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Escape from the weather in the Houdini.

Patagonia may have named this the Houdini Full-Zip Jacket because when you zip it up, you may as well have done a disappearing act as far as the wind is concerned. Or perhaps because when a jacket weighs only four ounces, it's easy for anyone to think they've lost track of it, even if they're wearing it. Built with water-resistant Deluge DWR coating, the Houdini shields you from whatever the sky may be throwing at you and your expedition.

  • Slim fit reduces bulk and drag in windy situations
  • Weighing only four ounces, the Houdini packs small and keeps overall pack or harness weight down

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5 5

108g

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

Thanks Patagonia for not lying about the weight. Online UL forums report the same weight for a men's medium.

The fabric is soft and feels very similar to HyperD.

5 5

great jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

Very wind resistant.
Great fit including hood, I'm 6 ft tall and weigh 175 and the large fits fine with a little room for layering.

5 5

Magical!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 154 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

I absolutely love this piece, and it is usually one of the first items that enters my backpack regardless of what adventure I'm embarking on (alpine climbing, single pitch cragging, hiking, backpacking, etc.). I even put it into my laptop messenger back when going to work because it's just so useful in a pinch.

Couple of caveats are that it is not the most durable jacket, so don't go climbing offwidths and chimneys while wearing the Houdini. This jacket is NOT waterproof, but should do a decent job of keeping you dry in light rain/drizzles. It dries super fast, so even if it does get wet, it's no big deal. In general, I think you'll want to size up when buying this jacket. I'm a Men's Small with Patagonia (Small R1 hoody, Small capilene baselayers, etc.), and while the Men's Small Houdini works for me, I'll probably get a Medium in the future.

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The medium is a good idea. I'm almost identical to your height and weight and I love the medium size fit.

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Agreed. I am the same size and medium is perfect.

5 5

Patagonia houdini

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

I love this jacket. I take it on all my trail runs.

4 5

Not bad, runs small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I wear a medium R1 hoody, and this in a size medium was too small. consider sizing up.

Would this jacket be adequate as a skiing shell?

Responded on

urb105626694,

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.

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It is really great, but don't make it into something it isn't. In a pinch, it can fit over some layers, but it isn't really a shell.

What is center back length of a medium?

5 5

Go-to jacket for all my trail runs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Every time I contemplate if I should bring the Houdini jacket on a run, I end up doing it. And every time I'm happy I did. This jacket is crazy light and packable, while adding some good warmth on windy days and moderate temps. If I get too warm, I stuff it into my pocket and forget it's even there. You can also stuff it into its own chest pocket for storage. It does run a little small though. I'm about 5'7'' with a thin runners build and the small fits me perfect.

Go-to jacket for all my trail runs
5 5

Your tiny best friend

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

This jacket is surprisingly durable and does an amazing job of blocking the wind. It allows my supporting layers to do their job, keeping me warm. This jacket pairs great with the Patagonia R1, another essential piece in your arsenal, and fits under a variety of layers (I sometimes wear my Atom LT under it). I would highly recommend this jacket for anything from everyday commuting to putting in long days on the rock. Suck it up, spend the money, and I promise you won't regret it.

5 5

Buy it or hate yourself on the next trip

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

This is the best gear purchase I have ever made. Hands down.

For years I've scoffed at friends who have spent seemingly egregious sums of money on fabric that appeared to have the strength and longevity of a dead fall leaf. Not the pretty red or yellow kind either. The brown ones. But I stumbled on this piece on sale and needed a windshirt for my NOLS semester and decided to bite the bullet. I've never been happier.

The Houdini was a constant companion during 75 days in the Alaskan backcountry. Mountaineering, sea kayaking, backpacking--it lived through all of them. I walked through thicker schwack then I thought possible to exist in nature with the houdini coming out unscathed. The only damage done was from a surprise ember via LNT beach fire...an unsurvivable causality for most gear. Thankfully the ember also served to cauterize the tiny spec of melted fabric so there has been no ripping at all from the point.

The only other damage came from clumsily spilled brownie mix on the contrast zipper. Triply disheartening do to the spilled brownie mix, slightly miscolored zipper, and the fact that bears now found me that much more appealing as a snack.

Fits slim but even at 6'1" 180 lbs I was able to get all necessary and adequate layers underneath--even my puffy at one particular ridge. Surprisingly windproof and it saved me from both excruciating sunburn on glacier and the need to re-apply sunscreen onto the back of my neck every 15 minutes. It packs down to near nothingness and is thoroughly deserving of its name.

I'm a convert from a scoffer to a won't leave home without it. Don't be me--the guy late to the party. Buy it early and enthusiastically and never take it off.

5 5

great item

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

At 3 oz. this jacket is great. It protects from wind, snow and a brief shower. Don't confuse it with the alpine houdini. They are totally different animals. As I see it the super houdini is a non-breathable rain jacket. The jacket stuffs into a tiny pocket which I had no trouble with but some have. Very versatile piece of gear. I'm 5'10, 165 and I have room for a bit of layering. Slim fit.

5 5

Awesome specific piece

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Definitely a slim flit, I usually wear a Small with rain jackets and down from patagonia, but this piece like the R1 fits smaller and I went with a medium. The fit is awesome, and like others have said it is super windproof. Running in the mid thirties though I have to take it off because it doesn't really breathe. I have worn it on peaks though, and it has been fantastic. It really does trap heat it, and keeps wind out. The hood fits well for only one adjustment pull, and the packability is awesome. This piece is just too specific in use to me though, it isn't fully waterproof which for me really takes out its uses for backpacking and somewhat climbing. If i really had to worry about weight while climbing or hiking this would be a good choice, but I don't think ill mind the extra four ounces for a Patagonia M10 and not have to worry about actual rain.

5 5

Always goes

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

I have been a Houdini user for more than 6 years now. It is the one piece of clothing/equipment that goes with me on every trip and is always with me for long days in the mountains. It is not completely waterproof, but it will be there in a pinch to keep you dry enough and warm enough to keep you alive. I have used mine in everything from freezing rain in the Tetons, to deluge downpours in Peru. It has served as rain jacket, wind layer, mosquito protection and sun shirt. It breathes very well and you can run all day in it without getting soaked from condensation. In addition to being a great layer in the mountains it makes a great travel piece. Cold on a long flight? No problem slip on the houdini. The fit is athletic, i.e. slim. It has no extra frills that aren't necessary. In mind it is one of the best pieces of clothing out there.

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Hi, Do you think it s possible to use the houdini directly on the skin, like a t shirt(whitout other layer)on the beach , in hot or tropicals countries, in the jungle?
best regards

5 5

Initial Impressions

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

This is more of an initial impression than a review. I received the jacket today in the mail. I ordered the eclectic orange color in XL. I am 6'00 and 180Ibs. It seems to fit me very well as it is not too big or small. I was mostly surprised about its weight. It is seriously nothing so thats a plus for backpacking. Is is also so thin I fear it will tear but I am sure with a name like patagonia it will hold up just fine. I am taking this with me next week to Colorado and Utah for when we hit pikes peak, among other mountains where I hear the wind is near hurricane speed. Overall it seems like a nice piece and I look forward to actually getting to put it to use. I will update within the next week when I get to use it plus pictures.

5 5

The Answer to My Adventure Problems

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

At 5' 10" and 120 Lbs, a size Medium has longish arms but provides ample room to layer. Fear not though, as the cuff with half elastic and half static material is perfect to pull the sleeve up your forearm, securely, albeit your arms are the fleshy impersonation of toothpicks, (like mine might be).
Everyone knows this jacket has fantastic wind resistance, and will hold the heat in, while also not getting sticky and gross when you break a sweat, but I think it's waterproofing is under appreciated. "Pro tip:" If you layer the Houdini with wool or other great thermals, the jacket can take a HEAVY DOWNPOOR, and keep you dry.
I recently did 35 miles in an all day, most of the night Long Trail extravaganza, and was very pleased by the Houdinis comfort, versatility, small profile and durability. I know, durability, what is this? But it's the thickness of a garbage bag on a diet? Do not worry, even after shimmying over some rocks, the Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee shines through, and the jacket looks perfectly new.
All in all, highly recommended, and I frankly could not be more stoked.

The Answer to My Adventure Problems
5 5

houdini jacket

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

I have used this jacket exclusively for trail running. It is great very light weight and keeps the wind out. One of my best purchases to date. love it

5 5

Runs small

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I tried on (and owned some) wind jackets from all the big brands. I liked the Houdini best for weight and fabric. I've owned prior models. I've also had other shells of approximately the same material for years. This category is not waterproof or even meaningfully water-resistant, IME. It will saturate in minutes. However, even wet it blocks wind, slows evaporation from your skin, and thus will keep you SIGNIFICANTLY warmer than nothing even when soaking wet (which it will be).

I've had better luck with Patagonia's shell material than the shiny-on-the-inside ultra-light stuff, which seems not to breath well yet also seems to saturate about as quickly as Patagonia's.

Typical uses for me are running, biking, hiking. I can run in it down to the high-20's F with just a short-sleeved running shirt under it. I never travel w/o it, especially in the winter (or to San Francisco, which is the same thing).

I don't have trouble with the '14 pocket as a stuff sack.

I'm 5'9", 160, 33 in. waist with somewhat broad shoulders (apparently) because the medium just barely fits under the arms. It definitely runs small compared to comparable products from other major brands. I almost bought a large but did not even consider a large in the other brands.

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Hey Mark,

I am a very similar size to you with a 32 inch waist and a 42" chest, standing at a towering 5' 8" would you recommend a Medium or a Large?

Thanks in advance!

5 5

Great layering piece

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

Just got back from Denali. Wore it every day for twenty days straight. Perfect piece to block that persistent wind. I won't be leaving this jacket at home anytime soon.

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....

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Hey!

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!

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Houdini all the way! It's one of the best pieces Patagonia makes and you definitely can't go wrong.