Listening to music while wearing a hoodie isn’t a problem if you’re using earbuds or in-ear headphones, since those are small and don’t really get in the way. Regular headphones on the other hand, can be a bit uncomfortable. Wearing them under your hoodie might feel a bit tight, while wearing them over your hoodie looks a bit silly, plus the fabric from your hoodie would muffle the sound.
However that’s a problem that Betabrand thinks needs solving, which is why they have come up with a hoodie that they’re calling the Audio Engineer’s hoodie. According to Steven Wheeler, a designer at Betabrand, “For engineers that work with bands on tour, who generally want to be as inconspicuous as possible when adjusting things on a live stage, wearing black is key, hence all the blacked-out trim and fabric selections.”
The solution consists of using speaker fabric to make the hooded section of the hoodie. Speaker fabric can be found on the front of certain speakers which are designed to prevent dust from getting through, but at the same time not impeding the sound coming out from it. In this case the fabric will allow the wearer to remain hooded, but still allow music from the headphones to be pumped through just fine.
Other features of the hoodie aimed at audio engineers includes a reference sheet with wiring diagrams that has been folded into an interior pocket, and a loop for routing headphone wires upwards. The hoodie is priced at $158, although right now it has been given a 10% discount for early-bird customers, so if you’re interested in checking it out, head on over to its website for the details.