About Orizaba Original and Baja Hoodies
Orizaba OriginalTM was born when we decided to go on an epic mission in Mexico to create the best Baja Hoodie that money can buy.
Part surf trip, part creative and entrepreneurial adventure, we searched far and wide for the best suppliers and the most talented Mexican designers to help us create our products.
Mexican drug rug sweatshirts are typically shapeless and formless, the textile and color designs are flat and uninteresting, and the quality varies with every piece - and usually toward low end! We wanted to change all of that while still offering our hoodies at the low price that consumers expect, AND WE DID.
Orizaba Original Baja Hoodies. Perfect fit, outstanding quality & variety. Designed and made in Mexico, ready to ship WORLDWIDE from USA.
Our pullovers are unisex, but sizing corresponds to Men’s USA standards. If you're a man you should buy the size you would usually shop for in a hoodie, and it should be loose and comfortable. If you prefer an extra baggy fit, go a size up! And since they're unisex, buy a size down from your usual if you're a woman.
Before you buy, be sure to check out our Drug Rug Size Charts.
What's a Baja hoodie and why do they call it a Drug Rug?
Originating in the cold mountain regions of Mexico and popular on the relatively cool coastal region of Baja California, Baja hoodies have been around for decades. Warm, versatile, and inexpensive, they're popular in a variety of subcultures. And being so fun and comfortable, they never go out of style.
The material is called "jerga" and it's made from a blend of synthetics and cotton, often from anything that's available such as recycled clothing and other used fabrics that can be shredded, re-spun, and re-woven. Sudaderas de jerga ("jerga sweatshirts") often start as a waste stream, and become something everyone loves! They're perfect for cool evenings by the beach after a long day of surfing, they make an excellent layer in cold mountain air, they're lightweight and great for travel, and they even wick moisture due to the synthetic blend. And the pure comfort and color variety make them so fun they've stood the test of time and spread throughout the USA and now even the world.
American surfers first found them back in the 70s, while searching the cool waters of rugged northern Baja California for uncrowded waves. If you've never been, Baja California is PURE adventure. Rugged terrain, nearly no development, some of the best surfing on Earth, and no one around for 100s of miles when your car cracks an axel on a road that hasn't been maintained since it was built. Ha!
While most of Mexico is really warm, the cold ocean water in Baja Norte makes it rather cool, especially certain times of year. And so "canguros" are perfect (yet another name for them, reference to the signature "kangaroo pocket"), and they made their way there from the mountains even before the surfers did. Once they were found by the Americans, of course they made their way north, and with the Americanized name Baja hoodie.
Now being a lively and rowdy bunch, a joke arose in the surf community in reference to certain more illicit merchandise that often crossed that same border near Tijuana... "Drug rug" forever became yet another name for the sudadera de jerga.