Let me say this one time, and one time only: you must get yourself a Merino wool hoodie. They are soft, warm, and comfortable. It’s like being wrapped in a fresh cloud of happiness.
But you probably already knew that, right?
So, let’s not waste any more time; it’s the twelve best Merino wool hoodies for men!
Note: Suppose you don’t want your significant other to “borrow” your favorite hoodie. In that case, you also may want to check out the best women’s Merino wool hoodies.
- Best Overall: Minus33 Kodiak Expedition Hoodie
- Best Value: Meriwool Men’s Base Layer Hoodie
- Most Stylish: Allbirds Men’s Wool Hoodie
- Best For Travel: Unbound Merino Compact Travel Hoodie
- Best For Hiking: Ibex Men’s Indie Hoodie
- Best For Hunting: SITKA Gear Men’s Apex Hoody
- Best For Skiing: Helly-Hansen LIFA Merino Midweight Hoodie
- Best For Cycling: Chrome Industries Cobra 3.0
- Best Classic Pullover: Duckworth Men’s Powder Hoody
- Best Sun Hoodie: Ridge Merino Solstice Hoodie
- Best Henley Hoodie: Woolly Men’s Merino Henley Hoodie
- Best Budget: Goodthreads Lightweight Merino Blend Hoodie
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Quick Hoodie Buying Criteria – The Three F’s
Before I get into the top men’s Merino wool hoodies, I feel it’s essential to go through my quick buying criteria. Moreover, many of these Merino wool hoodies vary in design, style, and general use. Therefore, I’ve developed a simple way to analyze each hoodie with the Three F’s: Fit, Fabric, & Features. Let’s take a brief look at each.
Not all Merino wool hoodies are constructed the same. Some have more of a tighter athletic fit made for layering activities. Others tend to be a more draped construction to be worn as an outer layer or standalone garment. How you want to use your hoodie (e.g., travel, hiking, every day, etc.) should determine how it should fit. That, and personal preference, of course.
However, not all companies classify their fit and construction the same way. For example, a Smartwool hoodie may be snugger than a Minus33 hoodie, despite both being labeled “regular fit.” Therefore, we’ve classified each hoodie’s fit based on our own four criteria: athletic, slim, regular, and relaxed.
Take a look at the guide below to better understand how each fit classification may look on your body.
While all of the hoodies we reviewed are constructed with some form of Merino wool, it’s important to note that not all Merino is the same. There are three key factors to look out for with each of these Merino wool hoodies: wool percentage, fiber diameter, and fabric thickness. Let’s take a brief look into the tradeoffs of each one.
Typically, the higher the percentage of Merino wool, the softer and more odor-resistant the material. However, this sometimes comes at the cost of durability as Merino is more delicate than synthetic material.
So, if you’re planning to use your hoodie in activities where snagging and rubbing could be an issue, look for material blended with synthetics. For low-impact activities like commuting or traveling, a pure Merino hoodie should do the trick.
Typically denoted in microns, the fiber diameter is directly related to the softness of the material. The lower the microns, the better it will feel on your skin. However, the softer fibers can again come at the cost of long-term durability and maybe a bit more expensive (but not always).
Most Merino wool hoodies have a fiber diameter between 16.5 and 21.5 microns. You may feel initial itchiness on the higher end when throwing on your hoodie for the first time. But, it should go away after a few minutes. Also, not every brand advertises the micron level, so it’s sometimes difficult to gauge the fiber diameter of every product.
Finally, the last fabric factor to consider is the overall thickness (denoted in grams per square meter or GSM). For your reference, a typical piece of printer paper is ~80 GSM thick. So, as most midweight Merino hoodies are about ~250 GSM, the material is about as thick as three pieces of paper.
As you can imagine, the thicker materials tend to be warmer. But they may not be as breathable as thinner alternatives, leading to potential moisture management issues. We’ve classified each of these Merino wool hoodies into four thickness categories so you can better understand how each one will perform for you.
|Classification||Typical Thickness (GSM)||Sedentary Temp. Range (F)||Active Temp. Range (F)|
|Ultralight||< 180||65 – 90||55 – 75|
|Lightweight||180 – 220||55 – 70||40 – 60|
|Midweight||220 – 265||40 – 60||25 – 50|
|Heavyweight||> 265||< 40||< 25|
For more about the amazing properties of Merino wool as a fabric, see our Benefits & Science Guide!
Some people like to choose their clothing based on performance features, primarily if they use them for specific activities. If you are one of these people, keep an eye out for several key elements when choosing a Merino wool hoodie.
- Hood fit (under-helmet, draped, etc.)
- Zipper closure & length
- Seam construction
- Number of pockets
- Pocket location
- Pocket lining
- Sleeve length & tightness
- Hem length
- Thumb holes
- Cuffs & ribbing
- Integrated face mask
- Reinforcements & Padding
Note: Don’t worry if you see a Merino hoodie that you like but doesn’t have all the features you desire. Many brands tend to release several variations of their Merino wool gear, so peruse their site for more options. Also, if you don’t find what you are looking for, reach out to me, and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.
Best Overall Men’s Merino Wool Hoodie
100% Merino wool | 400 gsm | 18.5 microns | Full-Zip | Regular fit | 2 Colors | Price: $$$$
Pros: Brushed fleece interior | Warm but breathable | 3-pocket design for daily use
Cons: Tricky zipper | Expensive | User-reported sizing issues
Usually, you may see brands like Icebreaker or Smartwool topping a Merino wool hoodie list. But I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t place the Minus33 Kodiak Expedition Hoodie in the top spot. And for two simple reasons: warmth and comfort. That’s what you are looking for in a hoodie, right?
So, as it has to do with warmth, I would venture to say that this Minus33 hoodie is the warmest on our list. Not only is the 400 GSM heavyweight fabric excellent at regulating your temperature, but there are also minor features that help as well. Right inside the zipper (which can be tricky sometimes), there is a storm flap to reduce heat loss. Heck, it’s so warm that Minus33 notes it’s been tested in both the arctic and antarctic.
However, warmth is nothing without comfort, especially if this is your go-to hoodie for daily wear. Luckily, the enhanced comfort features of the Minus33 Expedition zip-up are top-notch. The hood drapes well, the seams are flat-locked, and there is even a brushed-fleece interior, so it feels soft against your skin.
To sum up, I could go on and on about how much I love this Minus33 Merino wool Expedition Kodiak hoodie. On the other hand, I know you don’t have all the time in the world, and we still have eleven more sweatshirts to review. So, if you like what you see, check it out below or continue reading for the rest of my favorite men’s Merino wool hoodies!
Best Value Men’s Merino Hoodie
100% Merino wool | 190 gsm | 16.5 microns | Slim fit | Charcoal gray | Price: $$
Pros: Excellent price-to-quality ratio | Lightweight but warm | Perfect for a base layer
Cons: Questionable long-term durability | Limited color | Too tight-fitting for some
Since starting Merino Wool Gear, my bank account and I are not on speaking terms. It’s definitely worth it, but to say all these hoodies are expensive is an understatement. However, in my journey, I’ve discovered a trusted brand that crafts high-quality Merino clothing at a modest price: Meriwool. And, their Men’s base layer hoodie lives up to their promise of affordable, comfortable, and high-performing Merino wool gear.
Let’s start off with the obvious: affordability. The price itself varies depending on availability, but on average, you’re looking at a tag that is 30-50% less than the competition. However, you’re still getting the same quality Merino wool hoodie. It may not be as long-lasting, but it sure gets the job done.
Meriwool’s last promise is comfort, and they deliver. The 100% Merino wool material feels exceptionally soft on your skin. This is primarily due to the luxurious 16.5-micron fibers. Plus, the lightweight, 190 GSM thickness makes it more adaptable for a broader range of situations, from brisk morning jogs to lounging around at home.
And finally, I can’t say enough about this hoodie’s performance. The thumbholes and quarter-zip make it more versatile than other options. However, the tight, athletic fit is something you may have to get used to. That is to say, if you’re looking for a more traditional hoodie, this one is not the best for you. But, if you want a solid, affordable base layer, you have to check out this Meriwool hoodie.
Most Stylish Merino Wool Hoodie For Men
100% Merino wool | Heavyweight | Regular fit | 3 colors | Price: $$$$
Pros: Unique knit construction | Versatile fit | One of the softest on the list
Cons: May feel ‘boxy‘ for some | Expensive | Dry clean only
Update: As of March 2022, this Allbirds Wool Hoodie is currently unavailable. We are in contact with Allbirds to understand if this is a seasonal issue, or if this product has been discountinue indefinitely.
You may have heard of Allbirds from their stylish Merino wool shoes worn by celebrities like Chris Pratt & Matthew McConaughey. However, they offer much more than comfy, fashionable sneakers. In fact, one of my favorite pieces from Allbirds is their men’s wool hoodie.
This Allbirds zip-up has a slightly different look than some of the other Merino wool hoodies on our list. The boiled double-knit construction has a more sleek, classic look compared to that of jersey-knit apparel. Moreover, the clean stitching and ribbed cuffs give this hoodie a unique look that you can’t find anywhere else.
Yet, even with the enhanced style features, the Allbirds men’s wool hoodie doesn’t skimp on comfort and performance. The thicker gauge yarns provide a softer, cozier feel, all while adding a bit of extra warmth. In addition, the raglan sleeves improve shoulder mobility so that the material moves with you, not against you.
Still, even with the unique style and cozy features, the thing we love most about this Allbirds hoodie (and all of the Allbirds products) is that it’s sustainable. They ethically source their wool from ZQ Merino and ensure that their products meet the highest environmental standards. So when you wear this hoodie, you’ll feel good on the outside and the inside.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “how much does this thing cost?” Well, it’s not the most expensive Merino hoodie on this list, but it certainly is up there (plus it’s dry clean only). However, I genuinely feel the price tag is worth it. In the famous words of a previously mentioned Allbirds fan, we think the cost is “alright, alright, alright.”
Best Merino Wool Hoodie For Travel
97% Merino, 3% Elastane | 250 gsm | 21.5 microns | Slim fit | 3 Colors | Price: $$$$
Pros: Simple minimalist design | Superior fabric quality | Added stretch improves performance
Cons: The hood is a bit floppy | Sizing runs small | Pricey
I have a confession: I’m a snobby ultralight traveler. I cruise right through the airports as others struggle with their mountains of bags. No matter where I go or for how long, I only pack one bag (the original Minaal travel bag, if you’re wondering). However, packing light means my wardrobe needs to be versatile, packable, and suitable for various climates. And that, my friends, is where the Unbound Merino Compact Hoodie shines.
So, what makes this Unbound Merino hoodie so great for living the carry-on life? Well, for one, the overall construction is meant to be versatile. It’s minimalist and straightforward with no flashy logos. Even the pockets are seamless, contributing to the overall classic look.
Unlike the rest of the Merino wool hoodies, Unbound Merino has added a small percentage of elastane within the fabric. This adds a bit of stretch and added durability for more adventurous travelers. Moreover, the 250 GSM midweight Merino wool offers a best-in-class warmth-to-weight ratio. Therefore, it won’t take up as much space in your travel bag but still give you the necessary warmth for chillier destinations. Oh yeah, and it’s wrinkle-proof. Almost forgot to mention that last one.
Although, I would love for Unbound Merino to use something finer than 21.5-micron wool within the construction. Some users have experienced initial itchiness, but it tends to fade away after the first wear.
Anyways, if you’re looking for an all-around, versatile Merino wool hoodie to explore the world, look no further than this Compact Hoodie from Unbound Merino. Grab one before your next trip!
Best Merino Wool Hoodie For Hiking
100% Merino wool | 185 gsm | 18.5 microns | Slim fit | 3 colors | Price $$$$
Pros: Prime outdoor comfort | Fantastic thermoregulation | Scuba-style hood
Cons: Not great for extreme coldweather | Finicky zipper | Expensive for weight
When I think of Merino wool gear from Ibex, I immediately think of technical outdoor apparel. In all of their clothing, they design for functionality, protection, and comfort. And, even though this Ibex Indie Hoodie doesn’t look like much, it’s one of the highest-performing outdoor hoodies on our list.
Let’s start with the 100% Merino wool fabric. Not only is it soft and comfortable, but the 185 GSM thickness provides enough warmth down to freezing temperatures. Moreover, the overall design is slim-fitting but relaxed enough to move with you. Therefore, if you’re out on the trail, you won’t have anything to worry about.
Now, the features. At first glance, you may probably think that this is just a basic outdoor hoodie. Nothing fancy, right? Well, Ibex has engineered unique features into its apparel. The Raglan seams improve mobility and reduce backpack-strap chafing. There are thumbholes for layering. Heck, there is even a slim-fit hood that can slide under a climbing helmet. In other words, there’s much more performance than meets the eye.
So, you’ve probably already guessed that I’m a big fanboy of Ibex. However, I wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction here. The Ibex Indie Hoodie is the real deal for outdoor lovers, so make sure to check one out today.
Best Merino Wool Hoodie For Hunting
50% Merino, 50% Nylon | Midweight | 17.5 microns | Standard fit | One pattern | Price: $$$$$
Pros: Integrated face mask | Reinforced shoulders & elbows | Divided storage pockets
Cons: No thumbholes | Limited pattern selection | Priced high
If you’re a hunter, you understand the importance of protection from the elements. Sitka Gear knows this, too. So, they created one of the most technical, comfortable hunting hoodies for anyone looking to take home a trophy buck (or at least stay comfortable while trying). And as mentioned on Sitka Gear’s website, this Merino hoodie is “silent, concealed, and deadly.”
Let’s start off with the high-quality construction since that’s what first drew me to this hunting apparel. The midweight, 17.5-micron Merino wool is soft to the touch, but the blended Nylon improves overall strength. Plus, it’s even water repellent. Overall, the fabric is engineered to keep you warm and improve your performance whether you are stalking a herd or are perched in a tree stand.
Moreover, the real selling point of the Apex Hoody is its unique features. There is an easily deployable facemask for complete camouflage, not that you would need it as the subalpine pattern is plenty. Also, Sitka Gear has added fabric reinforcements in any joint for improved mobility and durability. Heck, they even added room for elbow pads. It’s like they really thought of everything.
However, the Apex Hoodie is expensive, and it’s probably the priciest piece of Merino wool apparel on this list. But, I wholeheartedly believe the price level is worth it (if not a bit low) for the high-quality features and engineered construction. So, if you’re in the market for a new hunting hoodie, the Sitka Gear Apex should be on your wish list.
Best Merino Hoodie For Skiing
57% Merino Wool, 43% Polypropylene | 225 gsm | Athletic fit | 2 colors | Price: $$$
Pros: Fantastic warmth-to-weight | Hood fits under a helmet | 2-in-1 fabric construction
Cons: Not as odor-resistant as alternatives | Limited colors | Expensive
If you’re an avid skier, I’m sure you have heard of Helly Hansen. They make everything from puffy parkas to pom-pom beanies. Basically, you could outfit your entire ski trip with their clothing – even though it may cost you a pretty penny. However, if one Helly Hansen piece that every snow bro should own is the LIFA Merino Midweight Hoodie.
At first, this hoodie may just look like your basic mid-layer. Yet, behind the minimalist design is a world of fabric technology. I won’t go too in-depth in the spirit of brevity, but there are some vital material features to note. The 2-in-1 Merino/synthetic construction offers the best properties of each material. You get the warm, soft feel from the wool with the added breathability and durability of the synthetic (LIFA). In other words, it’s made to protect you on the slopes without any added irritation.
Moreover, Helly Hansen has created a mid-layer with one of my favorite hood fits on this list. It’s tight and secure, so you can wear the hood under your helmet without it bunching up (which can be so annoying). Plus, with the added flatlock seams, you probably won’t even notice you’re wearing this hoodie at all!
So, if you’re looking for an excellent layering piece to accompany you out on the mountain, you’ve got to check out the Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Hoodie. Or, if you’re looking for something other than a mid-layer, you can check out Helly Hansen’s full line of Merino wool products here.
Best Merino Wool Hoodie For Cycling
53% Merino, 44% Polyester, 3% Spandex | Lightweight | Athletic fit | Black | Price: $$$$
Pros: Two-way front zip | Zippered back pocket | Reinforced cuffs with thumb holes
Cons: Sizing inconsistencies | Expensive | Not as odor-resistant as Cobra 2.0
I’m going to be upfront here; I’m not a hardcore cyclist. Sure, I enjoy a 10+ mile ride every month or so, but I’m not rocking the spandex bibs. However, if the weather is cool, I always grab the Chrome Cobra 3.0 hoodie. Why? It’s made with Merino wool, of course!
Contrary to the 100% Merino wool construction of the 2.0, the updated Cobra 2.0 is about a fifty-fifty split of wool and synthetics. While this isn’t the best blend for order resistance, it does improve overall breathability and weather resistance. Thus, it’s perfect for the ever-changing conditions you may experience while riding.
Yet, the reason I (and so many other actual cyclists) love the Cobra 3.0 hoodie is the amount of added features explicitly made for riders. The three-panel cinch hood can be worn with a helmet, and the two-zip fastener provides plenty of extra ventilation. There are thumbholes and performance cuffs to reduce slippage. But, best of all, Chrome Industries has added both a front and rear pass-through zipper pocket with the 3.0 series. So, there is plenty of energy gel, Stinger waffles, and any other cycling fuel you need to finally hit that 100+ mile day.
So, if you’re looking to get more performance out of your cycling gear, you’ve got to test out the Chrome Industries Merino Wool Cobra 3.0.
Best Classic Wool Pullover
50% Merino, 20% Polyester, 30% Acrylic | 300 gsm | Relaxed fit | 4 colors | Price: $$
Pros: Excellent warmth | Flowing, draped cut | Sourced & made in the USA
Cons: Pilling potential | Runs slightly large | No hood adjustment
A lot of the Merino hoodies we talked about today have technical features for enhanced performance. However, you may not need all of those features, especially if they increase the overall price tag. You may just need a basic, comfortable pullover for your everyday needs. And that’s where the Duckworth Men’s Powder Hoody comes into play.
No frills, all comfort; that’s what you’re getting with this Duckworth hoodie. The heavier 300 GSM material provides excellent warmth yet doesn’t sacrifice breathability. The interior wool is brushed, so there is a plush, luxurious next-to-skin feel. Moreover, the relaxed fit makes it an excellent three-season outer layer (it’s a little too warm for summer temperatures).
Above all, the reason the Duckworth Powder Hoody is unique is that it’s manufactured – and sourced – all in the USA. In the Merino industry, most companies purchase their wool from Australia or New Zealand. However, Duckworth knows its customer base prefers homegrown Merino. So, they use wool harvested from Montana Helle Rambouillet sheep (a cousin of the Merino) in their products. It’s just as soft and high-performing as Merino, but with less import cost. Therefore, Duckworth passes the savings on to you!
To sum up, if you’re looking for a classic Merino wool pullover with superior comfort, you should stop reading this now. The Duckworth Men’s Powder Hoody is waiting for you.
Best Merino Wool Sun Hoodie
87% Merino, 13% Nylon | 145 gsm | 17.5 microns | Relaxed/Flowing fit | 4 colors | Price: $$
Pros: Drapes exceptionally well | Super lightweight | The oversized hood is comfortable
Cons: Hem length long | Slight wrinkling with age | Drawstrings may fall out
The thought of wearing a hoodie during the summer may sound unappealing. Still, the Ridge Merino Solstice Hoodie isn’t your typical sweatshirt. The ultralight, 145 GSM fabric is highly breathable and shields you from dangerous UV rays with a UPF rating of 30+. In all honesty, I wear mine on every backpacking trip to avoid packing a big bottle of sunscreen.
So, with such thin Merino fabric, you may think this hoodie isn’t durable. Trust me, I get it. But, that’s not the case. Ridge Merino uses an industry-leading corespun fabric construction to improve overall durability, which they call (m)Force Merino. In other words, the soft Merino wool is coiled around a stronger nylon fiber. Therefore, you get all the comfort of wool with the added strength of synthetics.
However, what sets the Solstice hoodie apart from the competitors is the relaxed, flowing fit. It’s one of the most comfortable, versatile constructions I’ve seen to date. And the drape is complemented nicely by the oversized hood, which you can easily fit over a hat (or even a climbing helmet).
Although, in my experience, there are a few downsides to this hoodie. Since I’m on the shorter side, I wish the hem length wasn’t as long. Plus, since there are thumbholes, the sleeves are a bit long for my arms. Finally, after wearing it for several days in a row, the fabric started to wrinkle, but that’s just because it’s so thin.
Still, I would choose this Ridge Merino ultralight sun hoodie over any other sun hoodie on the market. At an affordable price, you definitely should give it a try.
Update: As of July 2021, Ridge Merino does not offer the Solstice Hoodie in hunter green as pictured. Although, they have released several additional colors.
Best Men’s Merino Henley Hoodie
100% Merino | 190 gsm | 18.5 microns | Slim fit | 6 colors | Price: $$
Pros: Designed for everyday use | Full kangaroo pouch | Multiple color options
Cons: The cut is a bit boxy | Not very “rugged” | Seam construction needs improvement
Alright, I know what you’re thinking: “why would this guy make ‘best henley hoodie’ its own specific category?” Well, to be honest, it was kind of a stretch. However, I couldn’t think of any other categories to place the Woolly Men’s Merino Wool Henley Hoodie. And, if I left it off this list, I’d be doing you a disservice. Anyways, let’s take a look at this hybrid sweatshirt.
Unlike the other quarter-zip hoodies on this list, this Woolly sweatshirt has a three-button closure. I personally think this gives the hoodie a more fashionable, versatile look. For example, it doesn’t look like you will hike a 14er every time you wear it. And still, the improved style doesn’t sacrifice overall comfort. The 190 GSM lightweight fabric is soft and moisture-wicking but thick enough to be used as outerwear in mild conditions.
Moreover, as with all Woolly’s clothing, this henley hoodie is designed as Merino Foundation Wear. The founders of Woolly noticed a void in the Merino industry of casual, everyday wear. They filled that void with tons of incredible apparel. They’ve raised over $1-million on Kickstarter and are reinventing the Merino wool industry. It’s truly a great success story.
So, if you’re looking for a lightweight, everyday Merino hoodie from an excellent brand, look no further. Woolly has you covered. Although, if you plan on using your hoodie for strenuous activities, you may want to look for something a bit heavier and more durable.
Best Budget Merino Wool Hoodie
50% Merino, 50% Acrylic | Lightweight | Classic-to-Relaxed fit | 8 colors | Price: $
Pros: Simple, versatile construction | Suitable for 4-season use | Inexpensive
Cons: Questionable durability | Pilling should be expected | Sizing inconsistencies
I haven’t tested this hoodie from Goodthreads, to be honest. I have plenty of Merino hoodies that I’m satisfied with, so there’s no need for me to grab one. But, if you want to experience the power of Merino wool without emptying your bank account, it may be your best option.
Still, “budget” doesn’t mean bad. Sure, there are higher-performing options that I’ve discussed, but you may not need a top-of-the-line hoodie for your everyday needs. The lightweight, 50/50 blend of Merino and acrylic provides adequate warmth and ample breathability. Plus, the versatile cut is excellent for any activity.
And just because this hoodie is more fundamental than the rest doesn’t mean that it lacks features. There is a two-way zipper, kangaroo pockets, and ribbed cuffs, so your sleeves don’t flop around. It may not be the cream of the crop, but it still performs well.
Moreover, this zip-up sweatshirt has excellent ratings and probably the most colors available on this list (eight total as I’m writing this). If you are strapped for cash but still want a decent Merino wool hoodie, give this Goodthreads one a try. If you want something a bit higher-quality and longer-lasting, you may want to check some of the other options on our list.
Final Note On The Best Men’s Merino Wool Hoodies
And that’s that: the 12 Best Merino wool hoodies for men. You saw a few high-performing sweatshirts, some specialized base layers, and even a few value options that won’t break the bank. Who thought Merino wool could be so versatile?
Remember the “three F’s” when researching hoodies and any Merino wool products, for that matter. You need to have the right fit, the proper fabric, and all the necessary features for you to perform at the highest level.
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