This month we released the Cotopaxi Aguateca: a lightweight anorak-style windbreaker perfect for windy ridge hikes, breezy bike rides, and minimalist travel. With a sleek design and convenient packability, the Aguateca embodies Cotopaxi’s design philosophy. On a larger scale, the Aguateca embodies Cotopaxi’s brand philosophy of inspiring adventure while creating sustainable good in the world. Along with proceeds that support our poverty alleviation efforts, the Aguateca employs eco-friendly manufacturing techniques that keep costs low and decrease Cotopaxi’s carbon hoof-print.
Photos by Greg Rakozy
The Aguateca, like the Luzon hiking backpack, is made from surplus production materials that would otherwise sit unused, collecting dust. By repurposing these materials, Cotopaxi is able to utilize resources, reduce waste, and help bring balance to the production process. This also allows us to work in small batches with small companies, and ensure product originality. Each piece is truly limited edition—once a certain run of fabric is used up, the color is gone for good.
These surplus materials are sourced from a warehouse in Portland. For the sake of efficiency, proximity, and strengthened manufacturer relationships, the Aguateca is also manufactured in Portland, making it one of our first products with a country of origin tag repping the U. S. of A.
Cheri Sanguinetti, Cotopaxi’s Apparel Director, explains, “Cotopaxi’s innovative development process is short, nimble, and fast, so it’s much quicker to have products made and shipped from the US.”