Todd Snyder x Champion Makes the Best Sweats…Ever?

Todd Snyder + Champion's apparel are just about the coziest sweats around.

December 20, 2023 11:19 am
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Todd Snyder + Champion make some of the best sweats around. They're perfect gifts, too.
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Recommending sweatpants as a men’s lifestyle publication, especially as a gift for the happiest time of year, can feel a bit perilous. On the one hand, cozy season is upon us, and we want to deliver you the hottest, most up-to-date intel on the best apparel currently available, so that you, in turn, may win Christmas with a batch of killer presents. On the other, we’re staunchly anti-slobbiness, and, even in a world of mass athleisure, the margin for sweatsuit error is high.

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We at InsideHook have put our massive brains together and concluded that, in good conscience, the only serviceable way to help you gift the fleecy comfort he probably desires is to direct you toward Todd Snyder + Champion. They’re both names that you should recognize — the former in its capacity as stop numero uno for all things menswear, the latter as a century-old athleticwear powerhouse. And, as we often point out, they make some of the finest sweats known to man.

Todd Snyder + Champion, 10 Years Running

Todd Snyder + Champion is in no way a new thing, over a decade out from announcing the partnership with Champion as a then-relatively unknown menswear label, Todd Snyder is still pumping out sweats (and remains a perennial inclusion in our expert recommendations). These are not some low-quality poly-blends; in typical Todd fashion, the collaboration leans on discerning design and heritage construction for premium, oft-tailored host of stitched hoodies, warm-up shorts and the odd short sleeve sweatshirt that skew luxe over louche.

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Todd Snyder + Champion’s latest, the relaxed collection.
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Unimpeachable Quality

Name recognition aside, we’re not asking you to just trust the words of an internet rando. The quality is etched into the product itself; Todd Snyder + Champion’s latest collection is cut and sewn at a family-run Toronto factory using heavyweight (we’re talking 12-20 oz. here, big boy stuff) jersey and French terry and finished with double-needle stitching and luxe detailing. Enough proof for ya?

There you have it; sweats that’ll earn him the thumbs up from style editors and earn you that warm, fuzzy feeling for having gifted him the think he’ll most enjoy. We’ve even offered up a decagonal of our favorite designs to bestow from the Todd Snyder + Champion collection, each better for downing Christmas cookies and crushing a Home Alone marathon than the last.

As we were saying, Todd’s Champions collabs are the ultimate present. Take this handsome crew, for instance — cozy as hell, slightly oversized and one of a kind.

These relaxed track pants are the best of both words — swishy enough to lounge all day in, and elevated enough that he’ll still score compliments galore.

When we say that Todd Snyder + Champion just keeps getting better, this is what we’re referring to. The partnership’s latest hoodie checks every single one of our boxes, from a 20 oz. heavy cotton fabric to relaxed, vintage-inspired cut to a sturdy double-layered, drawstring-free hood that holds its shape beautifully.

Sure, we could point of the contrast collar, heavyweight knit or double-needle stitching. But you already added this bad boy to the cart, didn’t you?

Who said joggers have to be lazy? These midweight slims are practically tailored, and crafted from a 100% cotton french terry for full comfort-meets-coffee shop action. Enjoy the elasticated cuffs, slash pockets, and a cotton herringbone tubular tape drawstring.

We’re not price-blind — Todd Snyder + Champion, excellent as it may be, will often run you a pretty penny. That’s why we encourage you to snag the gear when it hits sale. This Athletic Dept. knit is a prime example of what we might call a steal.

Hoodie and shorts season *insert drooling face emoji*.

Bruce Lee cut, Bruce Lee color — we’re about to one-inch punch our way to a full collection of Todd’s drapey short sleeve sweatshirts. Perhaps you should do the same?

Sweats are sweats, but we won’t deny the shades of Thom Browne in these sleek sweatpants. They’re cut relaxed, and feature interior drawstrings to ward off anything that might intrude on your calf space. We’re not endorsing the sweatpant bar crawl, but….

Another new entrant to the Champion capsule, this heavyweight tee isn’t boxy so much as relaxed. Less H&M and more vintage ’80s wrestling tee you scored at the thrift. The quality’s there, with 1×1 ribbing at the collar and a 12 oz. heavyweight jersey weave, as is the construction — cut and sewn out of a family-owned factory in Toronto, it’s the real deal.

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