Wardrobe Essentials

The 18 Best Hoodies for Men


December 16, 2019 Style By

This guide to the best hoodies of 2019 covers both pullover and zip-up styles, showcasing French terry, fleece-back and double-faced fabrics.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Important Fabric Terms

  • French Terry
  • Fleece-Back
  • Double-Face

Best Pullover Hoodies

  • Russell Athletic Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie
  • J.Crew Garment Dyed French Terry Hoodie
  • Hill City Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie
  • Save Khaki Fleece-Back Supima Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Velva Sheen Pullover Hoodie
  • 3sixteen Indigo-Dyed Heavyweight Hoodie
  • Sunspel Mélange Loopback Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Chimala Oversized Mélange Fleece-Back Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Noah Wool Silk Deep Pile Hoodie

Best Zip-Up Hoodies

  • Hanes Full Zip Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie
  • Champion Reverse Weave Classic Zip Hoodie
  • Outerknown Sur Zip Hoodie
  • Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Zip-Up Hoodie
  • John Elliott Flash 2 Relaxed Fit Zip Hoodie
  • Remi Relief Zip-Up Hoodie
  • Story Mfg. Bloom Embroidered Fleece-Back Organic Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Handvaerk Royal Alpaca, Cashmere and Silk-Blend Zip-Up Hoodie
  • Nonnative Shell-Trimmed Polartec Fleece Zip-Up Hoodie

Introduction

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.

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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.

Buying Guide

Best Pullover Hoodies

  • Russell Athletic Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie
  • J.Crew Garment Dyed French Terry Hoodie
  • Hill City Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie
  • Save Khaki Fleece-Back Supima Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Velva Sheen Pullover Hoodie
  • 3sixteen Indigo-Dyed Heavyweight Hoodie
  • Sunspel Mélange Loopback Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Chimala Oversized Mélange Fleece-Back Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Noah Wool Silk Deep Pile Hoodie

Best Zip-Up Hoodies

  • Hanes Full Zip Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie
  • Champion Reverse Weave Classic Zip Hoodie
  • Outerknown Sur Zip Hoodie
  • Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Zip-Up Hoodie
  • John Elliott Flash 2 Relaxed Fit Zip Hoodie
  • Remi Relief Zip-Up Hoodie
  • Story Mfg. Bloom Embroidered Fleece-Back Organic Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Handvaerk Royal Alpaca, Cashmere and Silk-Blend Zip-Up Hoodie
  • Nonnative Shell-Trimmed Polartec Fleece Zip-Up Hoodie

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.

J.Crew Garment Dyed French Terry Hoodie

Made from loopback cotton, this hoodie features ribbed trims and a drawstring hood. The garment-dyed process given to it means it’ll patina over time like a good pair of jeans, plus it comes in a wide spectrum of colors to choose from.

Hill City Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie

Hill City’s contribution to the hoodie world is much-appreciated thanks to some its twill jersey fabric that’s both beefy and brushed on the inside for softness. A secret pocket just for your keys also shows that Hill City is designing for the times.

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.

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.

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 dicreet, on-seam hand pockets.

Sunspel Mélange Loopback Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

Sunspel changed the knitwear market with unmatched cotton quality and the same goes for its hoodies. Soft cotton-jersey is cut with a kangaroo pocket, double-faced hood and tonal drawstrings.

Chimala Oversized Mélange Fleece-Back Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

Crafted in Japan using densely-knit all-cotton jersey fabric, Chimala’s version leans into the oversized fit and comes with unique details like twill bound seams, contrasting flatlock stitching and a hidden snap hood.

Noah Wool Silk Deep Pile Hoodie

Made from a luxuriously plush deep pile fabric from preeminent Italian fabric mill Loro Piana, Noah’s version of the classic hoodie is made with virgin wool and silk for truly next-level comfort.

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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.

Champion Reverse Weave Classic Zip Hoodie

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.

Outerknown Sur Zip Hoodie

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.

Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Zip-Up Hoodie

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.

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.

Remi Relief Zip-Up Hoodie

Remi Relief’s hoodie is perfectly distressed and worn-in with just the right amount of patina straight off the shelf. It’s made in Japan from premium loopback cotton jersey and upgraded with details like a two-way zipper with silver beads and leather pull tabs.

Story Mfg. Bloom Embroidered Fleece-Back Organic Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

Story Mfg.’s hoodie takes the most natural approach of any of the options on this list with 100-percent organic cotton jersey that’s been sun-bleached with earth salts. The hand-embroidered detailing lets you know that actual artisans are involved.

Handvaerk Royal Alpaca, Cashmere and Silk-Blend 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 literal royal blend of alpaca, cashmere and silk.

Nonnative Shell-Trimmed Polartec Fleece Zip-Up Hoodie

Made in Japanese to near-impossible standards, Nonnative’s take on the sportswear classic is as light as it is warm thanks to a teddy-like Polartec fleece and double-lined hood.

Best Pullover Hoodies

  • Russell Athletic Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie
  • J.Crew Garment Dyed French Terry Hoodie
  • Hill City Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie
  • Save Khaki Fleece-Back Supima Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Velva Sheen Pullover Hoodie
  • 3sixteen Indigo-Dyed Heavyweight Hoodie
  • Sunspel Mélange Loopback Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Chimala Oversized Mélange Fleece-Back Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Noah Wool Silk Deep Pile Hoodie

Best Zip-Up Hoodies

  • Hanes Full Zip Heavyweight Fleece Hoodie
  • Champion Reverse Weave Classic Zip Hoodie
  • Outerknown Sur Zip Hoodie
  • Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Zip-Up Hoodie
  • John Elliott Flash 2 Relaxed Fit Zip Hoodie
  • Remi Relief Zip-Up Hoodie
  • Story Mfg. Bloom Embroidered Fleece-Back Organic Cotton-Jersey Hoodie
  • Handvaerk Royal Alpaca, Cashmere and Silk-Blend Zip-Up Hoodie
  • Nonnative Shell-Trimmed Polartec Fleece Zip-Up Hoodie

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John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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