Cotopaxi, named after an active volcano in Ecuador, is based in Salt Lake City and has been operating since 2014. This brand has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its colorful outdoor gear and its commitment to their local community and our planet health. I had the chance to test their famous Teca half-zip windbreaker during my last trip to the Canadian Westcoast.

In 2022, Cotopaxi improved their already best-selling Teca. They created men’s and women’s versions for improved fit, upgraded the fabric for next-to-skin smoothness and added a zip pocket to help secure your essentials. The Teca half-zip windbreaker is made of a combination of repurposed polyester taffeta and ripstop woven fabric with DWR finish and 600 mm PU backer making it weather and wind resistant (but not waterproof). The design also includes elastic bindings at hood, cuffs, and hem, a back panel vent, a kangaroo hand pocket with added internal stash pocket and, finally, a front zip pocket. By the way, the Teca can be packs into its front zip pocket. Overall, this windbreaker is a perfect partner for travel, low-intensity outdoor activities or everyday purposes.

It seems that the outdoor industry is already saturated with numerous trusted brands, so how does Cotopaxi stand out? In fact, the major appeal for the Teca half-zip windbreaker is that it is made using leftover fabric from other companies. As highlighted on their website, this makes each colorway limited edition: “The difference with Cotopaxi is that they use 100% remnant fabric to build each Teca Windbreaker, which means material that might have gone to a landfill gets a second chance to shine, and every windbreaker is limited edition.” I am always proud to wear a brand that makes sure to be as respectful as possible of the community and the nature in which it evolves.

The Teca is definitely not a jacket made for big adventures and intense activities, but it’s the jacket you’re always happy to have while traveling, camping or just about anywhere in nature. Moreover, its bright colors will definitely give a little extra to your pictures. At $110 CAD, it’s surely the all-around windbreaker you want to have.

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Maxime Legendre grew up near Quebec City, but now resides in Sherbrooke where he is finishing his PhD in psychology. As a child, he was involved in team sports (hockey, soccer, baseball), but with time, he introduced himself to outdoor sports. His growing passion for hiking and traveling led him to trail running, the sport he focuses on. Still, he tries to include in his agenda as much cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as possible. Whether it is in a mountain, a forest, or a city, on foot, on bike, on skis or on snowshoes, his goal is always to explore further and longer.