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Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Review

A well-organized casual pack that's fairly versatile across activities
Cotopaxi Luzon 24L
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Price:  $75 List | $75.00 at REI
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Pros:  Good organizational features, unique patterns and colors, large capacity, fits taller people
Cons:  No load-bearing hip belt, sticks out from back, untechnical
Manufacturer:   Cotopaxi
By Madison Botzet & Maggie Brandenburg  ⋅  May 13, 2022
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  • Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Versatility - 25% 4.0
  • Weight - 15% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.0
  • Durability - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Cotopaxi Luzon is a fairly untechnical pack that has a lot of helpful features for everyday casual uses. With handy organization and the ability to crossover between front country and backcountry settings, we found this to be a decently versatile pack. However, with a large capacity and no weight-bearing hip belt as well as a large profile, we aren't fans of jamming this thing totally full for any adventure no matter where or how long it was. But if the unique style speaks to you, this pack makes a pretty solid travel companion that does an alright job crossing over into short backcountry adventures.

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Pros Good organizational features, unique patterns and colors, large capacity, fits taller peopleGreat access to your gear, big pockets, simple yet versatileLightweight, easy to access contents, internal organization, fun colorsShockingly lightweight, padded shoulder straps, useful features, packs into own pocketLightweight, useful features, flap to cover cinch top, inexpensive
Cons No load-bearing hip belt, sticks out from back, untechnicalUnsupportive hip belt, not the most breathable back panelNo hip belt, no padding or support, small side pocketsNo hip belt, small overall size, no back padding - can feel contentsSmall fit, hip belt not load-bearing
Bottom Line A well-organized casual pack that's fairly versatile across activitiesA durable, versatile pack that's both easy to use and easy on your walletTons of fun colors and just the right amount of convenience and functionality for casual useAn ultralight solution that doesn't cut out all the comfort and featuresA good, grab-and-go bag for smaller users, but not ideal for long hikes or heavy loads
Rating Categories Cotopaxi Luzon 24L REI Co-op Trail 25... Cotopaxi Batac 16L Osprey Ultralight S... REI Co-op Flash 18...
Comfort (25%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
3.0
4.0
Versatility (25%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
3.0
Weight (15%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
10.0
9.0
Ease of Use (25%)
7.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Durability (10%)
4.0
9.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
Specs Cotopaxi Luzon 24L REI Co-op Trail 25... Cotopaxi Batac 16L Osprey Ultralight S... REI Co-op Flash 18...
Measured Weight 17 oz. 30 oz. 11 oz. 4 oz. 10 oz.
Volume/Capacity 24L 25L 16L 18L 18L
Back Construction Lightly padded back panel HDPE framesheet Lightweight nylon Lightweight nylon Lightly padded back panel
Hydration None Inner hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve None Internal hydration sleeve
Hipbelt Yes Yes, removable No No Yes, removable
Compartments 1 1 1 1 1
Rain Cover No Yes No No No
Additional pockets 6 5 3 2 1
Outside Carry Options 2 side pockets Pole fasteners, side mesh pockets with elastic enclosure Daisy chain, 2 side pockets Side pocket Various small loops, one tool loop (need bungee or webbing to secure poles to daisy chain)
Whistle No Yes No No Yes
Key Clip Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Materials Remnant nylon Recycled nylon 75D-210D nylon (sometimes ripstop; individual pieces may vary) 40D Nylon ripstop Recycled nylon
Notable Features Zippered shoe pocket with internal divider, unique colorway Ability to add REI Trail 2 Waistpack for more storage, contoured foam harness, raincover included, bottom is reinforced to be abraison resistant Side-opening small pocket, internal organizational pockets Packs into its own pocket Removable back padding, cinch closure cover, removable sternum strap, converts into a stuff sack

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Cotopaxi Luzon 24L is made of remnant pieces of reclaimed lightweight nylon, making every bag a unique combination of colors and patterns. It also boasts several compartments and features that the smaller, Luzon 15 and 18 don't have, like a laptop compartment.

Performance Comparison


Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - testing the luzon on the slopes in the sierra nevada mountains.
Testing the Luzon on the slopes in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


The Luzon is fairly minimalist when it comes to specific comfort features. It has unpadded shoulder straps that instead contain a basic, supportive internal structure down each edge. The back has a decent layer of padding to prevent you from feeling every corner of every object you put inside. While this layer is thicker than the some similarly designed bags, it's paltry compared to fully-loaded bags with their super thick back panel padding. The Luzon also has a removable webbing hip belt, which helps with the stabilization of this pack, but won't take any weight off your shoulders. It also has a sternum strap to further attach this bad boy to your body, but this one isn't removable should you decide you aren't a fan of it.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - minimally padded shoulder straps bear all the weight of the luzon.
Minimally padded shoulder straps bear all the weight of the Luzon.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Versatility


Cotopaxi put some thoughtful pockets in this pack that we think make it a pretty useful bag for a lot of activities. It has one outer zip pocket, a back compartment that can fit a 15" laptop and more, and an internal zip pocket with a key clip. The Luzon is also hydration compatible, helping to make this bag a slightly better contender for that crossover between front and backcountry living.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - the back zippered pocket can fit a 15" laptop and house a hydration...
The back zippered pocket can fit a 15" laptop and house a hydration bladder as well. Just make sure it doesn't leak!
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Weight


Tipping the scales at just under 17 ounces, this bag is on the lighter end of the spectrum of our review. That lighter weight, despite the larger capacity, is in part due to the lack of framing and padding found in most of the heavier packs. However, we tested several other packs with a similar design that are significantly lighter, as well as bags with a ton more features that are the same weight or just a few ounces more and are far better backcountry choices.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - not a particularly heavy bag, the luzon can still hold 24 liters of...
Not a particularly heavy bag, the Luzon can still hold 24 liters of whatever you feel like bringing.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


We appreciate the helpful organization of the numerous pockets in this pack. However, the top-loading design of this fairly large-capacity, 24 liter bag can make it a chore to load and unload or to find something from the bottom of the bag without turning the whole thing upside down. While the Luzon is only offered in one size (unisex) we found that this bag is actually large enough to still be comfortable on taller folks.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - the cinch top design does make finding bottom of the pack items more...
The cinch top design does make finding bottom of the pack items more challenging.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


The remnant nylon pieces used to make the Cotopaxi Luzon bags are all different, so it's impossible to say exactly what thickness each pack is. Our pieces felt somewhere in the 100D range, though many of them were different from each other as well. The vast majority of our bag is ripstop material, but this is not the case of the entire bag. Ours also has a thicker piece for the bottom panel, but again, it's impossible to say that this will always be the case, as every bag is totally unique. We experienced no durability issues during our testing. Actually, one morning we managed to spill coffee on the bag and forgot about it. Almost an hour later, the coffee was still beaded up on the outside and wiped away without so much as a wet spot left.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - we forgot this coffee, spilled on our luzon for nearly an hour. we...
We forgot this coffee, spilled on our Luzon for nearly an hour. We were impressed it was still beaded up and wiped off with ease.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


The value of this bag depends on what you're searching for in a daypack. If you want a colorful, unique-looking bag that both makes a statement, is incredibly versatile and can be used for your city or your forest adventures, we think the Luzon is a great value. Compared to similar-designed packs, it's a bit on the expensive side, but its uniqueness is practically impossible to replicate.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - while it's not as well-equipped for long hikes or heavy loads, we...
While it's not as well-equipped for long hikes or heavy loads, we found a lot of uses for the Luzon.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


This wild, fairly untechnical bag grew on us over the course of our testing. Though it's not a great fit if you want to head with all your gear into the backcountry for a 16-mile hike with your dog, it can definitely handle a towel and snacks for a shorter jaunt to some hot springs. We think this bag is a pretty good crossover between urban and nature expeditions, and if you're into wacky designs, it doesn't get much wackier than the Cotopaxi Luzon.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L daypack womens - go from the gym to the trails (but never too far!) with this handy...
Go from the gym to the trails (but never too far!) with this handy bag from Cotopaxi.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Madison Botzet & Maggie Brandenburg
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