When you’re two pitches up a climb and the wind just won’t let up, pull on the Patagonia Women’s Houdini Jacket for some defense. The lightweight ripstop nylon 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. When the wind eventually dies down, you'll find that it effortlessly folds into its zippered chest pocket, and you can attach it to your harness with its reinforced clip. This jacket crosses genres nicely, allowing you to have one jacket for all of your climbing, trail running, and backpacking adventures.
- Featherweight jacket for ultralight adventures
- DWR finish helps water bead up and roll off
- Adjustable hood retains maximum visual field
- Half-elastic cuffs and drawcord hem won’t let wind sneak in
- Packs into zippered chest pocket for easy travel
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- Q & A
One Windshirt to Rule Them All
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
The Houdini is surprisingly warm for how lightweight it is--especially in wind. Add in that it packs down to the size of half a banana AND has water resistance and you have the jacket that makes all those ones the elves and humans and dwarves have seem a little superfluous.
This is my second Houdini, I have an older one in the purple (no hood) that I've been using for years. It's my go-to for backpacking, biking, running, or whenever I want to pack a jacket that takes up less space in my purse than my wallet does. It's in great shape. In fact, such great shape that I really don't need a new windshirt. But I wanted one in black so I could look snappy in downtown Seattle instead of the obvious cyclist-trash that I am (my hair looks like this because I biked here).
They've really upped their game on the water resistance too. I tested it out the other day, biking thirty minutes in light rain. I could see water beading on the sleeves and rolling off and I was 90% dry on arrival. Nice work for a 3oz bit of fancy nylon.
I went one size up so I can layer under it for backpacking. And, not that vanity is really the crux for technical gear, but the Houdini turns out to be the most flattering jacket I own. I always end up loving the photos when I wear it on any adventure.
All my thumbs up.
Wind Power/Micro Green print jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: large
- Height: 5'2"
- Weight: 145lbs
As unlikely as it sounds, I've never purchased a 'wind-breaker' jacket in the past. I just never thought one would be useful. I was in for a pleasant surprise. I love this versatile and attractive light-weight jacket. It is perfect for windy San Francisco weather. I often wear it over a fleece top on cool days and nights. It packs down to almost nothing for traveling, too. I typically wear a petite size, so this regular size is a bit long, but it is so cute and useful that I kept it.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Why did I not buy one of these 5 years ago?!
Seriously this jacket is amazing! I wore this on my run the other day when the weather was questionable, it kept me warm from the blustering foothill winds near the canyon entrances, and it actually kept me dry on the last 5 minutes of my run when it started raining! When I started to get warm up about half way through, I pulled up the sleeves and they actually stayed up, and when it got colder at the end, I cinched down the hood to protect my ears.
I love how small this jacket packs down into its pocket, this is going to be coming with me on all my backpacking and hiking trips this summer for sure.
I got the black color so that I could easily wear it everyday and look nice, and its been the perfect coverage for spring weather.
How warm is the jacket? Im looking for just a really nice lightweight backpacking jacket that i can wear at camp or in the morning when it gets more chilly between 30s and 50s. Would this be comfortable for that? (Obviously with a baselayer underneath?