Cotopaxi Allpa 35 review – A carry on clamshell back pack

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The Cotopaxi Allpa 35 is a 35 litre pack designed to be used as cabin baggage. Since it arrived with me I’ve been trapped on the ground, but having finally got airborne I can now review it as it’s intended to be used.

Brand: Cotopaxi
Product: Allpa 35 back pack
Price: £200
Tested: by Hannah for two flights/four planes/one return trip!

Three things I’d change

  • I’m not convinced by the web strap zip security – I think they’re more of a faff than a help.
  • An elasticated water bottle pocket on the outside would be really handy.
  • It’s about £50 more than similar sized ethical luggage, though it does have a lot of features.

Three things I loved

  • Think about how you pack and you can fit a lot in without unpacking at every security check.
  • It’s pretty comfortable to carry – the backpack straps aren’t an afterthought.
  • Clamshell suitcase convenience in a carry on sized pack.

My test sample is made in the distinctive Cotopaxi multicoloured ‘Del Dia’ style, from remnants and offcuts of fabric. Each piece is then chosen to fit the pattern by the person sewing the bag, reducing waste and creating a unique mix of colours. There are single colour options available if you prefer, and at time of writing this Del Dia option isn’t listed on the UK site – though it is available in the USA.

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Review Info

Brand: Cotopaxi
Product: Allpa 35
Price: £200
Tested: by Hannah for two flights/four planes/one return trip!
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Hannah Dobson

Managing Editor

I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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  • gazzab1955
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    Sounds like a lot of money for a bag that you seem to be finding lots of faults with?

    Free Member

    I’ve had one for nearly 4 years. I quite like it, and it works well as carry on luggage.

    Full Member

    p.s. Taunton Leisure website has them in a sale at £170

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