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    Make a quick escape from the wind.

    Wind might be nature's most annoying element, but you have a trick up your sleeve when it comes to avoiding it—the Patagonia Men's Houdini Full-Zip Jacket. Weighing just under four ounces and treated with water-resistant finish, the Houdini is an effective windbreaker that weighs next to nothing and will be welcome companion whether you're hiking, trail running, or climbing.

    • Nylon ripstop
    • DWR finish
    • Slim fit
    • Adjustable hood
    • Elastic cuffs
    • Drawcord adjustable hem
    • Stowable chest pocket
    • Item #PAT01D4

    Tech Specs

    100% nylon ripstop, DWR finish
    yes, adjustable
    1 zippered chest
    Claimed Weight
    3.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, running, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

    Have questions about this product?

    Yes, I love this jacket.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: L

    What a great jacket. LIGHT and breathable. I used this jacket on a late spring hike to the top of Mount Timpanogos. It was in the 50s on top with a 20 - 30 mph wind. This jacket did indeed block the wind. I plan on carrying this jacket on all my adventures.

    Lightweight and ultra-compressible

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    As all the other reviews have already mentioned, this jacket is awesome! I almost always have this jacket on me and it has come in handy so many times. It packs down so small that I don't even think about not packing it in whatever bag my adventures require. It is a great wind layer and also does pretty well in light rain. Even after wearing this jacket on multiple occasions, I am always amazed by how light it is when I put it on.

    I included a photo of the Houdini packed into it's chest pocket, iPhone 6s for scale.

    If you have any questions about this jacket, or any other jackets on the site, please contact me directly.

    Lightweight and ultra-compressible

    Best Lightweight Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Picked up the Houdini after years of looking at it and I was not disappointed.

    The fit aligns with all of my other Patagonia products. At 5'8" 190-200 lbs I use the large. Its a bit baggie and on "slim" days I might be able to fit in a medium but, the large allows me to layer with a puffy underneath.

    It had to be the windiest day in Moab when I first wore the jacket. Could obviously feel the wind whipping the jacket but, not on my skin. Kept me warm and when I was running around it breathed well.

    Last week I wore it during a rain/hail storm. It was pouring out and I did get a little wet around the collar/waist/sleeves as those are where the big holes are on this jacket. When I removed the jacket my shoulders/chest felt a little damp but, certainly not wet, I imagine another hour spent out there would have been more moisture seeping through. If you need a burlier jacket that blocks weather better look at the Alpine Houdini, the fully taped version of this. Its not meant to keep you completely dry during a full on rain storm but, I think its more than just a windbreaker.

    Using it in the field is awesome mainly because of how light and how compressible it is. The fact that it comes with a built in stow pocket is a huge feature for me as I dont want to carry around extra nick nacks like that. Patagonia even put some thought into the shape of the stuff sack, so that it doesnt interfere with your climbing gear as much if its hanging on your harness, a place where you will commonly find this jacket. I pretty much bring it on any multi pitch climb now because its so easy and functional in the event of a chill or wind. If its raining and I am climbing I am heading down the route, or turning around at the base!

    I will say that the hood fits over my climbing helmet but, on more robust heavier jackets I do like that the hood goes over the front of the helmet putting the precipitation away from my face. Again this is solved with the Alpine Houdini that has a more compatible hood for climbing helmets. Over my bike helmet this thing is perfect!

    A few weeks back I did use it skiing. I layered it over my Nano Air. It was in the upper 30's and it was all I needed, in those temps I am leaving my bigger, burlier jacket at home now. Thinking about trying something like the Alpine Houdini as a full time ski shell but, that's next year!

    Light, compressible, and very versatile is how I would describe this piece from Patagonia.

    Let me know if you have any questions on this product or want to go over your layering system.

    Bill Porreca

    Best Lightweight Jacket

    So versatile

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This jacket does everything really well, it has become my go to piece for everything from hiking, biking, canyoneering and everything else in between. I pretty much pack it everywhere just in case, no zippered hand pockets but the light weight adds up.

    So versatile

    Go To Jacket

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Since I have picked up the Houdini it has been my go to jacket. Incredibly light weight at 3.5 oz yet will stop wind and light rain with no issues. Elastic wrists and draw shock cord hem further help to keep wind and chill out of the jacket. Went with black which really helps warm you up if the sun is out and the weather is cool. Doesn't have lower pockets but gladly give those up for the weight and ability to pack it down into the chest pocket and carry it anywhere you go. Ideal jacket for any outdoor activity. Worth checking out.

    Have fun out there

    Go To Jacket

    Loving this Jacket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    The Houdini is a standard packing item that is fantastic for any active outdoor activities, it is surprisingly warm and using the jacket's own pocket to stow away is genius.

    Now you see it, now you don't.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    From backcountry tours to multi-pitch climbs, the Houdini appears wherever wind blows, like magic! I'm always happy to have this jacket in my sleeve to whip out whenever brisk breezes blow. I don't even notice it when it's stowed in a pack or clipped to my harness, but once I feel a windy chill, this jacket really comes in handy. I can' t wait to take it alpine climbing this summer. As far as rain is concerned, it does great in light showers, but I wouldn't recommend it for nasty snowfall.

    Mountain bike review of the Houdini

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I’ve been a die-hard of my Rapha Stowaway for 5+ years. I’ve tried countless others but nothing competes on packability, fit, style and form. I was hoping the Houdini would step up to the plate with a home-run. My initial reaction to the packed size was a jaw drop. I tend to love anything that packs tight, especially on the bike when you're very limited on carrying space.

    Even with my monkey arms, at 6’ 0” the medium is the size for me. I’ve worn it several times now, a few of which were a rainy weekend in northern Idaho. I didn’t notice too much sweat build-up even after climbing for 60-75 minutes, this pleasantly surprised me. When I got to the summit I briefly pulled it off while we waited for the others to arrive. With the cool temps I put it back on for 20 minutes joy-ride back to the valley floor. Naturally I tucked the hood into the top of the jacket itself.

    After 3 or 4 minutes the hood was out and catching wind It hurt my throat as the zipper dug deep into my throat, being pulled back by the hood catching air. I was riding supreme single track with a group and had no desire to stop and adjust, nor was there a good way to secure the hood down. I was a bit distracted by the strong tug for the remainder of the downhill. For the long weekend this was the only jacket I brought so I had to repeat this on the descents a few more times, one other I just opted for no jacket and a bit of a chill on the chest on the way down. I mention this hear not to deter you away from buying, but more so as a plead to Patagonia to add some simple way to solve the problem. I won’t prescribe how to solve it, but trust you will since you’ve done this well for so many other products.

    Bottom line — it’s an amazing “safety blanket” when on the mountain, and is a slick little package to pack while traveling.

    High Quality Product!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    I purchased one with the intention of ensuring that I have the lightest possible gear/clothing for a 50KM trail run and I was surprised how light the jacket was and how compact it was when packed. The jacket provided me ample wind breaking and helped me stay warm when we started an hour before dawn. I highly recommend the product if packing light is the objective.

    I am in Dubai and it hasn't rained in months so I do not know how the jacket will perform in raining conditions.

    don't leave home without it

      The Houdini is one of my all time favorite jackets, and my single favorite piece that Patagonia makes. I wear it frequently all year long for everything from mountain biking to hiking to ski touring, and quite a bit as an everyday lightweight jacket. It's wind and water resistant, and does great and as emergency piece when you're caught out in a storm. It protects well from rain and snow, and breathes fairly well once the storm lets up. The jacket itself packs into the chest pocket and doesn't take up much room at all in a pack, and fits well in a bike jersey pocket. Highly highly recommend for anyone who spends time outside!

      The Great

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      First, let me give a huge thanks to Patagonia and Backcountry for selecting me to test and review the Houdini Full-Zip jacket.

      The night before I ran my first 100 mile trail race, I received the Houdini in the mail. I was stoked. Super light and the fit was spot on for me. Now, you're always told to never try anything new before a big race and for the most part, I have always followed that. But with the weather calling for rain on race morning, I thought, what better way to test a product than a 100 mile run through the mountains of Colorado with rain and wind. Fortunately, the Patagonia Houdini performed well beyond myself. For the first 25+ miles, we had wind and rain at high altitude. It was cold but the Houdini helped manage the conditions and kept me comfortable. Even though I didn't manage to finish, the Houdini did an excellent job.

      The Houdini not only performs like the Great Harry Houdini did, but when you aren't using it, it packs away into the chest pocket. It's so compact, I can put it into the hip pocket on my running shorts. It just disappears. And when you are wearing it, the chest pocket is large enough for a phone, a few gels, etc. The fit of the jacket is slim but not too tight. I can wear my hydration pack under this jacket which is great when conditions are changing through the day.

      Another small but nice feature I've been liking is that the collar is higher than normal. When fully zipped, the collar comes up high enough to protect your face. This is really key when it comes to fully protecting from the wind.

      Since the day I got this jacket, I have been wearing the hell out of it and showing no signs of wear. From wind to rain and snow. 14,000 ft peaks to winter runs on the coast of Lake Superior. The Houdini has stood up to everything I've taken it into to. Certainly a center piece in my running kit.


      I got the new Houdini the night before the Leadville 100. They say you shouldn't use anything new on race day but I took a chance and wore the Houdini. It shielded me from the rain and wind for the first 28 miles. Even though I didn't finish, the Houdini performed like a champ.


      Great jacket for a jacket hater

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: xl

      Hubby hates jackets while hiking. Hates arms covered and restricted. Loves this! Fits great and doesn't bother him at all. Rain is coming down in CA and it keeps him dry and allows him to get out and get his exercise in.

      The trail jacket of choice

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      Purchased this jacket in 2012 and have been using it ever since. It really is the jacket for all year long, especially here in East TN. I use it when there is dense fog, light rain, or cool fall morning with a simple synthetic base layer - generally short sleeve. It is surprisingly durable for its light construction. Many times I have gotten close to brush where it would find a snag (very unusual given that its seams are well constructed to prevent this) and come out unscathed. This jacket was purchased at REI in Boulder and has even more sentimental value to me that is practical now. Just love the Houdini.

      Adequate rain jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      Fit is nice, but very thin. I thought there was a liner in this jacket - there is not! It is literally a rain sheet. Great for rain as long as you don't mind layering.

      Unanswered Question

      How does this compare to last year's model?
      I see that the pocket as changed on the front and it is lighter, but any other significant changes in fit (because the 2013-2015 were criticized for fitting tightly)or features from the previous model?

      Torn on what size to order. I am 5'10" 170lbs with plans to end up around 180lbs in the near future. I am very slender and before time in the gym I was 150lbs so that's my natural weight. My chest size is around 39" and waist is 32". Having some lean muscle mass over a slender frame has me questioning a M or L. I wear a M in virtually everything (t-shirts) and they hang perfectly at the stomach with a little tightness in the arms and chest but not circus tight like I'm trying to show off. The most I will ever want to layer under this will be a 150 weight wool crew so very thin. Should I go M or L? Thanks in advance!

      Hey Jon,

      You are right in between sizes on this. I would almost say go Large so you have a little better range of movement with this jacket. This jacket runs a little small. You could wear a medium but if you bump up 10-15lbs and add an inch or so to your chest it's going to be tight.

      If you want to talk more about sizing or this jacket in general give me a call and we can get you all taken care of.


      Dan Gates

      Expert Gearhead


      How is the cut on this jacket for women? I realize there is a women's version of this but it was too tight in her hips and she loves the men's color. She normally wears a medium so I was thinking a mens small might be great. Thanks for any input.

      Would this jacket be adequate as a skiing shell?


      Maybe in spring time conditions or in areas with very, very little precip. Other than that I would not recommend it. You will need to layer a lot with it if you do choose to use it as a ski shell. In addition, this jacket lacks vents and a powder skirt.

      Trying to decide between pat Houdini and...

      Trying to decide between pat Houdini and montbell tachyon anorack for a late aug jmt thru hike and use on southern at as a lt weight wt rain jacket..will bring emergency poncho for use over if rains heavier....

      Best Answer


      Both of these are extremely lightweight wind-shells with DWR coatings. I don't have experience with either of these specific items, but known Patagonia and Montbell, my guess is that they would perform similarly.

      In deciding on which item to purchase, I see it as a decision between weight and convenience. The PTGN Houdini is probably more convenient as it has a full zipper and a chest pocket, while the MB Tachyon Anorak is a full 1.5 oz lighter.

      Both should be great, but hopefully I laid out the main differences between the two.

      Hope this helps!

      If I want to layer this over a Nano Puff...

      If I want to layer this over a Nano Puff jacket, what size should I order? I'm 5-9, 153 lb.

      I bought a houdini jacket about 6 months...

      I bought a houdini jacket about 6 months ago and used it once. the zipper broke. Can i return it for a new one?

      I'm 5'10" and about 153 lbs, should I get...

      I'm 5'10" and about 153 lbs, should I get a small or medium? Thanks guys.

      How good is the puncture Resistance on...

      How good is the puncture Resistance on this jacket? I'll use it for mountain biking in a place full of spiky plants and trees and I'm worried that I'll rip it in the first ride. It happened with a Patagonia Nano Puff sweater I own.

      Best Answer

      The material feels more substantial on the Houdini even if it is 10 Denier in the latest version vs 15 Denier on the Nano. I haven't full on bushwacked in it, but I have rubbed against branches and bike parts without snagging. However if it were me, I would look elsewhere for spiky plant armor.

      thanks a lot for the feedback, this is...

      thanks a lot for the feedback, this is frank again, just one last question: if it does, what sort of liner does it have? thanks alot!

      im 5'8" 172lbs lean, 34 waist, 40.4" chest....

      im 5'8" 172lbs lean, 34 waist, 40.4" chest. i was thinking a medium, ill probably occasionally wear a fleece or wool sweater underneath. or should i get a large?

      Looking to buy a wind shirt for running...

      Looking to buy a wind shirt for running and maybe some winter climbing. I'm about 6'3" and 205-210 pounds. I wear a large in another Patagonia soft shell. Would a large or xl work best?