All-American Hoodie Battle: HOMAGE v. American Giant

Almost a month ago, this tweet:

led to a bit of a chal­lenge between two Made-in-Amer­i­ca brands — HOMAGE & Amer­i­can Giant — that I vol­un­teered to judge. 

I’d pur­chased a cou­ple of Ohio-based HOMAGE hood­ies around Christ­mas when they had their fleece sale. Amer­i­can Giant was run­ning a Father’s Day pro­mo­tion which enabled me to pick up a hood­ie and a t‑shirt at a dis­count. Here are the items I’m comparing:

I’m pret­ty picky when it comes to the qual­i­ties I look for in a hood­ie, name­ly: it’s fit, com­fort, style, and, most impor­tant­ly, hood fit. Here’s a com­par­i­son of the hood­ie con­struc­tion as cribbed from their websites.

HOMAGE Amer­i­can Giant
  • UNISEX STYLE
  • POLY/COTTON/RAYON BLEND
  • HOODED ZIP-UP SWEATSHIRT
  • BRUSHED FLEECE INTERIOR
  • TWO FRONT POCKETS
  • METAL ZIP CLOSURE
  • DRAWCORD HOOD
  • EMBROIDERED “H” PATCH ON LEFT SLEEVE
  • SOFT SCREENPRINT AT CHEST
  • MADE IN USA
  • 100% cot­ton, 8.8 oz combed ring-spun fleece
  • Dry exte­ri­or hand
  • Brushed inte­ri­or for added warmth and softness
  • 11.4 oz cot­ton rib with 5% span­dex for recovery
  • Raglan sleeve design
  • Dou­ble-lined hood
  • Dou­ble lay­er rib side pan­el­ing for mobil­i­ty and fit
  • Cus­tom met­al zip­per with col­or-matched zip­per tape
  • Con­trast-dyed draw­cord with cus­tom met­al grommets
  • Rein­forced elbow patches
  • Clas­sic 4″ long cuffs and waist ribbing
  • Kan­ga pock­ets rein­forced with bar tacks
  • Flat­lock and reverse cov­er­stitch seaming
  • Pre-washed and shrunk to fit
  • Made in the USA
  • Built to last

Fit

The ques­tions I ask myself in regard to fit are: Are the arms long enough? (The clos­er to 36″ the bet­ter.) Does it bag out around my mid­sec­tion? Does it hold its shape? Does it get in the way?

HOMAGE

The arms are plen­ty long enough for me on the large, which is great for win­ter in-home wear, the only issue I’ve expe­ri­enced with the sleeve length is that they’re just a bit too long, and my hands have stretched out the cuffs. The sleeves are slim for my stick arms, which I’m a big fan of. In terms of hold­ing its shape, I don’t get the sense that it is sup­posed to, it drapes on you. It does­n’t get in the way, but it also does­n’t wear well as a mid­dle lay­er, as it kind of sticks out in odd spots if I try to throw a coat on over it.

American Giant

The sleeves hit right on my wrists, and while it isn’t quite as slim-fit­ting as the HOMAGE hood­ie, it also isn’t notice­ably bag­gy. The cut and con­struc­tion of this ensures that it will hold its shape, which is good for long-life, but makes me think it won’t real­ly mold to my shape after awhile.

Win­ner: Amer­i­can Giant. The Amer­i­can Giant hood­ie just fits bet­ter the first time.

Comfort

HOMAGE

This hood­ie is soft, light, fluffy, like wear­ing a blanket.

American Giant

Because the fit is so pre­cise, you don’t real­ly notice you’re wear­ing this at all.

Win­ner: Tie. If your idea of com­fort is being under a blan­ket, you’ll go with HOMAGE. If your idea of com­fort is feel­ing like you’re not wear­ing clothes, you’ll go with Amer­i­can Giant.

Style

Left side: HOMAGE Right side: American Giant
Left side: HOMAGE
Right side: Amer­i­can Giant

HOMAGE

I absolute­ly love the heathered cloth & col­ors avail­able in this hood­ie. The pock­ets are a bit small, and I wish the hem & cuffs had a bit more of the “recov­ery” that the Amer­i­can Giant hood­ie has. The qual­i­ty of the cloth & it’s thick­ness are def­i­nite­ly less­er than Amer­i­can Giant, but that’s fleece for you.

American Giant

There are a lot of col­ors to choose from, but they are all sol­id, which is a bit too plain for my taste. The larg­er pock­ets. I love the rein­forced fore­arm, and the stur­di­ness of the cuffs and hem. While the 100% cot­ton cloth is of high­er qual­i­ty, it also makes the hood­ie appear much more plain.

Win­ner: Tie. Once again, this depends on what you’re going for. If you’re look­ing for casu­al com­fort with a bit of flair, you’ll go for HOMAGE. If you want unas­sum­ing but pre­ci­sion detail, you’ll go with Amer­i­can Giant.

Hood Fit

HOMAGE

This hood­ie has a nice curve too it, and does­n’t obstruct my vision. I’m not a fan of the vis­i­ble fleec­ing, and it looks pret­ty weird when it is not up, but com­pared to the Amer­i­can Giant hood, it’s a clear winner.

American Giant

This is a good dense hood, but it sits with a weird flat­ness on my head, and real­ly catch­es the wind when I have it up.

Win­ner: HOMAGE Still, it’s noth­ing like my GOAT J.Crew hood­ie’s hood. Snug around my head, but not obstruc­tive, it affords per­fect cov­er­age and pro­tec­tion with­out the excess fab­ric that might make me look like a half-assed Jedi.

Scorecard

This real­ly depends on what you want in a hood­ie. These are two sep­a­rate species, each with their own niche. HOMAGE is com­fort­able, super-casu­al, col­lege-wear, Amer­i­can Giant is focused, pre­cise, for some­one who has demand­ing stan­dards for what they expect from their cloth­ing. I think the Amer­i­can Giant hood­ie is the best val­ue of the two, but they’re both good brands pro­vid­ing Amer­i­can made goods in a mar­ket filled with cheap crap. I’d rather buy either of these hood­ies than drop $50 on one made by 5 year olds in Thai­land from some fan­cy depart­ment store.

UPDATE: After read­ing this post, HOMAGE con­tact­ed me and gave me some store cred­it! They’ve always had amaz­ing cus­tomer service.

16 thoughts on “All-American Hoodie Battle: HOMAGE v. American Giant”

  1. The Flint & Tin­der 10-Year Hood­ie would be a good one to add to this mix. I have one and it’s nice, but the hood is giant for me and the over­all fit is a lit­tle large on my as well. 

    PS: Fel­low Clevelander!

  2. Brett, I love Flint & Tin­der’s under­wear, and I took a good look at their hood­ies. I’m kin­da stocked up at the moment though!

  3. If you wear a small/medium and want to try mine out just to add it to the com­par­i­son you’re wel­come to try it out. I’m actu­al­ly inter­est­ed in see­ing the Amer­i­can Giant stuff.

  4. Sure thing dude. I’m sad that it’s a bit too big for me, it’s real­ly the only rea­son I don’t wear it much. If I pick­up some­thing from Amer­i­can Giant I’ll actu­al­ly have to get a wom­en’s version.

  5. How would the Amer­i­can giant stand up to phys­i­cal work? I like a hood­ie I can fix the car in and relax on the sofa after a wash. I usu­al­ly just go with carhartts and wear them dai­ly 9 months of the year for 4–5 years before they dis­in­te­grate thanks

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