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5 Things to consider when shopping for an esport hoodie

- Mel Hawthorne

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Picking the right gear for your esports journey consists of more than just finding your keyboard, mouse and headset – it’s also about what you wear. An esports jersey is a great place to start, but it’s not always enough – especially when it gets a little chilly. That’s why you’ll want an esports hoodie that ticks all the boxes… but what boxes are those?

1. Comfort

The most important aspect of choosing the right esports hoodie for you is comfort. What you wear needs to be as comfortable as possible so that you can completely focus on what you are doing, no matter your environment. E1337 understands the importance of focusing on your best esports moments, of course!

That means that you will want to go for the right materials, the right cut, and, of course, the right size for your needs. It won’t do you any good to have clothes that pinch and pull in all the wrong places – or any places, really!

Tip: Oversized hoodies can be a great way to combine comfort with style – you’ll definitely feel comfortable even when sitting still in a chair for longer periods of time!

Air conditioning can make the arena much colder than is comfortable – and that’s exactly when the perfect hoodie will shine. Traditionally, 100% cotton is the way to go when it comes to body heat regulation – and that’s exactly what you’ll get with one of our E1337 hoodies.

2. Style

This one is a no-brainer – when you’re shopping for the perfect esports hoodie, you want it to look good! Everyone has their own personal, unique style, and it’s important to choose something that compliments that, rather than overpowering it.

In the bright, RGB-coloured world of esports, the easiest way to make a statement is by going the opposite way – by choosing a single, dark colour you can accessorise any way you want. The obvious choice is black – it goes with just about everything, after all!

A few subtle colour accents – or even that bright neon accessory you love are the perfect combo. Whatever your style, you can’t go wrong with a black statement piece… especially when it comes to hoodies. E1337’s classic and classy designs are a prime example of just how good ‘simple’ black can look!

3. Functionality

More than anything, your hoodie needs to be able to keep you warm – but not too warm. You won’t always have the time to put on or take off your hoodie in the arena, or on the stage, so go for something that is easy to open and zip at a moment’s notice, and comfortable no matter how open or closed it is.

Bigger, high-quality zippers are the way to go. You don’t want to get your hoodie caught on clothes or hair as can happen with cheaply manufactured ones. E1337 hoodies use high quality YKK zippers – the gold standard when it comes to zip-up hoodies!

Make sure your hoodie is the right size for you as well – you’ll want to keep an eye on things like sleeve length, especially. You don’t want the sleeves to be so long that they slide down and get in the way of you using a mouse or controller – but you also don’t want them to be so loose that they slide down your arms exposing you to the cold air.

Pick something that sits comfortably at your wrists without sliding around, and check to make sure your zippers are top quality!

4. Quality

Speaking of quality – when it comes to esports excellence, you really want to make sure that you get top of the line gear. You wouldn’t cheap out on a bad gaming mouse, so you shouldn’t do it on esports apparel either. Going for high quality – for example, 100% cotton over a cotton-synthetic blend, is not only more comfortable and effective in keeping you warm, it’s even more environmentally friendly.

Then there is durability – of course, a high-quality item will last for a long time. No matter how many tournaments you wear it to, your E1337 hoodie will feel just as great as it did that first time! Top-tier quality fabrics, stitching and finishing are must-haves when picking esports clothes.

Tip: Faulty stitching can make your clothes come apart very quickly – it’s a great indicator of quality when both fabric and stitching are top-tier!

You’ll be able to feel the difference almost immediately – and other people will be able to tell as well. Well-made clothes last and draw attention to you for all the right reasons – as will your best esports moments, of course.

5. Fun-factor

This one is a little harder to pin down. What makes clothes fun? Is it bright colours, cute detailing, or just a daring cut? Well, the answer depends on the individual. In many cases, you’ll have to sacrifice style and fun if you want to get high-quality gear.

This shouldn’t be the case – and thankfully, it isn’t always, either. Whether you are looking for asymmetric detailing, some eye-catching decorations, or just a hood that’ll fit over your esports headset – fun and quality aren’t mutually exclusive!

E1337 hoodies for example have extra space in the hood, so that no matter how large your headset is, you’ll be able to comfortably fit the hood over it. That’s something normal hoodies often struggle with as they aren’t designed specifically with esports in mind.

Of course, eye-catching decorations can be fun as well – for example, a logo on the hood or even sleeves add an unexpected ‘wow!’ factor. You can also add additional accessories like pins or even lanyards if you want – or rely on what the hoodie comes with! A fun lining colour or hidden detail can also make your hoodie stand out – this is all optional of course, but it can mark the difference between a good hoodie and a great one!

Tip: Check out our E1337 hoodies for some examples of fun, function, quality, style and comfort all in one place!

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