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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

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.

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.

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....

Best Answer Responded on

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!

Responded on

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.

Best Answer Responded on

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?

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

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