Cotopaxi Sambaya Fleece

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  • A fantastic layering item for hiking and camping. The perfect fleece! Runs true to size.

You know those items of clothing where your friend or sibling finally says, “When is the last time you washed that thing?” Or better yet, “Do you ever take that off?” Yeah, you know what I’m talking about…

The Sambaya Stretch Fleece is that item of clothing. I was fortunate enough to acquire this fleece several weeks ago before a trek to Escalante, Utah. With temperatures dropping below 20 degrees at night, this was the perfect go-to item to throw on top of some thermals. The best part of this warm and insanely soft zip-up is the hood! I love hoods, and it seems rare to find them attached to technical layers. The Cotopaxi Sambaya takes quality and fashion into account. To note, I tested this in a size medium in the color Capri. This item runs pretty true to size and I could have probably gotten away with a size small, but this works perfectly for layering!


The Polartec Power Stretch fleece fabric keeps you dry, regulates body temperature, and is breathable.  The design allows you to keep that womanly figure and camp in style, with it’s long fit (just below your hips) and long sleeves with thumb-hole cuffs (LOVE!). It’s fitted, but has enough room for several base-layers underneath. It has two big pockets to keep your hands warm or to store snacks for your day hike, along with an internal stash pocket and a small breast pocket for smaller items. The Sambaya comes in two bright colors (Capri or Terracotta) that are vibrant and match everything or black (Raven) which will be my next purchase. I can’t say enough about this fleece, it’s performance quality is great for outdoor expeditions and it’s stylish enough for causal use while tripping around town. My only wish is that it could also block wind a bit, but the breath-ability makes up for it!


Bonus? Each purchase of the Sambaya Fleece provides 1 cancer treatment for a patient in Senegal. If you are going to purchase gear, might as well feel good about it and give back while doing it.

*Disclaimer: Cotopaxi provided the author with the Sambaya Fleece as a sample product (at no cost) in order for us to test. 

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Designed for cold-weather adventures ranging from short hikes to mountaineering expeditions, the Sambaya Stretch Fleece features Polartec® Power Stretch® fabric for the ultimate combination of mobility, insulation and breathability. The slightly longer sleeves and thumb-hole cuffs make for smooth layering changes, and plenty of pocket storage accommodates small essential items like lip balm and energy bars. Made with pride in our factory in Bangladesh.


    • Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece fabric
    • Slightly longer sleeves with thumb-hole cuffs for easy layering
    • Offset seam construction for comfort while wearing a backpack
    • Form-fitting, scuba-style hood
    • Laminated, low-profile zippered chest pocket
    • Two concealed zippered hand pockets
    • Internal stash pocket


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