I'd always been curious about Reigning Champ sweatshirts and finally pulled the trigger on one last winter. They've been such a staple in my closet, that I felt it was only appropriate I bring you a Reigning Champ Sweatshirt review and let you know how I felt about this expensive and well-built sweatshirt.
Sizing: Sizing for anything when buying online can be super tricky. From Red Wing boots to underwear, its sort of a crapshoot. Luckily, reigning champ sweatshirts run pretty true to size and I took the leap and bought the size I would normally buy, which is a Large. Now, I'm 5'11 and like my sweatshirts a bit on the baggier side, and this one felt pretty snug to start.
I wasn't upset as the fit was near perfect, if not a bit shorter than I was used to. Once I got used to the fit though I started to warm up to in and, in fact, thought about sizing down in various other shirt sizes that I buy. Regardless of that, the size Large of the Reigning Champ sweatshirts fit pretty snug right out of the box. You may want to size up if you like your fit baggy.
Comfort: The comfort is A+. They're a thicker sweatshirt, but not too thick, and will keep you warm during the coldest of winter months. Being based in Minneapolis, I think I know a thing or two about quality sweatshirt warmth - and Reigning Champ sweatshirts don't disappoint in that department. My opinion is that they are maybe a bit too bulky for layering, but are perfect with a lighter jacket in the winter months. Throw on your Reigning Champ sweatshirt and a military jacket and not only do you look good, but you'll be warm all day long.
Details: I never paid much attention to the detail of the Reining Champ sweatshirts until multiple reviews I read highlighted a few things I overlooked. The seams are flat-locked and the collar, hem, and cuffs are ribbed. The side panels under the arms of Reigning Champ sweatshirts provide extra comfort and room to move. Even the draw-string is unique as it has a very thick feel to it and conveys a much more athletic-type look to it.
Value: Reigning Champ sweatshirts are a pretty good value in terms of build and quality. Though fairly expensive - prices vary between hooded and crew-necks - the sweatshirts have held up very well. Be careful when washing, however, as if you throw them in the dryer they'll most likely shrink. This may be obvious but I did it a few times out of necessity and the sweatshirts did shrink a bit.
Conclusion: On Amazon, Reigning Champ sweatshirts run around $150 USD. It's an investment, there's no doubt about that. That said, the sweatshirt has held up very well. Aside from various shrinking due to wash - which can be expected - it's still a very well built piece in my closet. My first impressions were positive and I can safely say the investment has paid off.
If you can afford it, these sweatshirts are a no-brainer. If not, there are brands that are on-par quality wise and may come in a bit cheaper cost wise.