Kickstarter of the Week Revisited: The Libre Sweater by Cotopaxi

It’s no surprise that we love Cotopaxi here at Run Oregon. The SLC-based outdoor brand makes some super awesome items and also do a great job with their sustainability model. Just over a year ago, we highlighted their Kickstarter campaign for the Libre Sweater, a Bolivian-made top constructed of locally sourced llama fiber.

I was obsessed.

I loved so many things about the Libre. It was beautiful to look at – a perfect meshing of flair with subdued style – and benefitted the local Bolivian llama farmers with each purpose. The construction of the sweater was also appealing. Here is Cotopaxi’s description of the Libre:

We started with a tailored, unisex silhouette for the Libre, and then added raglan sleeves for enhanced mobility. In other words, no restriction while reaching for a climbing hold, zero bunching while stretched out over the handlebars, and no pull while lifting the coffee mug. For the front panel and arms, we’ve employed a buttery-soft, midweight llama knit for year-round wear. We engineered an innovative, breathable knit mesh for the back panel, helping to regulate body temperature by releasing excess heat and moisture vapor. Say goodbye to sweaty back syndrome. Additionally, we beefed up the ribbing on the neck, cuffs, and hem to eliminate the dreadful stretching and sagging that plagues most woolen tops. We then rounded out the design by adding double-reinforced seams throughout to ensure it stands up the loads of use and abuse we encourage you to dish out.

The “problem” with many sweaters is that, while they keep you warm, they aren’t always the most breathable. This is by design, as most heavy tops are tasked with the primary (or sole) goal to keep you toasty. This is great, but if you are looking for something a little more active and mobile, a sweater may not be the way to go. With the Libre, the added aerated paneling on the back allows for some fantastic venting to keep your body from overheating.

The Libre is super versatile and is equally able to be worn out camping/hiking/adventuring, or as a standalone piece on an after work casual outing.  It looks like it could be itchy, but the construction and fabric ensures that it is definitely not. In fact, I wore this once with no undershirt and was completely comfortable. I also liked the thicker ribbed cuffs, neck, and hem as an effort to keep the sweater from stretching over time. It has anti-odor capabilities and according to numerous reviews, this seems to hold up well over time, making it a great piece to have at your disposal during winter months. I have gotten comments almost every time I have worn this top.

I’d definitely order a size up if you are between sizes or want a little more room. The fit is athletic and streamlined by design, so fits pretty snug against the body. I typically wear large for all my clothing (I’m 6’2 and between 190-200 lbs), and while it’s not uncomfortable (and showcases I could still stand to lose a few more belly pounds), an XL would definitely be in order if I did it again.

We also recently mentioned that Cotopaxi has an Indiegogo with the same concept as the Libre Sweater – just for socks. Check those out as well!

Cotopaxi Libre Sweater – Kickstarter from Chris Brinlee Jr on Vimeo.

Products & Price:

  • Cotopaxi Libre ($139.95) – Amazon
    • Sunrise (Brown with Blue sleeves)
    • Navy (Navy with White sleeves)
    • Dusk (Dark Grey with Light Grey sleeves)
Specs (from website):
  • Ultrasoft llama fiber
  • Tailored cut
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Midweight knit on front panel and arms
  • Breathable knit mesh back panel
  • Beefed up ribbing on neck, cuffs, and hem
  • Double-reinforced seams
  • Unisex design
  • Made in Bolivia
  • Weight: 13oz

Thank you to Cotopaxi for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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