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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

Jacket of all Trades

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

This is the most handy layer I own. I originally bought it for mountain biking - for which I use it regularly, but have adopted it for runs and even as a back up shell layer on mellow ski days. It has also been great for traveling because it literally fits in your pocket.

It's not water proof, but does a decent job of shedding the drops during a sprinkle. I wouldn't wear it during a downpour. It has a little stretch to it too, which makes it fit nicely for activities.

I generally wear a patagonia size large for over shirts and shells and a medium for under layers. I have a medium and it has an athletic fit and works well over a polypro layer which is perfect for running, hiking, biking, etc. If I wear something bulky under it, it's a little too small.

I honestly love this so much I'm going to buy more of 'em.

5 5

Great jacket!

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

This jacket is perfect! It kept me dry and warm from Hopkinton to Boston for the 119th Boston Marathon; other runners were not so fortunate! And it breathed as well! I have taken it out on the trail and when the wind and rain stopped was able to fold it up and put away easily. Would recommend it to all!

5 5

presto chango

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

This is an excellent layering piece to have with you at all times. 60% of the time, I wear it, every time. But for reals, I do keep it handy everywhere I go. I take it climbing, hiking, or just keep it in my bag for work and/or school. When a surprise shower, or snow storm comes around, I throw it on and it works like a charm. Also nice for when there is some wind, it definitely helps keep the chill factor down. Overall great jacket, would definitely recommend it, it's in my top 5.

5 5

Just get it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 6' 6"
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

It runs small in that it is a slim fit but still has plenty of length in the arms and torso. At 6'6" and 185 lb this is really hard to find in most outerwear. I'm a trail/ultrarunner and my main use is for running. When working really hard, this is all I really need to have on top of a baselayer, even in really cold temps. The main benefit I see over other jackets is that it is very lightweight and packable and thus is not a hassle if I want to toss it somewhere in my hydration pack. Thus, I actually use it rather than worry about whether I should take it or not. Great for times when the temp may change such as at sunup/sundown. I know the price seems like alot for a windjacket but it's worth it. Just get it.

5 5

Best wind shell, hands down

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

I've never worn a medium in Patagonia until this jacket. The arm length was perfect as was the fit around the waist, but I do have bigger pecs and lats from climbing, so I'm unable to hold both of my arms straight without the jacket restricting movement.
Sizing up fixed the chest issue but now I the sleeves are slightly longer than I'd wish.

As far as performance goes, these are the bee's knees. Small enough to clip onto a harness which makes these super useful for windy summits. The DWR coating will repel a bit of precipitation too which is great if get caught in some afternoon showers in the high country.

The Ande's Blue color is super slick looking and accurate to the picture shown in the description. For the price, these are the best wind shells you can get- under 5oz, full zip, hooded, and DWR coating. Don't miss out on the best emergency shell out there!

5 5

Escape the wind...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 147 lbs
    Size Purchased: small

This is a perfect wind layer - period. The Houdini is excellent for high-output aerobic activities such as trail running, cycling, climbing, and skiing. The fit runs true to size and I appreciate the slim athletic cut. The weight is super-light for packing if you are headed into the mountains and need some easy insurance. I have used it extensively for ultramarathons, biking, and mountaineering. While I would not recommend it to take the place of your hardshell it is a go-to piece on fair-weather days in the mountains. The Houdini and R1 always go with me - on pretty much every adventure.

Escape the wind...
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.

Responded on

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

Responded on

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?

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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.

Responded on

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.