Cotopaxi Allpa Review | 35L Carry On Travel Backpack | One Bag Llama Pack 🐐

The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack is a great all-around bag that is smartly designed for carry-on compliance and can suit both urban and outdoorsy travelers alike. View Details & Buy:

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1:09 – Material & Aesthetic
3:40 – External Components
7:44 – Inside the Pack
13:04 – Durability & Testing
13:28 – Pros & Cons
14:15 – The Verdict

Cotopaxi is the name of an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, in Ecuador. It’s also the name of a company that manufactures outdoor gear and is trying to do some good in the world. We’ll let you guess which one this review is about.

Founded in 2014 as a Certified B-Corp, Cotopaxi donates 2% of their revenue to help alleviate poverty. They also partner with “organizations like International Rescue Committee, Educate Girls, and Proximity Designs to provide health, education, and livelihoods in developing countries.” They do great work and make great products, one of which is the Allpa 35L Travel Pack.

The Allpa is a 35-liter, carry-on compliant pack possessing many great features and design elements. Weighing 3lb 7oz (1560g) and measuring 20 x 12 x 8in (51 x 30 x 20cm), it’s on the heavier side of things compared to other bags with the same capacity—though it isn’t egregiously hefty. Much of the weight comes from the sturdy materials Cotopaxi chooses to use: TPU-coated 1000D polyester makes up the front of the pack while 1680D ballistic nylon comprises the side, top, and bottom paneling. This combination gives the Allpa a toughness that’s hard to beat.

Overall, the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack is pleasantly hard to characterize. It can function as both a hiking pack, a work bag, or a travel pack. After our tests, we feel that it fits the travel pack role best. With it’s carry-on compliance, refined design and ample space, the Allpa is a great choice for anyone looking for a bag suited for a long weekend or a shorter vacation. While it may not be well received by taller users, if you find it comfortable to wear you won’t be disappointed.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Cotopaxi Allpa: a 35L travel backpack that’s good for carry on and one bag travel.

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asian boi 9000 says:

It would be cool if u could hav like a points system so backpacks can basically compete with eachother

retroverso says:

What is that clear, plastic case with the sunglasses in the video? I like it.

Walking Pedestrian says:

Is that the invisible carry on back there?

Ivy namnam says:

thank you 😀

KrisB says:

I took the plunge and bought this bag it’s awesome!! Only gripe is the hip strap (bulky) and I’m debating wether to chop it off!?? Tom what’s your feeling on needing the hip belt for a packed out bag keep it not??
This bag is gonna be my befriend for a 18 month world trip a true and proper test for Travel Pack!

Bernal Orozco says:

Great review! Thanks for taking viewer recommendations into consideration.

Edwin C says:

Was that wooden board behind you showcasing all the backpacks a DIY job or were you able to buy it somehow? I want to have something similar and show off my collection 😀

t braithwaite says:

Is something or someone making you try to laugh, seems like it’s not such a serious review?

Levi Halperin says:

Have you done a review of the kelty redwing?

Pack Hacker says:

Give this comment a thumbs up if you’d like a breakdown of the bundle items including the Batac Daypack!

theroadpotato says:

Hipbelt isn’t also ideal for petite and slim folks esp on the hip area especially if you’re just wearing one layer. If fully packed and heavy the tendency is to pull up those backpack straps tight so it rides right/high and balanced on your back. The hipbelt behaves the same with shorter people like myself (5’2″) wherein it rides up higher on the waist so now it’s just loose lol! So yeah… practically useless to manage weight for a longer period if needed. The shoulder still bears the brunt of it all unfortunately.

I also wished the laptop width was wider to accommodate a pelican laptop case so I can throw my pack around even more haha. But no – forget about it.

Levi Halperin says:

What’s the best carry on bag & trekking or hiking bag hybrid in your opinion?

Brandon C says:

Have you carried the pack with the hip straps hidden away? How does it feel? Is it bulky or uncomfortable? Thx!

Bo Ismono says:

great review. The security thing for the zippers is pretty cool. And I am not a great fan of the pink backpanel, but the blue is pretty refreshing in the sea of black bags. Awesome video like always!

Takahashi R says:

This channel is really bad for my wallet

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