Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded - Women's Review
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Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded - Women's
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|Pros||Thick and puffy, soft and comfortable, fun pattern and color options, packs into pocket||Thick and warm, longer torso, comfortable stretch-knit cuffs, large versatile hood||Durable, weather resistant, athletic cut, good movement, versatile||Water resistant where it counts, easy midlayer, felt-lined pockets add warmth, durable fabrics||Uncomplicated and effective design, thickly filled and puffy, layers well over thick fleece|
|Cons||Boxy fit, shorter torso, limited adjustability, water soaks into seams, difficult to pack away||Very narrow through the hips, hood cinch system doesn't get that small||Narrower baffles compress down, slightly lower quality (recycled) 700 fill down||Not super warm, narrow shoulders, loose cuffs, hem cord isn't very strong||No hood option, hip length lacks coverage, lower quality down, loses feathers readily, when packed has no carabiner loop|
|Bottom Line||A comfortable, squishy jacket with a simple, looser fit and bold colors||A warm, thick jacket with an oversized hood and stretch-knit cuffs we love to wear, but narrow hips that restrict who it fits||A durable, versatile, and very comfortable jacket that can handle many activities, from mountain to town||A lightweight jacket that's easy to layer and that features key areas of water resistance||A pretty decent puffy jacket on a budget, though not without its flaws|
|Rating Categories||Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded||The North Face Summ...||Rab Microlight Alpine||Outdoor Research He...||REI Co-op 650 2.0|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded||The North Face Summ...||Rab Microlight Alpine||Outdoor Research He...||REI Co-op 650 2.0|
|Down Fill||800 fill goose down, water resistant||800 fill ProDown; Responsible Down Standard certified||Recycled 700 fill power down||800 fill power down, 90/10; Responsible Down Standard certified||650 fill goose down; Responsible Down Standard certified|
|Outer Fabric||20D giant-ripstop nylon, DWR finish||100% 20D recycled nylon ripstop with DWR finish||Recycled 30D nylon Pertex Quantum ripstop, DWR finish||Pertex Quantum w/Diamond Fuse Technology (100% nylon; 41% recycled), 15D x 30D ripstop nylon; 41% recycled, DWR finish||Recycled nylon taffeta, DWR finish|
|Weight, size small (ounces)||11.5 oz||13.4 oz||13.5 oz||12.7 oz||9.9 oz|
|Hem Type||Straight hem; hip length||Drop hem (small)||Drop hem (large)||Drop hem (small)||Drop hem (small); hip length|
|Pockets||4; 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered waist, 1 internal slip||7; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest, 4 internal slip (2 mesh)||3; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest||5; 2 zippered hand, 1 external zippered chest, 2 internal slip||4; 2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip|
|Cuff Construction||Elastic||Stretch-knit||Elastic (overhanging baffle)||Elastic||Elastic|
|Adjustment Points||Dual hem bungees; elastic-rimmed hood||Single hem bungee; single back-of-hood bungee||Dual hem bungees, dual hood bungees||Single hem bungee; single back-of-hood-to-brim bungee||Dual hem bungees|
|Stow Option||Packs into internal pocket||Packs into hand pocket + carabiner loop||Stuff sack included (drawstring) + carabiner loop||Packs into hand pocket + carabiner loop||Packs into hand pocket|
|Other Notable Features||N/A||Helmet compatible hood, stretch-knit cuffs, reverse-coil zippers (water resistant), raglan sleeves for mobility||Felt chin guard, wire-stiffened projected hood brim||Felt chin guard, fleece-lined external pockets, reinforced external shoulder and hood material, key clip in L hand pocket||N/A|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded down jacket has 800 fill water resistant goose down, and an exterior of 20D giant-ripstop nylon with a DWR finish. It features a shorter torso with a loose, boxy cut and a straight hem. It weighs 11.5 ounces and stuffs into its interior pocket.
The Fuego features 800-fill, water-resistant down packed into a 20D nylon shell. The large, loose baffles maintain plenty of air within, keeping this jacket warm and cozy in mild to moderate conditions. It lacks a drop hem to keep your bum warm on a chilly day but has dually adjustable hem cords that can be cinched tight in a stiff breeze. The cuffs and hood both feature soft elastic rims that are very comfortable, but can't be adjusted. We like wearing this coat around town and hanging all day at the campsite, where we don't have to move too much but can nestle into the cozy puffiness of the Fuego.
With a loose, boxy fit, the Fuego is easy to layer over bulky fleeces. Its shorter torso and wide design make it less enjoyable to wear under a protective shell, but it is possible. It lacks any mobility-specific features and often exposed our wrists and torsos as we reached for things. The Fuego has four total pockets, which is more than many of the others we tested. Both hand pockets are zippered, as is the internal stuff compartment (which doubles as a pocket while worn). Behind that internal pouch is an open-top slip pocket. The hem is dually adjustable, cinching completely closed all the way around.
The Fuego came in well under its advertised weight of 14 ounces, as the size S we tested weighed just 11.3 ounces. Once again, this is just below the average weight for jackets we tested — impressive for its warmth. It also feels lightweight, as the whole jacket is comprised of wide baffles with plenty of loft, giving it an airy impression.
While many other down jackets we tested come with a small stuff sack for traveling, the Cotopaxi Fuego stuffs into an internal zippered pocket. The pocket into which it stuffs is quite tall with a narrow top, resulting in what feels like a small wrestling match as we attempted to fit the puffy baffles through the narrow zipper while simultaneously expanding the pocket enough to actually fit the whole jacket inside — which it barely manages. We often zipped up the fabric of the coat as we tried to seal the compressed package — not a great sign for the material's longevity. However, once it was fully contained, the resulting dense bundle is an easy size to stick in a backpack.
Both the down filling and the exterior nylon fabric of the Fuego have water resistant treatments. During our water testing, the fabric beaded water on its surface, but after just 10 minutes, a light misting had soaked through the seams of the baffling. After sitting for 30 minutes, we were easily able to feel the moisture seeping through to the inside of the coat. If having a water-resistant jacket is important to you, we wouldn't recommend the Fuego.
The nylon exterior cuts down on breathability, and with how poofy the Fuego is, it's not our favorite to wear during high-output activities that may lead to sweating. Its fit is rather loose, which facilitates airflow, but the materials and thickness of the jacket don't make it our first choice for winter exertions.
Should You Buy the Cotopaxi Fuego?
The Cotopaxi Fuego is a very comfortable, snuggly down jacket that's great for sitting around and appreciating the outdoors in warmth. Its boxy shape and shorter torso give it a retro fit that's easy to layer over bulky garments as the temperatures drop. If you're after a performance jacket to take on your next expedition, this simplistic jacket is likely to disappoint. But if you want a cozy and stylish coat to rock around town or on chilly evenings around the campfire, the Fuego is a solid, budget-friendly pick.
What Other Down Jackets Should You Consider?
If you love the idea of a poofy jacket but need more technical features, the Rab Neutrino Pro may be more up your alley. Alternatively, if sticking to this price point is important, the Rab Microlight Alpine is in a similar price range but weighs less and provides more precipitation protection than the Fuego. But for cool, dry, chill mornings spent sipping a hot beverage and basking in your surroundings, we enjoy the feel and look of the Cotopaxi Fuego.
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