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The Drop: Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag

Authored by:
Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag

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With its ergonomic design and clever organization features, the best-selling Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack has been a popular choice for quick, rugged excursions. For long-distance travel, however, you’d want to put your items in a travel roller to avoid carrying all that weight on your back and shoulders.

The Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag takes everything great about the Allpa pack to the next level by making it a full-fledged roller. It hasn’t forgotten its rugged pedigree, either. Large, sturdy wheels and an extendable handle make it easy to roll over cobbled streets, dirt roads, and stairs. And if you need to, you can also carry it as a backpack, thanks to the molded EVA back panel and padded shoulder straps that tuck away when not in use, making it a best-of-both-worlds travel solution.

The Allpa is made from high-quality materials that are both eco-friendly and resilient. The main body uses 100% recycled 840D nylon with a water-resistant TPU coating, while the secondary body uses 100% recycled 840D ballistic nylon with a ripstop weave. The lining is also 100% recycled ripstop polyester. These fabrics are sourced from pre-consumer waste, meaning they’re leftovers from other production processes that would otherwise end up in landfills.

The Allpa Roller Bag has a split case design that allows you to organize your belongings in two separate compartments, separated by mesh dividers. A top accessory pocket gives you quick access to your essentials, such as your passport, wallet, phone, and keys. It has 38L of available space, which I find is perfect for a 3-day getaway.

Multiple grab handles make it easy to lift it in and out of overhead bins or car trunks. It’s also carry-on compatible, so you can avoid the hassle of checking in your luggage. For longer trips or more packing space, a larger 65L size is available, too.

What we like: It combines many things we want to see in our gear: 100% recycled materials, rugged durability, and thoughtful organization features.

What to watch out for: It has no laptop compartment, so be prepared to leave your work behind. And while you can use it as a backpack, it won’t be a very comfortable carry.

Final verdict: The Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag combines the features of a backpack and a suitcase, making it a great all-in-one solution for your next adventure.

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Chris Van Hoven is a multifaceted writer with a keen interest in technology, watches, and the world of automobiles. When he geeks out about technical details and specifications, his enthusiasm for these subjects is contagious.

Having contributed extensively to renowned publications, he has made a name for himself as an authority in the Philippine automotive industry. His expertise can be seen through his engaging articles as Editor-in-Chief of C! Magazine, a prominent car magazine where he offers insightful reviews and comprehensive analysis of various vehicles.

In addition to his automotive pursuits, Chris's horological inclinations are evident in his work for Calibre Magazine and Vintage Grail. Here, he explores the latest watch releases, trends, and the significance of various vintage timepieces, captivating readers with his knowledge and enthusiasm.

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Combining his love for technology, watches, and automotive wonders, Chris Van Hoven stands as a versatile writer who has built a reputation for his expertise and engaging style. His ability to weave together captivating stories and detailed analysis continues to capture readers and fuel his dedication to these ever-evolving fields.

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