The Adventure-enabling, Kickstarter-funded Cotopaxi Libre Sweater
Cotopaxi is an outdoor equipment company out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m guessing it’s named after the active volcano in the Andes. Over the years they’ve released some well-received gear, like the Luzon Del Dia Day Pack, the Kusa Jacket, and even something as simple and functional as the Agua Water Bottle. In addition to making great gear, the company is built on a mission to do good, focusing their giving efforts on fighting global poverty.
Their latest piece of gear is getting the full-on social media treatment is their Libre Sweater, which just finished its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Cotopaxi calls the Libre the “ultimate do anything Adventure Sweater,” and even though the Kickstarter is over, I’m pretty certain you’ll be able to buy the Libre from cotopaxi.com in the coming months (retail price is listed at $140).
The sweater features raglan sleeves, a tailored cut, and it’s made with a midweight knit lama fiber that Cotopaxi claims offers year-round comfort. Plus it’s got a breathable mesh back panel and is sustainably sourced and crafted entirely in Bolivia, which falls in line with the company’s mission to fight world poverty.
With those specs, it certainly seems to be a fine sweater — fine enough for me to consider throwing down for the Kickstarter. But I decided to pass on this one for now. Sure, all those features make it sound really great and all, but (and I can’t stress this enough) damn is it one ugly sweater.