#VMworld T-shirt Review Part 1

So finally after VMworld, I’ve had time to wear a few of the T-shirts I brought home with me from San Francisco. As stated in this post I only brought 9 of the 17 T-shirt home with me. The rest were given to some of the Homeless people in San Francisco. Hoping people will have a chance to get the same shirts in Barcelona for VMworld Europe.

First up the Zerto T-shirt

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Name: Zerto
Model: Next Level apparel XXL 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: The fabric feels nice and soft, even after the first wash, good step up from last years Zerto shirt.
Print: Last years Zerto shirt had a very prominent print, which I gave a bad score, but this year they toned it down alot. Might they have been listening ?
Score: 6/10
Conclusion: A very big step up from last year, color is a dark red, that I’d actually wear in public :).


Next up the Pernix Data T-shirt


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Name: Pernix Data
Model: Next Level apparel XXL 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: Fabric on this one is also very soft, however it feels alot thinner than Zerto shirt, so not sure how good this will hold up after a few washes
Print: Pernix has created a nice Game of Thrones print for their shirt, with the words Decoupling has Come. A nice touch.
Score: 7/10
Conclusion: This was one of the shirts that everyone seemed to want. Even on the first day the XXL’s were sold out. Very nice! A shirt I could wear outside work.


Last one in this review is the Pluralsight T-shirt

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Name: Pernix Data
Model: Next Level apparel XXL 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: Again a Next Level T-shirt. Seems alot has gone with them this year, and it feels really nice and soft. Again a bit on the thin side.
Print: A pretty nice vNerd logo and a little print. Not too much in your face, and a clean back. Something I can use outside work.
Score: 7/10
Conclusion: Good quality and not too overpowering graphics good job Pluralsight.


T-shirt review coming up soon

So after pillaging the Solutions Exchange on sunday at the Welcome Reception I’ve only just now managed to take a look at the T-shirts I’ve grabbed. I’ve got a total of 17 shirts where I can see I’ve gotten a few of the same. Out of those 17 I’m taking 9 of them home. The other 8 were either too small or in a weird colour/print.

What I plan to do with those 8, is to go out and find some of the Homeless of San Francisco and pass those shirts to these people. I’m hoping they will like a clean shirt for the sometimes chilly SF nights. I know its nothing compared to food or money, but I’d rather give them away than throw them away.

I’ll try to review all of them, but the 9 I take home, will get a washing as well, to see how good they hold up during normal use.

I saw William Lam tweeting about, too many vendors didn’t have M or S sizes. I on the other hand were amazed at how many that didn’t have XXL. And even though they keep repeating that American sizes are bigger, that’s not true. Some of the XXL’s I’ve gotten are super tight and short 🙂

I hope the recipients will enjoy them though.

My original plan was to review the T-shirts as I got them, but this has been a hectic week. Meetings, Sessions and Labs took all my time, so review coming up when I get home.

First t-shirt of #vmworld 2014

Grabbed my badge and back today at Moscone West and with it came this years VMworld T-shirt.


Name: Official VMworld T-shirt of 2014
Model: Fruit of the Loom Lofteez HD
Size: XXL
Quality: The quality seems pretty nice, and on par with last years VMworld t-shirt.
Print: The print is the offcial No Limits logo on the front and a view into space on the back. Very Subtle
Score: 8/10
Conclusion: The fabric feels good, the logo is nice and not in your face, so this will be a shirt I would want to wear other places than VMworld.



Second Sponsor T-shirt Review

Its time to review a few more Sponsor T-shirts. This time its 2 really good ones, and 2 that are so and so. Good examples on what to do and not to do.

First up is the Official VMworld 2012 T-shirt

VMworld 2012 frontVMworld 2012 back

Name: Official VMworld T-shirt of 2012
Model: Hanes Tagless 100% cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: After quite a few washes this shirt has only lost a bit of its shape, a big step up from 2010 and 2011 shirts
Print: The print is still visible, but is a bit faded. Its somewhat more “in your face” than the previous years.
Score: 6/10
Conclusion: The fabric still feels good, its a bit stiff after washing but that quickly subsides. A good shirt.

Next up is an F5 T-shirt from 2010

F5 2010 Front F5 2010 Sleeve

Name: F5 2010
Model: Hanes Tagless 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: This shirt has been washed a lot and still keeps its shape, really nice.
Print: The print is a bit faded. but still good. No print on the back side
Score: 10/10
Conclusion: This is a shirt done the perfect way. Good job F5. A nice catchy image on the front and a very discreet logo on the sleeve. One need to look closely to figure out who made this shirt. This is really nice done by F5 and a shirt i wear often when off from work.

3rd one is from 3Par

3Par 2010 front 3Par 2010 sleeve

Name: 3Par from 2010
Model: C Port and Company 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: After a lot of , this T-shirt has kept its shape perfectly 
Print: The print is still visible, but is faded. Considering how much this has been washed since 2010 its pretty nice
Score: 9/10
Conclusion: The fabric is still soft and nice, colors a bit faded but again a shirt of good quality. And the 3Par logo isn’t that obvious, again a good shirt. 3Par has changed a lot since HP bought them.

Last one is from Veeam

Veeam 2010 front Veeam 2010 back

Name: Veeam 2010
Model: Gildan Heavy Cotton, 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: After some washes, this T-shirt has gone a bit out of shape, but still is wearable
Print: The print is still visible, but is a bit faded
Score: 3/10
Conclusion: A nice logo on the front. “Virtualization Lover”, but then the back is completely hopeless, way too much info and not a shirt i would wear anywhere but at home, when only the family is around.

First Sponsor T-shirt Review

This is the first review I’ve planned. I bounced the idea of a few #vmugdk’ers who thought it could be a fun thing to do. So here goes the first review, and if people like it I’ll keep going.

Thinking about doing this under VMworld 2014 as well, it could be fun to do review while there and point people towards the nice t-shirts and maybe get feedback on where to get some myself.

To start of this review, I’m gonna review 1 very good one, one which is O.K.  and 2 very bad ones, detailing what I find good about them and what I find wrong with the bad ones.

First one is a shirt from VMworld 2010 in Copenhagen.

VMworld 2010 frontVMworld 2010 back

Name: Official VMworld T-shirt of 2010
Model: Hanes Tagless 90% cotton / 10% Polyester
Size: XL
Quality: After a few washes, this T-shirt has gone out of shape, become wider and shorter.
Print: The print is still visible, but is somewhat faded. Not that obvious and could be worn on normal days
Score: 4/10
Conclusion: The fabric feels a bit thin, but the print is still kept very neutral, a good choice.

Second one is from VMworld 2013 in San Francisco.

VMworld 2013 Front VMworld 2013 Back

Name: Official VMworld T-shirt of 2013.
Model: Hanes Tagless 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester
Size:  XXL
Quality: This Hanes T-shirt has been washed a lot since SF and still stays in shape, it’s actually one of my favorite “sponsor” T-shirts of all time
Print: The print is still very visible after a lot of washes, colors are starting to fade a bit. Again not very aggressive print and something I could wear when not at work.
Score: 9/10
Conclusion: One way to make people wear your shirt is to get one of a good quality. Well done VMware on this one.


Third is also from VMworld 2013 in San Francisco.

Vsan 2013 Front Vsan 2013 Back Vsan 2013 wear

Name: VMware VSAN t-shirt
Model: Next Level Apparel. 100% Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: I’ve only been able to use the shirt twice, as the second time it got washed on normal temperatures it got out of shape and the sewing at the bottom started to unravel. I have 2 of these t-shirts and both has done this so guessing its the general quality of the t-shirt that is to blame.
Print: The print stays on pretty good and is quite ok at the front. The back is the official 2013 Defy Convention logo with the vsanbeta tag.
Score: 2/10
Conclusion: As VSAN was only at the beta stage when VMworld 2013 was running, that might be why they skipped on quality here. But with the low quality it means that this is not a t-shirt I can wear again, which kinda defeats the purpose of sponsor t-shirts I would guess.


And the fourth is from VMworld 2013 in San Francisco.

Zerto 2013 Front Zerto 2013 Back

Name: Zert0
Model: Gildan Heavy Cotton 100% Cotton
Size: XL
Quality: This t-shirt has only been washed once, but seems to already be a bit out of shape. But it seems to be a nice quality cotton, somewhat thicker than the VSAN one.
Print: What can i say here… who would wear this t-shirt anywhere but at the convention where you could win something by wearing it.
Score: 2/10
Conclusion: This is a prime example of a way not to get people to wear your t-shirts. It might not have been meant as anything but a gimmick at VMworld, but who in their right mind would wear these colors outside a convention:)