You may have seen Cotopaxi on our website a few times over the past few months, as have recently reviewed their latest Kickstarter campaigns – the Luzon Daypack and their Libre Sweater – both of which look simply awesome. In fact, Cotopaxi’s awesomeness-scale is far reaching, in fact, from their quality items to their global mission (see the end of this post for information). They really are a fantastic and growing company.
I was recently sent the Pacaya, an insulated jacket that is equal parts style, comfort, and construction. It is midweight, yet holds up perfectly well for Pacific Northwest winters (and beyond). It features a variety of their “Polartec” qualities, such as:
- Polartec Alpha insulation for regulating body temperature
- Polartec Power Stretch in underarm panels for mobility
The Pacaya is also extremely versatile. They may accurately call it “trail-to-town”, but I call just call it perfect for all occasions. It is stylish enough to wear for a night out on the town while barhopping or doing after-work drinks. It also works for a cold weather hike or as a post-race warm up tool. It can even be used to build snowmen in the snow and freezing rain with your kids (as I did a few weeks ago). In all instances, it does a fantastic job at keeping you warm and dry – no matter the activity.
It is also super plush and comfortable, so much so that I sometimes hate taking it off. In fact, as I’m writing this, it is 11:30am on a Tuesday indoors and I haven’t taken it off yet because I feel like I’m being casually hugged by the Pacaya. It’s just a pleasure to wear.
On top of all this, the jacket itself is able to fold up and be packed into the interior pocket when it gets a little too warm for wear.
Sizing: As someone who typically wears a Large in most instances, I found that the M sizing was almost perfect. It still had some roominess to it, but not enough that I was swimming in it. I also LOVED the length of the sleeves, something that individuals with longer arms (myself included) struggle to find.
Construction (from website):
- Shell: 100% Nylon
- Insulation: 100% Recycled Polyester
- Side Body: 100% Polyester
- Lining: 100% Nylon (20D)
- Weight: 15.68oz (.98 lbs)
- Zippers: Lightweight YKK
- Scuba-style hood
- Racing Red/Cream
- Raven (Black)
- Moroccan Blue/Powder
Spending almost $200 for a jacket may be something you have a difficult time pulling the trigger on. That is completely understandable, but I feel that this is a solid investment. But fear not, you have 90 days of free returns and exchanges if you decide it’s not for you. All products also have a “Human Lifespan warranty”, which they describe by “the quality and durability of our products for the duration of the average human life expectancy in least developed periphery countries, which is 61 years (based on 2012 Worldbank data). Our goal is to contribute to increasing that number over time with our grant making efforts. In the meantime, we will either repair or replace any product which does not hold up.” Sleep free and easy knowing that your $200 investment is guaranteed for your lifetime.
Also, right now is about as good a time to do some shopping at Cotopaxi, either for Christmas or for yourself. From now through 12/18, spend $100 at Cotopaxi and receive a free Luzon Daypack. If you spend $150, you get a daypack and a water bottle. You can’t beat that.
*More about Cotopaxi:
We create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure.
Cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty. Giving is core to our model. As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Cotopaxi has made a commitment to creating positive social impact. We focus our efforts on global poverty alleviation & give targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.
Our grantmaking represents our belief in the power of holistic development. We focus on three pillars which we believe are inextricably linked and crucial to creating a sustainable pathway out of poverty. Within each pillar, we have identified specific poverty indicators against which we track our outcomes and success.
Cotopaxi selects high-impact organizations that build sustainable solutions in collaboration with local communities. Active collaboration with nonprofit partners enables us to identify and target key needs. We do our research and invest in organizations that have demonstrated success and measure impact. We share our impact with the Cotopaxi community to ensure transparency and accountability.
*”More About” information taken from the company’s website. We like to let their own stories speak for themselves, because we review companies that have real personality and passion about what they do.
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