HOODIES ARE everywhere now thanks to the athleisure boon and pandemic living. While most guys have been stocking up on cozy loungewear hoodies, we’ve also seen a steady increase in workout hoodies. Just like workout shirts and gym shorts, the best workout hoodies for men are loaded with performance features (think: moisture-wicking, anti-stink fabrics), so you can throw them on during cold-weather runs, and post-gym commutes to stay warm without feeling swampy.

Designing a good workout hoodie requires more attention to detail than designing a traditional hoodie. You have to think about body heat regulation. Do you want to lock it in for cold conditions or let it out for hot conditions? Either way, you need to minimize weight and reduce friction both within the sweatshirt and whenever your body rubs against itself on the outside. However, you still need to provide a secure place to stash your stuff like keys and phone.



  • Best Overall Workout Hoodie

    Full-Zip Hoodie Sportswear Tech Fleece
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Picking the best workout hoodie is tricky. There are many different types of workouts that take place in a wide range of conditions. So we tried to include hoodie for every environment, indoors and outdoors, that you might face. We also made sure to include hoodies that are designed for endurance workouts and others that are designed for strength workouts. So whether you want to let your body heat out while you’re on the move or keep it locked in while you’re maxing out, this list has got you covered.

What Makes a Good Workout Hoodie?

Temperature Regulation: All workout hoodies fall into one of two categories, they’re either designed to lock your body heat in or maximize breathability to let it out. Obviously, one of these categories are designed for cold conditions and the other for warm conditions. Wearing a hoodie to workout in the cold is obvious but working out in the cold still requires a degree of breathability. You need to let some body heat out and keep sweat retention to a minimum because a wet, sweat-drenched body will catch a nasty chill as soon as cold air hits it.

There are hoodies designed to reduce body heat, either through breathable fabrics or openings … or the cutting the sleeves off all together. There are also workout hoodies designed for the outdoors and these are based on UV protection. The sun can do nasty things to your body through both short and long term exposure. Sunscreen is great and should be worn wherever possible but even the best sport sunscreen will need to be reapplied. To avoid this hindrance to your workout, a UV protection hoodie that protects your neck and face while also regulating body heat is a great alternative.

Weight and Friction: This one is pretty straight forward. Whether your workout hoodie is designed for warm or cold conditions, you want to keep weight at a minimum. You also want to keep friction at a minimum for both your body running against itself and rubbing against other things. Most of the recent advancements in athletic apparel fabric technology have achieved these two goals. Ultimately, the goal of a good workout hoodie is to feel like you’re not wearing it at all. If it is lightweight enough and doesn’t cause any chafing or snagging, then your workout won’t be impaired.

Special Features: Some workout hoodies are minimalist, cutting down on any unnecessary weight. Others make room for handy special features like secure, tucked away pockets and thumb hole cuffs to keep your sleeves in place. If you’re going to the gym and using a locker then you probably won’t need any special features, you’ll just want a hoodie as minimalist as possible. If you’re going for a run, hiking, biking, or any other activity on the move, then these special features come in handy.

Best Overall Workout Hoodie

Nike

Full-Zip Hoodie Sportswear Tech Fleece

Best Cardio Training Hoodie

On

Performance All Day Hoodie

Best Lightweight Workout Hoodie

Mack Weldon

Stealth Performance Hoodie

Best Thermal Compression Hoodie

Under Armour

Men’s ColdGear® Infrared Hoodie

Best Classic Look Workout Hoodie

Russell Athletic

Dri Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie

Best Sun Shade Hoodie

Free Fly

Bamboo Shade Hoodie

Gym Shark

Legacy Drop Arm Hoodie

adidas

COLD.RDY Full-Zip Workout Hoodie

Vuori Clothing

Daybreak Windbreaker

Rhone

Essentials Training Hoodie

Lululemon

Drysense Training Hoodie

Alo Yoga

Conquer Reform Long Sleeve With Hood

Nobull

Microplush Sleeveless Hoodie

Tenthousand

Midweight Tech Hoodie (Full Zip)

Outdoor Research

Baritone Full-Zip Hoodie

Uniqlo

DRY-EX UV Protection Full-Zip Hoodie

Amazon Essentials

Tech Stretch Sleeveless Hoodie

Old Navy

Go-Dry Performance Pullover Hoodie

VRST

Cold Weather Run Full Zip Hoodie

The North Face

Camden Soft Shell Hoodie


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