A good hoodie is timeless and versatile. Wear it to and from the gym, or for less active endeavours – like, say, lying on the sofa.
We’ve rounded up seven of our favourites for the cold months ahead.
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Gym + Coffee Sierra Fleece Pullover
If you’ve not heard of it, Gym+Coffee is the new brand on the athleisure block. Designed in Ireland, the focus is on high-quality, functional yet fashionable kit. And although it only launched in 2017, the brand already counts the likes of Brian O-Driscoll and other notable sporting names as regular wearers.
Described as a ‘hug in a hoodie’, the Sierra Fleece Pullover is far and away the comfiest hoodie we had the pleasure of snug testing. It also looks the part, with a minimal design other than a logo on the left sleeve. Wear it for layering up when you’re out and about, or retreating into on slightly hungover Sundays.
Reflo Lapter Hoodie
With kit made from melted-down single-use plastic (otherwise destined for landfill), Reflo is the clothing brand with sustainability at its core. Unlike most brands, which churn out new collections on a near-weekly basis, Reflo take a less is more approach, with three core ‘Edits’ – Golf, Active, and Leisure – remaining as they are, to reduce the impact on the planet.
The Lapter Hoodie is ultra-breathable, stretchy and quick-drying, making it just as suited for working out in winter as keeping you warm on your trip to the shops. As part of Reflo’s Active Regeneration philosophy, for every hoodie bought one tree will be planted.
REISS | Castore Blake Waterproof Hoodie
Another more performance-focused option, the Blake navy hoodie is part of the REISS collaborative collection with premium sportswear label Castore. It’s fitted with dropped shoulder seams for a relaxed fit, and cut from a mid-weight technical jersey for excellent breathability. It doesn’t come cheap, but you can expect the usual level of fine-tuned quality that comes with the Castore label.
MP Adapt Tie Dye Hoodie
The budget-friendly option in this list, but don’t think low cost means low quality. Myprotein’s burgeoning clothing range features some excellent bits of kit, and the Adapt Hoodie is no exception. Made from 100% cotton for supreme comfort and softness, the tie-dye effect with white logo adds an understated pop of colour to your winter get-up.
The North Face Tekware Fleece Jacket
Made from recycled fabrics, this fleece jacket is another eco-conscious option. Quick-drying FlashDry™ technology brings the sweat-wicking qualities, and a woven stretch design ensures freedom of movement. Being a fleece, it’s also one of the cosier options in this list.
UA RUSH Fleece Hoodie
Under Armour’s RUSHTM range is designed with mineral-infused fabric that converts the energy you give off and reflects it back into your muscles. That’s the aim, anyway – whether it provides tangible effects is up for debate – but this hoodie is comfortable and good looking, regardless – complete with handy, zipped pockets. Some have reported it comes up small, so it might be worth ordering a size up.
Reebok Training Essentials Tape Hoodie
Simple but effective, the Reebok Tape Hoodie is made from a soft, fleecy material for next-to-skin comfort. There’s no escaping the Reebok branding, with logos down the sleeves and on the front, but it feels well made and there are no issues with the fit. Black or Army Green are your colour options.