Fall season is upon us and that means cooler days and occasional rain showers. Some runners fret during this time because it alters their workout routine, but that just the reality in life. We need to be flexible with whatever Mother Nature throws at us. As a runner and endurance sports enthusiast, there is no such thing as bad workout due to weather but bad choices of the gears. You have no excuse, there are tons of gears out in the market today and it can even make your head spin when deciding which one to pick. But don’t let yourself get stuck in the midst of details, for me it’s about “simplicity” and “functionality”.
One of the brands that I really love is Cotopaxi. It is a relatively brand new company founded by Davis Smith in 2013. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah that specializes in outdoor gears and apparels. The name Cotopaxi is taken after a volcano in Ecuador and represented by a tiny llama logo. So why llama? Well here’s a quick video just for fun. What I admire most about Cotopaxi is their commitment in helping the less fortunate and poorest regions around the world by donating portions of their profits. In my opinion, this is one of the noblest gifts that we can share to humanity. Their motto: GEAR FOR GOOD. This is the main reason why I love to support and promote Cotopaxi and their products the best I can.
I have reviewed few of their items in the past and you can read by clicking on the items below:
Paray Lightweight Jacket to review and I’m thrilled to share my thoughts with you. So let’s get into details:
· Fabric: 20D mini-ripstop nylon shell
· DWR finish / polyurethane backing
· Athletic fit
· Elastic binding at hood, cuffs (with thumbholes) and hem
· Scuba hood
· Front hand pockets
· Internal key sleeve
· Packs into interior chest pocket
· Reflective logos
Fit and Functionality
|Putting 105 grams in perspective|
I requested a medium size and the fit was spot on, from chest width to arm length, it really felt that it was custom made for me. When I saw the package by my doorstep and picked it up, I thought there was nothing in it coz it was too light. The jacket was ultra-light and weighs 3.7 ounces (105 grams) only. To give you an idea what 105 grams feel like (1 gram is approximately 1 small paper clip), I grabbed 105 pieces of small paper clips and put it on my hand. It’s really amazing how Cotopaxi accomplished this.
OK, so you might be thinking that something has to give in order to achieve this weight…like how durable it is? I think it’s a fair assumption if you have that in mind. To test it out, I gave a decent amount of pull in all areas and I can attest that despite its lightness, the ripstop fabric that Cotopaxi used is so durable. It even offers enough stretch to a certain degree. To add more strength, they double-stitched some key areas where it might be pull frequently.
It has an athletic fit which gives enough room even when wearing my favorite T’s inside. This provides for better ventilation and breathability, allowing more air to circulate in and out of my body and regulating my core temperature at bay.