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
Better Wind Protection than Rain
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'1"
- Weight: 130lbs
I've had this for a while and today I realized I was using this jacket all wrong! I thought it was a light weight rain jacket (so I'd wear it in spring to run in the rain and always ended up being soaked from my own sweat and the rain!) but it really is a wind breaker with some light rain protection. Today it was 20 degrees with 20+ mph wind (Windchill of 3 degrees!) and I ran 10 miles wearing just a long sleeve tee shirt and a Houdini and I was comfortable, not cold because the Houdini kept my body heat in so well. I had a headband and the hood was awesome, staying put throughout.
Perfect for trail running! Sometime the zipper gets stuck though, which can be annoying, but I still love this jacket!
A good backup jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'd recommend this jacket as a backup and not as a main shell. It's a thin jacket, no pockets, but that's what it's meant to be--minimalist--and for the most part it does its job.
The first time I used this was backpacking in a downpour and it performed perfectly. The water beads on the outer shell and no leakage.
However, the second time I used it, it seemed to leak in through the seams. I would get wet spots under my jacket that seemed to be coming in from the seams, other parts of the jacket were fine. I don't believe the seams on this are taped which is disappointing. Other than that, it's still great as a backup because it's so light but I probably won't be using this for anything other than emergencies anymore.
Never Out of my Sight
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 140lbs
This is it, this is the jacket you never knew you so needed until it was in your hands and you say "YES!"
Dramatic? Maybe. But. This is the MVP of all things outside playtime. It packs down into its own pocket. ITS OWN POCKET, PEOPLE! Which is so petite you'd never even notice it, unless you've stashed some snacks in that bub.
It's remarkably water resistant for how very thin it is, and is easily re-vibed with some NikWax techwash.
I've used this for everything from xc skiing to running to backpacking expeditions. This summer, it was my windbreaker/quick warmth-adder, and hiking rain jacket when it was sprinkling (to preserve my heavier shell for when we got into camp).
I recommend this for everyone playing outside and looking to go quick--sometimes. It weighs almost nothing and adds significant warmth.
I'm always a medium in Patagonia, and this is true to form. I'm 5'6" 140#, about a 32D, and the medium allows for wearing a base and mid layer, comfortably.
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?