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.
Great design with clever secret pocket
Cotton loses all thermal properties when wet
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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.
• 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).
Author of Caving, Canyoning, Coasteering…, a recently released book about all kinds of outdoor adventures around Britain, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing stories involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises. En route he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set short-lived records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s Great Walks. He’s authored walking guides to Devon and Dorset, and once wrote a whole book about Toilets for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades on Strava here and instagram here.