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Patagonia Houdini Jacket - Women's


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    16 Reviews


    Easy-packing protection.

    Like a masterful magician, the Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket packs away into the smallest spaces, lending itself to ultra-light trail runs, minimalist backcountry missions, and approaches to remote crags. In fact, you'll find that it effortlessly folds into its zippered chest pocket, and you can attach it to your favorite pack with its reinforced carabiner clip.

    The lightweight polyester ripstop shell is both wind and water-resistant, with a moisture-shedding DWR finish for extra protection from the elements. Its one-pull adjustable hood cinches tightly during inclement conditions without restricting peripheral vision. Other key features include a drawcord-bound hem, half-elastic cuffs, and reflective logos. Note that the Houdini Jacket sports a slim fit that's been revised (i.e. more shoulder room than before) for wearing over baselayers or low-profile midlayers.

    • 100% polyester ripstop (15D) shell with DWR finish
    • Zippered chest pocket doubles as stuff sack
    • Reinforced carabiner clip (at stuff sack)
    • Drawcord hem; half-elastic cuffs
    • One-pull adjustable hood
    • Reflective logos
    • Slim fit
    • Item #PAT015R

    Tech Specs

    [shell] 100% nylon ripstop (15D), DWR treatment
    yes, one-hand drawcord adjustment
    1 zippered chest (doubles as stuff sack)
    yes, reflective logo
    Claimed Weight
    3.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    running, hiking & camping, climbing
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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    This jacket is AWESOME! It's warm and cool at the same time! It's not waterproof but somehow it still kind of keeps you dry. I've worn it in the desert in Southern Utah, as well as, during a rainy run in Seattle and it was perfect for both scenarios. It also compacts super small and fits perfectly in backpacks and hydration packs.


    Great wind shirt

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

    There's the joke that the worst part about a Houdini is buying a Houdini. But seriously, it's definitely worth it and you will not regret the price once you fall in love with this jacket. It is about as small as a jacket could get when packed, and does a great job at blocking wind. I use this jacket for climbing, especially on longer routes and it clips easily to my harness which I appreciate. It actually comes with me everywhere and when I use it in combination with and R1 Hoodie it can be a very warm kit for alpine climbing.

    The Houdini is MAGICAL!

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

    I have two jackets I now carry with me for everything from weekends in NYC to weekends in the Southern Rockies. The Patagonia Houdini (OMG!) and the Patagonia Nano Air (another OMG!). The Houdini is waterproof for all practicality. In a long trek through a deluge? Don't know. Haven't tried it. But walking across Manhattan in constant drizzle? Yep. Bicycling or walking around Santa Fe in a summer monsoon? Yup. Between the super, super lightweight Houdini's seasonal flexibility and the super lightweight, cozy insulation of Nano Air's stretchy breathability I am in heaven.

    Reunited and it feels freaking amazing

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

    I lost/misplaced my original Houdini jacket recently on a camping trip. I figured I could make do with my Penfield waxed raincoat. Ah, no. I lasted less than a week before breaking down and buying a new Houdini. I love this jacket. Initially it doesn't look like much, but it is so amazing. Keeps you dry and warm, very flattering, and packs up nicely. My first Houdini was black, but this time I went with the harvest moon blue. Great color. Backcountry in true form shipped it super fast and with free goat worth stickers. Got to love that. So happy to be reunited with one of my favorite articles of clothing.

    oh oh it's magic!

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

    I'd heard people raving about their Houdinis for years before I finally broke down and got one. I just didn't see the appeal of a jacket the weight of tissue paper......I mean, what was the big deal?
    And then I tried it out--WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG!?

    You know those early mornings you hit the trail in the dark, it's freezing when you start, but after you begin your climb you need to shed a layer...but then you get to the summit and the wind is whipping and you need your layer back?.....THIS is the jacket for that. It folds (more like smashes) up so small that it doesn't even take up space in your pack (seriously perfect for small running packs). While it doesn't keep the rain off, it keeps the wind from cutting through--a necessity when climbing to higher elevations in the summer.

    It's also become my new favorite for evening bikerides. As soon as I start my descent through the trees I always get chilly, I just pull this out of my pack and it keeps the goosebumps at bay.

    I have owned my Houdini for 4 months now and it's been my go-to layer every time I hit the trail. The fit is perfect--not baggy but not skin tight. Elastic at the wrists keep it in place. I'm 5'4" 115 and went with the XS.

    Lightweight and Small

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

    Tom's Lady:

    I'm excited to add this piece to my overall kit. I love how small this jacket compresses and takes up very little room in my pack with no noticeable weight. I intentionally sized the jacket up one size for layering purposes. The medium fit as described, but didn't leave much room for heavier layers. While I bought this jacket primarily for summer purposes (hiking, running, biking and camping), I'm actually really excited to test this in the winter and spring for ski touring as a wind blocker.

    Light weight jacket-y goodness

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

    I absolutely love this jacket. It is perfectly light for this late spring early summer weather in Northern California. The fit is really flattering. I really like how compact it is when it's stowed in it's pocket. I can take it anywhere with me.

    Excellent Shell

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

    I'm blown away by how lightweight and warm this shell is. True to size, cute colors, and so compact it's literally going to just live in my purse forever when I'm not wearing it. I am beyond happy with this purchase.

    Great for snowy days

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

    First off, really love the style, color, and fit (5'6", 120 lbs, sz S). The bit of elastic at the wrists and the small zip pocket are nice touches, and the material is a real trooper. It's not going to keep you dry in a downpour, but it'll keep you a heckuva lot warmer.

    This jacket keeps me toasty when running in 15-40 degrees temps; above that it really starts to get too warm. But it's so light that you can tie it around your waist and hardly notice it! My one gripe is that the cinch in the back of the hood is not very effective for keeping the hood on my head. This may be because I wear my hair up in a ponytail, but I think it really needs a cinch near the chin to pull the hood down rather than tightening it in the back. On windy days, the hood inevitably blows halfway back on my head, and I tend to just pull it off and expose my head to the rain or snow.

    All Is Well In The World

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

    I bought two pieces of gear this year, both from Patagonia. The Nano Air jacket in a size medium (no hood), and the Houdini jacket (with hood) in a size large. I am so unbelievably thrilled with this combo and their combined, and separate, effectiveness AND style I can hardly contain myself. Really. The Nano Air is the most perfect thing ever and it is really amazingly water resistant. Combined with the Houdini when weather gets kinda nasty and the story is over! I've used them here in Santa Fe for spring snowboarding and hikes, and in NYC where I needed to be warm and dry and stylish. Check. Check. Check.

    Consistently poor fit for tall gals :(

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I want to love this jacket. I so, SO want to love this jacket. However, the fit just isn't well suited to tall/gangly ladies like myself. I've tried size S, M, and L, and none were quite right for my build.

    My measurements are as follows:
    Chest - 34"
    Waist - 27/28"
    Hips - 35/36"
    Height - 5'9"

    Based on measurements, the appropriate size for me is a small, which is fabulous width-wise, but comically short in the arms and jacket length. The bottom of the jacket hits me pretty close to my iliac crest. The sleeve and body length of the size large jacket were great, but I was swimming in the waist and chest width, which is less than ideal for wearing under a harness or backpack straps.

    I ended up going with a size medium in hopes of finding a compromise between length and width, but found that the jacket ended up being both a little too short or a little too wide. The bottom of the jacket will pull out of my harness when I reach above my head, and isn't form fitting enough for me to want to wear it while running.

    The fabric is incredibly light and airy, and provides a lot of weather protection for such a teeny tiny article of clothing. It packs down so dang small, you really don't have any reason to not clip it onto your harness when climbing a multipitch or throw it into your pack for a hike or bike ride. If the jacket fit me, I'd live in it! I'd absolutely recommend the jacket if you don't have the baby giraffe build like me.

    The "Everything" Jacket.

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

    Height: 5' 4.75"
    Measurements: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
    Weight: 100-110 lbs. depending on the season
    Dress/Pant Size: 0/25
    Bra: 32A/34AA

    THANK YOU to and Patagonia for giving me the chance to review this jacket. I couldn't be more grateful to be a part of the growing community that is Cheers!

    FIT: I have this jacket in an extra small, and usually take an extra small in everything Patagonia. The length of the arms is great, and I have a +1 ape index, meaning my arms are about one inch longer than my height (almost 5' 5"). The hem also falls nicely on me with plenty of coverage (see pics), and I have quite a long torso for my height (17.5"). I have somewhat slim hips, and I have noticed that women who have wider hips might want to size up in this jacket (since it is one of Patagonia's "Slim Fit" pieces). The hood fits my head and face very comfortably, and both the zipper and the cinch cord are placed very well and are comfortable, practical, and easy to use.

    PERFORMANCE PROS: I wear this jacket when I don't even *have* to. I love it. It is most comfortable for me over a long-sleeved base layer or tee. It is absolutely fantastic at blocking wind (and I live in Chicago)--there have been days when I have had to hold onto lamp posts in order not to be blown away in the 50-60 mph + gusts, and this thing works phenomenally; I do not feel the wind come through. As far as rain goes, it is meant to be an emergency shell, so I wouldn't recommend it for an absolute downpour. However, for light rains and misty conditions, it is awesome. I am a huge fan of lightweight everything, so this is an absolute favorite of mine. Plus, I am absolutely crazy about this color combo. For jogging, this is awesome, too. I haven't tried it out in conditions exceeding 55F degrees, so I don't have much to say about any clamminess issues. I plan on using this as a high visibility jacket in the mountains when a Gore-Tex shell isn't needed, and will continue using it for everything else, especially running.

    PERFORMANCE CONS: One small thing I have noticed is that the chest pocket placement is a little high. I personally have to angle my head downward quite a bit to see the zipper pull at the top. On other jackets, the front chest pocket is lower, which is a little easier to see. However, this placement choice might be because when used in combination with a running vest or trail pack, the zipper would be out of the way of the straps. (If possible, test out the combination of pack/jacket beforehand to make sure they stagger well.) Oh, and beware: no hand pockets; this is a minimalist jacket. EMBRACE IT!

    Bottom line: I once heard somebody say, "There's not a lot to it." And that couldn't be more wonderfully true: I take mine everywhere, and wear it often, and it doesn't weigh me down.

    The "Everything" Jacket.