Saturday, August 06, 2016

Outdoor Retailer 2016 Preview- Cotopaxi Veloz Cross Harness Running Packs and Veloz Belt

Article by Dominique Winebaum

Road Trail Run featured Utah based Cotopaxi, during the Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015 – for its philanthropic business model and socially conscious approach to manufacturing backpacks and apparel.

Back at the Cotopaxi booth this year, I did not pay much attention to the Inti 2 Tent System, which I later found out won an Outside “Gear of the Show: The Best of the Summer Outdoor Retailer 2016,” but definitely registered that the Cotopaxi booth was abuzz with excitement.

The focus of my attention was a mannequin in the corner of the booth outfitted in running trail clothing wearing a firmly fitted running pack via an innovative support system: a laminated harness.

CJ Whitaker, Co-Founder and VP of Product, designed Cotopaxi’s new line of running packs & belt - as well the Inti 2 Tent System - and took the time to explain the features of the Veloz packs and belt.  To be sure, it is a natural progression  for this Salt Lake based company where great running trails into the Wasatch are the very edge of the city.

The innovative feature of the Veloz running pack is its Cruz laminated harness, which promotes a full range of motion, prevents nipple chafing, eliminates the need for a waist belt, and comfortably distributes the weight of the pack.

A hydration reservoir is included (2L) along with many other features; such as an airmesh back panel, zippered main compartment(s), and 2 easy to reach deep, front zippered pockets on the harness.  The Veloz running pack comes in two sizes:  6L (weight: 13 oz) and 3L (weight: 11 oz), respective priced at $ 149, 95 and $ 129.95.

The Veloz Belt is designed for runners who require less storage capacity for nutrition and hydration.  It features dual zippered pockets, a 250 ml soft flask, mesh paneling to increase breathability, and is fully adjustable.  Weighs 5 oz. $ 49.95
What to wear under the new pack and belt? Cotopaxi's line of town to trail to town technical run clothing. The men's shorts had a breathable back waist band, 2 deep front pockets and a fake fly to make them look like hiking, leisure shorts, or work shorts.

As this article is being written (August 5th), Cotopaxi is opening its first flagship store on 74 S Main Street in Salt Lake City, only two + years after the Company was created, and this along with being the recipient of the prestigious Outside award at the Summer OR 2016.

According to CJ Whitetaker, the Veloz running packs and belt will be launched within a month through a crowd funding platform.

Editor's note: Are running packs moving away from the soft vest pack to new more harness like designs? Nike's Trail Kiger Vest, while not of a cross harness design does have a very snug form fitting harness like vest design. Our  Nike Trail Kiger review here.

Road Trail Run has tested and reviewed over 40 shoes in 2016 plus a lot of gear See our index page here

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