As you may have noticed, Run Oregon has featured quite a few products from Cotopaxi. The quality of their items far surpasses many others I have seen from other top selling outdoor gear retailers. In addition to that, Cotopaxi’s global mission is what really sets them apart. Taken from the company’s site, Cotopaxi’s “About” section very briefly highlights the company’s history and purpose:
In 2013, Davis Smith and a small group of designers and entrepreneurs started Cotopaxi. A lot has changed since the founders’ first meeting in a small cabin in Utah, but the goal remains the same: make great gear, and help alleviate poverty.
Giving is at the core of our business model. Each year, we designate 2% of revenue to help alleviate poverty around the world. Through sustainable product design and targeted grantmaking, we’re committed to creating a positive social impact.
You can read a more in depth description of Cotopaxi’s global poverty alleviation focus here.
Tikal Active Shell, $149.95
Sizes: XS to XL
Colors: Racing Red, Copper, Black, Midnight Blue, & Grey Mist
Weight: 10oz (283 g)
The Tikal Active Shell is a lightweight, breathable, waterproof jacket, meant to withstand all the elements you may encounter while out backpacking on the rugged trails or traversing through the busy city. The fully taped, 2.5 layer waterproof shell fabric includes four way stretch, which allows for unrestricted movement. Perforated underarm panels vent excess heat and reduce bulk, making the Tikal easy to pack when space is limited. The adjustable hood has a laminated visor to keep rain off your face, and two zippered hand pockets keep your small essentials close at hand.
As someone who appreciates a well constructed jacket, I have to say that the Tikal Active Shell is exactly what I was looking for. I had previously been on the hunt for a waterproof shell that I could take hiking or climbing or wear while out running errands. I absolutely love the vesatility of this jacket and have found myself wearing it on an almost daily basis for any and all occasions. It has kept me bone dry during Oregon’s most recent snow storm; surviving both a snowball fight with my son and chopping wood in sideways snowfall. As someone who is 5’1, the XS did run a little big, however I felt like this allowed for me to wear an insulated jacket or hooded sweatshirt underneath. I really liked the adjustable drawstring hood, which also allowed for a much better fit. I received the Tikal Active Shell in red, 1 of the 5 color options, and I have gotten quite a few compliments while wearing it. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to wear this for the many winter activities I have planned; snowshoeing and skiing being at the top of my list.
Luzon 18L Daypack- Del Dia, $49.95
- Durable yet lightweight ripstop nylon shell fabric
- Large main compartment with internal hydration sleeve
- Top drawstring closure
- Ultralight mesh shoulder straps
- Front zippered pocket
Size: 18 liters, 20 x 11.25 x 5.1 in.
Weight: .66lbs (300g)
The Luzon Del Dia Daypack is an extremely durable, yet lightweight pack that can be used for just about any on the go adventure. The highly packable design is made of repurposed rip stop nylon and mesh straps. It also includes an internal hydration sleeve as well as an adjustable hip belt and chest strap which provides optimal load transfer and comfort. What makes the Luzon Del Dia Daypack super unique is that each bag is designed with total creative control by employees in the Philippines, meaning no two bags are alike. The color combination of every bag made will be a complete surprise to the purchaser.
I think what I really enjoy about the Luzon Del Dia Daypack is the simplicity of it. It is essentially comprised of one big compartment with an additional compartment made specifically for a hydration pack. If you opt to not use the hydration pack, however, you could easily use that compartment for smaller items. There is also a smaller zip compartment on the front for any smaller items you may need quick access to. I likely will not use the Luzon for longer hikes, but can easily see myself using it for shorter day trips. I will definitely use the Luzon Del Dia Daypack as a pre and post race bag as it is the perfect size for additional running gear. The one downside of the bag, in my opinion, is the drawstring closure at the top, as it can be a little tricky to cinch up all the way. I do, however, really like the mesh straps as they offer both comfort and breathability. The bag I received was all red, but I must say I do enjoy the pictures on Cotopaxi’s site of the various color combinations that potential purchasers could receive.
If you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast, I would definitely recommend checking out other products that Cotopaxi offers, which includes clothing for men and women, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and more.
Thank you to Cotopaxi for providing us with test items. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.