JPhOwrote a review of Patagonia Alpine Houdini Jacket - Men's on November 13, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
I bought the Alpine Houdini to use as a 'throw in the pack just in case' type of waterproof breathable jacket, and for that use it's pretty great. I really like the fit, with sleeves long enough for great range of movement, and athletic but not skinny in the body. The face fabric is surprisingly durable for it's weight, definitely best in class. I also like how they've implemented a clean design, with out a lot of exposed stitching on the exterior of the shell.
Couple things to be aware of that could be improved; the breathability is questionable, and I wouldn't recommend it for high output activities. It can get clammy inside, but I suppose that's what you get for the price. Also, and this is a real issue with the regular Houdini which I also own, is that the pocket to stuff it into is just too small. I realize Patagonia wants to make it look tiny, but it takes a lot of effort and time to JAM the shell into it's pocket. I've worried about ripping the shell fabric while stuffing it, and on a recent trip with this shell stuffed and put in my luggage, the W/B coating started to scrape off in a spot, which makes me question the coating's long-term durability. I wish Patagonia would just make the pocket and inch or two larger. Also, I wish they'd add a metal pull-tab to the zipper instead of just the small piece of string. That makes it hard to start the zipper when putting it on.