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I have two small, full-zip hoodies in different colors. I love them. But this review is more about the customer service experience I received. A couple days after receiving one hoodie, I noticed a hole in the back of the hood. I called American Giant and sent pictures. They responded immediately. I was offered a full refund or a replacement hoodie. Plus, they let me keep the one I already had. They've made me a loyal customer. Looking forward to trying their mid-weight pullover hoodies.
Irison ray, 3/3/14
I ran across American Giant via a tag line I noted on the internet that said Best Hoodie Ever!. After reading the history and numerous reviews I bought the Mens Large Hoodie in Black. I am 5' 10" 170 lbs. Here is my 2 cents… The overall construction quality is heavy duty and Im sure will last a loooong time. A+. The fit from the chest up and through the arms was perfect. But, from the chest down it feels tight and not much room, or give. Almost feels like an athletic or tapered cut. To me a hoodie is a casual garment and should feel the same way…Given the hype around this $89 hoodie I had high hopes...sorry to say I won't order another one.
I got the heavy zip hoodie in XL. I am 215# and 6’2” and 38” waist. Long arms and torso.
The quality is EXCEPTIONAL. Worth every penny. Material is silky and thick, workmanship is QUALITY. Shows what Americans can do.
It fits a tad snug (have not washed it yet) and is just right for me as an XL. Slightly snug at the waist, but that is with a full-size 1911 pistol in holster and two mags on the other side with a ¼” thick by 3” wide belt on Duluth heavy cargo pants. Shoulders and chest fit fine. The hood is a tad short, and pulls down a bit when I turn my head – worn over a well-fitting low profile cap. Could use ½” in the sleeves and 1” in the hood. But – overall, good fit for a guy who never has anything fit well.
The underlying question: does it live up to the hype? The answer depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for something warm that's a little windproof to wear on wet days, this is your hoodie. If you're looking for a well-cut mid or outer layer for mild to moderate weather, this is your hoodie. If you're looking for all of this with 100% cotton (no poly fleece), this is your hoodie. If you're looking for "made in the USA," this is your hoodie. Is it worth the $$$? Let me check back in with you in about five years.
I'm 6', 195 lbs, moderately fit. I went with the XL.
So I'm probably not the usual customer for a mens heavyweight zipped hoodie, being as I'm a female sheep and cattle rancher out in Oregon. But, work is what it is and I really needed a good, tough hoodie that would keep me warm and the hay out of places that hay just shouldn't go. This fits the bill perfectly. I'm a fairly short and stout woman, and after talking to customer service we figured the womens sizes probably wouldn't cut it so I picked up a men's small. On my 5'2", 135 lb frame, this sweatshirt is comfortably large, the sleeves drop naturally to my wrists without engulfing my hands, and the hood fits over a baseball cap, a hair bun, or anything else I particularly want stuck to my head while I'm working out in the barn. One of the things I love about this sweatshirt is actually that the hood is big enough to provide some wind chill protection to my face, unlike most which barely cover your head and leave you looking like the town drunk after you've been out in some heavy weather (red nose and flaming cheeks). The pockets are deep enough that I haven't dropped my cell phone, even when wrestling rams for vaccinations, or carrying twin newborn lambs across a dark pasture with the sounds of coyotes on the hills. The zipper is heavy but easy to pull, and unlike the zippers on my Carhartt or Upper Playground hoodies, they don't scratch my face at the top of the hoodie, or look like they'll rip apart at the bottom of the hoodie, even while I'm bucking hay over a fenceline feeder. The fabric is super dense and soft, so tightly woven that stickers from the thistles that occasionally get into our hay bales don't poke through and get me, although I wouldn't go rolling in a blackberry bush any day soon. Overall, this is just what I needed: tough, functional, comfortable, and sized dead on the money for a woman with muscular arms from doing hard work every day. Being made in America, and a company with live, honest to goodness HELPFUL customer service was just the frosting and cherry on top. So for my ladies that don't fit the willowy build and need a little extra shoulder or arm room, don't hesitate to pick up the men's sizes. They're still fitted enough that they don't look frumpy, and they work far better than worrying that if you lift your arms you'll blow a seam on some lightweight, poorly stitched, made in China "girly" hoodie.
The cut of this hoodie is unlike any before it. It consistently makes the meek look buff and the round look fit. I ordered my first as soon as the Slate article released, and EVERYONE I met wanted one.
The front pockets are sized perfectly for carrying tea and Skittles, and the material feels almost thick enough to stop a bullet.
Midwest guy, 2/26/14
Pros: Great quality, thick fabric, USA made.
Cons: Hipster cut. Made for men with no arm size or flat chest. If your Japanese and/or never do push-ups, this will fit. If you exercise or have any muscles, move on.
Sad, because I REALLY would like an all cotton, USA made hooded.
jim joe, 2/26/14
i cant fault the build. i loved the sweatshirt when i received it.
i do question the extra padding on the shoulders. i dont like how it protrudes, i wish it had a lower profile and was less noticeable.
but my main issue with the hoodie (im a large and this hoodie is a bit tight was a large) is the length of the hoodie. ive had many hoodies and they all have this standard length that they go below my belt line, ending around my front jean pocket. this hoodie, UNFORTUNATELY goes a good 2-3 inches lower. its a length i would expect a coat that i would wear over a hoodie.
deal breaker for me.....my loss.
Not exactly soft, or something I'd fall asleep in. If you spent the day doing rigerous activities, then maybe it's more the hoodie for you.
It's design is virtually flawless; it's built to be rugged and feels like it can take a beating, but it's not something I'd pair with pajamas -- more like something I'd need crawling around in mud. The material in the hoodie's interior needs to be less rigid and coarse; less like the outside.
Okay... reality check. This is an okay hoodie Yes, it is durable, and the company's ethos is admirable. But Pros aside, it has some Issues:
1. It's too thick to wear indoors. Great for outdoor wear, gets a little thick when layering, absolutely too thick for indoors.
2. It's lacking an interior cell phone pocket. This is a no-brainer. A lot of thicker hoodies add this (J. Crew, for instance), But for the "greatest hoodie ever made," I think this was a miss.
3. Echoing other Cons: too thick, texture of material is rough (not cottony soft, more like a chamois cloth), fit is a bit too loose on me in M.
It's good. But not for $89, and definitely not wait-on-backorder good.
Hoodie Lover, 2/21/14
I was on a dead end track in life. I spent my last $100 on this Hoodie, one last shot! I cannot begin to thank you enough!
As soon as I wore it out the first day, I met a wonderful girl. We are getting married next June.
Then my boss saw me in it and before the day was out, I had a new promotion. No more mailroom for me!
This is crazy! I love my hoodie!
I love these. I have a pull-over. I have a zipped hoodie too. Both were large, but too small for me. In fact my huge pumpkin of a head had to squeeze through the pull-over. So I started dieting. And I started jogging. I lost a lot of weight and can now wear them. I'm 5'6' 155 lb. Thank you American Giant for improving my overall health and good looks.
Hands down the most comfortable, durable sweatshirt I've owned. As a native of the rainy Pacific Northwest, this heavyweight sweatshirt is perfect for keeping me warm and dry during those rainy seasons. I have no problem with paying a little more for a high-quality sweatshirt that I know was made in the USA by a company committed to customer service and bringing jobs back to the states rather than outsourcing. Go American Giant!
I bought a Medium but probably should have gotten a large; I followed the chart. its uncomfortably tight around the arms but still very soft after a few washes. (Its the one i usually hand out to my girlfriend)
My brother-in-law bought one, a medium, a different colour, its bigger... Size by colour?
Josh , 2/18/14
Disappointed to learn that American Giant has changed the fit of what was a truly great sweatshirt. Return customers, please be aware that the mens heavyweight full zip hooded sweatshirt is now cut roomier and shorter.
The hoodie feels smooth, heavy and is very comfortable. I plan to wear it throughout the winter. Finally we have a piece of cloth that is Made in USA. On the downside, the hoodie is smaller than its advertised size. I bought an L but found it to be smaller than those of other brands, so had to return it for an XL (by the way, the return of the product was seamless). I also felt the zip gets struck in between but probably after a few uses, it could get smooth. I hope a wash doesn't shrink the fabric considerably since it is made of cotton.
banjo handtowel, 2/15/14
I love this company and the quality of their garments, but boy is there a lot of wiggle room in how these things fit. I got a XL heavy weight one of these back when they used the TALON zipper (you should really go back to that zipper, BTW) and the fit was perfect. Very slimming. snug fitting around the arms, chest and abdomen, but not too tight. I received one in the CRANBERRY limited edition colors and the fit was much more in line with other hoodies on the market: Loose and a little slouchy. I got one also in the light weight French terry and that one was also looser, but I figured that was because of the lighter material. I were American Giant i would probably return to those fitting guidelines. They let slightly chubby middle aged guys like me feel slim.
Take is from a guy that was wearing a hoody when Mark Zuckerberg was wearing a onesie...... This is the highest quality / best value piece of clothing I own.
Hands down, this is the best hoodie out there. Worth every penny. Bought a grey one a few months ago and love it so much that I just got a navy one last week. Not too baggy, medium fits me very well (I'm 5'9" 165lbs). Fabric is soft on the inside, tough on the outside. I just wish they'd make more colors!
I read an article about this sweatshirt. It was hard to swallow that a hoodie should cost $80 (since raised to $90) but when they eventually became available, I bit the bullet and bought one. I am ridiculed by those who find out how much I paid for it, but I have to say that I think its worth it. When you think about it, you don't balk at paying $100+ for a jacket, and that's what this sweatshirt is. I wore it almost every day in the fall as a jacket, then, just added it under my coat when it got colder. Its also a casual lay around the house shirt, going out to the bar shirt, scooter jacket, rain jacket and second layer under your coat for the really cold months.
Before making the "jacket equation", I satisfied myself with the fact that it is hand made by american workers earning an actual living, and I'm willing to pay extra for that.
But when you get it, and see that the elbows are double layered with patches, the zipper is industrial quality, and the pulls have brass ends on them, you realize you're getting what you pay for.
The sizing is EXACT. I'm 5'8" and 160# and with my medium I can wear a tee shirt under it, or maybe a baselayer polypro shirt. That's it. Even a long sleeve tee shirt might be a bit tight if doesn't fit close.The fit is made to hipster/athletic proportions.
Awesome hoodie...HOWEVER!!! I am 6'3 290Lbs and a fit man. I have a 56" chest and this XXl is skin tight on me. I would highly suggest you look into larger sizes than that. America is getting bigger not smaller. You really need more larger sizes. I will be sending mine back. Sorry.
Something changed. The quality sort of feels a little cheaper, is a lot stiffer and way tighter and I have the same size as my other one which is a Large and I have lost an extra 5 pounds so it is not me. I prefer the YKK zipper over the Talon one. I gonna send it back for a refund.
Can't say enough good things about this hoodie. The quality is unparalleled. Excellent for medium to cold weather. Feels like it will last longer than I will. Also fits really well. Couldn't be happier!
Ray in OK, 2/11/14
I am 5'-11, weigh 220 lbs, ordered an XL. It fits really good, maybe a little long in the torso and sleeves, but I haven't washed it yet. I would give this hoodie 5 stars except the Hood has a point! Like a KKK hood! I have seen some other hoodies built with an additional panel running up the back of the hood and across the top toward the front, just to keep the point from forming. You put so much design and craftmanship into this wonderful, made-in-USA, product that it is a shame to have a less than perfect hood. Otherwise I am very happy with the product and the shipping, packaging, service, etc.
When I read the Slate article I could not help but be intrigued. I wear a hoodie every single day and I've gone through the good and the bad. The one that I am currently wearing I have had for approximately three years and it's sufficient. Has double stitching on the pockets, is heavy without being to heavy - all in all a solid and reliable hoodie. Therefore, when I read the Slate article I had to consider how this product could possibly be THE GREATEST EVER!!! I read multiple reviews and was intrigued by the several reviews that stated that this hoodie is definitely worth the six month wait time. I am an impatient person and couldn't believe there was any garment worth waiting for six months. I absolutely stand corrected! This thing is a TANK!!! Hands down the best stitched garment that I own. I live in Colorado - it's 16 degrees outside today and I am wearing the hoodie and a t-shirt, and I am as warm as can be! I do not need an outer jacket. The hood on this thing must weigh at least a pound and a half. People weren't kidding when they stated that you can feel the weight of it immediately. My greatest stroke of genius was ordering one for my spouse at the same time I ordered mine to ensure that it wouldn't be stolen. Regarding the sizing - these things are definitely not a slouchy hoodie. They are meant to be form fitting. I am a large busted female, there was absolutely NO WAY the women's sizes would fit across my bust so I immediately started with the Men's sizes. Even in Men's there was only one size that would fit and that was the XXL. It fits like a charm but the company needs to remember that America has an obesity problem and our population's waistbands are exploding. Larger sizes are going to be a must to accommodate every person who is going to want one of these. One last thing - I didn't have to wait 6 months. I ordered mine on 2/4/14 and it was delivered by 2/7/14. Truly worth the $$$ and I will be buying a lot more!
AG! This hoodie is super legit! Puts all others to shame. I am 6' 155 lbs and got a medium. It was a bit looser than I expected in a "athletic fit" hoodie. (-1/2 star) After a few washes, the shrinkage is minimal which is good because it was a little short at the waist. (-1/2 star) With the cons out of the way, the pros are quality is excellent. The stitching, material, and elastic exceed where other hoodies falter. The hood turns into a nice warm cave where no wind can penetrate. The zipper is firm but doesn't snag. I know this hoodie will out last any other one I could buy on the market for the price. I will keep it because the fit doesn't bother me too much.
First of all, believe it or not, I was expecting something more substantial from this sweatshirt called "heavyweight." It is thick, don't get me wrong, but from reading the reviews I had the impression that it would more jacket-like. This just seems like how a normal hoodie should be.
For the fit, I chose a M being 6'0" 170 and it was the right size. I'm sure glad I didn't size up like people were saying and just followed the chart. Unless you consider yourself overweight do not size up. There is something amiss with the armholes, because if you raise your arms the whole sweatshirt goes up with them. That's really the only problem with this sweatshirt, and it's kind of a big one.
The wrist cuffs should be noted, they are very long and weird looking, but I think this gives it a distinctive look.
Is this worth $90? I'm not sure, but I'll be keeping it and maybe decide later.
I'm 5'-10" and 170 lbs. The Large fit perfectly as far as I can tell. Already loving my heavyweight hoodie for this chilly rainy weather (glad to have the rain though).
Like most other people, I was initially put off by the price, but this is one of those rare instances in our cheap-ass culture where you get what you pay for and then some. Somehow, this beauty is built like a tank but still fits like a glove. The cotton is thick and stiff before you break it in, but the cut and fit are so perfect that it doesn't feel rigid at all when you wear it. I assume it's similar to how Christian Bale must feel in the Batsuit. I'm 6'1", 185, with an athletic build, and I bought the large. It fits so perfectly that I feel like a super hero when I put this thing on. I also have weirdly long monkey arms, and this puppy never rides up on my wrists--the sleeves are the perfect length. And my favourite part is the hood. It holds its shape against your back when you're not wearing it, and it fits a human head without making you feel like Dumb Donald from Fat Albert. Now when I put on my other hoodies from American Apparel, they feel like I'm wearing a flimsy plastic bag. Oh, and I'm a Canadian, so I had to pay an extra $25 for shipping. Still worth it. NO RAGRETS
I stumbled across this brand reading an article on Pulse. At first I thought it was ridiculously priced for a hoodie but after looking into the company and seeing that it is made in the U.S.A., I gave it a shot and ordered one. It's hard to explain but this hoodie looks and feels very high quality. It's a hoodie, but not your typical hoodie. The cotton is dense and thick and the stitching is straight and looks strong. I am 5'9 @ 195 lbs. and purchased a large and it fits perfectly. If you have a somewhat larger gut for your frame you might want to size up because this is fitted on the tighter side. I really like it and am glad to took a shot and ordered it!
Thank you American-giant, you have re-ignited my obsession with sweatshirts. I'm 6ft 175lb, 36-37dress shirt length and L fits me oh so comphy! I will be buying more.
Elmo from Vancouver, 1/27/14
I got my Large Heavyweight hoodie today and my first reaction was similar to the rest: AWESOME! The fit was perfect (I followed the sizing chart to get my size) and the quality did not disappoint. There is only one minor complaint, there was no American Giant tag sewed on the front of the hoodie. Not a big deal for me but surprised this detail was missed.
I ordered the large full zip. I am 5'11' and l75 lbs, very average build. I'm very pleased withthe fit. A medium would not have done it. What a beautifully made hoddie!!!!
The build quality is excellent.
These things are not "athletic" or "slim" fit. They're "box" fit. I ordered a small which was way too short on me. I tried to make it work but I couldn't. So I ordered a medium - this thing was ridiculously wide! What an unflattering fit.
Combine this with expensive shipping to Canada and a poor return/exchange system, and you've got an unhappy customer. Sorry, but I can't recommend this hoodie.
Well made garment and nice and warm for outerwear. Not a baggy cut, so no extra pouch around the mid section. Purchased for my son and he loves it. Shipment arrived nicely packaged too. Thanks American-Giant!
A very good, durable piece of clothing. I wanted to add a size data point: I'm 5'10", 165 lbs.. For reference, in a dress shirt I wear a 15' neck with 32/33 sleeve length (and that size is just about ideal). I got a medium hoodie, washed it, and put it on, fits great.
Fay Nissenbaum, 1/20/14
Fine fabric, but wouldve preferred a double-ended zipper, such as the YKK brass #10 double zipper. At $89., an extra dollar for a better zip is 'chicken feed'.
Also, no slight whatsoever on this model, but a thinner fabric version would be nice for those of us who wear 'em under jackets.
Fantastic hoodie. I am 5'10", 190lbs athletic build and the Large fits perfectly. It has a nice fitted and look, and the heavy material makes you look rugged. There was even a shipping problem, and American-Giant fixed it within hours! Highly recommended.
I just recently bought the mid-weight navy hoodie and couldn't be happier. The length of the arms, shoulders, and torso is PERFECT. It fits comfortably and I can't even think of a single complaint other than it doesn't last forever. If you are currently on the edge about purchasing this- just do it, you can return it anyway (which you wont want to when you put it on).
This product may appeal to some, but not to me. I like to wear a t-shirt and a sweater, with optional hoodie over everything. The sleeves on this hoodie are much too tight to be comfortable with a sweater underneath. I'm reluctantly going back to my 15-year-old made-in-Bangladesh cheapie.
I'm not prone to exaggeration. Generally, I think very little I come across is the "best ever." But this hoodie is the real deal. You'll have no regrets.
Great hoodie! I'm 5'11" 170lbs slim-athletic build (Medium in Nike hoodies) and the Large fits perfect out of the box. Someone made a comment earlier about sizing up and they were right. Unlike the AG t-shirts there isn't too much fabric in the midsection core - it's perfect on these hoodies - fits like a glove. Im a 34 in the sleeve and these sleeves are perfect even with my arms extended. And the zipper is fine, Im not sure what all the complaining is about.
Only worn it for 3-4 months and it's already coming apart along the zipper. Build quality is far overstated; this thing can't even last a season, let alone a "lifetime" as some claim. The fit is nice and it feels solid, but you're better off with a less expensive product.
Something changed. I haven't owned a previous AG hoodie but reading the older reviews it seems as though the quality has dropped.
I bought one back around October and out of the package it felt like wearing cardboard. Incredibly stiff. So I thought maybe I just need to break it in. Wore it straight for a week without much give. Washed it cold, tumble dry low per instructions. Even took it out when it was damp because I didn't want it to shrink. It shrank, a lot. And now the waist cuff rolls out and the zipper line looks like cooked bacon.
It does it's job in warmth department. The cut is great for me and surprisingly the medium was (before washing) a good fit at 6'2" 155lbs. Guess I'll just let my girlfriend steal it out of my closet and wear it as an over sized hoodie for her.
The quality is great. But the torso is pretty short. I'm only 5'6" and the small fits great in the shoulders, but is too short in length.
I really appreciate the long cuffs. It's easier for a person with short/normal arm length to fold the sleeves than for a person like me with longer arms to ask for more cuff. The pockets are great for holding items but maybe not the ideal orientation for your hands.
After reading all the hype about his hoodie, I was just curious enough to invest and find out for myself. I am so glad that I did. Without a doubt, the best quality hoodie that I've ever seen. I'm 6'1" and 180 lbs and I ordered the large. It fits perfectly. The composition, construction and materials are all first rate. It'll last forever. I couldn't be more pleased.
I ordered an XL and it's the best hoodie I have ever owed.
I'm a really tall skinny guy (6 feet 6 inches) and it's really hard to find clothes which are long enough and designed to fit regular sized people, rather than fat/obese people. This hoodie does the job perfectly, it's long enough and actually fits my torso rather than being too big in the middle.
Probably going to order a couple more in the future just so I can have a lifetime supply
After I see some new colors then I will buy another.
It is identifiably different. Great fabric. Strong sticking. Slim fit but with stretch. Expansion panel at sides.
In its further development, here are three suggestions. Put a gusset panel in the armpits to add freedom of motion. Add some length to the neck of the hood to reduce the constant tension which annoyingly lifts the back. Enlarge the epulet inset to form a true yoke across the shoulders, doubled in back, to block a noticeable 'cold spot' when worn outdoors over an undershirt.
Working on this to make a bit more of an outdoor suitable top would make it more comfortable item when not lounging about. If not a replacement design, then perhaps some toughening up could be a desirable alternate selection.
Lastly, all USA, with appropriate quality and design detail, and sold at a fair price -- well, glad to know it's succeeding.
The construction looked good but it was much too small. I ordered a XXL, which should have been plenty large but it was too small in all dimensions, even the sleeves without rolling were a couple inches too short.
Girlfriend is getting mad at me for wearing it every day since Christmas
I ordered the hoodie before reading the reviews, so I was getting a little worried with all the talk of zippers, generations, and size issues. A few weeks went by and I finally got my hoodie.
I immediately noticed the weight. It was heavier than any other hoodie I've ever purchased. It weighed about the same as a few of my jackets.
I put it on and really noticed the weight. The size was perfect. I'm 5'8", about 210 with big, broad shoulders. It fit my shoulders well and although the length was more than any other hooide I've owned, it was just right.
I've had loads of experience with zippers. Unzipping on this is easier than zipping up, but I didn't experience any snags or stops unless I didn't have the lined up correctly. No complaints here.
The hood itself is pretty big. I like that. Very warm jacket and strong. It feels more like a jacket than a hoodie.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase and look forward to doing more shopping with American Giant.
First off, the website says on backorder until 1/31/14 but I ordered mine two weeks ago and received it before Christmas. Thank you! Secondly, this is one fine hoodie! Outstanding quality and feel, solidly built and even with my broad shoulders an XL fits me perfectly. Love it!
I bought a zip hoodie one year ago and it was great. I bought another one just now, and the quality is so crappy compared to before. I just re gifted this to my brother in law, and he hasn't worn it yet either.
Heavy weight black zip.
SIZING: I'm 5'10" 170lbs slim athletic build. The xl fits me very nice, not baggy but casual. I have never owned an xl anything before, but any smaller and this thing would be too tight for me.
Despite all the hype, I am very impressed. I grew up in a hoodie (I'm 32) but have not worn one in years. The style/cut of this hoodie is amazing, the quality superior to any I have seen (carhart included).
Absolutely the best hoodie I have ever owned. Fits great and is true to size. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for good quality stuff. Shipping was extremely fast and customer service respond fast with an answer to my questions.
when i opened the package and grabbed the hoodie i immediately knew it had the quality and thickness i read about. the hoodie is very sturdy and thick. its amazing, hard to describe just how tough and soft it feels.
my second concern was the fit. i bought a medium. i am 5'9" 160lbs. i train (bench 275 with much larger than average lats, shoulders, chest and arms) so finding clothes that fit me in the chest and shoulders and arms without being huge around sides and stomach area is almost impossible. this hoodie fits perfectly. hands down the best fitting hoodie i have ever owned.
this hoodie has me wondering why all my other clothes aren't just as amazing.
just bought my fist couple of items from AG, including the heavy hoodie. It had a bit of a homemade feel to it with some imperfections but it totally lives up to expectations quality-wise and the customer service was super fast and really generous when one item had mayor flaws but could not be replaced as the color was out.
Fantastic so far in many ways.
However, no one has ever complained about sleeves being too long. The sleeves should just be 1 inch longer per size. People love and use longer sleeves - thinking of pulling them over your hands when its cold or cutting out thumbholes or lifting a hot pot or making snowballs.
There is no way it would be a bad idea to have slightly longer sleeves, please!
Thanks for making great clothes!
Never thought I'd spend $90 on a sweatshirt, and now I have two - a hoodie and a mock neck. Comfy, great-fitting, and well made. Can't recommend them enough!
Top class hoodie. Attention to detail is top class. Zip quality, lining, hood shape and drop, and weight all spot on.
Many here would have you sizing up - this is not right, certainly not for me. I am a small in every thing else - suits, jackets, sweaters, shirts, and... a small here. Perfect fit, period. To believe the reviews would have had me ordering a medium, but glad I resisted. The problem is maybe connected with down-labeling of garments in the US menswear sector. They don't want to be the ones to tell you you need a large now, when in your past you were a medium, so they make a large and call it a medium. Flattering, but false. Or take a 42 jacket and label it a 40. People begin to believe they are a full size smaller than they are in reality, and when someone like AG here, or other companies like Paul Smith for example, actually size and label their stuff right, people think "its too small". Not the fault of American Giant - blame the Gap and bad suit makers for their size inflation!
Oh, and I'm very happy with mine. Size, color weight, finish. Only problem was I got told off for not ordering one for the girlfriend. This will doubtless be stolen off my back soon enough.
Honestly I figured $90 was a bit steep for a hoodie, but being that I now work in an office environment rather than construction, figured I'd give it a shot. No regrets. My contractor buddies actually thought it would be a good deal except for the fact that it would inevitable be covered in paint. It feels good and solid, looks strong, and I assume is strong.
All that said the best part has to be the company. I'm not a "screw the corporation" douche bag so understand that I don't care about all that small business crap, but as a business these guys worked very well. I had a situation where the USPS decided that the house I had just bought and was living in (with truck parked outside) was an abandoned building (this has actually happened twice. Apparently my Post Master is some sort of maniac who declares places abandoned on a whim). When my package was marked as delivered by was not on my doorstep I called up the post office and was informed that since my house was marked as abandoned they had shipped my hoodie back (along with my change of address state ID sticker and god knows what else). I called American Giant and informed them of the situation. They were friendly and seemed to work quick to come up with a solution. The solution seemed to be that they waited for the USPS to ship my hoodie back to them and they then overnighted back to me.
I would highly recommend working with these guys. You won't be disappointed.
I got this solidly constructed hoodie in Navy. I'm 6'3, 225lbs with a 49" chest and 36" waist and the XL is a very trim fit for me. Maybe a little snug in the shoulders but since its cotton it can be stretched and sculpted here a bit. I'm sure the XXL would fit me just fine too, but I have enough baggy hoodies. If you're looking for a top notch hoodie under $100 with a tailored fit, this one is certainly suitable. I will be picking up a few more.
So after what seemed like forever (with multiple dates being pushed back) my sweatshirt FINALLY showed up. No way this is worth such a wait?! Wrong. As much as I wanted to hate this sweatshirt, alas, I cannot. It is impeccably made with great attention to detail. I ordered a large and it is a little tighter than I would have thought but after wearing it and losing a couple lbs, it fits great. I had ordered another as well and after that one being delayed multiple times, American Giant did the right thing and gave it to me at a deep discount. I can’t fault them for staying true to themselves by using the finest fabric and producing in the US but man the wait times are terrible, especially since I know how good they are now. Communication was good as well anytime I had a request for an update on the timing.
I received mine yesterday, and I must say that I now understand why these are constantly on backorder. The construction seems bulletproof, it's warm (I was comfortable in just the hoodie and t-shirt while scraping ice off my car in barely-above-freezing temps this morning), and as for the fit? I'm 5'11, 165, with a slim/average build, and the medium fit perfectly. Definitely a fitted look, so if you're searching for that typical sloppy fit, go elsewhere. For the overall quality of the hoodie, the price seems reasonable, and the fact that it's American-made is just icing on top of the cake. Now if only they made sweatpants...
For something that is advertised as "The World's Greatest Hoodie", I am distinctly underwhelmed. The fit is not great, the colour is not particularly attractive, and the fabric is extremely tough, quite harsh against the skin, and generally uncomfortable to wear. It does feel very well made (although there were a few loose threads on show straight out the box) but I have seen better hoodies out there for the price.
The only thing I don't like about this sweatshirt is having to take it off to wash it. Gonna get another one to solve that problem.
Nati Lite, 12/8/13
I own 2 AG hoodies, a mid-weight pullover and a heavyweight full zip. I wear both pretty regularly since late summer in Ohio. But since the weather has been getting much colder, my full zip has been getting heavy use.
I never get cold with it on. Just spent 40 min walking my dog in the snow and all I had was a t-shirt and my heavyweight hoodie. Not to mention it's so comfortable to wear just around the house. I know it wasn't, but the thing feels like it was built to fit me.
I am 6' tall about 155lbs so I am skinny, and bought a large. I used the size chart AG provides and find the fit perfect. I can only wear a t-shirt underneath comfortably (this is the same with my pullover mid-weight hoodie).
The weight, feel, and construction of this garment remind me of wearing an authentic 1880's jacket from a stage costume collection, and I wouldn't be surprised if this hoodie holds up for just as long. I am 5'9" 150lbs with a 37" chest and 31" waist, and the Small fits me perfectly in the current sizing. This is well worth the price for an incredibly substantial and wearable piece of American-made clothing.
I beat the hell out of this thing and it stands up to all test. Warm, strong and great fit.
It just feels better than any other sweatshirt I've owned. The cotton feels nicer, the zipper pulls more smoothly.
After waiting for a few months for inventory to come back I ordered a 2xl and it was too small....almost all others LBean etc fits...would need a 3xl. Gave it to a friend for a great Xmass gift.
Exceptional quality hoodie - heavyweight and you can feel the quality when you wear it! The ZIP is stiff though - and stutters initially. It has taken a while for it to run smoothly. Sizing and colour is Grey Blue - perfect (XL) and I'm -186cm / 96kg
I'm 5'9" tall and weigh 220 lbs, with less than 10% bodyfat. My shoulders are extremely wide and my waist is 11" narrower than my chest width. My body type is V shaped. I ordered the XL hoping that it would fit. When it arrived it fit perfectly. It was roomy at the top where it counts, and narrow at the waist so it doesn't hang all loose making you look like a square sack. You can move well in it and you don't feel like you are going to tear it because the cut is perfect. It is an athletic cut, which most people will appreciate. I was a little concerned whether it would still fit after a wash and a dry, but it fit fine. It is absolutely THE best zip up sweatshirt on the market. The fabric quality is excellent. It feels soft yet strong. The zipper quality is excellent, it doesn't snag or fall apart like most cheap zippers. A lot of thought went into making sure that they made an excellent product.
I'm 5'5", athletic build and this hoody (size small) fits like a glove. I love the weight of the material and the construction looks solid. It's the little details that they've added; the reinforced elbows, the color-matched zipper, the metal tips to the hood drawstring...they all add up to a great sweatshirt that I look forward to wearing for many years. Great job American Giant!
Jon from Maryland, 11/24/13
I'm 6'2" 190lbs- the XL leaves just enough room for some layers underneath, though i won't need much, it is very heavy duty...if i was buying a medium weight, the Large would be perfect with just a tshirt underneath...WILL BUY AGAIN!! LOVE IT!!
By the way, I spoke to customer service at American Giant, and they said they resized their clothes to make them bigger and "truer" to what is normal. So, my hoodie, size Large (which I bought a while back) was really small for me. However, if you buy a Large now, it should run larger (compared to what I got) be more in line with what you expect.
Just a tip.
This really is a wonderful hoodie. I love the way it wears, the heft of the zipper, and the weight of the material. As for sizing, I've ordered the t-shirts from American Giant in the past and have had mixed results with sizing. All were XXL and some were fine and some were too small. I'm 6'2" about 220 and ordered the hoodie in an XXL as well but wondered if the same fit problems would arise. This hoodie fits wonderfully, even after washing (and air drying) and I hope to wear it for many years.
Your grandchildren will wear this sweatshirt. It will make you stay outside to find excuses to wear it.
I do think that if you measure yourself correctly and follow the sizing chart, you will end up with the right size. Even though the chart recommended I wear a small, I ordered the small and the medium after reading some of these customer comments. The small is perfect while the medium looks and feels terrible. These sweatshirts are supposed to be snug.
I absolutely LOVE my AG hoodie! The quality is amazing and it's built like a tank. It is by far the best hoodie I've ever owned. If you want a durable hoodie that will last forever, don't hesitate, BUY IT.
David , 11/12/13
I ordered a large sized hoody after hearing people say that the size was too small. I'm 5'11 155 pound skinny build and it is not too large but is made for some one a little bit larger. I would recommend that anyone that is skinny to but a med. Additionally if the hoodies could be made in a slim and regular cutting that would be better for buyers in canada that can't return the product free of charge.
I'm 5' 10" and 200 pounds with a muscular build and ordered a large. It was a bit too big. The medium fit like a glove. I'm adding this because I find it amazing their are other reviews saying they need a xxl for the same height and weight as me. Bizarre.
This is pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be. No detail too small. If I could change one thing, I'd add an inside pocket.
This thing is absolutley bomb proof! The best hoodie Ive ever owned. Honestly noghting can compair to the quality of the stich and zippers that makes it above and beyond my exspectations. Im 6'2 215lbs and ordered a XL it fits like a golve. love it! Im now picking out a Midweight Full Zip in a diffrent color.
I am not even exaggerating to say that my American Giant hoodie is one of my absolutely favorite things I own. I think the thing I love about it most (and there are a lot of things) is that when you put it on it surrounds and conforms to your body. I feel like it fits me perfectly, like it was built for me. Secondly, I would say the pockets, which are perfectly placed to hold all kinds of things without slipping out. Why hasn't every other maker of hoodies figured this out? The material is absolutely fantastic, durable and movable at the same time. I wish I owned one of these in every color. As every other person on here says - it is worth every penny.
The zipper on this hoodie is a disappointment compared to the zipper on the hoodie I received in the spring. The pull is smaller and a much less appealing design. Functionally the zipper isn't as smooth.
I really wanted to love this sweatshirt, but in the end, I think it's just so-so.
Pros: great materials, quality construction, really like the style
cons: mainly, the sizing runs small. The size chart points me to a M, but I bought a L instead. The L was still small. The waste is tight and it's not long enough, so when i life my arms, my belly shows.
That's the main reason for my disappointment. As a minor point, I would prefer the waste and wrist stretch parts to be less long. I usually folk the wrist stretch parts back into halves.
I am 5'10, 160 lbs, with a slim build. According to size chart, I am a solid Medium. When my Navy blue, size M, arrived, I thought it was too small, out of the package. However, it quickly stretches to the correct size. Now, after several months of wear and washes, it is perfect. Also, the zipper, which I thought was rough at first, has broken-in to be silky smooth. Best part about this product though, is that it is made in the USA. I really hope they get their supply chain issues fixed.
I'm 6'0" and 185lbs, I ordered the large and it fits perfect. Absolutely love it. Granted, I've only had this sweatshirt a little while and I'll be sure to post another review after a few months of wear as a follow up. I used to only wear LuLuLemon sweatshirts, but as of late the quality has suffered. Feels great supporting American made products.
Construction seems wonderful. Fit is not great. XXL fits very small. Not sure I would order again because of fit. But quality is top notch . Just give some room.
I'd Wear a Hoodie Every Day if I Could, 10/21/13
My single complaint is that the other cooler colors came out immediately after I received my phantom grey sweatshirt. I know I could return it, but I have no intentions of giving back this sweatshirt now that I have it.
The build quality just feels different. It's like riding a luxury car for the first time. I'm warm but not hot, despite the changing weather. I love the deep hood (too many hoodies do NOT have a deep enough hood) and the inside of the sweatshirt is a different, softer material. The seams look like an elephant could jumprope with this hoodie (probably not, but whatever). I normally dislike the ends of sleeves that have elastic, but I love how AG worked these sleeve-ends. I also love the crimped metal ends of the draw strings. It just feels high quality.
The one thing I'm looking forward to is how it stands the test of multiple washes. My current hoodies are all long in the front and shrunken in the back. The zipper keeps the front from shrinking but the back inevitably does not match up with the front after a year or so.
If AG can fix that, then...well, I'll have to order one in every color.
Just got this hoodie delivered. Was referred here when I googled "best hoodie ever" and I can't really disagree now that I have it. No detail was overlooked, and it is a high-quality product. I bought a large, and while I wouldn't complain if it came down a bit lower around my waist, it still fits great. Super stoked to have a new warm, comfortable hoodie for winter.
I absolutely love my hoodie! Top quality that will last. I'm getting another one for sure, I'm addicted! :-) Also, shippement is really fast. This is a great company to do business with. I hope one day that they'll make a red one, that would be so cool!
I'm 5'11 175lbs. I ordered a Large and it it fits me perfectly. No detail is over looked on this thing. The seams are perfect. The fabric is heavy duty but very comfortable. The hood is the perfect size and double layered. The pull strings have custom metal covers that are crimped on the ends. The zipper is heavy duty. I really can't speak highly enough about the attention to detail. It is worth every penny.
I am 6'0", 200 lbs, wear a 44R jacket and I wear a Large in basically every other hoodie I've ever owned. I ordered an XL to be safe on the sizing based on some of the other reviews. This thing fits me like a medium. The sleeves barely make it to my hands. Of course now that I have to return it the XXL is backordered for a month. This is beyond frustrating.
I found A.G. literally by searching for "high quality hoodie" and was directed to an article on Slate about the best sweatshirt known to man. What an excellent way to describe it. I immediately bought one for my husband, he loves how it feels, and I get to enjoy looking at him in it. Fantastic shape, beautiful material and hardware. It's all in the details, and man did you guys get it right. Nice work!
I ordered this for my husband. He said it's definitely the best hoodie ever. Thanks for making clothes in a humane manner.
As an owner of a Rev.1 Brown (discontinuted color), the only differences I detected with my new Grey Blue were 1) slight difference in seam construction, rev.1 having a bit more overlap and 2) zipper is now a YKK, a bit lighter duty that the Rev 1. Fit seems to be identical. I am a 40 short athletic build with shorter arms, and I could be the fit model for the Medium, but it would not comfortably accommodate a sweater layer. Fabric seems a touch stiff compared to the rev.1 which I am attributing to washing a few times.
The Blue Grey is a terrific addition to the line-up, subtle enough to wear a lot, but with enough interest to warrant a second look. I got the Royal briefly in my hands, and it was really nice but a lot more of a statement color and more like team wear.
In the very minor complaints department, I would like the bottom AG tag to be a patch--for some reason the "loop" application bothers me, like it could get caught on something.
I love my brown color way--I would like to see a color similar to "stout," a brown/black, which I think would complement the heft of the fabric extremely well.
All in all, this is a superior product, unless you are looking for something soft and fuzzy. I own a Left Field sweatshirt which is similarly well made, and I believe more on the "Loopwheel" technique which produces a softer interior nap. Loopwheel products generally run 30-50% more, but I would say it is an apples to oranges comparison, AG products being more in the sweat and work category, with loopwheel products being a bit more fashion-centric.
Just got my Medium navy heavyweight full zip and I love it. It feels substantial and really durable. Love the fit too, for reference I am 5'8'' 150 lbs and it fits me very well, not baggy at all. I'm sure I will be buying more products from American Giant, starting with the midweight hoodie for the office!
Very heavy fabric, beautifully sewn, detailed, and finished. Stylish as well.They run a bit small, so I suggest that you order 1 size larger than normal.
Here is my review online.
Best Mom Ever in Omaha, 9/27/13
Saw the write up in Slate and ordered one for my son for Christmas 2012. He lives in his hoodie. Great construction and worth the price.
I received my Hoodie last week. I had to send the XL back and get an XXL. I normally wear XL.
I got the replacement and I love it. Fantastic quality and worth every penny.
This is by far the best hoodie I've ever worn. I ordered the large and I'm 6'1 at 185 lbs. It fits me better than any other article of clothing I own. It looks fantastic and I can see this lasting a decade or two and looking just as great. This is the standard all clothes should be held to!
This quality is very great but you should keep something in mind before you order. This is cotton so it will shrink.
I am 5' 6" and I bought a small and a medium. Out of the box the small fit me perfectly and the medium was too big. Eventually I would have to wash them so I washed the small in cold water hoping it wouldn't shrink. I washed the medium in warm/hot water to shrink it down to a size small.
The end result was that the small shrunk to the point where when I lift my hands up you can see my belly and before it would only go up to my belt line. The medium now sits at waist level and goes up to my belt line when I raise my hands. The small and the medium shrunk even though I washed them in two different temperatures. I suggest you order one size bigger. Also the zipper didn't shrink so now its not straight and smooth but more zig zag (because the fabric shrunk) so I give it a 4 stars. I will order more though because it's better than any other hoodie.
After reading all of the reviews, I was worried that this would not fit me but it fits perfectly. The thing that I usually hate about hoodies is that I have to get a Medium since I have long arms but they end up being baggy/too loose in the waist area as I am thin but in medium, it contours to my waist great. The arms are a good length and extend a bit past my wrist and up my hand. The fabric is more dense than your typical fabric but still maintains a supple feel to the interior and exterior - it is by no means like a canvas Carhartt jacket as somebody mentioned. Fits and looks great - will provide more warmth than your average hoodie. The zipper could slide more smoothly out of the package but it does feel like its of a higher quality. I would like this more if the wrist and waist stretch sleeves were shorter in length - I think it would look even better. The phantom gray was not as dark as pictured on here or expected - I wish it were darker but it still looks good. Overall - definitely the best hoodie I've owned and worth the $90. My measurements - 5'11", 31 Waist, 34 Arms, 40.5 Chest. I'll be wearing hoodies once again now that I've finally found one that fits well.
I am extremely good looking and athletic and get loads of attention from women. Some of my clothing has ripped when they tear my clothes off - not so this hoody. The best made hoodie I have ever worn - delighted with the product and service received - would really appreciate a red one to match the colour of my acne.
Either the labeling was off or everyone here is into thug life snow bro sweatshirts. I'm 5'11 160lbs and the M was HUGE on me. Returning for a small but I really don't have high hopes.
The best hoodie you'll almost never get. That's how I would describe the American Giant heavy duty zip-up. I ordered once when it was on back order, and never received it. Never got charged, either, so I guess that's ok. Ordered again minutes after I got the "back in stock" email. This time it came – after nearly a week. Maybe I'm spoiled by some other online stores, but logistics isn't AG's strong suit.
But making the best freakin' hoodie I've ever owned is! This sweatshirt is seriously worth the wait, and awesome for the price, too. I'm considering ordering more to stock up for the rest of my life, but I'm not sure this one is ever going to wear out.
Really wanted to like this hoodie. I'm 6-1 and 165 lbs. First ordered a Large, and it was a bit too short in the sleeves, and really short in the torso. If I lifted my arms up you could see my belly button.
Sent it back and re-ordered an XL. That fit length-wise, but was really baggy (obviously made for a stockier guy, not tall / skinny).
Giving 3 stars still because the build quality seems really nice, and I really appreciate the free shipping on returns. Would consider ordering in the future if they come out with tall sizes.
Thomas, Norway, 9/14/13
This is indeed the best hoodie ever made and worth every penny. Coming from europe, and custom to european sizing, i would recommend that you order your normal size, unike many reviewers who suggest you should size up. I myself is 175 and a bit on the heavy side, still Size M fitted me perfectly. Snug and tailored appearance, without being slim fit or too tight.
chris h., 9/13/13
Arrived earlier than anticipated, ordered about a week before the stated backorder date on the site and it arrived 3 days before that. Large fits well on me, 5'11, 195. Close enough that I am afraid to shrink it at all if I wash it. Everyone else has already commented on how heavy they are, and they aren't kidding. I'm ooking forward to colder days in western Oregon so I can wear it more. I wish I had ordered as soon as I found out about the company when they had more colors. I already want a second in another color.
Absolutely fantastic. I bought two, and I am very pleased. Looks like production is back up as it only took about 2 days to arrive (to be fair, I live in SF). As far as the sizing, it is true to modern cuts. If you want it a little baggy, order up a size. If you want it to fit, order your size. I am 6', 165 and wear a medium dress shirt. The medium fits absolutely perfectly--not baggy, not too tight...it fits. Order one of these. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!
I ordered a Medium back in March of this year, however it was too small. I sent it back to get a Large (which was backordered). After a month, A-G suddenly canceled my backorder, and said I'd have to "reorder". ?!? So, I reordered. It took until the end of August to get my replacement.
The material and cut are superb, but the zipper...? Mine gets stuck at the top of the waistband 4 out of 5 times, and after fighting with it, I usually just give up and wear the thing unzipped.
After the ordeal I went through waiting for this replacement, there's no way I'll send it back and play the waiting game again. I may just get a local seamstress to put a proper zipper on it. Seriously, I've had better zippers on cheaper imported goods. It is not what I'd expect from a $90 US-made sweatshirt!! If I bought anything else from A-G after this, it would be a pull-over hoodie. They need to switch suppliers for their zippers before I'd get another of these!
Was super excited when I first read the Slate article "worlds best hoodie" so I ordered and waited for months.
Now I'm super disappointed seeing the comparisons of the first edition to what I received. The slate article was written for those first edition hoodies, these ones had corners cut: lower quality zipper, shorter length that rides up, less attention to the seams. I would gladly trade what I got for what I expected, the hype totally killed the world's best hoodie :(
Although I feel cheated, in the end I'm really going to try to wear this guy in for the winter and see what happens.
This is an awesome product. Like many have stated, if your unsure about your size order one up.
I just wish they would get more in stock so I can get one for my wife and son.
my new one is a looser fit then the older ones, doesn't have the AG tag on the bottom outside, the pockets stitching isn't as good, and it is is shorter around the wast. it is still a decent jumper but not as good as the 1.0
The good: the material and sewing quality is much better than textile industry standards. The fleece face is unique, and superior to other sweatshirts. It is warm and comfortable.
The bad: The zipper is the worst I've encountered in any garment, including "cheap" imported clothing. It requires both hands, and my full concentration to zip it up, and if the planets align right, it will zip past the bottom 4 inches maybe 1 out of 5 times. To say it's exasperating is an understatement. The zipper is crap. If I were to get another A-G sweatshirt, it would be a pullover.
The ugly: I ordered a medium originally, and it was too small, so I sent it back, requesting a large. My replacement was pending for over a month before A-G just canceled it with no explanation, saying I would need to re-order. (?!?) So, I re-ordered, and it took over 3 months for my replacement to arrive. I am underwhelmed, sadly. After waiting a total of five months, I expected great things. Even though my sweatshirt is sub-par, there is no way I intend to repeat the returns ordeal. I will be the guy with the unzipped sweatshirt.
Andrew - Roseburg, 9/4/13
So at first I was skeptical to buy from this company due to the outrageous overnight reviews, well this hoodie is everything it's cracked up to be. Well built, pre shrunk and the hood is double layered nice and heavy.
Stop thinking about it and just buy it!
Granted, the hype around this hoodie seems absurd. But once you try it on, the quality really does take you by surprise. It's unlike any hoodie--or any other piece of clothing--I've ever owned. A must-have.
I received my sweatshirt in July after a very long wait but ended up returning it. Calling this sweatshirt "thick" or "heavy" would be an understatement; it is really more of a jacket than a sweatshirt. I found the result to be not at all stylish or comfortable and more along the lines of Carhart in appearance. If a super thick, somewhat stiff sweatshirt that really is more of a jacket is your thing, then you have found your jacket my friend. Since I like what this company stands for, I intend to give the midweight zip a chance and I hope it is a more sensible alternative.
After being on backorder for 3 months, finally got my hoodie....the quality is outstanding...they quality American manufacturers used to make. The hoodie is now available in my size in Navy, so I ordered my second.
Shipped quicker than expected. I waited less than one month. Quality is outstanding. Heavy like a jacket. I'm 6'4" and 185 lbs. Large fits nice, medium would have been perfect if you like a fitted look. I'm going to order a second one in a different color. Highly recommended.
In contrast to many of the reviews here, I actually found my hoodie too big. I'm 5'5", 29in waist, about 63kg, so I ordered the S. Now I'm wishing there was an XS. Across the shoulders it's great, and the sleeve length is perfect, but there is too much room in the back and the arms, and the front pockets give a bulky (read "fat") look in the belly. The quality is fantastic, and I appreciate the more military look compared to the American Apparel hoodies I've been wearing, but I may stick with them for the moment because of their slimmer fit. Now considering my options—should I try a women's hoodie in S or XS to see if it fits better?
The hoodie took a REALLY long time, but AG's customer service made it right. And the hoodie does live up to expectations---it is tremendously rugged and reeks of quality. Also, the attention to detail is impressive.
After looking online for "best American made hoodie" American Giant came up, though expensive, the heavyweight hoodie, you get what you pay for. It is not just a little thicker, it's heavy, the reinforced elbows, the feel of the product, it's clear this is meant to last way longer than just a season or two. Especially in the Bay Area, where it's hoodie weather most of the year, depending on time of day. I can't say enough good things about this. Worth the price. I look forward to purchasing more.
This is still a very nice sweatshirt, but they've cut some corners on it since the original version shown in the pictures. The stitching, especially around the front pockets, isn't as sturdy as it used to be, and the cheaper zipper used now doesn't slide as smoothly as the old one did. This new version is also shorter in length than the old one, with a slightly baggier fit. You still can't find a better hoodie elsewhere, but it used to be even better.
This hoodie doesn't need another 5 star review. But this is a fantastic hoodie! The cloth and workmanship are superb.
Tailored fit, good quality everyday sweatshirt. Good for colder months of the year.
Great looking sweatshirt. Very well made. But it runs really small. I almost always wear a large and I felt like a stuffed sausage in the AG large.
After 6 months I FINALLY got my full zip hoodie. ITS SICK! I was impressed with the weight of the fabric and the reinforced elbows and shoulders. I told my GF, "HANDS OFF, ITS MINE!", sadly I know shes gonna eventually steal it for me..
Finally received my hoodie after almost 5 months of waiting. Garment itself gets 5 stars; it's beautiful; heavy weight, excellent fit (read that they run a bit small so ordered an extra large), a very high quality piece of clothing just as advertised. Service...not five stars. Worth five months of waiting? Probably not. I ordered in March, was supposed to deliver in June. In June, told not until August 1st. Actually showed up August 15. Great product, but I hope they get their supply chain issues worked out or they will probably not be around very long.
It took a few months but it arrived. Love the made in America and the stickers. The quality is awesome. This will last forever. It's nice and heavy. It's a little stiff at first and the zipper isn't smooth. A little break in and some wax will do the trick. You need to buy one.
The waiting was the hardest part, but finally received my hoodie today and now I never want to take it off. The weight, the fabric, the stitching details...all are first class! Can't wait to test it out in SF's wind and fog.
Hoodie fits awesome! Im 5'9 165 and a Lg was perfect. I received my sweatshirt in less than a week of ordering. I will order again.
Upon FINALLY receiving the hoodie I ordered, I first noticed the serious weight of the fabric. However, what I really appreciate is all the fantastic added details. I love the added panels on the forearms and the yoke across the shoulders. These make the garment feel extra rugged.
This sweater is definitely heavyweight. Good for brisk weather, and will definitely be good for Canadian winter.
Cut is great. Does not balloon out at the waist like other brands. Very slim, very smart. The sizes do run small. If you're in between sizes, pick the bigger size.
Quality wise, best I've ever had.
Michael , 8/4/13
Read a great article on the company..its commitment to quality and US production.
Thought I would give it a try and ordered the navy blue hoodie granted I thought the price was a little steep. BUT is is worth it..every penny. I just ordered my 2nd in black. It is perfect weight for San Francisco, the quality exceeded my expectation, and it looks absolutely TERRIFIC..well worth the wait..
Let me start by saying that if you told me 6 months ago I'd be spending $90 on a hoodie in the middle of July, I'd say you were crazy. Of course, I did just that. This is my 3rd AG hoodie (2 heavy, 1 mid) and every single one has been an absolute joy.
It is the most comfortable, durable, stylish, and ridiculously well-cut sweatshirt I have ever owned. You will feel like you are wearing a suit of cotton armor every time you put it on. Which for me is everyday the weather allows me to. The slightly stretchy side panels allow you to have a fitted look without trapping you in your outfit like an over-starched Victorian nobleman. The hood is best shaped/well constructed thing I've ever put over my head. It fits around your skull so effortlessly you'd think they'd sneaked into your bedroom to measure your head while you slept. Seriously, this hoodie is so premium you'll wonder why you'd wear anything else (I don't). I talk about these sweatshirts so much I sound like a company rep. (Totally would btw. AG get at me!) Buy this sweatshirt! Buy the midweight one too! Buy their t-shirts! Get a whole closet of this stuff! You won't be sorry!
when they say "heavy hoodies," they mean it literally. The hoody is skinny somehow. It is ok for me. The feel of cotton is good.
The durability of this sweatshirt is palpable in the air surrounding it.
To date I have purchase 6 of the hoodies. I have three left 2 given as gifts one taken by a friend and the rest I am enjoying.
Excellent quality, everything and more that was promised, Oh yea, great customer service.
K in ATL, 4/28/13
Worth the wait for sure. Been wearing it non-stop since I got it this week.
A word on the sizing: I'm a skinny 5' 11", 150 lb and the Medium was waaay too small. I sent back for a Large. And the L fits me perfect. So keep that in mind when you figure out your sizing. I'm a "medium" in most brands, but Large was definitely the right size for my skinny frame.
I ordered this on 2/2/13 and just got it 4/27/13. Was it worth the wait? Yeah, but now it's 75 degrees out. Oh well. I'll sport it during evening bbqs this summer and spring. It is very well constructed and made of great quality everything, but the fit is snug. I'm a 36w about 5'10". If you saw me you wouldn't think that I was overweight. I have a gut. I'm 42, so sue me. Anyway, I originally ordered it L but then changed my mind and bumped it up to XL. REALLY glad I did. Even at the larger size it isn't slouchy at all, but I'm pretty sure that L would have been a little too form fitting. Anyway, the customer service with AG is tops. No phone tree, I just called during their hours and talked to a person and they changed my size no problem. Very happy. I just wished it was cooler outside.
The quality is actually a little over the top. It's overbuilt.
The cut is great. They use multiple panels of fabric to make this sweatshirt fit rather than taking the garbage bag with sleeves approach to tailoring that you see in other shirts.
Be aware that the fit is slim. I'm 6'1" and about 195 lbs and a large is a little snug.
These reviews are so glowing- it's hard to believe, but this hoodie is beautiful.
The workmanship is outstanding. American Giant has hired all the best [seamsters?] in the Nation , [with OCD},
Gorgeous , my Son looks sharp. I ordered an XL and he usually wears L. [6'1 200 lbs] I ordered 3 more for my other Son and nephews.
Exactly as others have said, it is fitted , but not tight. I want someone to buy me one.
Wish they made Big and Tall- my Dad deserves to own this great hoodie too.......
I cannot convey in mere words how much I love this hoodie. I was one of the lucky ones that ordered in early December when the Salon article came out raising AG's profile and orders through the roof.
I ordered my burnt orange hoodie on 12/5 and received it within a week. (kinda glad I got that color too since it is no longer offered) This thing is a tank - I have worn this hoodie nearly every day since I got it. I get home from work and this is the hoodie I throw on around the house. Heading to the bar? Hoodie goes on.
Don't think about the cost - it is worth every penny. It will outlive every hoodie currently in your closet and you will be supporting an American company. That's a win-win if you ask me.
Now excuse me while I go order another one.
Heard about the product through slate.com like many others. Asked for one for my birthday and have not been disappointed. The medium is a good size, but a little small for me, 5'11" 170, so thinking a large for the next. Going to get others for sure, works great with a vest as well. Solid design, great material and love the fit.
Actually sturdy and warm! Sadly, kind of, I did receive mine before mine my Dad did his and I have never seen him pout so much. Hehehe. . . Thank you for making an awesome hoody!
I've had this for a few days now and I can't emphasize how much I love this jacket. You can immediately tell how high of a quality garment just by picking it up. It has a certain heft to it. At first I thought it might be a bit heavier than I wanted, but after wearing it I was so relieved. It's warm but it didn't get too hot.
The stitching and material is really nice, and the inside is super soft!!
Overall: SO WORTH THE WAIT! This is an amazing jacket that will last you a LONG time!!
I waited 3 months for this hoodie and boy was I mad. I wish I could say that that it's overrated, that I'll never wait that long again, that you shouldn't either ... but that would be a lie. This hoodie is fantastic. Extremely well made, fits perfectly, comfy, warm. Actually exceeded my media inflated expectations. I hate to make the waiting list even longer but all the hype is totally true.
Pre-Washed!!!! I am so happy to find a company that is honest and decent enough to pre-wash their products. No more buying a hoodie and having to give it to your little brother after you wash it lol
Just got my hoodie with a fast delivery considering I'm stationed overseas (2 weeks). Wore it out the box in 39 degree weather and felt fine. I have a couple more on pre-order and can't wait till they come in too.
It certainly is a sweatshirt.
Did I have to wait from December until late February to get a sweatshirt? Yes.
Was it entirely worth the wait? Absolutely. This thing feels bulletproof. I have tailored sport coats that aren't as intricately constructed as this seemingly simple zip-up sweatshirt is.
The reinforced forearm/elbows are killer. I have another sweatshirt in the queue, and I look forward to its arrival but it may never see use -- this may well be the first sweatshirt I don't blow out inside of the first year.
um...40Henry#15...agree it is a lovely hoodie, but since when does cotton come from sheep?
I never write reviews. But this is a product that deserves it. It lives up to the promise - in fact, it exceeds it by far. Not only is it clear that this is a company that cares about its products, but it is shockingly well-made. The weave is denser than I imagined, it's sturdy, it fits wonderfully, and it's just a pleasure to wear. This went way beyond my expectations, and that's after reading the articles and waiting excitedly week after week for it to arrive. Well worth the wait, and a steal at the price. Shows what Made in America can really mean.
Fortunately I ordered this awhile ago so received it in time to give to my husband for Cmas. He LOVES the zip hooded sweatshirt. Based on previous comments, I ordered up a size. It's a little long but, other than that, a great fit. He said he will never need to buy another sweatshirt since this one is so well made (but, of course he will and it will be American Giant!) - and he is thrilled that it is made in the USA. We are telling everyone to support American Giant!
I stumbled across this site while doing some online Christmas shopping and bought a hoodie for my nephews upcoming birthday (because that's pretty much all he wears).
When it arrived, I tried it on and.....well, I've been wearing it around until I have to give it up (and I've never cared for hoodies).
The fit and feel is outstanding.....and looks like it will hold up really well over time. I'm definitely going to be buying one for myself.
Felt hefty in the box, and after I opened it, I knew I'd be buying more even before I put it on.
Sorry I can't be more eloquent, but this shirt is simply fantastic.
After reading Manjoo's article, it tempted me to buy this hoodie. I don't think the pictures do the hoodie all the justice it deserves. What I love about the hoodie is the fit and comfort and especially how the pockets sit. If you're a wife or girlfriend looking for a nice present for your man, I would definitely recommend this. There size chart is spot on, so don't deviate from that.
I was confused by my order status so I called the company and left a message. Within hours I received an extremely helpful and apologetic call back. Anne let me know that my sweatshirt was on its way and gave me a tracking number. So in addition to making the alleged best sweatshirts of all time, American Giant also has customer service on lock.
older dude, 12/8/12
i really don't like to buy jackets, coats or sweater / sweatshirts that don't have a two way zipper. esp for biking, hiking' drivin' or yardwork...like doin' something you might get warmer doin' and maybe sweat in your shirt. so havin' a ventilation option is a double++
Ryan K, 12/6/12
Some say Jesus was the savior. This hoodie is my religion. Bow down, bitches.
Why do all your models look like they want to beat me up???
Andy B, 12/4/12
This is an awesome sweatshirt. My new favorite hoodie. Really high quality and made in the USA!
Damn! This is nice!
i was afraid that this hoodie, like so many others, would not fit right and then i would have to pawn it off on my little brother ;-) but this thing fits purrfect.
Quality? The fotos on AG's pages don't lie. Beautiful, artful, skilled, strong crafting!
A delight to behold and to wear.
Every year I buy a new "super comfortable" hoodie, which ends up on a shelf in my closet (at this point, with about 15 "colleagues") when I pull out my ultra-broken-in, super-comfy college sweatshirt.
Not this year.
My American Giant zip hoodie has gotten more wear in the past month than some of those shelved hoodies ever saw. And my college sweatshirt is enjoying its well-earned retirement.
vu , 11/13/12
i bought a size small zip up, and i must say it is an amazing hoodie!! great quality, very thick and nice stitching too. fit snug but not tight. the price is great. im 5'6 and 145 a size small is perfect. will be buying more from american giant!! thanks anne =)
I hate to be redundant, but, yeah, it's the best hoodie I've ever owned. I've had mine for a few months now and am just as in love with it as the day I got it. Honestly, I normally can (and usually do) come up with some sort of critique, but I got nothing here. The price seemed steep to me initially, but then I received the sweatshirt. I will be buying at least one or two more. These babies will last. Amazing, solid zipper. Metal hardware keeping the hood drawstrings from fraying. Heavy material, heavy stitching, And don't get scared off by the patches/doubled material/whatever you call it. It looks good. For reference, I am 5'8" and weigh 145, wiry runner-type; I ordered a small and it has a perfect fit: trim, tailored lines, but not so tight that the hoodie rides too far up when I lift my arms.
I wear hoodies 6 days a week and here is what I think about this one:
I can't believe that this hoodie is legal. There must be some law that forbids making clothes from baby ocelot skins. Wait, what? Cotton? Excuse me for one second, I am going to go slap every other hoodie manufacturer that claims their hoodies are made from cotton.
This is the Vitruvian Hoodie. I am pretty sure that American Giant hires psychics to communicate Leonardo's designs to the XXIst century. It feels perfect in every way, loose enough, yet tight enough.
My girlfriend was very disappointed. I invited her over to "unzip my hoodie" and it took her some time to realize that I actually did invite her to try out the zipper. It flows like vodka in Russia.
Most people dream about getting married, having kids, buying a house or going to Mars. I don't need any of those dreams now - I have this hoodie (OK, going to Mars would be cool, but ONLY if I could wear this hoodie there).
Densely-woven beauty. The close fit and long funnel cuffs make for modern, crisp look that coaxes the best from cotton. The brass zipper looks and feels substantial, but does not glide without some friction. Cost permitting, a two-way zipper might be a decent option to prevent the dreaded "pot-belly-effect" when sitting down with the hoodie zipped. Overall, a fine, substantial piece.
perfect. so good I bought it in three colors. i can't stress enough how good this garment is. fitted and classic at the same time. its a little on the long side, which is perfect for me(maybe you to?) stop reading and just buy it. you'll never regret it.
This is the best hoodie ever I bought two! I plan on getting every color! I went to bite the pull string and found out that it was metal and was so excited that it wouldn't end up like all my other cheap sweatshirts with chewed up draw strings hehe.... Got to love American made! Can't wait to thow out all my Woolrich India/China made clothes and cycle in my new American Giant clothes. Thank you so much for making high quality good fitting clothes. Even the stitching is great, would like to see a total double stitch but who know maybe if you have quality products to begin with you won't need a double stich everywhere... Props American Giant! Make me more clothes so I can buy it!
I absolutely love this sweatshirt! Hands down best I've ever owned. The zipper is so sturdy and the material thick and beautifully made - it's a great value because it'll last forever. After ordering one for my husband, I got one for myself because I didn't want to give his back!
I read the other reviews about how nice this hoodie is but thought, how nice can a hoodie be?? Well, I stand corrected. This thing is heavy! It really does feel like something the world stopped making in the 60's. It probably sounds odd but I feel like some kind of astronaut from the Apollo era wearing this thing. The craftsmanship is amazing. I am 6'2" 165 lbs and the large fits me perfectly. I am literally ruined for anything else in the category. Only two things I would say could be improved - the outer tag on the bottom seems almost temporarily stitched. Perhaps it is meant to be so. No a big deal but doesn't seem to match the heft of the rest of the garment. And second, I would prefer a loop on the inside to hang it from a coat hook. Otherwise this thing is unreal - I will almost certainly order at least one more in a different color.
A Giant awakens to lay waste to legion of lackluster, insignificant sweatshirts which cross our borders every day and tell our children that mediocrity is what built this country. Born in the USA of cotton drawn from the finest sheep the greatest nation on the planet has birthed, this warrior of durability encases the endowed owner in a cocoon of invincibility and he will giggle as a Mickey Ward left hook to the body feels like a tickle. Double thick forearms are on time to humiliate the possibility of premature work elbow rub-through. Seams stitched expertly by American workers with the Lasso of Truth will hold up to the throng of admirers pulling at your sweatshirt in a feeble attempt to be one of the fortunate without making the commitment. The streamlined body hugs you tenderly and sincerely, as your high school girlfriend did the night before you left for college. The hood cavernous yet proportional celebrates the genius of the mind it surrounds and screams victory as the competition’s head gripper is tight enough to remind them that when they chose an inferior sweatshirt they really chose to accept failure in life. Own the Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt from American Giant and respect yourself for being the predator instead of the prey.
This is a ridiculously nice hoodie - the best I've had and i have quite a few stupidly costly hoodies. I wanted to write this review for any female bodied persons who are considering this hoodie. Im 5'6", 110lbs. I threw a size small in a hot wash and dried it to shrink it up a little and it came out beautifully. It shrank an inch in width all around, so it's quite nice and fits close to the body but not too close. Very hard not to buy this one in another color - its really extraordinarily nice.
Just got the burnt-orange full zip hooded sweatshirt and love it! It's very warm, sturdy and fits snugly. Certainly a high-quality product. Feels like a real sweatshirt as opposed to those paper-thin ones you get at Target. Comparable to the Abercrombie & Fitch ones but at a reasonable price :-)
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