We have seemingly been on a Cotopaxi kick over the past year or so, with posts about their Luzon Daypack, Libre Sweater, Tikal Active Shell, and Pacaya Jacket. This Salt Lake City-based company truly makes some very diverse and awesome items that keep in line with their global mission.
If you have followed our Instagram feed over the past year, you have likely seen a slew of pictures from across the state AND across the country as well. I tend to travel for work about once per week within the Valley, 6-8 times/year within the State, and probably 2-3 times/year throughout the country. On top of that, our family likes to get out and travel when we can, and we often head over to the beach, to Bend, and into the bordering states at least a few times a year.
Add THAT to my daily commute to work consisting of not only my work necessities, but a bag for my workout and work clothes. It’s obvious that my carrying needs are great and I’m always looking for bags that fulfill my diverse needs. Cotopaxi sent us their Nazca Travel Pack, a sleek-looking and functional travel pack that is constructed with the traveler (like myself) in mind.
Specs (from website):
- Suitcase-style zippered opening with internal mesh storage compartments
- Separate zippered, padded laptop sleeve (fits 15in laptop) for easy access
- Tuck-away backpack straps and removable shoulder sling strap
- Zippered, fleece-lined front pocket for sunglasses and electronics
- Fits the carry-on restrictions for any airplane
This is about as well of a constructed bag that I think is out there. It has all the essential space that you would need for an overnight or weekend trip and just enough features to keep things together quite nicely.
Obviously, much like everything in the Cotopaxi family, it looks amazing. I have only used this a handful of times, including one overnight trip, and have gotten at least a half-dozen comments on the look. Enough said.
There are a couple of ways to utilize this bag – either as a backpack, as an over-the-shoulder sling, or by the strap on the side for a “briefcase-lite” look. When wearing as a backpack, there is a sternum strap and a waist buckle to keep things secure across your body. They are comfortable, and I LOVE that the straps have hidden compartments for when they are not in use, so that they aren’t just being ugly and dangling out in the open.
There are three pockets – two smaller ones and one that opens to the inner magic. The front pocket is shallow and features a small velcro pocket that is lined with fleece – perfect for sunglasses and electronics. The back pocket is slim and perfect for your laptop. It has a little extra padding on both sides of the pocket to deal with minor bumps along your travels (though it’s not going to protect from bigger hazards). The main pocket is where the magic lies. It’s a neat-freak or organizer’s dream. On the right side is zipped mesh pocket that can keep your clothes secure inside and far away from looking like a tornado when it opens. The left side features another mesh pocket (with a smaller zipped pocket on it). There is enough stretch on both of the mesh panels that allow for some stretch, but it’s definitely not going to take the place of all the clothes you may need for an extended trip.
I was obsessed with this pack, as I do have some organizational needs when I travel. My mild-OCD was kept in check by having one compartment for my running clothes and the other for my casualwear. I was able to pack for 2 days worth of each, with ease and room to spare (sans shoes).
The (singular) drawback:
As someone who is tethered to his Hydroflask, the Nazca lacks a spot to carry this with ease. Obviously, this is a minor thing, and something that suitcases don’t really have the luxury of anyways, so I wasn’t really bummed out. I was able to work around this by Macgyvering an extra carabiner around the backpack straps when necessary.
The Nazca TravelPack is a winner for anyone that does work commuting or needs a weekender bag. For something so stylish and simple, the quality is top-notch and the functionality is a godsend. You may be able to spend less on a bag, but you will be hard-pressed to find one with the trifecta of awesome that the Nazca brings with it.
Construction (from website):
- Weighs 2 lb. 9.5 oz.
- Measures 19.5 x 10.5 x 5.5in
- Water-resistant 630D nylon/cotton canvas shell
- Driftwood (grey – pictured)
- Beech Canopy (olive)
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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