Everyone loves a good hoodie. We've tested several hoodies made in the USA over the years and when American Giant released their Classic Full Zip Hoodie, I knew I had to get my hands on one to try it out.
We've written about American Giant a few times and they are typically known for their jeans. But, they've been releasing a lot of other great apparel made in the USA over the last few years that we've really liked. Kristen wrote about their sweats and workout clothes in our activewear research (link below) and I've also tested out a few of their outerwear and pairs of pants that we feature in some other research.
Let's get back to this American Giant hoodie though. I've been wearing their black Classic Full Zip hoodie for a couple of months now, below is my experience so far with it. Is it "the greatest hoodie ever made" like American Giant claims? Let's find out.
About American Giant
American Giant is based in California and uses material suppliers all over the country. For example, most of the cotton they use in their jeans, hoodies, and other apparel is from North Carolina.
The company was founded with a simple mission - make things better, make better things. American Giant saw how disposable the apparel from mega-corporations is and their lack of support for smaller manufacturers. So, they set out to change that narrative by working with smaller supply chains and building simple, durable clothing that looks great too.
Over the years, they expanded their product offering quite a bit. In addition to hoodies for men and women, American Giant offers t-shirts, pants, other outerwear, beanies, blankets, belts, socks, dresses, jeans, and tons more. The supply chain they use for materials differs slightly depending on the product, but they are always super transparent about where everything comes from.
Okay, let's get into the hoodie experience.
What We Like Best
Overall, I've had a great experience with this Classic Full Zip hoodie from American Giant.
Starting with the materials, the main cotton fabric is a heavyweight fleece that is very thick and feels like a warm blanket hugging you while you're wearing it. They didn't skimp on the hood either - that material is equally as thick as the body of the hoodie and provides great protection for me when I'm walking my dog Deuce on a cold morning.
I also really like the reinforced elbows on this hoodie. I don't know about y'all, but I feel like I wear down elbows pretty easily in other shirts and jackets, so the durability on this hoodie is really nice to have. That durability is also very apparent in the stitching all around the hoodie, which you can see in the close-up photo below.
Moving on to fit, the size of the hoodie was very accurate for what I would expect when I ordered it (I'm a size large). It can be a little tough to gauge fit when you're ordering clothes online, but American Giant provides some nice measurement charts on their site that gave me confidence and they pulled through (the hoodie is also pre-shrunk). These hoodies are a slim fit, so if you like a looser fit make sure to buy one size up.
In terms of comfort, I cannot get over how soft this hoodie is! The 100% combed ringspun cotton feels super smooth and I can wear this hoodie all day long, whether I'm out for the day or just chilling at home.
A couple more things to note, I really like how easy the hoodie is to maintain and they also have a lot of color options available. I'll admit I'm not the most stylish person in the world, but this hoodie goes with just about anything in my wardrobe. I got the classic black color, but they have seven other colors available to choose from.
In terms of maintenance, I washed it as soon as I got the hoodie because I noticed a few "fuzzies" coming off the interior, but that's not an issue after the first wash. I've washed this hoodie several times since I got it and the colors are still very strong.
What We Don't Like
There are only a couple of minor downsides to the American Giant hoodie in my opinion.
First, the price point may be out of reach for some people. The Classic Full Zip hoodie comes in at $128, which does qualify for free shipping, but is much more expensive than your typical hoodie. I will say though, I think you are getting incredible quality and value for your dollar, so in my opinion, this hoodie is worth it if you can afford it.
Lastly, some of the limited edition colors aren't available in every size. On the men's side, the deep olive and ember colors are pretty much entirely sold out. For the women, availability is a bit better. I only saw a couple of sizes unavailable for a small subset of color options.
Overall, I think the American Giant Classic Full Zip Hoodie is one of the highest quality hoodies out there. If you want a hoodie that is thick, soft, and going to last you for many years to come, you definitely need to give American Giant a look. What do you think? Do you have an American Giant hoodie? Send us a message and let us know your thoughts.