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Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Chrome Industries Merino Wool Cobra Hoodie at Moosejaw
"Naturally wicks away moisture, keeps you cool when you’re hot—and hot when you’re cool."
Best Buy: Aros Standard Pull-Over Hoodie at Amazon
"Includes an inflatable insert in the hood that lets the sweatshirt double as a travel pillow."
Best for Warmer Weather: Smartwool Merino 150 Hoody at Amazon
"Provides just the right amount of layering and warmth for when the evening brings the occasional chill."
Best for Colder Climates: Mission Workshops The Grandmaster at Mission Workshop
"Has a higher warmth-to-weight ratio when compared with most cotton hoodies."
Best Clean Crew Neck: Nau Randygoat Crew at Moosejaw
"This crew makes for a great travel companion when temps are fluctuating."
Best for the Lady Traveler: Prana Cozy Up Sweatshirt at Amazon
"Sumptuous and warm, with natural odor-fighting features and UPF 50+ protection."
Best Active Set: Mountain Hardwear Keele Pullover at Amazon
"Ideal for outdoor-obsessed travelers who explore environs with temperamental weather."
Best for Post-Workout: LuluLemon At Ease Hoodie at LuluLemon
"Works just as well to combat chilly temps on an airplane or in the airport."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Chrome Industries Merino Wool Cobra Hoodie
Constructed entirely from travel-friendly merino wool, the Cobra Hoodie naturally wicks away moisture, keeps you cool when you’re hot—and hot when you’re cool, and remains itch- and odor-free even after months of unwashed use—features, put more simply, that makes it the perfect traveling mid-layer. San Francisco-based Chrome Industries focus on bike-friendly apparel, so you also benefit from longer sleeves and torso than your traditional sweatshirt, with a streamlined three-panel hood, a high-neck collar to seal out the elements, and thumb loops to offer layering convenience and a bit of extra protection over the wrists.
You also get two front zippered hand-warmer pockets, a small key pocket on the wrist, and a huge, pass-through zip cargo pocket lining the lower back of the hoodie. The full-zip front makes it easy to adjust to temp fluctuations, and since it’s not over-insulated or windproof, it breathes nicely without suffocating. It comes in either classic black or deep indigo, with Chrome’s iconic griffin logo near the left seam.
Best Buy: Aros Standard Pull-Over Hoodie
Not only does the Aros Standard Pull-Over Hoodie deliver soft-to-the touch comfort for the weary road warrior, but it also does so for less than $60—and includes an inflatable insert in the hood that lets the sweatshirt double as a travel pillow. Just expose the inflation tube, give it a few blasts of air, and you’ve got 180-degree support within the hood itself, freeing you from the annoyances that come with hauling around a full-sized travel pillow. The pullover hoodie is made from a poly blend mixed with modal cotton, a type of rayon sourced from beech tree fibers that’s super-soft, lightweight, and machine-wash friendly—just be sure to remove that pillow. This tech also appears in Aros’ full range of hoodies, which include pull-overs, zip-up, and cardigan styles in both trim and relaxed fits.
Best for Warmer Weather: Smartwool Merino 150 Hoody
Tossing on a wool sweatshirt during the spring or summer might sound a fool’s gambit, but when the fabric is merino wool, it all makes sense. The lightest fabric in Smartwool’s line, the 150 Hoodie provides just the right amount of layering and warmth for when the evening brings the occasional chill—or when some airplane has cranked up their air conditioning. You get all the travel benefits of merino, including warmth when you need it—and not when you don’t, natural moisture management, and no odor retention—all in a machine wash-friendly garment that takes up practically no packing space. It’s rated to UPF 20, and also considerably more durable that lesser sweatshirts with the same fabric thickness thanks to the company’s use of Core Spun tech, which wraps the high-end merino around a nylon core. Use it as a light outer layer in mild temps, or as a base layer if things start to really cool down. The only potential drawback? No pockets.
Best for Colder Climates: Mission Workshops The Grandmaster
Crafted from high-performance Polartec Pro fleece fabric, the Grandmaster offers cozy refuge from the elements, with a higher warmth-to-weight ratio when compared with most cotton hoodies. It also has superior moisture management and a softer hand that’s plush, almost velvety. Yet despite all that warmth, the overall fit is tailored rather than baggy, with four-way stretch to keep you moving freely without adding any bulk. The center zip stops at the neck, so it pairs nicely with a collared shirt, with two traditional hand-warmer pockets as well as one chest pocket with a snap-close flap suitable for your smartphone. As it’s designed for transitional seasons (think late fall and early spring) it’s one of the warmer sweatshirts in this round-up and fights the elements better than most. Its trim fit also means It’ll work well as a mid-layer in colder temps, but it doesn’t pack down nearly as compactly as some of the lighter-weight sweatshirts.
Best Clean Crew Neck: Nau Randygoat Crew
The “Randygoat” name-checked in this crew-cut sweatshirt from Nau refers to the unique fabric used in this garment, a mix of 51 percent recycled polyester paired with 49 percent merino that manages temp and moisture and eliminates odor, with the brushed poly fleece on the inside for that’s truly soft touch and amps the warmth.
The overall cut is trim without being too tight, leaning into a classic sweatshirt aesthetic complete with a textured “X” at the collar, sleeves openings that are cut to match the contours of your wrist, and forward-set shoulder seams with flat construction to avoid chaffing when wearing a pack or an outer layer.
This crew makes for a great travel companion when temps are fluctuating, and is also a fantastic toss-on layer after running, hiking, or biking. The Randygoat also comes in a pull-over hoodie as well as an upgraded shearling hooded jacket.
Best for the Lady Traveler: Prana Cozy Up Sweatshirt
The aptly named Cozy Up Sweatshirt is made of an intoxicating blend of hemp, recycled poly, and Lenzing Tencel Lyocell, textured into French terry, making it sumptuous and warm, with natural odor-fighting features and UPF 50+ protection.
The oversized pull-over drops right at the hips, with stretchy inch-wide ribbed fabric at the cuffs and bottom band. Seams with a contrasting layer of fabric shoot from the armpits to the collar, lending a fun and playful retro vibe, and the colorways include light blue, lavender, and deep orange.
Best Active Set: Mountain Hardwear Keele Pullover
The Keel Pullover hovers between a full-on fleece and a soft-shell jacket, making it ideal for outdoor-obsessed travelers who explore environs with temperamental weather. The moisture-wicking mid layer comes with a high collar to help seal in the heat and weather protection, with a 1/3-length center zip to make it easier to pull on and off. Made of stretchy brushback fleece, it’s plenty warm without turning up the afterburners, and its outer layer has been DWR-treated to shrug off all but the most relentless monsoon.
Adding hand-warmer pockets would’ve interfered with wearing a climbing harness—Mountain Hardwear’s identity is firmly focused on the needs of alpinists. Instead, you get a high chest zippered pocket ideal for quick-grab essentials like your smartphone.
Thumb loops add a touch of extra protection—and make it easy to pull on a jacket if the skies really open up, and an internal drawstring at the hem helps dial a custom fit. Off-center seams assure that chafing won’t be an issue.
Best for Post-Workout: LuluLemon At Ease Hoodie
If your definition of traveling includes trail running, biking, cycling, paddling—or all of them, the At Ease Hoodie will become your go-to refuge post-workout layer, though it works just as well to combat chilly temps on an airplane or in the airport. Made of four-way stretchy, textured double-knit fabric, the slender fit offers comfort and warmth without constricting your movement, with an integrated gusset to further enhance mobility.
A tape detail at the back adds a touch of sartorial flair—and also doubles as a generously-sized hang loop, while the hood is form-fitting, shaped to not obstruct your full feed of vision. Twin zip-closure hand-warmer pockets make it easy to secure your goods without adding bulk to the hoodie’s svelte overall look.
A hearty gust might penetrate the fabric, but you can easily add a windproof layer without feeling constricted.