon Cordura Baselayer body
  • 6.5 oz. fabric
  • Tactical Response Uniform short sleeves
  • Dual shoulder pockets
  • Loop fields on pockets for patch attachment
  • Quarter zip front
  • Mandarin collar

The fit is comfortable and similar to the fit of the Tru-Spec full sleeve combat shirt. I usually wear a large t-shirt and a large size fit very well. Also helping with this was that there were no sleeves to have to worry about, which can often be cut too narrow for your arm to get through – well, mine anyway. Obviously, each person has different proportions.

Overall, Tru-Spec has done a fantastic job with their Short Sleeve 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt. They are available now and range in price between $50 and $85 dollars depending on the length of the shirt and the retailer you go through.

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Jerry Paxton

A long-time fan and reveler of all things Geek, I am also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of GamingShogun.com