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You don't need to be wearing a straightjacket and be fully submerged in a tank of water with electric eels in order to appreciate Patagonia's Houdini Full-Zip Jacket. As a matter of fact, this jacket is packed with plenty of magic of its own. For example, weighing just over four ounces, the Houdini makes it feel like you're wearing nothing at all—yet the thin nylon shell and DWR coating can help repel light precipitation and trap in just the right amount of warmth while you hike in spring or autumn weather. And when the weather heats up, the full-zip front will allow you to quickly remove and stow the jacket without having to dislocate your shoulders. Can your straightjacket do that?

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5 5

This or the MontBell Tachyon Anorak

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

I was up in the air between the Anorak and the Houdini so I bought both, expecting to return one. Nope. Both have their uses - the Anorak finds its way into my back more just because its so small and light, but the Houdini is the windbreaker I reach for during the winter or while in town. It's a little more durable with a full-length zipper.

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I'm looking at both these and trying to decide for use on AT and late Aug JMT thru hike. I plan to use as wind/rain shell w an emergency rain poncho as back up....thoughts???

I am 5' 11' and weigh about 165. My waist...

I am 5' 11' and weigh about 165. My waist is 31. Should I get a Medium?

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Guy,
yup, I think a medium would fit you well.

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I agree. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 135-140 and wear a Small.

Does this jacket have 2 side pockets or...

Does this jacket have 2 side pockets or just one chest pocket? Also, can a helmet fit under the adjustable hood?

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Just one chest pocket which the jacket stuffs into, and the hood is intended to be climbing helmet compatible

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The hood on my Houdini does not fit comfortably over either of my climbing helmets (old Petzl Ecrin Roc and a Grivel Salamader). Too bad 'cause otherwise a great lightweight windshell for climbing.

5 5

So small there's no reason to leave it behind

The Houdini packs down so small that I bring it with me on pretty much every multipitch regardless of the weather or time of day. It takes no room and adds no weight to my harness. But when the wind comes up or the temps drop I'm so glad to have it. Now it won't keep you warm through an all night shiver-fest but when your partner is taking too long on that next lead, you'll be glad you have it.

5 5

It's always there

I love this piece as a running jacket on brisk mornings or chilly evenings. I tend not to overheat in it even when engaging in some high output cardio. The other place I get the most use out of the piece is out climbing multi-pitch routes where I just clip it to my harness or leave it in the bottom of my bullet pack where it is easily accessible and provides me with light storm protection and instantly cuts the wind when it whips up the wall. Love having a tiny piece like this that just comes with me everywhere, I don't even have to think about it.

5 5

Great Fit For Tall Guys

Just got mine today and was really surprised how well it fits. I am 6' 6" and 240# with a 46" chest and a 36" to 37" sleeve. I got the XXL and the body of the Houdini had plenty of length, not too large at the waist but still roomy enough if the body to layer or allow plenty of fredom of movement. The sleeves did well. While not as long as a Patagoni jacket they easily covered my wrist and did fine with elbows bent as if holding trekking poles.

Super light weight, nicely constructed and will pack tiny to fit in a pocket or corner of a day pack. Nice hood too. I got the blue which is a pretty normal color as wind jackets go. Not sure why the makers of all the popular brands feel day-glo colors are needed. Thumbs up to patagonia for offering a normal color!

Anyone have a pic of, or can speak to, the...

Anyone have a pic of, or can speak to, the Platinum color?

It looks like a nice subdued gray on the womens' Houdini jacket page, similiar to the Fog or Feather Grey, but it looks like a spacesuit here on the mens' page...

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The women's pic is a much more accurate depiction! All colors shown here are way more spacesuit looking than they actually are. Platinum is definitely a nice mellow, light grey color.

5 5

Patagonia Houdini full zip jacket

THE perfect jacket for trail running. Ultra light weight and crunches down to nothing(I carry a Nathan double bottle waist pack with the little pocket between the bottles; the Houdini and ubiquitous garbage bag fit nicely). It's not waterproof but, when used with a garbage bag it is the bomb. Have used it for all of my mountain hundreds for years.
Get one and use it.

5 5

Buy This Jacket!

Seriously, you won't regret it! I've owned the various iterations of this Patagonia jacket over the past decade and it's always comes along in my pack when I'm out in questionable conditions in the mountains. Heck, since I own a couple I toss one in my work back pack for "just in case" rain moments. So compact and lightweight you'll hardly know it's there. While it isn't rain "proof" it is very water resistant and just as a shell to block the wind it's awesome; really holds your moving body heat in nicely so even if you're soaked through it does fairly well. Really no detractors from this jacket... just get one already!

Rob Youngren
Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team

4 5

So far so good.

I haven't owned it long enough to give it a full 5 stars, but it has been very good so far. It does a great job blocking the wind while running (no significant rain fail encountered yet). I've run with it and a fitted base layer (not a thermal or UA type shirt) in 50* weather and been very comfortable. So far happy with it.

5 5

Incredible piece

The Houdini is incredible. It's a great jacket to have on hand for all of those times (from climbing, to hiking, to skinning, to cycling, to...) where you don't need a full on shell, but you need something. It provides great wind protection with little added weight, and takes up very little space. Packing it into its own pocket makes it small enough to fit comfortably into a standard pocket on a cycling jersey, or practically disappear in your pack. It is also surprisingly durable. I had a little run in with a car (literally), on my bike commute home one day, landing me, in my houdini, on the asphalt. After collecting myself, I was pleasantly surprised to find no rips or holes in the jacket, only some black marks.

I'm 5'11, 150# and the small fits perfectly.

EDIT: Backcountry's info says there are two pockets. This is incorrect, there is only one.

5 5

Perfect Packable

Just enough to keep you from shivering at a shady mountain belay station. Packable enough to let you clip it on your harness without carrying any extra bulk. It the perfect piece of gear for this.

5 5

Always got it.

I picked this up last spring and spent the entire summer with it. I'm 5' 10", 145lbs and the Medium is a great fit. This has quickly become one of my favorite pieces because it 1.) Breathes incredibly well 2.) Blocks wind & 3.) Takes up very little room in my pack. I wouldn't want to cheesegrader down a slab with it on, but, it's held up very well on numerous bike rides and climbing adventures.

5 5

On the climbing harness? at camp? all of the above

First and foremost- this jacket was the only thing between me and bloodthirsty mosquitoes capable of biting through a pair of trekking wool socks. They can't get through this jacket! Which is great, especially when it's hot out and you don't feel like covering yourself in nasty chemicals since you're on an expedition and not showering for several weeks already.

It packs down to nothing and into its own little pocket. It sheds rain, it stops wind, it's the most perfect jacket that you need in your outdoor arsenal. I stumbled on this piece of gear from a friend and I'm shocks more people don't have it/ rave about it. Seriously, get one. You're friends will try to steal it and you will be happy.

In Patagonia sizing, I'm a medium top at 6'0", 175 lbs skier build.

On the climbing harness?  at camp?  all of the above
5 5

So lightweight...So bigtime!

Great jacket. My first experience with the jacket a one night/day summit attempt on Granite Peak in MT. lightweight doe not even begin to describe the jacket. "Wind resistant" I would say more like "windproof" we had some sustained winds on 30-40 mph and gusts higher and I felt little of it. I look forward to many more adventures in this jacket. I am sure for a steady rain or in a wetter environment would not be my first choice but for lightweight in the mountains, awesome.

5 5

super jacket

This is the best jacket I own. Go out anytime of the year with this and an R1, you can do almost anything.

Since there were quotes about sizing...

Since there were quotes about sizing difficulties:

Is a medium right for me?

180cm 75kg / 5.9ft 165lbs - main purpose biking and some hiking / prefer technical fit.

Thanks

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Greenhorn,
I'd say medium would be your size for sure and it'll provide a nice technical fit. (I'm not sure how to respond to the sizing problem below - first I've heard. I'm 6'1 170 lbs and prefer a large which is maybe a tiny bit loose, but I can wear a medium for a more trim fit. I'll wear the large around for every day wear or hiking, and keep the medium in my camelbak or jersey pocket for cycling.)

4 5

Not Rainproof But Very Nice and Breathable Layer

Definetely not rain proof as it lets in water, but for how lightweight and comfortable this jacket is - I give it 4 stars.

What's so special about this jacket? The...

What's so special about this jacket? The Marmot trail wind hoody uses 1.6 oz/yard ripstop, whereas this uses 1 oz/yard ripstop, yet they weigh the same and the Marmot is almost half the price. First Ascent makes the exact same jacket with 20D fabric that's 5 oz. Basically, apart from the fact that it's made by Patagonia, what makes this jacket twice as expensive as it's competition?

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The Houdini will breathe better, and protect from wind and water better than any similar piece, and that's what makes it so special and rad. Having the breathability makes it a ton more versatile year round. If you just want something to throw on in case of emergency's or a light jacket, the others will do, but if you want a kick ass all around piece that you'll wear a lot more often go for the Houdini.