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Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie review: stylish enough for hanging out, practical enough for trails

Limited edition and sustainably made, the Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie is great for outdoor and casual wear from the trails to the climbing gym

Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie
(Image: © Gym + Coffee)

Our Verdict

Well designed, with sustainability and style given equal billing, the Kinetic Hoodie is a good long-sleeve option for chilly but dry days on the trails.

For

  • Super comfortable
  • Sustainably made
  • Great design with clever secret pocket

Against

  • Cotton loses all thermal properties when wet
  • Limited colorways

Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie: first impressions

The Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie comes from the Dublin-based leisure-wear label’s limited edition Kinetic range, which is made in Portugal and uses sustainably sourced fabrics such as BCI cotton and recycled poly materials to make good-looking garments with a low environmental impact. 

The Kinetic Hoodie is both breathable and extremely comfortable when worn next to the skin. This handsome hoodie is good for casual wear, as well as for donning when you’re being active in the outdoors.

Instead of a couple of zipped hand pockets, as often seen on hoodies, the Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie has a hidden zipped pocket on one of the side panels. This is accommodating enough to stash things such as car keys or a credit card when you’re out walking or at the crag, but not so large that you will be tempted to stuff large items in it (which is an inefficient way of carting stuff around). 

One caveat: this hoodie is a third-made from cotton, which performs poorly when wet (it gets heavy and does not provide any warmth) – while this is offset by the poly content (which retains its thermal properties when wet), this is best used on low level trails in temperate climates and decent conditions, rather than in the mountains. For soggier occasions check our best waterproof jackets buying guide.

Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie

The Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie has a significant cotton content, so best not to wear it for a run in rain or drizzle (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)
Specifications

RRP: 117 (US) / £95 (UK)
Fabric: BCI cotton (38%), Recycled Polyamide (35%), Polyamide (23%), Elastane (4%)
Sizes: Men’s S–XXL Women’s XS-XXL
• Weight (men’s large): 612g / 1lb 5.6oz
Colors: Petrol Blue

Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie: in the field 

Although the Gym + Coffee Kinetic Hoodie is less of a fleece (like the ones in our best fleece jackets buying guide) and more of a hoodie, we have nonetheless been found it the perfect long-sleeve layer in late summer and early fall, while out exploring trails on chilly mornings and evenings.

We found it worked best on coastal walks, when the off-sea breeze started to bite and the temperature began to tumble. However, it’s also ideal for fair-weather walks, cycle rides and dry days at the crag. It has a high neck, for colder windy conditions, and a quarter-length zip so you can vent and improve airflow when things get warm (the women’s version also comes with a half-length zip).