Cotopaxi Gives Us all the Feels in the Retro Bandera Crew

Are you ready to learn about your new favorite sweatshirt? Good. I’m glad you’re here because Cotopaxi has nailed the fashionable comfort factor with the Bandera Crew.

If you’re new to the Cotopaxi line of clothing, you’ll notice the clothes are constructed with the same bright, happy and playful colors you can find in their bags. The quality of the fabrics is just as good but more importantly clothing like the Bandera Crew is good for the Earth.

Working from home- day 3 of the Bandera Crew

Recycled Materials

The Badera Crew is comprised of 58% recycled polyester. Yes, you’re correct, that IS more than half! The outside fabric has a little sheen in it which only adds to the happiness factor that happens when you put it on. You just can’t help but to feel more uplifted. The colors, the softness, the fact that there is Polygiene® odor-control technology weaved into the fabric so you can wear it for multiple days = perfection.

Underside of the Bandera Crew

The underside of the Bandera Crew is so soft. When my 11 year old son felt it he immediately asked to have it. He was told “No” because purple is mom’s favorite color. He responded by saying, “I would wear any color if it was that soft”! Thats a great endorsement from the kid who can be found in basketball jerseys and athletic shorts 99% of the year.

Travel Essential

The Bandera Crew is seriously a sweatshirt you could wear all trip long. From chilly airplanes to early morning walks and even Saturday Market adventures, this sweatshirt is perfect. The polyester blend works with your body temperature to keep you comfortable all day. While I write this we are currently in a Stay At Home order due to the COVID19 pandemic. I have worn my Bandera Crew for 3 days now to test out the Polygiene® odor-control technology and I can safely say that it smells as fresh as the day I ripped it out of the packaging and put it on.

One feature of the Bandera Crew I was a little worried about was the sleeve length. I love to hid my hands in my sleeves when on a plane or sitting by the fire. I was so pleased to find that the sleeves are long enough that I can easily cover the top of my hands without pulling on the back of the sweatshirt.

We take a family trip to Taos, NM every year for their ski week. The Bandera Crew is perfect for sitting around the fire, sweaty from the day’s skiing and sipping on a St. Bernard. You will be the epitome of apres-ski.

Brighten Up Your Video Call

Tired of the constant video calls? I have seen reports of bosses requesting their employees be “more professional” with the backgrounds. While you can’t have the Tiger King in the background, you can bring some happiness to the meeting in this colorful sweatshirt. I do suggest pairing it with some pants- just in case that question is asked while you are on the call. I have on my favorite Align leggings from Lululemon right now but it would also pair well with Golite’s Relite Jogger  or your favorite shorts.

I invite you to take the smell test and get yourself a Bandera Crew. They retail for $90 on the Cotopaxi website and have a 5 star review from travelers, moms, sisters and women like you and me. Also, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Treat yourself! I sized up to a medium for a more relaxed fit and I am so glad I did.

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Stay safe and travel soon!

Leah Guill

Leah specializes in women's outdoor sports as well as our new yoga and SUP focused sections. Her favorite travel accessory are the ones who can pack a punch, do double duty and make traveling with kids easier on everyone! She lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.

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