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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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