In my never-ending quest to lighten my luggage, even on adventure trips, I have to admit that even though I come from the land of layering (the San Francisco Bay Area), I often struggle with deciding what jacket(s) to pack along on my travels. If it’s an extreme thing, like rain, cold temperatures, hot temperatures, that’s easy. But I spend time dithering on the in-between spectrum. How do I keep my jackets to a minimum when I’ll be adventuring in 40 to 60-degree weather?


Full puffy jackets are out, because when I’m hiking or riding, I get hot within minutes. But when I’m at rest or just wandering around, I might appreciate that puffy. I’ve found a middle ground with the Cotopaxi Capa Hybrid Insulated Hooded Jacket.


Warmer than a vest, yet lighter than a puffy, this jacket is made with 100% recycled nylon 20D ripstop PFT-free DWR (shell and lining), 97% recycled polyester/3% spandex (side panel and sleeves), and PrimaLoft Gold PURE (insulation). The insulation is focused on regulating the temperature in your core, and stretch paneling in the sleeves and knit side panels make it easy for you to move during your adventures.


A scuba hood fits more snugly than your typical hood, helping to keep the wind out of your ears without having to adjust it. Thumbholes lock in warmth to your wrists and arms when it’s cold. And elastic binding at the hood, cuffs, and hem keep everything in place. Pack your essential gear in roomy pockets—from the packable interior chest pocket to the two zippered hand pockets.


Goldilocks would say this jacket is just right.


The women’s Capa Hybrid Insulated Hooded Jacket comes in canyon/nectar (pictured), amber/sunset, and mezcal/foxglove color combinations, and lists for $180 on the Cotopaxi site. The men’s version comes in black/maritime, mezcal/sunset, gulf/poolside, and cedar/iron color combinations, and also lists for $180 on the Cotopaxi site.