DESCRIPTION: 18L lightweight day pack
MATERIAL: rip-stop nylon
WEIGHT:300 g (.66 lbs)
Arriving at the Cotopaxi booth during the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show, I immediately knew that I would like this brand. Their products are both fashionable and functional, and they have an amazing business model that is very inspirational.
Walking around the booth and taking a look at their products, a friendly guy named Anders took the time to tell me the story of Cotopaxi. As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, giving back is their core model and they have made a commitment to creating positive social impact. Their main efforts are on global poverty alleviation and they have given grants to organizations that advance health, education and livelihood initiatives around the world! Check out their 2014-2015 Impact Report here.
After being blown away by the backstory and all the good they are doing, I was introduced to a unique product called the Luzon Del Día. This 18L pack is not only a lightweight day pack but is comprised of repurposed ripstop nylon made from the “leftovers” of other pack companies.
The employees in the Philippines have complete creative control over the product and no two packs look alike. They are so unique in fact that each pack comes with a “1 of 1” label inside.
This highly packable design includes comfortable mesh straps, an internal hydration sleeve and a drawstring closure on top. There are also adjustable chest clips and a waist clip as well. A generous front zip pouch hold many necessities such as snack bars, cell phone, or headlamp. The large main compartment is big enough to fit my extra unneeded layers when it’s warm, such as my down jacket, a sweater and more.
Wearing this pack is pure pleasure! I am excited to know such a colorful bag is on my back. It’s simple yet functional design is perfect for loading quickly before heading out the door for a hike. The only drawback for me is the drawstring closure. It is difficult to completely close the top due to somewhat restrictive fabric. It would be easier with a “pull tab” closure like the Patagonia Ascensionist 25L (see photo below).
With the drawstring not closing the pack all the way, there is a chance of things falling out, or, things getting in, such as rain. A small flap for protection over the top closure would help make this my favorite day pack in the gear closet!