Cotopaxi started in 2014 with a tagline of “Gear for Good.” Each product that Cotopaxi sells has some kind of “good” linked to it.
The company is also a little different from other gear companies in that they are a “B Corp” or Benefit Corporation. B Corps are “focused on using the power of business as a force for social, environmental, and economic good.” Click here to learn more.
Guaranteed for Good: all Cotopaxi products are backed by a 61 year guarantee (61 years is the average life expectancy of an individual in the developing world). If there are any issues with your Cotopaxi gear, Cotopaxi will exchange, replace, or repair the product at no cost.
Cotopaxi Men’s Paray Lightweight Jacket
Material: 20D mini-ripstop nylon
Weight: 3.7 oz / 105 grams
Waterproofing: DWR Finish/Polyurethane backing
Athletic fit: The jacket is cut to allow a greater freedom of movement while active. This means that the jacket fits a little more snug than the average size. After wearing the jacket a few times, I think it’s important to keep this smaller sizing in mind. I’d almost suggest going a size up when considering this jacket.
Elastic binding: The jacket had elastic binding in key areas to help keep the jacket secure while moving. Key areas with this elastic binding are the hem around the waist, the hood, and the cuffs (which have integrated thumb loops to keep the sleeves right where there are supposed to be).
Scuba hood: The hood is adjustable at the back via a toggle adjust. This allows for a nice snug fit so that the hood doesn’t move too much while you are moving around. A stow snap enables the hood to be stashed when it’s not needed.
Front pockets: Two easy access hand pockets are on the front of the jacket. These pockets don’t provide very much security since there are no zippers or even velcro to keep whatever you put in them inside.
Internal key sleeve: A small sleeve inside the front panel of the jacket secures via a velcro flap. Stow your keys, or anything else that size in with the security of the velcro. Note: it’s too small for an average smartphone.
Reflective logos: There are only two reflective logos on the jacket: the front “Cotopaxi” logo and a “Gear for Good” on the right side of the jacket, right behind the pocket. I would have like to have seen something reflective on the back of the jacket as well.
Packable: The jacket packs into itself from an internal chest pocket.
Everyday & Everywhere: I really like the fact that this jacket is lightweight and packable, but it also has utility that makes lightweight jackets so valuable: protection from the elements. The hood and DWR finished ripstop means that this jacket should she water and repel wind.
Looks: I like the look of the jacket, however, one thing that is a little different is that you can see through the jacket material to the interior layer.
How it’s made / Who it helps: It’s good to know that Cotopaxi ensures that their products are made under fair and sustainable labor practices. With this jacket, I received a hand written note from Safaa, a Syrian Refugee who is a part of a card writing program in Salt Lake City (with International Rescue Committee) that provides employment opportunities for refugees living in Utah.
I look forward to testing out this jacket in a wide variety of activities. Check back in about a month for my first update on the Cotopaxi Paray jacket.
Thanks to 4All Outdoors and Cotopaxi for the chance to review this jacket!