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Cotopaxi Teca Calido Hooded - Women's Review

This reversible model has plenty of pockets and a unique style to make up for its decidedly non-technical performance
cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review
Credit: Cotopaxi
Price:  $150 List
Manufacturer:   Cotopaxi
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 1, 2022
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RANKED
#11 of 12
  • Warmth - 25% 4.5
  • Comfort - 25% 4.5
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 5.5
  • Weight and Compressibility - 15% 6.0
  • Breathability - 15% 4.5

Our Verdict

The Cotopaxi Teca Calido stands out from the crowd in a number of ways. This non-technical coat is reversible, giving you two different colors to match your style. It also has a far more casual fit that's both shorter and boxier than any other insulated jacket in our lineup. It has puffier insulation than most, good weather resistance, and a plethora of pockets. However, this style is not adjustable, nor is it as protective as others. The Teca Calido is a jacket you buy for its style rather than its performance.
REASONS TO BUY
Reversible
Lots of pockets
Puffier insulation
Good weather resistance
REASONS TO AVOID
Boxy fit and cut allows drafts
No adjustability
Not breathable
Less torso coverage

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Pros Reversible, lots of pockets, puffier insulation, good weather resistanceWarm without being bulky, great coverage all around, protective and comfortable cuffs, microfleece-lined pocketsSoft and comfortable, breathable, easy to layer, great mobility, weather resistantWarmth, many comfort features, very weatherproofWarm, packable, light, unbeatable price, decent weather protection
Cons Boxy fit and cut allows drafts, no adjustability, not breathable, less torso coverageRuns largeDoesn't stuff into its own pocket, hood is very largeNot breathable or very packableLess durable construction, not breathable
Bottom Line This reversible model has plenty of pockets and a unique style to make up for its decidedly non-technical performanceAn excellent midweight jacket with great warmth, top-notch coverage, and comfortable detailsA very comfortable jacket that's great for adventures in diverse conditions where layering, mobility, and protection are keyA cute, high performing non-technical option that boasts an excellent priceA warm, comfortable, baffled jacket that isn't great but comes at a very affordable price
Rating Categories Cotopaxi Teca Calid... Rab Xenon Hoodie 2.0 Arc'teryx Atom Hoody Columbia Heavenly H... Amazon Essentials L...
Warmth (25%)
4.5
7.5
7.0
9.0
5.0
Comfort (25%)
4.5
8.5
8.5
9.0
4.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
5.5
8.5
7.5
8.5
4.5
Weight and Compressibility (15%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
3.0
4.0
Breathability (15%)
4.5
6.5
8.5
3.0
5.0
Specs Cotopaxi Teca Calid... Rab Xenon Hoodie 2.0 Arc'teryx Atom Hoody Columbia Heavenly H... Amazon Essentials L...
Weight, size small (ounces) 11.5 oz 12.1 oz 10.5 oz 22.4 oz 13.3 oz
Number of Pockets 7 (2 zippered hand, 2 slip, 2 open hand, 1 zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered chest) 4 (2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip)
Hem Type Elastic Single bungee adjustment Dual bungee adjustment No adjustment No adjustment
Fit Oversized boxy Relaxed slim Relaxed Slim Relaxed slim
Insulation 100% recycled polyester 100% recycled PrimaLoft Silver Coreloft 60 100% recycled polyester 100% polyester 100% polyester
Outer Fabric Repurposed polyester taffeta; reversible 30D Pertex Quantum ripstop Tyono 20D 100% nylon
Stretch fleece side panels: 94% polyester, 6% elastane
Storm-Lite DP II Polyester 100% polyester
Lining Repurposed polyester taffeta 20D recycled Atmos ripstop Dope Permeair 20D - 100% nylon Luscious Pile Fleece Polyester 100% polyester
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in stow pocket Yes; chest Yes; chest No No No; included stuff sack
Cuff construction Elasticized cuffs Elasticized with overhang Stretch-knit Stretch-knit wrist-warmer cuff with thumbholes Elasticized cuffs

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Cotopaxi Teca Calido is a midweight jacket with a relaxed-fit hood and a short, boxy, almost-oversized fit. Its exterior is made of repurposed polyester taffeta with an elastic, nonadjustable hem. It's reversible and features a whopping seven pockets — two zippered hand pockets on one side and two open hand pockets, two drop-in pockets, and one zippered chest pocket on the other side. It packs into its own chest pocket.

Performance Comparison


cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - the reversible teca calido brings style to your everyday wardrobe.
The reversible Teca Calido brings style to your everyday wardrobe.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Warmth


The Teca Calido is thicker than most of the other jackets we tested, providing reasonable warmth. However, its less technical cut and fit leave lots of areas exposed to the cold. Most notably, the elastic hem is quite loose and not snug. Depending on your body shape, this can leave plenty of room for gusts to swirl right up inside the jacket. The cuffs are similarly loose, though the sleeves are a touch long, helping them to better seal by falling against the tops of your hands. As a reversible jacket, the main zipper has no wind guard and is a weak point against the cold. The hood is loosely fitted, and it's harder to layer a protective shell overtop of this oversized puffy jacket.

cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - the calido hood strikes a middle ground of fitted for a bare head...
The Calido hood strikes a middle ground of fitted for a bare head but some space left over for a thin beanie.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Comfort


The material of the Teca Calido is slightly stiffer than the rest of the insulated jackets we tested, and the elastic material forming the cuffs, hem, and hood rim isn't as soft. Our testing team found there's not a lot of spare room across the shoulders for movement, further solidifying this coat's place as a casual, non-technical layer. We love that the Calido is reversible, giving us more style options than any other jacket. It also has a ton of pockets — seven, to be precise. Two zippered hand pockets adorn one side, while the other side features a zippered chest pocket, two open hand pockets, and two open-top slip pockets.

cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - the teca has more pockets than pretty much any other jacket we...
The Teca has more pockets than pretty much any other jacket we tested, with some on both sides of this reversible jacket.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Weather Resistance


Up against water, the baffle-free Calido does a great job keeping us dry. Against the wind, however, it has many weak points. The lack of a wind guard on the main zipper is a big one. The overall looser fit and lack of adjustability leave lots of areas around the hem, cuffs, and hood for breezes to blow in.

cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - the baffle-free exterior of the teca calido repels water easily but...
The baffle-free exterior of the Teca Calido repels water easily but its lack of wind guard leaves your chest exposed.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Weight and Compressibility


The size Small Teca Calido we tested weighs 11.5 ounces, putting it around average weight among our lineup. It stuffs into its own chest pocket and has a carabiner loop for easy clipping. The opening of this pocket is plenty big enough to get the jacket inside, but the pocket ends up slightly overstuffed, requiring plenty of squeezing to get the zipper closed.

cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - the teca calido can be stuffed into its own chest pocket, though it...
The Teca Calido can be stuffed into its own chest pocket, though it requires some effort to do so.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Breathability


With such weather-resistant fabric and poofier insulation than most, the Teca isn't a particularly breathable jacket. Because it's reversible, all the pockets are insulated as well, eliminating their ability to add ventilation. The only way to let this puffy jacket breathe is to unzip it.

cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - the only way to let this thickly puffy jacket breathe is to unzip it.
The only way to let this thickly puffy jacket breathe is to unzip it.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Should You Buy the Cotopaxi Teca Calido?


The Calido is a non-technical jacket that offers a unique style and a lot of pockets at a fairly affordable cost. If you're after a coat your shoulders can move in, one you can layer a shell over, or a wind resistant model, even the offsetting low cost of the Teca Calido is likely to leave you disappointed.

What Other Insulated Jackets Should You Consider?


The Teca Calido is a thicker puffy jacket that offers the wearer two styles in one, with its reversible nature and unique cut. If you're seeking the versatility of style that this boxy coat provides, no other model that we tested can quite match its vibe. But if you want a better performance from your jacket without paying that much more, the Rab Xenon 2.0 is our favorite option. If you're looking for exceptional warmth on a modest budget, the Columbia Heavenly Hoody is the same price but far warmer.

cotopaxi teca calido hooded for women insulated jacket review - we like the style of this reversible jacket, though its performance...
We like the style of this reversible jacket, though its performance can't keep up with the many more technical coats we tested.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

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