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Heavyweight Hoodies – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.


A heavyweight hoodie is one of those garments you end up living in come fall/winter. They often stay on your torso from your couch to the coffee house and beyond, and look fantastic both worn alone or under a jacket or overshirt. They can also look as slouchy or put-together as you want — where with matching sweatpants for a completely cozy look or combine with a long coat and some jeans for a well-balanced all-day fit.

Whether you’re looking for a sweatshirt for those cool, fall days or a layering piece for when things get more frigid, this edition of Five Plus One will show you six heavyweight hoodies that are ready to slot into your rotation.

1) American Giant: Classic Pullover

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American Giant‘s Classic Pullover is a simple yet phenomenal option. Made from 13 oz., spun in the USA fleece, this pullover features a double-face hood, reinforced elbow patches, and double-needle stitching. It’s also available in six different colorways, meaning there is something for almost every palette.

Available for $128 from American Giant.

2) Dehen 1920: Full-Throttle Moto-Hoodie

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Dehen 1920 never fails to deliver, and that statement rings true with its hoodies, too. If you’re looking for a heavyweight hoodie that’s a bit more unique and verging on woolen chainmail, then the Full-Throttle Moto-Hoodie deserves some serious consideration. This full-zip hoodie is made from 100% worsted wool jersey knit fabric and features a full lining, extra wide ribbing a the cuffs and hems, reinforced elbow patches, and a two-way brass zipper.

While this hoodie definitely straddles the line between sweatshirt and jacket, we think it’s aesthetically and functionally firmly on the sweatshirt side of things and would definitely become a good friend of yours if you live in Northern Canada or somewhere else that gets extremely cold

Available for $425 from Dehen 1920.

3) Reigning Champ: Heavyweight Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie

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Reigning Champ is one of the mainstays of sweat-world, and while they have many offerings, their Heavyweight Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie is one of their most iconic and best cold weather options. Made in Canada from 100% cotton terry cloth, this classically styled hoodie features raglan sleeves, two-way YKK zipper, underarm gussets, and a rib-lined hood.

Available for $125 from Division Road.

4) Iron Heart: Ultra Heavy Pull-On Loopwheel Cotton Hoodie

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While Iron Heart is most well known for its heavyweight denim and generally rugged repertoire, it should surprise no one that they also offer phenomenal heavyweight sweatshirts. Their Ultra Heavy Pull-On Loopwheel Cotton Hoodie is constructed from 14 Oz. loopwheel cotton and features 4-needle (yep, that’s 4 needles) Union Special flat stitched seams and a kangaroo pocket. It’s designed with tight sleeves for additional wind resistance and a longer body for added warmth.

Available for $295 from Iron Heart

5) 3sixteen: Heavyweight Pullover Hoodie

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3sixteen‘s Heavyweight Pullover Hoodie is another workhorse of a heavyweight sweatshirt. Constructed from 14.75 oz. fleece fabric, this Canadian-made sweatshirt is finished with handwarmer pockets, drawstring hood pulls, and a three-piece hood designed to protect against wind and rain. Available in several classic colors — as well as in a full-zip model — this is an easy sweatshirt to fall in love with.

Available for $175 from Blue Owl.

Plus One – The Real McCoy’s: Thermal Sweatshirt

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While we’ve included The Real McCoy’s sweatshirts on our Five Plus One lists many times in the past, but their new Thermal Sweatshirt is quite the stand-out. It’s made from double-face fabric with a waffle pattern on the exterior and a smooth texture on the interior, which basically means warmth and comfort. Featuring a two-tone pattern, kangaroo pocket, and raglan sleeves, this McCoy’s piece is an excellent layering option, but it looks so good, you’ll want to show this one off.

Available for $295 from The Real McCoy’s.

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