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The 19 Best Hoodies for Men

Quality zip-ups and pullovers.

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Last Updated August, 2020.

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    The hoodie is a pillar of the casual wardrobe. It has transcended its roots as a sportswear staple and is an essential garment regardless of social class or aesthetic taste. Though the design hasn’t changed much over the years, brands are offering versions of the hoodie in a range of quality fabrics not present in previous decades. Still comfortable and durable, these sweatshirts show the depth of quality fabrics available in French terry, fleece-back and double-face constructions. Whether you’re a fan of pullover or zip-up styles, quality fabric is what makes the garment. So explore the range of options below and invest in a hoodie worth wearing for years.

    Important Fabric Terms

    French Terry: Sometimes referred to as loopback cotton, this fabric is warp knitted with a flat face and loops on the underside, which serve the same purpose as the loops on a towel: to absorb moisture and sweat. Most commonly offered in 100 percent cotton, French terry can also include added elastane for stretch.

    Fleece-Back: To create fleece-back fabrics, the underside of a knitted fabric is brushed with sandpaper or wire brushes until the yarn becomes soft and fleecy. This technique can be applied to a large range of knitted cotton fabrics and is utilized for its velvety hand feel.

    Double-Face: This material is made up of two interlocking knitted fabrics. A double-knitted jersey, for example, is made up of two single jerseys knitted together so that both the underside and outside of the fabric are flat. Domestically, the Northwestern Knitting Co. has a proprietary knitted fabric made of two distinct layers, while internationally, brands like Norse Projects utilize this material.

    Best Pullover Hoodies

    Russell Athletic Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie

    Russell Athletic is best-known for literally inventing the sweatshirt, so if you’re one to gravitate to the real deal, look no further. Its Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie comes with baby soft fleece fabric and vintage details like the v-insert, drawstring and a comfortably relaxed fit.

    Buy It Now: $15+

    Uniqlo Long-Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt

    Courtesy Uniqlo

    Uniqlo’s is one of the best-kept non-secrets in fashion. The better basics brand is a go-to for anyone on the style spectrum and its Long-Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt is a simple, pared-back hoodie with a fabric stands up to the competition in higher price brackets.

    Buy It Now: $30

    Champion Reverse Weave Hoodie Sweatshirt

    Champion invented the hoodie, so it makes sense that the century-old company makes a pretty good one. It has the signature reverse weave fabric for which the brand is known, which is tough and won’t shrink in the length.

    Buy It Now: $70

    Buck Mason Brushed Loopback Hooded Sweatshirt

    Courtesy Buck Mason

    Crafted from an all-cotton terry loop fabric, the smooth outer looks clean while the brushed interior is super soft against the skin. The kangaroo pocket is generous and the contrast hood cinch adds a subtle touch of style.

    Buy Now: $85

    Birdwell Cayucos Pullover Hoodie

    Courtesy Birdwell

    Legends of the beach, Birdwell's best-known for its tough surf trunks. But, one of its recent additions to its line of seaside goods is this vintage-inspired hoodie. For the vintage nerd looking for a 1930s-style hoodie without the collector price, look no further.

    Buy Now: $109

    Standard Issue Hoody

    If only hoodies like Standard Issue’s were actually the standard. The fabric weighs in at a seriously hefty 24 ounces which is twice that of your average hoodie.

    Buy It Now: $100

    Flint + Tinder 10-Year Pullover

    The name says it all. Flint and Tinder’s 10 Year Hoodie is built to last a decade. At 23 ounces of beefy fleece, a double-lined hood and raglan sleeves, this made-in-Los-Angeles pullover is a major value others are slow to catch up to.

    Buy It Now: $98

    Save Khaki Fleece-Back Supima Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

    Save Khaki United’s American-made hoodie starts with premium Supima cotton, one of the world’s softest cottons. From there, comfort is added thanks to the naturally-fitting raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching throughout. Plus, we love the refreshingly clean look that forgoes the near-requisite kangaroo pockets.

    Buy It Now: $120

    Velva Sheen Pullover Hoodie

    Established in 1932, Velva Sheen originally produced tees, sweatshirts and other basics for schools, camps and the military. Its American-made hoodie is made from incomparably soft tri-blend of cotton, polyester and rayon, outfitted with ribbed hems and cuffs as well as a vintage-style kangaroo pocket.

    Buy It Now: $145

    3sixteen Indigo-Dyed Heavyweight Hoodie

    From the makers of some of the finest jeans on the market comes one of the finest hoodies on the market, made with a seriously hefty fleece that’s been dyed with indigo and just begging for you to fade it yourself. It’s crafted in Canada with a unique 3-piece hood construction and discreet, on-seam hand pockets.

    Buy It Now: $185

    Warehouse Lot. 475 Hooded Sweatshirt

    Courtesy Clutch Cafe

    It doesn't get much better than this. Warehouse's beefy sweatshirt takes after vintage iterations with details like an after-hood and dense, loopwheel construction. It's been given a meticulous wash and fade for that primo vintage aesthetic.

    Buy Now: $305

    Best Zip-Up Hoodies

    Hanes Full Zip Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie

    Cut with a burly blend of cotton and polyester, Hanes’ zip up can keep up with other hoodies in price ranges beyond itself.

    Buy It Now: $8+

    Carhartt Midweight Hooded Zip Front Sweatshirt

    Stalwart workwear brand Carhartt’s hoodie is, like the rest of its range, built to last. The 50/50 cotton-poly fabric is a hardy blend that doesn’t sacrifice on comfort and it won’t break the bank, either.

    Buy It Now: $45

    Champion Reverse Weave Classic Full Zip Hoodie

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    The classic made the pullover list and it was hard to ignore its zipped version. The tried-and-true Champion hoodie remains one of the best out there thanks to its the burly-yet-comfy reverse weave fabric which prevents shrinkage. It’s a classic that won’t go away any time soon.

    Buy It Now: $119

    Outerknown Sur Zip Hoodie

    Courtesy Outerknown

    Made from an all-natural blend of hemp and organic cotton, this hoodie features ribbed hems and cuffs, a sturdy zipper and kangaroo pockets. When the weather get a bit too windy, the drawstring hood helps keep it tight.

    Buy It Now: $98

    Filson C.C.F Waffle-Lined Full-Zip Hoodie

    Courtesy Filson

    Though Filson's C.C.F. line is its more-affordable label, it's nothing to scoff at. Its Waffle-Lined Full-Zip hoodie is built like a tank, but feels like a luxury hotel robe. With an 8.8-ounce cotton-poly shell and 12.7-ounce all-cotton waffle-knit lining, its satisfyingly heavy and comfortable.

    Buy It Now: $115

    Reigning Champ Mid Weight Terry Zip Hoodie

    Courtesy East Dane

    Reigning Champ’s Canadian-made zip-up hoodie combines the comfort of a raglan sleeve with the tailored look of an in-set sleeve, all packed into an inimitable loopback cotton-jersey fabric. Bartack stitching reinforces the pockets while flatlock stitching ensures a the fabric lays comfortably flush against the skin.

    Buy It Now: $165

    Handvaerk Alpaca Cotton Zip-Up Hoodie

    While most of the hoodies on this list use some form of loopback terry, Handvaerk’s zip-up is a luxe rib-knit made with a blend of alpaca and cotton. The royal mix of alpaca gives the hoodie a cashmere-like feel with the versatility of cotton you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

    Buy It Now: $275

    John Elliott Flash 2 Relaxed Fit Zip Hoodie

    Though it’s labeled as a relaxed fit, it really is the perfect-fitting zip-up hoodie. The premium loopback French terry, two-way zipper and substantial kangaroo pockets are three cherries on top.

    Buy It Now: $295

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