Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Good organizational features, unique patterns and colors, large capacity, fits taller people
Cons: No load-bearing hip belt, sticks out from back, untechnical
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Cotopaxi Luzon 24L
|Price||$75.00 at REI|
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|Pros||Good organizational features, unique patterns and colors, large capacity, fits taller people||Great access to your gear, big pockets, simple yet versatile||Lightweight, easy to access contents, internal organization, fun colors||Shockingly lightweight, padded shoulder straps, useful features, packs into own pocket||Lightweight, useful features, flap to cover cinch top, inexpensive|
|Cons||No load-bearing hip belt, sticks out from back, untechnical||Unsupportive hip belt, not the most breathable back panel||No hip belt, no padding or support, small side pockets||No hip belt, small overall size, no back padding - can feel contents||Small fit, hip belt not load-bearing|
|Bottom Line||A well-organized casual pack that's fairly versatile across activities||A durable, versatile pack that's both easy to use and easy on your wallet||Tons of fun colors and just the right amount of convenience and functionality for casual use||An ultralight solution that doesn't cut out all the comfort and features||A 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...|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|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.|
|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|
|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)|
|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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Madison Botzet & Maggie Brandenburg
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