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Cotopaxi Moda 20 Review

A stylish and functional daypack capable of being a commuter pack or going outdoors on the trails
Cotopaxi Moda 20
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Price:  $115 List | $80.50 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Microfiber lined pocket, durable fabric, dedicated laptop sleeve
Cons:  Lacks a hip belt, small water bottle pockets, limited versatility
Manufacturer:   Cotopaxi
By Jacob Clark ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 25, 2022
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RANKED
#14 of 14
  • Comfort - 25% 8.0
  • Weight - 25% 6.0
  • Versatility - 25% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5.0
  • Durability - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Cotopaxi Moda 20 is a dedicated daypack made for the urban user. Featuring a laptop compartment with organization pockets, a microfiber-lined interior pocket, and a durable fabric, this pack hits the mark for many looking for a commuter bag. However, if you are looking for a more technical outdoor feature set, this pack may not be for you. Without a hip belt and with smaller side pockets, this pack may not meet your storage or versatility needs on a trail. The daisy chains and separated laptop sleeve do provide options making this an ideal work-to-crag bag where you don't need to worry about chalk or climbing shoes in the same compartment as sensitive electronics.

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Pros Microfiber lined pocket, durable fabric, dedicated laptop sleeveComfortable and stable, intuitive and functional design, modular set-up, utilizes recycled materialsTons of features, fully adjustable, comfortable, well ventilated, separate hydration compartmentLightweight, only includes essential features, comfortable suspension for the weightAffordable, minimalist design, lightweight, super packable
Cons Lacks a hip belt, small water bottle pockets, limited versatilityNon-adjustable frame, large size for minimalist outingsRuns small, side mesh pockets are debatably smallUncomfortable with heavy loads, lacks durabilityFew extra features, thin shoulder straps and hip belt
Bottom Line A stylish and functional daypack capable of being a commuter pack or going outdoors on the trailsTop comfort and stability make this pack the right fit for hauling your gear on any outdoor excursionThis pack offers a time tested versatile design that is ready for any adventureThis pack is an excellent value, providing all-around performance for light and fast activities at a bargain priceA simple pack that's easy on the wallet, ultralight, and super popular
Rating Categories Cotopaxi Moda 20 REI Co-op Traverse 32 Osprey Talon 22 REI Co-op Flash 22 REI Co-op Flash 18
Comfort (25%)
8.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Weight (25%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
9.0
10.0
Versatility (25%)
4.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Use (15%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Specs Cotopaxi Moda 20 REI Co-op Traverse 32 Osprey Talon 22 REI Co-op Flash 22 REI Co-op Flash 18
Volume 20 L 32 L 22 L 22 L 18 L
Measured Weight 25.0 oz 41.0 oz 30.7 oz 14.0 oz 9.5 oz
Back Construction Mesh and soft foam Contured, foam pad Vented, contoured Removable foam pad Simple foam pad
Hydration Compatibility no hydration sleeve. Internal hydration sleeve, hook and loop attachment point Externally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve
Hip Belt N/A 1 3/8" webbing, countoured padding, ventilated outer layer Broad, padded, with pockets Broad, not padded. 3/4" webbing, removable
Number of pockets 4 7 10 5 2
Description of Pockets 1 cinched main compartment, 1 zippered front, 2 mesh side, and 1 internal microfiber lined zippered 1 main combo top-loader/side panel zip, 1 internal mesh w/ overlap closure (inside of lid), 1 external zip on top of lid, 2 mesh side bottle w/ button closure/expansion, 2 oversized hipbelt zip 1 main compartment zippered, 1 stretchy mesh shoulder strap pouch, 2 waist zippered, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 back stretchy mesh, 1 top zippered, 1 open hydration reservoir pocket behind back panel, 1 internal mesh compartment zipper 1 main compartment, 2 mesh side bottle pouches, 1 side zippered pocket, 1 top pouch 1 cinched main compartment, 1 outer zippered
Materials 840-denier Hypalon, 630-denier Hypalon, 150-denier ripstop polyester Nylon Nylon Nylon
Outside Carry Options Front panel and shoulder strap daisy chain Trekking pole lash points, ice axe attachments, daisy chains,attachment loops, compression straps Bungee helmet tab, blinker light patch, ice axe loop and bungee holder, front-side pole carry bungee loops Tool loop and bungee holder 1 exterior daisy chain, ice-axe loop
Whistle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Other Notable Features Suspended laptop pocket Steel frame w/ 1 internal stay, hydration tube holder on shoulder strap, included rain cover, water bottle pockets angled forward to allow on the go access Blinker patch, front-side pole carry loops Removeable foam back panel doubles as sit pad, removeable sternum, removeable Packmod bungee Removeable foam back panel doubles as sit pad, removeable sternum and hip belt straps

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you are looking for a colorful backpack for your urban adventures that can double as an adventure pack, check out Cotopaxi Moda 20. It carries light to moderate loads securely without a hip belt, and a designated padded laptop pocket and a simple cinch closure make it quick and easy to find your gear.

Performance Comparison


Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - the moda 20 is a colorful and vibrant pack, sure to catch eyes on or...
The Moda 20 is a colorful and vibrant pack, sure to catch eyes on or off the trail.
Credit: Jacob Clark

Comfort


This pack's back panel padding is rather thick and flat, lending itself to carrying moderate loads, but it lacks much ventilation. It features a frameless design, but with two layers of padding and a laptop, it doesn't feel thin. The shoulder straps have solid width and firm padding allowing this pack to comfortably carry loads up to 25 pounds. If your goal is to carry loads greater than 25 pounds, we'd recommend looking for a pack with a more robust suspension and a hip belt.

Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - this pack has a simple back panel design with thick padding and no...
This pack has a simple back panel design with thick padding and no hip belt.
Credit: Jacob Clark

The Moda 20 is a one-size-fits-most style pack, but does have quite the range of adjustability allowing it to fit smaller to large frames with ease. While the pack can be cinched down tight and close to the body to reduce bouncing, it lacks a hip belt and still has quite a bit of bounce on faster hikes and runs.

Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - comfortable padding on both the back panel and shoulder straps give...
Comfortable padding on both the back panel and shoulder straps give a great ride with no need for a hipbelt
Credit: Jacob Clark

Weight


This pack definitely slants on the heavier side of the spectrum for its feature set but has some carefully placed robust fabric, likely adding to its overall durability. At nearly 1.25 ounces per liter, this pack is filled with padding, features, and solid construction, but if light and simple is your goal, other packs might better serve those needs.

Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - the thick, durable fabric is right where it is needed on the bottom...
The thick, durable fabric is right where it is needed on the bottom and front of the pack, but adds to the overall weight.
Credit: Jacob Clark

Versatility


Due to the heavier and more urban design of the Moda 20, it lacks some of the versatility of the other daypacks in this lineup. The pack is comfortable and can work well on day hikes out in nature, but is tailored to urban environments. Featuring a microfiber-lined pocket for sensitive electronics, a top-loading zipper, and a dedicated padded laptop sleeve with organizational pockets, it does its intended job well.

The Cotopaxi Moda 20 also works great for bike commuting or a simple gym or crag climbing pack. This small size and top=loading design make it easy to load essentials and keep a few items separated for organization, or just keeping away from chalk and dirt.

Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - the nice wide top-loading design makes digging through to find your...
The nice wide top-loading design makes digging through to find your gear quick and easy.
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Ease of Use


The Moda 20 is a relatively simple pack with a clear features pack with some nice touches for the urban setting. Its laptop sleeve is well padded with large zipper pulls and bright interior colors to help find any items. It has two daisy chains fixed to the outside running down and is great for clipping keys or shoes to it.

A clean external zippered pocket for the essentials is separated...
A clean external zippered pocket for the essentials is separated from the main compartment.
A dedicated laptop sleeve and pocket let this pack be a solid...
A dedicated laptop sleeve and pocket let this pack be a solid commuter or work bag beyond the outdoors.

Durability


This colorful pack by Cotopaxi isn't just easy to find but is also built with heavy-duty 840-Denier Hypalon on the bottom and back for greater durability. The fabric sheds water well, but as a cinch top, it isn't that waterproof or resistant. The sides are made of a slightly lighter weight 630-Denier Nylon and the top and internal pockets use a 150-Denier poly ripstop fabric. Despite being a heavier pack for its class, the thicker, more durable fabric in key placements has this being a bag one you could abuse for quite some time.

Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - this pack has thicker fabric than most other daypacks we tested...
This pack has thicker fabric than most other daypacks we tested, making it heavier but also likely more durable.
Credit: Jacob Clark

Throughout our testing period of the Moda 20, the bottom and front could withstand water and abrasive surfaces like rocks and tree bark in stride, showing little wear and continuing to perform.

Value


The Cotopaxi Moda 20 is a simple pack designed for the urban setting, but also has the ability to hit the trails. At its price point, it is quite a durable find and worth the investment.

Cotopaxi Moda 20 daypack - the moda is a colorful pack ready for urban or outdoor adventure.
The Moda is a colorful pack ready for urban or outdoor adventure.
Credit: Jacob Clark

Conclusion


For durability and price, this simple and specialized urban pack is worth a look. The clean colorful design will catch your eyes and serve urban your needs. Other packs are more versatile and lighter, but for a unique design and color palette, Cotopaxi delivers with the Moda 20.

Jacob Clark

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