So here’s the second and last part of this T-Shirt review for this years VMworld. And as before I hope you can find this useful for Barcelona.
Name : Platform 9
Model: Next Level Apparel 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
Size: XL (why oh why no XXL ???)
Quality: Feels really nice and soft and guessing the 40% polyester will help it stay better in shape than 100% Cotton.
Print: A city landscape with a Platform 9 blimp on it and a few different technologies that they support I guess, pretty low-key and thus usable elsewhere than home.
Conclusion: I would have given this shirt an 8, but by not having XXL sizes I have to drop them down a few points. I mean why not bring XXL and since this was the US XXXL as well. I was almost tiny compared to some of the people there, and XL wont last more than 1 or 2 washes then they shrink 😦
Name : Nimble Storage
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton – Ring Spun
Size: XL (Why do you only have XL in the US ????) and these are not US sizes
Quality: Somewhat stiff version of this shirt, again have to wait and see whether or not this Ring Spun cotton does anything for shrinkage when washing these T-shirts.
Print: The Nimble Logo and then an kinda ugly red version of the vExpert logo both on the front and back. That would have been better with the normal White on Black.
Conclusion: Both the vExpert and only size XL drags this shirt down.
Name : Cortado
Model: C Port and Company – 100% Cotton
Quality: A bit thicker than the other T-shirts from C Port, but otherwise seems quite ok. Guessing it will warp some when washed.
Print: A superman like version of the Cortado logo, but very stiff and you can feel that on the inside of the shirt.
Conclusion: What brings this shirt down is the Stiffness of the logo, which you can feel like plastic on the inside of the shirt.
Name : Dell Software
Model: The Concert Tee – District 100% Pre-shrunk Cotton
Quality: First T-Shirt I’ve seen from this company, but being pre-shrunk it should hold up good when washed. Very soft and thin T-shirt
Print: A print that’s supposed to make it look like you have a clock on a gold chain around your neck. and a message that’s continue on the back.
Conclusion: The shirt is nice and soft and pre-shrunk should help a lot. But the print makes this another shirt I wouldn’t wear in public, but can be used around the house 🙂
That’s it for this year. As I wrote in the first post, I haven’t had much time in the Solutions Exchange and therefore didn’t get to grab that many T-Shirts this year.
I hope you still found this funny/useful/whatever 🙂
I have to start by apologizing, that this review comes after VMworld, but I’ve actually had a really busy schedule at VMworld this year, and didn’t get much time to spend at the Solutions Exchange to find all the T-shirts or evenings free to actually write a few posts about the T-shirts. I do hope that most of the Vendors I list here will be represented at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, so people can still use this review for something useful 🙂
Name : Official VMworld T-Shirt
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton
Quality: Seems like VMware has degraded the quality of their T-shirt this year. Last years pre-shrunked cotton was really good after washes, this one seems a bit too stiff. It however is still alot better than some of the else T-shirts I’ve collected the other years.
Print: A few variations of the be_TOMORROW message that was all over the conference. Not too excessive, but still a bit bigger than I would have liked it, if I should wear this shirt anywhere but at VMUG’s and the like.
Conclusion: An ok Shirt that doesn’t feel all that soft, but still quite ok.
Name : Veeam
Model: Gildan Softstyle – Ring Spun 100% Cotton
Quality: Feels really soft to the touch and hope that it feels this soft after a few washes. Not sure what the Ring Spun means but I hope that it’s somewhat like the Pre-shrunk thing that some of the other T-shirts have, that really keeps the shape of the T-shirt after you wash it a few times.
Print: As always Veeam has some big lettering on the front, which makes you notice this shirt when people walk around with it. Not sure I would wear this one anywhere at home though (or at a Veeam convention)
Conclusion: Nice shirt, but the big print drags it down, to get a high score I want a shirt that I could actually wear in public too.
Name : Docker
Model: Canvas – 100% Cotton
Quality: A nice soft and thin T-shirt that’s from a new T-shirt Vendor that I don’t think I’ve seen before. Hope this stays in shape after washes.
Print: Just the well-known Docker logo on the front and a simple ” Build Ship and Run Any App Anywhere” message on the back. Not too brazen.
Conclusion: A nice quality and not too big a logo, I think i could wear this one once in a while 🙂
Name : Turbonomic (former VMturbo)
Model: Canvas – 100% Cotton
Quality: The same company and same quality of T-shirt that Docker use.
Print: A big brain on the front where one half is the normal brain and the other half is a computer circuit version
Conclusion: Like Docker a very soft and nice T-shirt with an ok print, and not too brazen company logo. Actually surprised that the earlier VMturbo company has this understated company logo 🙂
Again this year after collecting a ton of T-shirts many of which I don’t want to wear, I’ve decided to give them away to the homeless people in San Francisco. Same goes for the big amount of Drinking Canteens I’ve collected.
And I must say, its somewhat harder to actually get them to accept gifts if you approach them instead of the other way around.But once you do get them to accept the T-shirts they are very grateful for the help. So instead of just throwing away T-shirts or drinking Canteens do think of the people who could use it.
But don’t be surprised if you see homeless people in T-shirts from your or another company.
The Second part of this series is up with T-shirts from New Horizons, Springpath, Zert0, OneNeck and Thinprint.
Name : New Horizons
Model: C-port 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Quality: The Quality of this shirt feels good too, a bit too thick but that ensures durability. I like the Pre-shrunk ones, as they don’t warp as much when washed.
Print: The Front has a big I’m all about that upgrade amidst a list of a bunch of technologies they offer courses on. And the back has a bit oversized company Logo
Conclusion: The two things that are dragging this shirt down is the fact that they only have XL, and even though they claim its US sizes, it really isn’t. The other is the colour is a weird faded burgundy that I really don’t like.
Model: District Made 50% Cotton 50% Polyester
Quality: Eventhough this isn’t 100% cotton it feels really soft and nice to the touch
Print: The print on the front is the company logo weirdly placed on the left of the shirt, and the back has a nice smaller sized version of the logo.
Conclusion: Again a company that doesn’t make sized bigger than XL. Please have your marketing people change this for next year.
Model: Next Level 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
Quality: The quality of this one is a bit like the PernixData one, a bit too thin, and it feels like it will very likely warp out of space after a few washes.
Print: A Donkey SmartASS on the front, with actually no company logo at all. But tied to their Solution Exchange theme. Not a shirt I would plan on using after the show
Conclusion: The quality and the print are what drags this one down.
Model: C-Port & Company 100% Cotton
Quality: A bit heavy on the fabric, which will make it somewhat warm to wear, but otherwise a nice one
Print: A “Spoof” of all the Keep Calm and … shirts, where they put Hug a Printer at the bottom instead. Kinda funny once, but I don’t see myself wearing that shirt outside the convention. Will bring it back for my Printerguy at home though.
Conclusion: An ok shirt from Marketing, but not sure what the idea really is. Might of course be hard to create anything really nice with something as boring as printers 🙂
Model: Next Level 100% Cotton
Quality: Again a Next Level one, that I don’t really feel will hold up to many washings
Print: A somewhat Simple white drawing of a Dragon being fought off by two Zerto Knights, and the back a list of all the conventions which they will attend
Conclusion: Zert0 was the first shirt I rated really bad, and they did improve for 2014, and had promised me that this year would be better. So somewhat disappointed in this T-Shirt. You can do better!
So once again VMWorld is on, and I’ve been around the Solutions Exchange once to collect T-shirts. There are probably quite a few that I didn’t get, so feel free to tweet me new ones.
Name: VMWorld 2015 Official T-shirt
Model: Hanes Tagless 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Quality: Once again VMware does use a very nice quality shirt, that feels soft and looks like it can withstand quite a few washings.
Print: This year the print is very simple, just the Logo and VMworld 2015
Conclusion: A bit boring shirt, but very nice quality
Model: Bella + Canvas 100% Cotton
Quality: Again PernixData has spent a bit too little to create a good quality, which is very sad because they always have nice concepts with T-shirts
Print: A Very nice Starwars X representing the X from PernixData ,which was well themed with their Party. Best I’ve seen this year (Starwars Fan)
Conclusion: Have to only give this shirt 6 out of 10 because of the quality. I hope they do better next time around, because as I’ve written before, you do want to create Shirts people will wear more than once, and this feels like it will fall apart after a few washes. But very nice that they have them up to 3XL 🙂
Name: Violin Memory
Model: American apparel 100% Cotton
Size: XL 😦
Quality: A very nice quality shirt, probably the best quality I’ve seen this year.
Print: A Grateful Dead cover, saying I saw a dead Disk in my Datacenter
Conclusion: Giving this shirt an 8 out of 10 for quality and print, however that they didn’t make them in 2XL drags down.
Model: Gildan Softstyle 100% Cotton
Quality: A reasonably nice quality Shirt, that however doesn’t feel like it will keep in shape after a few washes, but very soft.
Print: An almost Back to the Future looking print that says Born to Perform. And the back a Simple Coho Data logo.
Conclusion: Dragging down is the quality, but It might change after I have washed it a few times.