Review: Heavy Fleece Hoodie with Thermal Lined Hood

One item of clothing that you will find in almost every closet housing casualwear is a hooded sweatshirt, or “hoodie” as the kids say. With the comfort usually assigned to sweatshirts and the versatility of a zippered closure, you have something that will fill both needs of comfort and warmth. Some hoodies can be really athletic inspired, while others are more of an outdoor style of clothing.


The Heavy Fleece Hoodie with the Thermal Lined Hood by Abbot + Main is considered an essential clothing item for every man looking to look good even when he’s in his comfort zone. It is constructed from a super soft navy fabric with the elements of a sweater ribbed collar and thermal lined hood. It has a bright white hood string for contrast and a full zippered front.  For around $68, it will be a clothing item that you reach for time and again.


Now, you may be wondering, “What do I wear with this Abbot + Main hoodie?”  Since the hoodie itself is a rich navy color, you may want to offset the tone with a lighter blue jean like a pair from American Eagle Outfitters. The bleached denim has re-immerged on the fashion scene in a big way this year and would be a nice contrast to the darker hoodie.


As far as shoes go, you don’t have to go with your average white sneakers just because the Abbot and Main Hoodie is on the casual side. I spotted some new navy suede moccasins (above!) that have a sleek no-lace style, but have the added interest of tan and brown striping on the inner and outer side of the shoe, as well as the toe. The hoodie and the navy mocs would look great with a tan pair of khakis or cargo pants.


Also, you can dress up your heavy fleece hoodie with a bright graphic t-shirt like this one from Philipp Plein that is done in a vibrant blue with a skull and wings as the center of attention.


When you leave your hoodie unzipped, the graphic t-shirt will peek out between the zipper and spark some added interest. Well done, Abbot + Main!

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Men’s Fashion Advice – Get the Right Hiking Clothes and Gear

Even though the weather can be unpredictable this time of year, there are still people who love to go hiking. Now, whether you are hiking in the Hollywood Hills of sunny California or up the snow covered peaks of Mount Washington New Hampshire will determine what type of clothing, gear, and men’s sunglasses that you may require.

fleece hiking vest

For lighter outerwear that you may want for the warmer climates, check out the “North Face Windwall Fleece Vest”, which gives you warmth and wind resistance over your chest, while you have the freedom of movement in your arms. It is made from 100% fleece and has two zippered pockets, as well as a drawstring at the hem. It is a great lightweight layering piece for $99.

northface denali jacket

If you need a more thermal outerwear piece, but still like the lightweight style as opposed to a heavier coat, then take a look at the “North Face Denali Fleece Jacket”. It is constructed of Polartec fleece and is accented with two-ply nylon across the chest. The jacket is water repellant and wind resistant, for $179. Also, if your climate is even on the colder side, you can add a complimentary North face parka to keep you warm in the frigid weather.

If you are going to be strolling along trails coated with ice and snow, then you need to not only have the warmest snowmobile boots, but also the correct traction in order to remain safe. The “Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System” is an award winning device for $59.95 that is constructed of stainless steel spikes and chains that are attached to an elastomer harness.

kahtoola traction system

Last, but not least, don’t forget to make sure that you have the right gear for your hike. REI has GPS’s, knives, water bottles, portable stoves, binoculars, first aid kits, and the backpacks to keep them in. As for the right glasses to wear when climbing towards the summit, try out the Ray Ban RB3025 Aviator Sunglasses, which are noted for their handling of sun glare and go for about $60.

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