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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

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.

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...

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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.

5 5

Runs Small

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

I'm not a "huge" guy. I don't eat "lots of protein", but this jacket's chest measurement is built for someone with a fixie and a large mustache; someone who smokes instead of eating a nice burger. I am 6 foot, 175 pounds (and not seen as intimidating by anyone when it comes to my build) and this jacket in a medium fits great everywhere but the chest. I bought both the medium and the large and will be keeping the large (which is a bit baggy, but it leaves space for layering. The center back length is quite low (it goes below my butt), but that is a good thing coupled with the drawstring to keep all sorts of updrafts out. It is twice as heavy as some competitors (see montbel tackeyon), but that is literally a 2 oz difference which is negligible (and that's coming from a ultralight freak). the extra 2 ounces get you a full zip, pocket that turns into a self stuff sack, and a material that feels twice as tough as the next. The fabric feels like an ultra light, translucent cloth, not a trash bag.

I think that if you took a huge whipper into the wall with this, you might have a decent hole, the same goes for if you were really grinding on this puppy up a chimney, but I think that the weight trade off is perfect when you use this as an emergency layer. If you are looking for something to wear in a serious storm, keep looking, but this is a nice to have when the wind kicks up with a light rain.

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I'm torn between the montbell tachyon anorack and this for a wind/emergency rain layer. Did u try both?

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I didn't try both in the rain, but I would anticipate both being similar in waterproofness

5 5

Best piece of Patagonia gear

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

I own a lot of Patagonia gear. The Houdini is by far my favorite piece. I don't go anywhere outdoors without it. Pair it with a light fleece (like the R1) and you're good to go for most hiking/backpacking situations in mild or even misty weather. The wind-stopping power of the Houdini is remarkable for its size - I regularly use mine for bicycle commuting in windy San Francisco. Plus its quite breathable and fits well.

Only 2 complaints: the small pocket size makes it difficult to stuff into the pocket. And the fabric is not very rip-resistant - this is not something I'd use for bushwacking. After a few months of wear on my 2nd Houdini, I've already got a small tear in one sleeve. But, that's to be expected for something this lightweight.

Houdini video review

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Josh from Patagonia shares his thoughts on the Houdini Jacket.

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

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

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I'd say a medium would probably be best. If you want something very form fitting a small might also cut the bill, but it might be a tad restrictive over the nano puff.

5 5

Brilliant jacket, small pocket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I will give this 5 stars even though my 2013 version deserves 3 stars for the failed pocket size. This has been corrected by Patagonia on the newest colors.

I owned a prior version of the Houdini, so when it came to replacing it, I naturally went for another Houdini. This is a time-tested classic. I will merely echo the sentiment of other reviewers. The stuff pocket on the 2013 Viking Blue color version is TOO SMALL!!!! This is almost never an issue for my puffy clothes since I prefer to use a stuff sack. However, I use my Houdini stuff pocket regularly. I read the other reviews regarding the pocket, and decided to give it a try anyway. On the medium, it would take me two hands and an extra two minutes of gentle effort to jam the jacket into the pocket so that I could zip it closed. Not worth it! This was with a medium. I'm not sure if the pocket size is identical across sizes. If you wear a small or XS, you might have an easier time.

I compared the stuff pocket size to my old Houdini. The pocket on my older version is about 60% larger.

If you plan on using that stuff pocket, I suggest you purchase a 2014 version. I already noticed that the pocket size on the jackets with the newest colors is larger based on the photographs on the Patagonia website.

5 5

excelent

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

outstanding wind-stopper; stands (not too heavy) rain as well; keeps you comfortable even in freezing temperatures with just a micro-fleese or a good smartwool shirt underneath.

5 5

Classic piece of gear

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

One of the most useful pieces of clothing you can have on any day out. It might seem like too little, but really it's just enough.

I bought a houdini jacket about 6 months...

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

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I am sorry to hear about your zipper problem. That is obviously not something we or Patagonia expect. Please contact our customer service Gearheads by chat or phone and we will find a solution for you.

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The short answer is yes. I'm assuming you bought it here, in which case you can use Backcountry's unlimited return policy, but if you bought it from Patagonia you can use their unlimited return policy instead. I'd say you're pretty well covered.

5 5

Best buy?

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

Still one of the best buys in a alpine wind shell.

PNW Life

PNW Life

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Columbia River via Kelly Point Park in Portland, OR.

5 5

Bomber windshirt

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

Favorite piece of backpacking gear, perfect for light rain, or chilly mornings on the run. Super versatile, and almost weightless.

4 5

Great. Try one on before you buy.

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

This jacket is great for those >65 degree days where there's intermittent rain. This came in handy while climbing Pikes Peak this July, and also on several runs in southern colorado. The rain just beads off of this, it's pretty awesome. Plus it fold so small you can literally fit it in your back pocket. My only complaint is that it's a bit tight around the chest. I'm 5'10, 170lbs and every patagonia jacket I own from an R4 to an R1, I wear medium which always fits perfectly.

5 5

Get one.

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

Mine's a 2012, and it's been with me on every outing- long/short, winter/summer, dry/rainy... You name it. It being light as a feather and packing up tiny wouldn't matter if I never used it, and I use it all the time! Hiking in winter with a couple Ibex layers down to about 20; under a puffy to make it warmer; in the rain; resting on windy hilltops in the spring and summer; around camp at night...the only problem I see is that it's really hard to pack it into its chest pocket (mine's XL). I can't speak to its durability, though it'slived through almost a year of pretty heavy use and is still pretty WR.

JUST BUY ONE.

4 5

The. Best. Softshell.

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

When you got your fancy 20oz stretchy softshell, what you didn't realize is that you really wanted this 4oz wonder on top of an appropriate layer for conditions. I take this on nearly every hike and climb and on ski tours where I'm aiming for the lightest weight possible (OK, my 20oz softshell comes with me on most ski trips for durability reasons). I'm on my second one. It's not the most durable in the world but it's surprisingly good there too. Try before you buy as these things change shape over the years. My first one was pretty perfect but shred quite easily, my second one is heavier and the wrist cuffs are much baggier. That's annoying when it's cold and it lets cool air in, but great when it's hot and I roll up the sleeves and zip the neck down and dont have to take it off to stay cool. Merino base layer, houdini, synthetic jacket and you've got a layering system that not much can stop (as long as you dont). OK, all that said, I think the Rab Cirrus or arcteryx squamish or mammut whatever actually fit better as they are more slender in the waist. That is of course, very body shape dependent. My experience with the houdini is that it breaths very well. I wear a L which fits like most patagonia clothing, OK in the shoulders, big everywhere else. I'm 42" chest, 33" waist 6" 180#

4 5

at least give it a useful pocket

okay, i get it... patagonia wants to show off by giving the houdini the smallest stuffed dimensions of any wind shirt. but in the process of boasting just how compact it stuffs, the ruined the zippered pocket. it has almost no usefulness. it could hold a key. maybe a drivers license? protein bar? that's it. good luck folding a map small enough to fit in there. and in the process of making such a small pocket, it is not too easy to fit the jacket into it. i have a hard time stuffing the last few square inches in and zipping it closed. had they given the pocket a bit more depth they could still brag, it might be of some use, and it would be easier to stuff. also, an angled pocket makes more sense. despite all this, it's a great jacket!

oh, i'm 5'9, 150, and a medium is as small as i could go. good thing i live in hawaii, if i had to wear many layers - like a fleece - i'd get a large.

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