There are a few items that every man or woman should own, staples of a wardrobe that can be used time and time again. Items like rugged jeans, durable boots, a warm sweater, classic t shirts and a signature hat are all essentials in any closet. However, the most important item people over look is a do-it-all windbreaker, and that is where the Cotopaxi Aguateca Windbreaker comes into play.
Eco-conscious makers of high quality outdoor equipment, Cotopaxi has a very unique business platform, and it’s what brought us at Gearminded to their unique collection of goods. Cotopaxi is truly invested in sustainability using recycled fabrics and funding non-profit organizations world-wide. This world view translates into the equipment with their ‘human life span guarantee,’ which ensures their products will last up to 61 years.
While Cotopaxi makes several different styles of jackets, we decided to use and abuse the “Aguateca Windbreaker,” their ultralight, weather resistant pullover. Upon first wear, the jacket seemed a bit large – some of us who usually wear a medium felt like the Cotopaxi size medium fits more like a large. Despite the larger size of the breaker, the elastic wrist cuffs, waist and scuba hood kept the jacket tight and prevented cool air from seeping in whatsoever. Our other favorite feature of the jacket was the large kangaroo pocket, reminding us of our favorite sweatshirts. The kangaroo pocket opens with a top flap, and has a cell phone pocket for effective storage space. The material is very lightweight and wasn’t restrictive at all during our rides and daily use. The pocket also allows you to pack the bag into a 5.5in x 7 in pouch, or small enough to toss in any commuter bag or day pack. Two thumbs up for this feature as we truly don’t enjoy carrying jackets around all day.
The breaker served us well on and off the bike. Several early morning commutes were warmer with the Aguateca jacket, and on the way home, it packed up easily into our backpacks. Furthermore, although the jacket isn’t “waterproof,” the water resistant rip-stop fabric kept us dry at a few concerts and on a ride or two. And in all fairness, our favorite part of the jacket, was the bright colors— we heard “whoa” more than a few times. After a month of steady use, the jacket shows no signs of wear, a testament to Cotopaxi’s 61 year guarantee, and it certainly earned its place as a staple in our wardrobe.