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Women's Essence T

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Made from a blend of sophisticated technical fibres, our Essence T offers a high-performance alternative to a basic cotton T-shirt.

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The Full Story+

Designed in a relaxed, casual style but offering all the performance of a technical base layer, our short sleeved Essence T is a highly functional alternative to a basic cotton T-shirt.

Made from a blend of sophisticated technical fibres, Dryknit™ fabric looks and feels like top-quality cotton but outperforms it many times over.

Unlike cotton, our Dryknit™ fabric wicks really well, is easy to wash – in the machine or by hand – and will dry comfortably overnight, even in cool or humid conditions, and be ready to wear again the next morning with little or no ironing required. And, because it’s made using ‘Vortex’ spun yarns, it’s durable and won’t stretch, fade or lose its shape. It just keeps going, year after year.

Get all the classic style of a regular cotton T without any of the downsides. With the Essence T enjoy high-performance technology that will keep you looking and feeling fresh all day long.

Fabric: Dryknit™ (95% polyester, 5% elastane)
Weight: 130g
Pack Size: 260ml
Drying Time: 3 hours

Features at a Glance+
  • Fabric: Dryknit™ (95% polyester, 5% elastane).
  • Weight: 130g.
  • Pack Size: 260ml.
  • Drying Time: 3 hours.
  • Technical, cotton-feel crew neck T.
  • Dynamic Moisture Control™ wicking treatment.
  • Stretch fabric.
  • Lightweight.
  • Durable.
  • Packable.
  • High wicking.
  • Quick drying.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Crease resistant.
Fundamental Principles
Lightweight - Weight: 130gLightweight - Weight: 130g

We were the original lightweight revolutionaries. Back in the 1970’s we realised that cutting weight without losing performance meant that you can take less and do more. Everything we make is engineered to achieve this.

Packable - Pack Size: 260mlPackable - Pack Size: 260ml

Low pack size is a benefit whether you’re packing for a day’s walking or for the trip of a lifetime. We continually scrutinise fabric specification and garment construction to minimise the packed size of our clothing. The actual pack size is tested and listed.

Fast Drying - Drying Time: 3 hoursFast Drying - Drying Time: 3 hours

All Rohan clothing is designed to be very fast drying – as much a benefit for unexpected downpours as anything else. It’s easy to wash and often needs no ironing. Almost all garments will dry overnight, meaning you can take less with you. We test every item and list its drying time.

Size Guide+
Smart, crease-resistant, quick-drying travel shirt.
Top length 25"/63cm
Measurement based on size 12

Womens Essence T

To fit bust
Womens Size Guide

What People are Saying

This product has a Rating of 5 / 5
Steve Bell
Age: 41-45
Purpose: General travel purposes, including city sightseeing, hiking and boat trips.
Length you've had item: First one purchased over five years ago - I now have four Essence T-shirts.

Can Be Worn For Almost Any Occasion


The Essence T looks like a standard cotton T-shirt, but is actually made from polyester. This makes it breathable even in extreme heat and humidity such as in South East Asia. Also, the material contains elastane, so it stretches and makes it comfortable to wear even when undertaking action-based activities.

It can be worn for almost any occasion, including hiking and trekking in mountains, boat trips and by the swimming pool, and is presentable enough for a day of city sightseeing and eating in cafes and restaurants. Depending on the climate, the Essence T can be worn on it’s own if the temperature is relatively hot, or as a base layer if it is cooler. I sometimes wear this T-shirt underneath Rohan’s Sanctuary Shirt or Worldview Shirt.

It weighs under 150g so can be packed into a small bag or rucksack easily, and can be washed and dried in a couple of hours, making it very easy to have a turnaround of clothing quickly. It requires no ironing at all, so this makes it a perfect T-shirt for all types of travelling.

The durability and longevity is amazing. I still wear some Essence T’s that are well over five years old – and they still look fine. Over the years, they do not lose their shape or colour – certainly very good value for money.

There are many colours to choose from – I currently have four and will buy another one shortly. However, it would be nice to have striped designs, possibly blue and white stripes. And although this T-shirt fits satisfactorily, as I am relatively small I would probably take a size 6 – but 8 is Rohan’s smallest size!!

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