Gear Review: Propper Cover Hoodie

Down here in Austin, Texas, winter is less a state of mind and more an afterthought. While others shiver, we prepare for June through September and the days in the triple digits. So when RF shipped me a hoodie to test out, I almost laughed. “Nay,” said our fearless leader, “this is a concealed carry hoodie.” . . .

Indeed it is. The Propper Cover Hoodie looks to be a normal hooded sweatshirt with a slick exterior and a lightweight fleece interior. But hidden in the kangaroo pocket are some discreet access panels that allow you to reach your appendix-carry holster in a relatively sneaky fashion should the need arise.

Comfort and Fit

The Propper Cover Hoodie is extremely comfortable with a very nice, soft fleece interior and well-stitched seams. It seemed to repel animal hair and easily kept me warm down to the 50 degree mark.

I normally wear medium t-shirts and suit jackets sized 40 – 42R. The cover hoodie came in a size large and was (you guessed it) large on me. Sizing runs true to form. One very nice “comfort” feature is the thumb loop at the end of the sleeve that lets you drive the sleeves through an outer layer or when you need to get your hands through the pockets and down your pants.

Getting your hand down your pants

For those who appendix carry, you might just end up loving the Propper Hoodie. Not only does the slick fabric slide up with ease for a normal appendix draw, but the hoodie also has some fancy access holes in the kangaroo pocket that let you get to your piece beneath the cover of your garment. The fabric also has enough stretch to allow a full two-handed grip on your carry gun out to full extension. I had no issues with a “traditional” appendix draw or the sneaky one that the Propper Hoodie affords.

The one downside to the access hole: your kangaroo pouch is rendered nearly useless for carrying day-to-day items. Thankfully, the folks at Propper have stitched pockets on both sleeves for your wallet, keys and possibly a small magazine.

Specifications:

  • Available Sizes: S-2XL
  • Available Colors: Black, Charcoal, Navy
  • MSRP: $54.99

Ratings (out of five stars):

Fit & Comfort * * * * *
Sizing ran true to form, and the fabric is uber soft.

Cool Features * * * * *
That secret access pouch is easily the coolest feature and works very well. The extra pockets and the thumbholes in the sleeves are handy extras.

Function * * * * *
You can get a grip on your appendix carried piece and bring it to bear easily.

Overall Rating * * * * *
This is an excellent garment that’s well-made and extremely comfortable. If you appendix carry, give this hoodie serious consideration.

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About Tyler Kee

Tyler Kee is a small town kid trying to make it in the big city of Austin, TX. A salesman by day, he is an avid motorcyclist and aspiring chef out of the office.

39 Responses to Gear Review: Propper Cover Hoodie

  1. avatarRoss says:

    Now that’s just cool, not how I carry, but still very cool.

  2. avatarWilliam says:

    I’ll never understand why people wear hoodies with shorts. What’s up with THAT?

    • avatarJoshinGA says:

      My upper torso gets cold. My legs dont tend to get cold. So shorts with hoody to keep me the proper temperature.

      • avatarjwm says:

        Exactly. i live in the bay area in Ca. I am wearing cargo shorts and hoodie as I type. Unless it’s raining or very windy I feel comfortable that way.

        • avatarPencotron says:

          Yep – lived that way all my years in CA. Was happy that when I moved to Texas my Hoodie and Shorts combo was readily acceptable!

        • avatarChris Dumm says:

          “The coldest winter I ever lived through was one summer in San Francisco.” -Mark Twain

    • avatarSkeev says:

      Here in South Florida there is very little need for full on winter wear, but on the 3 days of the year it does get cold it’s nice to keep my torso warm.

    • avatarTyler Kee says:

      Because it was hot when I took these pictures.

      • avatarBill says:

        Ha. Simple answer to an irrelevant question. Enjoyed the review. Appendix carry is generally uncomfortable to me so I don’t carry that way, neat hoodie none the less. Side note, I miss Austin. DFW just doesn’t hold a candle to it.

    • avatarirock350 says:

      In Texas it can from slight chill to balls hot in the time it takes to order a pizza. It’s less of a pain in the pass to take off a light hoodie in public than it is to take off your pants.

    • avatarsteve says:

      It’s a California thing.

  3. avatarRalph says:

    Is there a pocket for Skittles?

  4. avatarNick says:

    Make one for 3 O’clock carry and I would get one or five.

  5. avatarTRUTHY says:

    It looks like it’s pedo-certified, if you know what I mean…..

  6. avatarTTACer says:

    “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. REDACTED He looks black.”

  7. avatarSammy says:

    Sorry guys, that looks suspiciously like an assault hoodie, which may fall into the Class III weapons category. Plus the front goes up. (minds out out the gutter, men)

    • avatarIn Memphis says:

      Maybe he has a letter from the ATF to display it?

    • avatarg says:

      OMG! ASSAULT HOODIE! OMG!

      Seriously, that was hilarious…

      Looks like a nice hoodie, but my sister already got me a nice, multi-pocketed fleece Northface hoodie for Xmas. It may not have the ummm… “special access” kangaroo pocket, but using what I got is what I’d rather do.

      Besides, $55… I can use that to buy me like, oh, 50 rounds of 7.62×39 at panic level prices!

  8. avatarPaul W says:

    Is it windproof, and how long is it? I’m very long torsoed and finding shirts, jackets, sweaters etc that fit is a PITA (I have to buy Large Talls, which are hard to find, or Large Extra Talls which are nearly impossible).

    • avatarTyler Kee says:

      Seemed to be fairly windproof, but it didn’t strike me as “tall” even in the medium.

      Duluth Trading Company offers a lot of “tall” clothes though.

    • avatarjwm says:

      I have the same problem Paul W. I’m 6″1′ but my inseam is only 30 inches. I can buy jeans anywhere but upper body stuff I have to shop around.

      • avatarPaul W says:

        I’m 5′ 11′ with a 28″ inseam–pretty much the exact same boat jwm. Add in the fact that I’m a fairly serious weight lifter and it gets incredibly difficult to find decent clothes. *grump*

  9. avatarWyatt says:

    Friends don’t let friends wear jean cut-offs. Nice sweatshirt, though.

  10. avatarMichael F. says:

    Completely useless for anybody who doesn’t appendix carry.

    • avatarmountocean says:

      What if you need to scratch your junk? (assuming your with decent company, clearly not the case if you’re wearing cut-offs)

      • avatarPaul W says:

        I’d be more interested in heavier coats with a similar feature TBH; something that’d let me get my wallet or keys out of a pocket without unbuttoning a coat or shoving them in the outside coat pockets (seems like those pockets lose things).

    • avatarJesse says:

      Sure, no one needs a hoodie.

  11. avatarChris says:

    Am I the only one who thinks restricting your arm movement like that is a bad idea?

  12. avatarCameron S. says:

    Appendix carry is my preferred method. I think I will be ordering one of these immediately. Thanks for making me aware of its existence!

  13. avatarscott edward says:

    I to live in texas. Hoodies and shorts are very common in my everyday life. Just last week it snowed twice and yet today i wore shorts and a tank top for my afternoon jog. This hoodie would be great for me

  14. avatarkhadga says:

    Yep, that’s exactly what this thing is good for. Jack bandits everywhere will put it to good use.

    For accessing AIWB? Deadly stupid.

  15. avatarMitchell says:

    Binding up my arms in a garment at the start of a fight…

    Um…no. I will pass this one by like a ship in the night…

  16. avatarBut says:

    My concern would be someone recognizing that it’s a Propper hoodie and saying, “Aha, that guy is carrying!”

    For example…. Officer Not So Friendly.

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