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.
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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