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What Run Oregon is Wearing: American Giant

With these warm early September temperatures, I still have yet to start thinking about wearing anything but shorts. But, before we know it, the warm autumn evenings will be turning into cool, stormy ones and summer clothes will be delegated to the backs of closets. One item of clothes that I will actually be happy to be making a return is the hoodie. Every Pacific Northwesterner has at least a handful of these staples to get through the changing seasons in style. American Giant sent us their Tri Blend Full Zip to try out, though they have a wide variety of American-made men's and women's apparel. Check out their Fall Catalog if you want to see what they have. They have some cool casual shorts and sweats that I would be eager to try out.

Company: 

We started American Giant with a simple goal:

MAKE EXCEPTIONAL CLOTHES IN THE USA,AND OFFER THEM AT A FAIR PRICE.

Industry “experts” told us it wouldn’t work. We ignored them. Why?

WERE FED UP WITH THE STATUS QUO.

We were inspired by the innovators and doers around us who were shaking up whole industries
with big ideas and relentless hard work. They see opportunity where others see impossibility.
They don’t accept no for an answer, and dive into the deep end head first.

OUR TAGLINE “DON’T GET COMFORTABLE” IS ABOUT THAT DRIVE — A RESOLVE TO DO BETTER.

The Giants we admire do different things, but they all embody that spirit. They live optimism and grit every day.

WE WANT TO BUILD THEIR UNIFORM

Product: Lightweight Tri Blend Full Zip

  • 50% Polyester, 37% Cotton, 13% Rayon
  • Double-lined hood
  • Matte black branded zipper with matching grommets & drawcord tips
  • Heat transfer interior neck label
  • Lightweight and Tailored

Charcoal Heather

Colors: 

  • Heather
  • Pine
  • Charcoal
  • Denim

Impressions: Sure, I haven’t really been ready to let go of Summer, but oh man – if it means I can live in this hoodie, bring on October!

There is nothing I like and appreciate more than slipping on a comfortable hoodie after a race, especially in the cooler months when body temperature regulation is a must. I generally don’t want a heavy coat that is gonna keep me sweating, but I also don’t need solely a windbreaker which won’t give my body any warmth. Hoodies do the trick, and this Full Zip is a good combo. The blend keeps things soft and warm, but isn’t a heavy 100% cotton creation that is going to wear me down. It sits in that perfect-for-fall group, in both comfort and style. I appreciate that the arms are long enough (something that is sometimes a struggle for me), and there is a slight tailored fit without it being too constricting. I am mildly concerned that prolonged stuffing of my hands in the pockets will stretch them out, as they seem to lack a bounce-back stretch, but time will tell. And even if this becomes an issue for me (or you aren’t a fan once receiving), items can be returned at any time, for any reason, for a full refund.

My pregnant wife has probably worn this as much as I have, as she scopes it out when I’m not around and raves about how comfy it is. I can’t disagree with her, but I need my hoodie back! I bet you can guess what my post-delivery gift to her will be.

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About Matt Rasmussen (893 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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