If you’re a gear addict you know the market is saturated with outdoor brands and choices but have you ever stopped to think how your purchases are impacting the world?
More outdoor brands are focusing on social responsibility and Salt Lake City-based Cotopaxi is one of the best examples of them. Founded in 2013, Cotopaxi’s tagline is “Gear for Good” and their core business model is developing innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure.
Cotopaxi produces their merchandise in sweatshop-free factories and many of their products have specific impacts. For example, the sale of their Cambodian water bottle funds 6 months of clean water to someone in Cambodia.
In 2014 and 2015 the purchase of their products helped:
- improve access to quality education in Nepal, Ecuador, Tanzania, the Philippines, and Ghana
- reduce mortality rates through midwifery training in Guatemala
- provide 175 radiation treatments to cancer patients in West Africa
- support the design and launch of a water project for a rural region in the Philippines
A gear purchase from them isn’t just a gear purchase, it’s also an investment in making the world a better place!
Introducing the Luzon Del Día.
I first found out about Cotopaxi last year when my stepmom saw their 18L Luzon Del Día daypack online and ordered one for both of us. Ever since mine showed up on my doorstep as a surprise I’ve taken it everywhere! More than the pack itself, I love the story behind it. The bags are created in Luzon, Philippines and each employee is given complete autonomy to use the thread and fabric colors of their choosing. The result is a creative one-of-a-kind pack built just for you!
Since the Del Día is made from excess ripstop nylon left over from other backpacks, your purchase of one keeps nylon out of landfills AND allows you to receive a little piece of creativity and love directly from the person who made it. Ordering one is a fantastic surprise—you have no idea what your pack will look like until you receive it!
What I especially like about the Luzon is its simplicity. A drawstring closure on the top of the bag allows full access to the main compartment and inside is a large sleeve for a hydration bladder or other storage.
A generously sized zippered pocket on the outside front panel measuring about 7″ wide and 6.5″ deep provides roomy storage and easy access to items like keys, snacks, or a cellphone. It’s large enough to easily fit my 6″ Kindle.
The bag has an adjustable waist belt and two breathable mesh shoulder straps with a height-adjustable sternum strap and a built-in loop for hydration tubing.
That’s it! Super simple!
Without lots of bells and whistles, the Luzon is light and folds up small. You can easily collapse it for travel or stuff it into a larger bag. I’ve taken mine on city excursions, hikes, road trips, and even grocery runs with my scooter. It can easily fit my 13” MacBook Pro, a jacket, books, journal, shoes, phone, camera, snacks and a water bottle. What more do you need for a little adventure!?
Without a lot of support you’ll have to pack wisely, but the Luzon carries a load surprisingly well. Despite lacking padding, the mesh shoulder straps are quite comfortable even with some weight. I’ve had no trouble scootering or walking home with the pack filled completely to the brim with groceries. The adjustable chest and waist straps are a nice addition that help you get the fit just right.
The Luzon is made of ripstop nylon and after 6 months of medium to heavy use, mine still looks new! I have a tight garage parking spot and frequently damage my backpacks by accidentally rubbing them against the wall. My pack has held up great with barely a scuff. It’s also very easy to wash with mild soap and water.
I live in the Pacific Northwest where rain is frequent and though the drawstring closure doesn’t make it very water resistant, the nylon does a good job of repelling water on short jaunts in light rain. If you take the bag out in wet weather, I might suggest packing your load inside a water barrier like a grocery bag or dry sack.
The Luzon Del Día is made of lightweight ripstop nylon fabric.
Weight: 300g (10.6 oz)
Dimensions: 20″ x 11.25″ x 5.1”
Storage: One main compartment with an internal hydration sleeve and outside zippered pocket.
If you’re looking for a functional and unique daypack that’s different than everything else out there, definitely consider the Luzon Del Día. I take mine everywhere and people frequently ask me about it. I love to tell them its story and that it’s more than just another piece of gear. Buying one of these daypacks means you’re investing in making the world a better place!
Watch the video below to learn more about the amazing employees and innovative process behind this pack. Check out the entire line of Cotopaxi products including other packs, clothing and accessories and learn more about their global impact.
Want to buy one?
The Luzon Del Día retails for $49.95 on the Cotopaxi website. If you don’t want to leave your design to chance (but why miss a great surprise!?) you can also buy pre-selected colors for $39.95. Part of the fun though is getting a uniquely designed bag, so I’d recommend indulging an employee’s creativity—you’ll love what you get!
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Disclaimer: I believe in doing good in the world and purchase my gear from companies who feel the same. I’m not paid to support any of the companies or products I review. Unless otherwise stated, all the gear on this site has been purchased, tested, scuffed up, and loved by me!