Cotopaxi Tikal Active Shell

When it comes to layering for changing weather conditions, the Tikal from Cotopaxi makes for a great outer shell. It’s light, waterproof yet breathable, and the stretch material allows it to have some give, so it moves with you. This packable shell makes a fine companion in all seasons, as long as you combine it with the correct layers.

Check out the features:

A fully taped, 2.5 layer shell that’s waterproof. This is a great shell for the truly active, with four way stretch, and vents in the underarms to keep you from getting too warm.

Drawstrings at the hood and waist for a great fit. The hood also has a laminated visor, which is a nice touch. It helps keep some of the rain off your face. Velcro at the wrists seal things up even more.

Pockets with zippers keep your phone, snacks, or other small items handy and secure.

Cotopaxi Tikal in Midnight Blue

As mentioned, the Tikal is designed for the active wearer. This means there is plenty of room and range of motion, even for a bigger guy like me. When I first received the Tikal, it was cold and snowy, and I didn’t think I would have much chance to wear it, as it was so light. But with a technical tee and thin hoody under it, the Tikal provides just the right amount of warmth for winter fun in the 20-30 degree range. It was worn in temps from 19 degrees, up to 40+, while walking, and also during some moderate aerobic activity. When it warmed up to the 40s, I found it great over a plain t-shirt. It traps just enough heat to stay cozy, without getting too hot. The vents do a good job of keeping your pits cool too.

Cotopaxi Tikal in Grey Mist


It weighs nothing, and packs down to nothing. I’ve worn it to work in the morning, then balled it up and threw it in whichever camera bag or messenger/laptop bag I had with me.

The material feels good inside and out. Soft outside, not too plastic-like inside.


I don’t like velcro. While the velcro at the cuffs is okay, I found that the sharp edges of the velcro alongside the zipper would snag on the sleeve if I reached my right arm across my chest, while the Tikal was unzipped. This left a few little pulls in the outer shell after clearing my driveway of snow. A minor detail, but worth noting.

Cotopaxi Tikal in Grass Green

Overall, the Tikal is another great product from Cotopaxi. It looks great, fits great, and works great. I’m sure it will find a spot in my camera bag when Spring arrives. The MSRP of $139.95 is very reasonable too, with free shipping and free returns, making it a smart choice for the world traveler or weekend warrior.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Tikal Active Shell for free from Cotopaxi, in consideration for review publication.

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