25 Best Hoodies For Men, Because They Aren't Just For Lounging
This comfy trend is truly here to stay
From sporty zip-up styles to oversized pullovers, hoodies are a staple in every man’s wardrobe. So, if you’ve not got one (or even a couple) in your repertoire, you’re seriously missing a trick.
At MH we’re all for the transition into more comfy clothing styles post-pandemic. But don't get us wrong, the best men’s hoodies are definitely not just for lounging: a hooded jumper is also a gym-bag essential, especially if you’re training outdoors. Obviously, a water-proof hood comes in handy on those drizzly morning runs, but hoodies also help maintain your body’s core temperature on dry-but-chilly workouts (when we risk losing up to 10% of heat from our exposed heads). Chucking on a hoodie during warm-ups and cool-downs is an easy way to prevent any injury too, as performing advanced exercises before your muscles are thoroughly warm seriously increases the possibility of strains and sprains.
When hoodies were first introduced back in New York warehouses in the ‘30s their sole function was to keep workers warm, but they soon became a mainstay for athletes and boxers too – who can forget Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa wearing the iconic grey marl version in 1977? Fast-forward to the ‘90s and the hoodie turned into a status symbol in its own right. And for the last 30 years, rappers and hip-hop legends have made the humble hoodie part of their fashion uniform, giving the utilitarian throw-on a whole new cool persona.
But which hoodie is best for you? It all depends on your lifestyle, fellas. Technical sweat-wicking versions are ideal for cycling and running, while classic jersey and fleece iterations are a catch-all: they’ll work for rest days, strength training and warm-ups alike. We also recommend picking up a ‘smart’ hoodie – anything knitted and sans branding – which will help you feel put-together and hella comfy on WFH days.
We know, we’ve totally inundated you with options. But don’t stress, our handy edit of the best men’s hoodies covers just about every style out there, including picks from our favourite brands Gymshark, MyProtein and The North Face to name a few.
- Gymshark Essential Oversized Zip Up Hoodie
What better way to kick things off than with an old-school grey jersey hoodie. Gymshark's zip-up style is ideal for layering over gym tops during warm-up sessions – simply whip it off when you progress to sweaty cardio exercises.
- Under Armour Men's Curry Fleece Sleeveless Hoodie
A sleeveless hoodie is a gym wear essential: it's perfect in the transitional months and is pretty good for showing off those arm day gains, too.
- The North Face Men's Campshire Hoodie
Specifically designed for hiking in the mountains, The North Face's Campshire hoodie has all the bells and whistles: a drawstring hemline, quarter zip detail and retro elbow patches.
- Under Armour Men's Curry Playable Jacket
Don't let drizzly spring mornings stop you from outdoor training. Under Armour's hooded jacket will keep you warm and dry no matter the weather, thanks to its clever ribbed, water-repellent design.
- Adidas Cutline Hoody
A hoodie round up wouldn't be complete without including a little retro Adidas number, would it? The brand has updated its classic jumper silhouette with side pockets, chevron details and of course, the three white stripes.
- Abercrombie YPB neoKNIT MAX Full-Zip Hoodie
Turns out it's not just musky cologne Abercrombie & Fitch sell anymore, fellas. Joking aside, the brand's new activewear range is pretty impressive. This stone hoodie is cut from a sweat-wicking fabric, so is ideal for keeping those post-workout chills away.
- M&S Quilted Hoodie
Looking for something more smart? From M&S' Autograph range, this hoodie's side-entry pockets are perfect for warming your hands. We'll be wearing it to stay warm on this autumn.
- MP Soft Touch Training Pullover Hoodie
MyProtein's training hoodie has a relaxed fit and is made from a soft touch fabric – because nobody wants to feel restricted when they're trying to complete that *final* chest press.
- H&M DryMove™ Sports hoodie
H&M's activewear range is the gift that keeps on giving. The brand's unctional fabric sports hoodie is designed to wick away any moisture from the body, so is ideal for chucking on during warm-ups and cool-downs.
- Reiss Merino Wool Hoodie
If you're already sorted with a hoodie for lounging and a sportier number for working out in, a wool style should be next on your list. Reiss' hooded jumper is crafted from luxurious merino wool in a soft grey or navy shade. Worn with tailored trousers, this slim-fit style is definitely smart enough for dinner and special occasions.
*Source : https://www.menshealth.com/uk/gym-wear/g43024315/best-hoodies-men/