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The Run Oregon Wardrobe: Cotopaxi Baja Pant

We are big fans of Cotopaxi here at Run Oregon. We have reviewed a variety of their items – from workout gear and socks to jackets, sweaters, and packs. They continually put out really solid outdoor and running gear, all while staying true to a commitment to social impact. We can get behind that.

I am a shorts wearer by nature, and I hold out wearing pants in non-work situations as long as humanly possibly if I can. This has only grown during a COVID-19 world, where Zoom calls are the norm and I can only be seen from the waist up. Therefore, my work attire is often business up top and a party down below.

However, Cotopaxi’s comfortable new Baja Pant is starting to make its way into my “work” rotation and I have a feeling will be somewhat of a Fall and Winter everyday staple in the upcoming months.

These pants look pretty nice with their simplicity. So simple in fact that both the men’s and women’s styles only have one color option – graphite with orange (it’s more orange than yellow – contrary to what the picture above indicates) and graphite with red, respectively. They could even allllmost double as casual workwear if the situation allowed for it.

There isn’t much bad I can say about these pants. They fit nicely – like a more-loose jogger – with four-way stretch fabric that isn’t restrictive.

While I have been using this for casual and more comfortable means (lounging around the house or working in the cooler temperatures), it is really a wonderful active outdoor pant. Having these as a post-race option, or as a light pair of pants to take on a hike or camping trick, would absolutely be fantastic.

Truly, the most negative thing I can say is more of a sizing warning. I generally wear a large in pants and, even though I have been losing weight, I would probably recommend sizing down if you find yourself in that middle ground. There is a drawstring that can keep things cinched, but I didn’t feel like it did a ton in keeping a snug felt. There isn’t a ton of elasticity and if you haven’t created a really strong knot, you may be resigned to pulling the pants up constantly or investing in a cinch. In fact, the pockets (which include a concealed, side seam zip pocket) weighed down the pants a bit and made the sizing sag on me when I had them relatively filled. I truly felt like I could have done better in a medium.

However, that is honestly the easiest fix – just make sure you consider going a size lower and I don’t think you can go wrong with the Baja Pant.


Product: Baja Pant ($100)

The pants has the following features:

  • Four-way stretch fabric with DWR finish and looped twill backing
  • Knit waistband with internal drawcord
  • Two drop-in front hand pockets and zippered back pocket
  • Concealed, side seam zippered security pocket

Cotopaxi’s mission is to create outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. Cotopaxi funds initiatives that address the most persistent needs of those living in poverty. “Giving” is core to their model. Cotopaxi is committed to creating positive social impact and they focus on global poverty alleviation & give targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihood initiatives world wide. Their motto: Gear for Good.


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

About Matt Rasmussen (1521 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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