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Too light and material too thin
Expected jacket to be light, but the material is extremely thin that a simple snag I think will tear or pierce it. I wouldve opted for a different one had I know this.
Hi Berto, the Houdini Jacket is a lightweight weather-resistant windbreaker that’s great for high-output activities. If you're looking for something heavier, but still light enough to pack away, take a look at our [Men's Storm10 Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-storm10-alpine-jacket/85125.html?dwvar_85125_color=MEOR&cgid=root).
Most versatile coat I own.
My wife raved about this coat for the past year.. It is the perfect coat for wearing on the windy days at the beach, on a hike, under a life preserver while kayak or SUP, as the top layer to block the wind or to keep you dry from any light rain, and packs into nothing so super easy to always have with you.. she even layers it over her nano puff on ... Read Moredays its cooler and the wind is a bit too strong. I mean she sold me on this must have coat. Shes not wrong. I am so thrilled to have a simple coat that is so versatile. I pack it for runs, hikes, biking, water sports or just about anything. It fits in both a hip pack or backpack with no issues. It is even breathable. I finally understand why she raved about it. I highly recommend.
I normally wear a large and I had to do an XL which is not a big deal at all. But every other Patagonia garment I have is large. This is so lightweight and packable. I would say it is rain resistant. more so than rain proof. But if you need a light rain resistant coat this is it. I love it. I live in the Pacific NW and sometimes it is just drizzly.... Read More You don't need a full on rain coat but you also need something. This is it.
We appreciate your feedback and we're so glad to hear that our "slim" fit, water resistant classic windbreaker is working so well for you, Michael!
I had a windbreaker and I thought it was lightweight until I got this one! I was actually shocked at how thin it was and was anxious to see how it worked, especially since the price was a little steep. It did not disappoint! Ive worn it on my last 3 hikes and I dont think I will ever hike or backpack without it. It folds into a pocket on the jacket... Read More making it SO tiny and able to fit anywhere! Did I mention how scrumptious the color green is? I have it in fresh teal and the color just makes my heart happy! Loved the jacket so much I bought my husband one and he is as big a fan as I am. Havent been in the rain with it so I cant speak to the water resistant coating but even if it didnt have that feature I would still love it!
Less than expected
I expected more out of this jacket, fabric is very light. I do not believe it will protect much in wind or a light rain. I would not have purchased it if I knew this before hand .
Hey Jerald, thank you for the feedback. If you are not pleased with your Houdini, you're welcome to [send it back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). This jacket is intended to be very lightweight and packable. We're not sure how you were intending on using the jacket, but feel free to reach out to us if you'd like to have a conversation about it. One of our customer service reps could offer an alternative that will work better for your needs.
Great jacket but needs improvement.
The Houdini jacket is a great value for the price. The jacket lasts a very long time. The current design has an interior chest pocket that flaps out and the waist draw string is of inferior quality compared to previous years 2015/16 in my opinion. The size L is a little large around the torso area however if you workout and have a chest, size M is ... Read Moresimply too tight as you will not be able to extend your arms.
I love these Jackets. I own 2. Black for everyday use and hiking and orange for my bike rides. It packs down and fits easily into the pocket of my bike jersey and protects me from the wind and chill during my descents. Thank you, Patagonia, for your the fantastic quality and thoughtful design.
Different cut on this version
I've been using Hoodini's for like 15+ years. This version fits trimmer. The big deal is that the arms are slimmer and I can't pull up the sleeves at all to vent my forearms, something I did all the time with previous models and is really important for a jacket with low breathability like this. Please make the cut more generous in th... Read Moree sleeves again Patagonia!
Hi Eric! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the fit of you Houdini Jacket. We truly appreciate this feedback as it's crucial to improving things for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Such a good packable windbreaker, just wish it had another pocket option
AWESOME jacket. I use it for running. I stuff it in my pocket when I'm unsure of the weather and run errands too. It's not water proof but I found it actually holds up well. I just wish it had some simple zip pockets on the side. The only pocket is on the chest and a bit awkward. It's also the patch logo. The old ones were screen-p... Read Morerinted right on and that felt a little sleeker in my opinion. I think everyone should own one of these.
Great updates on a classic
I use a Houdini for ski/rock guiding, along with other varieties of windshells. The updates that I appreciate on the 2022 version are the low profile cinch closures, that do their job while still being easy to lay/sleep on without bothering me (I don't like high profile toggles on a hood volume adjuster, for instance). I also like the added to... Read Morerso length over my previous (2016?) model, and the addition of a longer zipper pull on the front zip, an easy but annoying mod I had to make myself on my previous Houdini. Ding: The hanging chest pocket occasionally snags in the main zipper. All told, very happy with this jacket for low-abuse use in less abrasive environments.
Perfect for travel
I am 5 ft 9 in 165 lbs., and always buy medium tops. The Houdini Windbreaker pairs perfectly with my same sized hooded R1, and is perfect of my go-to light weight travel kit. It is an important side note that I find all Patagonia products Ive purchased to have the same fit for the stated size. This has a major impact on my brand loyalty. I know ... Read Morethe quality and the fit. If I have the need and like the item, I buy it.
No more hand pockets
I have an older one, with hand pockets. They ruined it when they got rid of the pockets.
Hi Michael! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the lack of pockets. This piece is designed to be as lightweight as possible so it doesn't have a ton of features. That said, we appreciate the feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
The perfect lightweight jacket for mild climates
It doesn't surprise me that a company headquartered in Ventura has created the ideal light jacket for Southern California. Just enough jacket to keep the wind off without overheating, and even repels a bit of rain (scarce here lately). If it does warm up, you can take off this jacket and stuff it into its own pocket for a convenient little pac... Read Morekage that weighs practically nothing. It's also a great fit that doesn't look like you're wearing a tent. I couldn't be more pleased with it.
Patagonia Houdini windbreakers are great
Several seasons ago, I purchased a previous Patagonia Houdini windbreaker, but I misplaced it, and it drove me so crazy not having it, that after a week without one, I had to order a new Houdini. For the weight, compactibility, breathability, windproofness, and water resistant qualities, this is the clothing layer to carry and pull out when the wea... Read Morether turns from sunny to windy, chilly, and wet. In other words, the perfect item to pack in your carry-on, fanny pack, or back pack. Forgetting the size of my original Houdini, I used the online Patagonia size chart, and it determined I should order a Medium (I'm 180 lbs 6'0"). The Medium arrived and it was a perfect fit--if I was only wearing a tee-shirt underneath. However, sometimes I like to wear a tee-shirt and a mid-layer like a lightweight fleece, so I had to exchange the Medium for a Large. The Large fits perfectly, especially the hood, with layers underneath. I love this jacket like I loved my old Houdini, but the one suggestion I would make is the zip pocket on the front should be slightly larger to accommodate smart phones. The size on any jacket now really only accommodates a set of keys.
Swing and a Miss
I purchased the Houdini to replace a different branded jacket that I wore out while mountain biking. Based on reviews, I was expecting a light weight breathable jacket designed for high intensity activities. I was disappointed. Ill start with the positive: 1. Very packable. First inside my cycling waist pack. 2. Nice looking. Not so positive: 1... Read More. Limited to no breathability. Ive taken the jacket on multiple rides in varying conditions. The jacket gets hot and sticky quickly. After wearing it for a few minutes, it feels more like a light raincoat than a windbreaker. 2. The zipper is poorly made. Too light weight. Has a tendency to come undone and unzip from the bottom. 3. I dont recommend it for mountain biking, running, or other high intensity activities.
Hi Tyler, we're sorry to hear that the Men's Houdini Jacket isn't working out for you. We recommend checking out the [Men's Dirt Roamer Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-dirt-roamer-mountain-bike-jacket/24381.html?dwvar_24381_color=BRLG&cgid=root).It's an awesome MTB jacket that’s breathable, and designed for changing climates and altitudes specific to mountain biking.
Houdini Jacket - Shocking
The Houdini windbreaker provides excellent protection from the wind. I use it for my daily walks in temperatures from 38 to 55. The jacket has one unanticipated unpleasant side effect - it builds up static and can create quite a surprising jolt when you touch metal.
Hey Les, we appreciate the feedback on the Houdini. We're glad to hear it's working well for you with exception to the static! We did some research and found that there are a few things you can do to help reduce this. You can rub the jacket with a dryer sheet, or increase the humidity on it by rubbing it down with a damp rag. Dry air is what causes static, amongst other things so give those options a try and if you find that the problem is not reduced, you're welcome to [send it back to us](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Great minimalist shell for when the sun goes down
I've been carrying this in my MTB hip pack for the last month and it's been just what I needed when the sun goes down, wind picks up, and the chill sets in. I'm really happy with how small it packs down, but also how easily I can get it back into its stow pocket. I can quickly slip it on, zip it up (zipper feels durable) and keep on ... Read Moremoving. Just enough wind protection to keep me warm. Haven't had a chance to use it for climbing yet but I envision clipping it to my harness for alpine climbs. My only suggestion would be to a way to stow or remove the hood. It flaps around when I'm riding and don't have it over my helmet. Minor issue.
Love the jacket! Wish I would have bought one a long time ago. Only have a wish.... The small pocket on the chest for a key, gel, etc should be somewhere else or have its own little drawstring. You have a jacket that weighs less than anything you put in its pocket. Thus, the weight difference creates a strange bounce right over your chest when you... Read More run. Since the jacket at the chest area is not snug (nor should be) the bounce becomes even more prominent. The sensation goes away quickly. Bonus: You can tie the jacket around your waist and fold it in such a way the pocket is readily available. I ran 33KM with the gels perfectly placed on the lower right side. Worked perfectly. Thanks, hope this was a bit helpful and to anyone reading, hope you are healthy and happy. RJ
Good windbreaker, poor breathability
I bought this specifically for cutting the wind while running/cycling. I was unsure about the jacket because of how thin it is. If you're buying online, it's literally thinner than paper. Imagine a bride's veil, its that thin and light. However, I was very surprised at how incredible it is at breaking the wind. I ran in 30 deg, 20-25... Read Moremph winds and I couldn't feel it at all. I was amazed. Even cycling I was impressed by how well it cut the wind. Now for the bad parts. It is insanely unbreathable. Imagine running in a trash bag. I am drenched in sweat every time I run in it. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it breaks the wind efficiently so the sweat doesn't make you cold like you'd expect. But it does leave you feeling like you just got out of the pool. Lastly, the hood is freaking stupid. It's so light that it is like a parachute behind you. Unless you keep it up (but seriously who uses a hood when running) it is very irritating. I have been tucking the hood inside the jacket so it doesn't get on my nerves. I would buy a hoodless version if it existed, but it unfortunately does not. Size wise, it does fit a bit slim, but I like that. It is not baggy or flappy. If you are a bigger person you might want to size up, but I'm 6'4 160lbs and the medium fits well (my other patagonia jacket is also a medium). Overall I'd give it 9/10 for windbreaking, 2/10 for breathability. And a -999/10 for the hood being as useful as a lifeguard at an olympic swimming event.
THIN!!! (but in a good way)
Upon opening my mailbox and seeing the jacket sent in a cardboard mailer (I honestly thought it was something else before I saw the Patagonia on the label) I had my suspicions. They dont call this thing the Houdini for no reason! CRAZY thin! Its so cool how small it folds down you can practically store it in your back pocket. I was also a little ... Read Morenervous that it wouldnt feel very warm due to its thinness but after a 25 minute walk with my dogs in 32 F weather, I was just fine. What a cool jacket, seriously. 10/10 would recommend.
Disappears in your pack windbreaker
Works really well for me for ski touring, xc skiing, hiking, running in cold temps. I can fit it in a fanny pack along with my water bottle so easily. So compressible. For that reason I don't leave this behind on any hike. I've only had mine about a year and haven't seen any wear yet, though I know friends who have patched ones. Only... Read More a matter of time, I suppose. But until then, it's serving me really well. It isn't snug on me but isn't roomy either. I'm 5'11 170lb and I expect for heavier people the M might be a little snug. Suits me well for my outdoors pursuits, though, where I want to avoid baggier clothes.
Good, but zipper could be better.....
Nice light weight jacket...don't know how it will wear over time. Zipper could be better quatlity which is also true for Patagonia Vest and down coat I bought ...for the cost should put in a better quality zipper....major flaw in a what appear to be quality products otherwise!
Hi Lawrence, thank you for sharing your feedback on the Houdini Jacket. We hope it wears well for you for a long time, but we're sorry to hear the lightweight zipper may not work for you; we've shared that feedback with our team. As always, we want you to be happy with everything you purchase from us. If any of our products isn't right for you we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
Great light wind and mist jacket
Very light weight and breathable to an extent when you sweat the jacket sticks so you and has a hard time drying but as long as u have a capilene on underneath everything is great and it seems to be fine. If I could improve the jacket I would make sleeve length a bit longer and give a sealed seam zipper but I love Patagonia so I support there produ... Read Morect and would definitely buy this my faults are very nit picky so really its a great jacket
Always in my pack
I love the Houdini jacket and I have purchased several over the years. No matter the season, I always have this in my pack or tied around my waist. It is amazingly light and also super versatile. Works perfect as a little extra warmth for a summer mountain bike ride into the alpine when things turn a little cold, or in winter when I need a quick la... Read Moreyer to cut down the wind and shed some light snowfall. I highly recommend it!
The best versatile jacket
My husband swears by this jacket. It is one of our favorites. It is durable and last a long time. Patagonia has a great repair program; however, when I sent in the last 2 jackets I only got credit for one. Great jacket!!
Thanks for the feedback on the jacket. Please reach out to our Customer Service Team regarding the missing credit.
Not For Running!
So Ive had this jacket for about 3 years and finally decided to post a review. Ive been a Patagonia fanboy for well over 10 years, but this has been the biggest disappointment of anything Ive used from Patagonia. I dont know what the intended use is for this jacket, but it is not for running. Ive used this jacket in temps ranging from the mid 60s ... Read Moreto single digits, and in wind, rain, and snow. I specifically purchased this as a running jacket. However, the poor breathability of the fabric and complete lack of ventilation means that even in the coldest of temperatures I still wind up a sweaty mess. Often times I would have been better off not wearing the jacket at all. In cold temps you want to be able to dump the heat and evaporation, but this jacket holds it in like a plastic bag. In warmer temps the goal may be to stay dry, but even on short runs I still wind up soaked from within. What was the point of wearing it? The only area I can really see this as being useful is in a stationary setting where I would need to block the wind, but that is such a small range of use. And be warned about the hood, even in light wind it does not stay on. As for fit and construction, its typical of all Patagonia gear, perfect. Im 62 and 205 lbs. and wear a large. The fit is on point, aside from the hood. If you need to block the wind this is a fantastic jacket, but impermeability goes both ways. For active endeavors this is not the jacket to purchase.
Hey Ethan, thanks for leaving us a thorough review on the Houdini, and thanks for taking your time to really test it out in the field before reporting back. We're sorry to hear that it has not been a very breathable product in your experience, we'll be sure to share these thoughts with our team. The good news is all our items are backed by the Ironclad Guarantee, and if you're unhappy you're welcome to return it and buy something else. We recommend checking out the Men's Houdini Air Jacket or the [Men's Storm Racer Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-storm-racer-waterproof-running-jacket/24111.html?dwvar_24111_color=SPRB&cgid=sport-trail-running-mens-jackets-vests).
perfect for light and fast operation. super efficient.
my houdini has become the de facto go to piece. i use it for trail running, gravel riding, hiking and ocean. always there and easy to deploy and store when it is required. provides the right amount of insulation when the wind kicks in and allows for a great warm up piece on cold morning.
My new rain jacket
Took this one to Europe on vacation and my wife wore it more than I could. It is wind proof and water proof and perfect for when it cools down at night. This was the case in Germany, it would be warm during the day but in the shade or at night much cooler and out would come my Houdini jacket. Great jacket!
Hey Joseph, we're stoked to hear you're loving your Houdini! Though it has some water resistance, the Houdini isn't waterproof, it's intended as a windbreaker jacket - so definitely wouldn't recommend wearing yours in a downpour.
Latest Design a Major Step Back
I own four Houdinis, purchased over the last seven years, and it's maybe my favorite clothing product ever. It works for me daily, as a button-down shirt would, over a t-shirt, or as an under layer for cold weather, or working in the yard. Over the years, the design has changed slightly the logo used to be screen-printed, but it rubs off; the ... Read Morepocket get larger to better stuff the jacket inside but the latest iteration (20192020) has been a huge disappointment. The collar seam and tag have been notched up, behind the neck, causing the tag to flip up even when the jacket it zipped up and always when the jacket is open. I am 6' 2" and wear a Large; their product page shows a 6' 1" model wearing a Medium. It's possible if I wore the Medium the tag might sit tighter to my neck, but I prefer the Large for flexibility in motion and clothing option. My previous three Houdini's (all Larges) never had this problem, nor did I experience issues with the collar/tag, so I don't know what problem they were solving. The second major issue is the pocket, which is no longer sewn to the jacket on all sides. When the jacket is open, the pocket-pouch flaps around on your chest and is annoying. I assume there was a savings in production to reduce more stitches/seams, or it helps with packing the pouch, but it spoils the jacket. It's possible this jacket is intended only for wearing zipped up, and the smallest size possible, to reduce these two issues. But if you want to wear the Houdini as a style piece not just for active wear the new design is a bummer. My previous three Houdinis, two of which have been repaired with the Worn Wear program, and I love to death, are perfect. I hope they fix this design. If you're experiencing these problems, the Houdini Pull-over seems to be a good alternative. I just purchased one a Medium fits better here, despite wearing a Large for the zip-up and it has no pouch or tag problems. Thanks, Patagonia, for reading these reviews and for everything else you do.
We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback, and we've passed it along to our product designers. The Houdini Jacket was last revised in Spring 2019 and we're sorry this version has been a disappointment. Note that your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) and you're welcome to return it. You may also want to take a look at our Dirt Roamer Jacket and Stretch Terre Planing Hoody as possible alternative windbreakers.
Ever since Patagonia brought out its first ultralight wind proof (early 1980's?) I've always had one in my kitbag and it's always been one of my most used pieces of clothing. The Houdini jacket is my latest purchase in this department and it doesn't disappoint. The fit and build quality is as good as it's always been. Very ... Read Morehappy with this!
perfect for my long cycles
Recommended by a patagonia store - and used it twice on long road cycles. perfect as it squashes down into a pocket - been great to help keep wind off in the morning and ideal for the showers. dries quickly and then packs down into pocket. Previously bought one by a cycle brand and this is miles better , zips dont get stuck which was is a big issue... Read More with most cycle clothing.
Better than expected
Last year I tried this jacket on in a REI in my usual size, XL. The fit to me seemed tight and it was really thin so it made me rather uncomfortable like I was wearing a wet tshirt. I didnt even bother trying on the next size, I thought "what good is this jacket for?". So, a couple of months ago I was in the Freeport Maine Patagonia outle... Read Moret and saw one houdini left for a wicked price in a nice color combo in an XXL. I remembered the day in REI but I really couldnt resist trying this one on anyways, it was a bigger size after all which I knew would be a significant difference. This felt 100% better, everything fits great, slightly too long but just barley. It didnt fit like I was wearing a wet tshirt anymore and the material was much more flowly and all around very comfortable to put on. Needless to say I was and still am to this day very impressed with it. I wore it later that evening on the beach which was about 50 degrees and windy. I only had a tshirt on under and it really did a great job at keeping the wind and chill out. I will say though, a windy 50 degrees is for sure the limits on this jacket. I live in FL so I think this is going to be my most used jacket. For sure something everyone should own. Size up if you are built up top
Great light weight jacket
This is a perfect jacket for the cool mornings of summer. I wear this jacket everyday when I get on the boat. Its light enough that you really dont know its there but has great wind resistance and creates a bit of warmth too. The pack ability of this jacket is excellent and will be in my bags anytime I travel.
This is the most poorly designed product Ive seen from Patagonia. The tag is so high on the jacket that is sticks out the top no matter what you do. The inside pocket is not sewn down so it also sticks out when the jacket is worn open. Also, this product came with a seam that was already coming apart.
Thank you for you feedback on the Mens Houdini. We are sorry to hear about your experience with the jacket. It sounds like you might of potentially received a faulty product, whenever that is the case please do not hesitate to give us a call at 800-638-6464 and we can get it replaced at no cost to you.
Best option for chilly airplane flights and terminals
On the ground at my destination, the Houdini folds flat into a Ziploc (fewer wrinkles than stuffing into its tiny stuff pocket) and travels with me everywhere. A cold mall, cold Starbucks or local equivalent, cold movie theater. A sudden tropical downpour. The bang-for-the-buck in terms of warmth and wind/rain protection vs. gram-weenie weight leve... Read Morels is superb. But, at the end of the day, this shines, it's a must-have, for airport terminals - often frigid for late night departures - and for overnight flights, which in my experience run colder at night and colder still if you swing over the artic on a night flight. The on-the-ground situations I can back out of, retreat from, but if I'm miserable and on the verge of shivering in a terminal or on a flight, I really need, and really appreciate, the Houdini as my first line of defense. Also great under a jacket during winter flights, acts as a vapor barrier to help keep my skin humidified, seals in the warmth under a more breathable/permeable jacket or fleece, and also adds a hood (lot's of heat loss from head otherwise) and even pulls down over my eyes for sleeping.
I returned this item because it has no pockets at all. I never thought to check closely because I had never seen a windbreaker with no pockets. I paid return postage.
Thanks for the feedback John. This jacket only has a chest pocket as this is meant to be ultralight and every ounce counts. You may like our [Men's Steel Forge Windbreaker Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-steel-forge-windbreaker-work-jacket/27545.html) as it's got lots of pockets. Take care!
Everyone Should be Issued a Houdini Jacket at Birth
This is just an incredibly useful piece of outdoor gear that EVERYONE should have. The two characteristics: VERSATILE and LIGHT. If you have this in your cycling kit, your international travel gear, your bike commuting backpack - whenever and wherever you're outdoors - this jacket will protect you from wind, unexpected colder temperatures, rai... Read Moren, sleet, snow. Packs up into itself very handily into a fist-sized zippered enclosure, which let's face it -- anyone can take the Houdini everywhere. Planet Houdini!
The layer you cannot afford to not bring
This layer is light, packs small, and is perfect for providing the little bit of rain or precipitation protection you need to get out and active. A go-to layer for bridging the gap between not needing a jacket and needing a rain shell. I recommend it to all my friends.
Great little jacket
You need to know what this is for but if you do, its perfect. I used it as a windbreaker on a backpacking trip where I knew there would be no rain. I used it over a down and cap base layer and it worked great to temps down to around 30. Seems like it would even work well with temps a little lower as well.
I have far fewer miles in this than in the Houdini Air which I think is about as perfect as can be for four season use in the high desert and mountains with drier snow. This Houdini is more waterproof, more crinkly, but still very light. Would rate higher but it arrived with two small tears: one pin prick viewable only if held up to the light, but ... Read Moreanother larger one which will have to be patched. Not a huge deal; but frustrating that quality control took the day off.
Hey Trent! Thank you so much for the feedback. We are so sorry you received a defective item. We'd like the chance to make this right. Please reach out to our Customer Service Team to work on a replacement.
Great, packable jacket.
The good news: 1. This jacket will keep you reasonably warm in a pinch. Not 30F but have worn it in high 40F-50F and just for walking around not running. 2. This packs down to N_O_T_H_I_N_G. Literally smaller than a sunglasses case. The bad: 1. It packs so small that I have packed and lost two. 2. No side pockets, only a chest pocket that it pack... Read Mores into.
Lightweight, comfortable and breathable. I
Lightweight, comfortable and breathable. I love multipurpose garments, and this is one of the best I have. Surely it is not the ideal jacket to crawl through a granite chimney, but we can use it to climb, walk, ride a bike or go for a walk around town. Of course, ideal for windy days. You have to have it.
I love the versatility that the Houdini offers me. It's great for casual wear, gym wear, or even as a thin shell for the chillier days out on the road bike. The ability to pack it up and stow it in the jersey pockets as the sun comes up and warms day or when you wish delayer for extra cooling makes it a great pack for a cyclist. I loved it so ... Read Moremuch I got two and maybe more in the future.
The windbreaker you didnt know you needed.
This jacket is so lightweight, I questioned its functionality. Until I put it on. This little thing is brilliant. Weight is nearly nothing and it does what it says - cuts the wind totally. I was in sustained winds a few weeks ago in the desert - cool made cooler by the wind. This jacket made all the difference. My wife confiscated it - we just boug... Read Moreht one for her. I foresee a lot of use - this jacket is packed into itself in my Jeep console. Two thumbs up.
Stash it in every bag
This jacket is my go to in spring and fall in the Wasatch (Park City, Utah). I keep it in my mountain biking pack all season long in case of a storm or cold temps at higher elevations - it barely takes up space and is so light I never notice it. The most versatile jacket I own.
The Houdini jacket is light weight, has adjustable fit and looks good. Our family owns several of these jackets in different colors. Houdini is an absolute must to own. Great to wear for golf too. It would be great if Patagonia would design another Houdini with hand pockets! !
I can only confirm all of the 5 star ratings. In 2014 I bought my first Houdini jacket, which is still in use but getting thin on the back where my running pack rubs a little plus a couple tears in the sleeve from a new puppy. It has been the best all-round running shell by far – from daily run commuting to long, mountain outings – and there was no... Read More doubt of another Houdini jacket. Lightweight, durable, great wind protection, decent protection in a light rain, no unnecessary frills – just does its job.
Super light wind shell
I got this jacket specifically for ski touring. I get pretty warm going up, but still want something to block cold breeze and flurries. A normal shell over my baselayer is too hot, and just the baselayer is too cold and prone to getting soaked. The houdini over a baselayer is the perfect middle ground - very happy with this arrangement. I've a... Read Morelso used it over a micropuff for a long day alpine climbing in a cold breeze and that was also a great combo. Feature-wise, the hood and hem adjusters work great. The sleeves are half elasticized at the cuff. My only nitpick is I can't pull the sleeve very far up my forearm. If the elastic went all the way around, that would be more helpful, but then you'd need a baggier sleeve.
2nd Houdini jacket
I already have a medium, which is great to throw over an insulation layer. But using it over a base layer whilst running or taking the chill off whilst hiking, the medium is too baggy around the body (I'm 172cm, 94cm chest). I've now bought the small and it fits great for this purpose.
Lightweight and the perfect layer
This jacket is perfect for those 20-45 degree days to wear a t-shirt under and go for a run. It keeps you warm without needing big bulky layers and it's lightweight and packable in case it gets too warm out for a run. I wear this jacket indoors too if I want a t-shirt and just something a little extra.
Perfect for bike commuting
Ive had this jacket for almost 2 months. Its proved very useful several times, either because the weather turned rainy or cold or both. It packs small so I just leave in the bottom of my backpack and forget that its there until bad weather reminds me. Its ideal for making my commute (5 miles beside the Hudson on the west side of Manhattan) in the r... Read Moreain.
The Houdini shell is perfect for a light extra layer. I use as a warm up jacket when I start a strenuous activity such as running or biking. Easy to pack away once Ive reached a higher body temp. Some might say the price is a bit high for such a simple garment, but I have Patagonia gear from the 1980s that I still use regularly. Quality gear is alw... Read Moreays a better investment.
Great Windbreaker with Terrible Hood
There're two kinds of wind jacket, breathable and non-breathable. This is the latter. First, the fit is not trim as advertised. It's more like regular cut of Outdoor Research jackets. In other words, if you're an avid runner, cyclist or long distance hiker, you need to size down. I've put it thru the wringer. I've used it i... Read Moren 60+ mph wind in the Himalayas. One design flaw is the hood. In relative high wind, 25-ish mph wind speed, there's no way the hood can stay on your head without a helmet. Other than that, it's a good windbreaker. Just remember it isn't a rain jacket, so from time to time you need to reapply DWR yourself if you want it to handle some light rain, and also be aware it ain't breathable type. If you need breathable wind jacket, you'll need to look elsewhere. Another thing is the hood has the draw cord in the back of hood. The problem with this type of design is you can't sleep in it because the toggle will irrate you. You may ask ehy you want it to wear it in your sleeping bag. There are times your sleeping bag's temp rating is not up to the task, so you need to wear all your layers.
Hey there, thanks for the review! If you're still looking for a breathable, waterproof jacket that packs down we'd recommend checking out the [Men's Storm Racer Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-storm-racer-waterproof-running-jacket/24111.html?dwvar_24111_color=SPRB&cgid=root).
Excellent! Just what I hoped for.
I wanted a jacket to go on top of the classic puffer. I wanted it to be water resistant, with a hood, breathable and packable. The idea was I could pack both jackets down to a small size, chuck em in a backpack for a long hike or for a trip somewhere. The puffer fits well under the Houdini. Both are size M. Big fan.
Everything you need
This jacket has everything you need and nothing you dont. Truly minimal design without compromising performance. I use this jacket for trail running mostly and find it suits admirably. Its light, packs small, has a comfortable fit and allows full range of motion. It blocks a cold wind and keeps a light rain off. I applaud the design team on their r... Read Moreestraint in keeping it simple. Too often I see (useful) features added one after another until we end up with another heavy hard shell. I appreciate the Patagonia ethic. Keep up the good work.
Please consider making a "Regular Fit" option...
Over the years, I have picked-up three versions of the Houdini. All are sized Medium, but the "fit" has changed significantly and considerably over time. The oldest version that I have still fits the best, with newer versions getting progressively more "slim." On the oldest version I have, the torso and sleeve lengths are perfec... Read Moret, as is the fit across the chest and around the waist. Unfortunately, the newer "Slim Fit" versions of the Houdini pull uncomfortably tight across the chest and shoulders. Sleeve length and torso length are still spot-on, but the newer versions are too narrow to fit comfortably across the chest and shoulder area. Please consider offering an option to select a "Regular Fit" for this jacket. I think that would provide the perfect size and fit for... you know... regular sized people.
Thank you for the feedback on our Houdini Jacket. We'll take note of your thoughts and consider them for future iterations. In the meantime, we'd recommend checking out our [Worn Wear](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/) website where we sell lightly used gear from past seasons. We're always adding to inventory, and you might find the version of the Houdini that you like best.
As an avid runner from NY, I cannot believe I haven't purchased this earlier. Provides an excellent barrier against the elements, without any excess bulk. I have used it 10 times all in temperatures of 32 degrees or less and haven't been affected by the cold at all. Average runs are 7miles or so. I'm only wearing a mid weight garment... Read More underneath as well. I'm not cold nor overheating. No complaints here at all. Would love to see this in a pullover version in the future. Very Pleased.
Great jacket, think carefully about the size / fit
I'm about 5'10/11, and quite slim. I often wear size UK medium, but also UK L for some brands and garments. I initially purchased the Houdini Jacket in size M. This was a very close, technical fit, and folded up very compactly so could fit in jeans pockets. It was just right for running in, or hiking in over thin layers. However I decid... Read Moreed to swap for a UK size L. This fit was much looser and a bit more length. Less ideal for running in, but better for throwing over a bulkier fleece (for autumn / spring) and for also wearing casually as a fashion jacket. The larger jaket doesn't fold down quite so compactly, but can fit into a jeans pocket, or a cross body bag (a bit lumpy, but fine if you're wearing a looser jeans or a long sleeve top). Either jacket would have worked, but I went for the size L so that I could wear it for fashion as well as exercise. I bought it in Petrol Blue which is darker than the pictures on the website make it look. It feels closer to a navy blue. Still looks great though. I haven't tried it yet because I've been messing round getting the right size. But I love how lightweight it is, and plan on keeping it in my body bag, and throwing it on in case of showers that we get so frequently in England's North West
For the most part I am pleased with the wind blocking performance and compactness pf this jacket. The stow pocket however is a total pain- it is too small, which makes it much harder to pack than other stowable jackets I have and the fabric gets stuck in the zipper and jams. A strap or other provision for containing the hood would be good
Best layer ever
I have owned 2 of these amazing jackets. When I run in them, I can't feel it, yet I know it is there, doing it's job. The hood is well -designed, the sleeves fit to my arm length, it is breathable, and provides all the insurance I need to run the East in all conditions and all four seasons. I would highly recommend this jacket.
Perfect emergency rain protection
These jackets are great! I use them like umbrellas. I have a few different colors. Love the constant updates on colors and patterns. I got a few of them that I leave in my car and other places in case a sudden rain storm hits. They are a bit thin in my opinion if you are carrying a heavy pack for a long time. Id go with a thicker hard shell for tha... Read Moret, but they are perfect when you get caught in a sudden or unexpected storm.
Great Cover - Super Practical
I use this as an outer shell during the winter for my pre-dawn runs. This is now my second. I can wear a base layer, a fleece hoodie and a fiber filled vest underneath on those frigid mornings. The Houdini breaks the wind and keeps me dry. This has now become part of my daily gear.
I ran this under the faucet of my sink to see how well it would repel water. Not one drop got through. I might trade up because rain results in cold conditions. This is basically a plastic shell with NO insulation. BUT it is as advertised. Excellent for a piece of clothing to keep you dry.
I bought one for my husband and a women's Houdini jacket for myself several years ago. We loved them so much that when they started to wear out, my husband decided to get another one a week ago. Unfortunately, it is not the same-- there is only one tiny chest pocket and the fabric is different in that it's noisier and feels more like plas... Read Moretic. While he still likes the fact that it is lightweight and works as a windbreaker, it is very disappointing that the product has been dis-improved. Please bring back the pockets and softer fabric!
Great cold weather outdoor running jacket
Not stepping foot in a gym for a while so Ive taken to the streets to get my run on and with temps dropping, saw good reviews on this jacket. Have used a couple times paired with a Smart Wool base layer and although temps are at 30, jacket has been awesome! Protects against the cold win. Would recommend paired with a base layer of merino wool.
Just dry enough, super breathable.
I love this as a shoulder season piece. Not cold enough for a true shell, but you want to keep wind and drizzle off. It will keep the wet off for about a 45 minute run, light rain, before it soaks through. Super breathable, don't know you are wearing it. As materials improve, this is a quieter jacket than the past versions. One of my favorite ... Read Morepieces for sure.
visible colors in the mens version
I purchased the mens Houdini jacket in Mango for use in road biking. I already own a womens Houdini jacket (size medium) and knew the fantastic wind proofing capabilities of the jacket! I purchased the mens (size small) in the Mango color as I wanted a more visible color for safety reasons. The neon Mango color has excellent visibility, in fact it... Read More may be even more visible than hubbys Houdini in the Burnt Ember color. I wear a Medium in the womens version and a small in mens size. In size comparison, the length was slightly longer (love it) and sleeves a tad longer, in men/small, but neither is a concern. I love both jackets and encourage Patagonia to offer additional colors in the womens line.
Great windbreaker, but not for running
Bought this jacket as a windbreaker and light weather protection for running and cycling. Great fit and definitely works as a windbreaker. Unfortunately it doesn’t work for running. It’s ok for the first 5-10min on a slightly chilly day, but after that it is useless as it has no sweat wicking properties and breathability whatsoever. I might as well... Read More put a plastic bag on which would do the same job, but much cheaper. It’s completely trenched in sweat on the insight. Real shame that it is advertised under the trail running collection, which is grossly misleading. Apparently the Air Houdini does a better job, but I can’t afford to buy numerous jackets. Always thought that Patagonia prides itself on multifunctional gear. Anyway, first time I’ve been disappointed with a Patagonia product.
Absolutely Wonderful But...
So this is what I don't understand about this jacket and people who leave all exciting reviews about how active they are in this jacket. I am trying to be objective. For the record let me say that I love Patagonia and use it daily. Houdini is a conundrum. Pros 1. Fits well and it is light. 2. Looks cool - I have one in red and I am tempted... Read More to buy another- go figure 3. Has some wind-breaking qualities and I use it at the beach sometimes - but only if I don't have to walk :) Cons 1. This thin windbreaker absolutely doesn't breath at all - and even during a moderate activity - I am completely soaked (I am fit not like those people who sweat excessively). As a matter of fact I just came from a 3.9 mile jog and the elastic bands on the arms served well as sweat collecting devices, really annoying - I really don't understand those elastic bands at all. 2. Has no rain protective qualities, in fact between light rain and the sweat from the inside jacket gets stuck to your body (if you wear only t-shirt underneath) very uncomfortable. 3. Whoever designed the pocket I assume had only very small devices in mind - this thing barely holds Iphone se and it is a tight stretch. As far as the car keys or anything with sharp edges I constantly have a feeling that I will damage the jacket. 4. Paperthin fabric, very delicate. This is a casual jacket that serves only as a fashion item in my opinion or as light protection from the wind. My suggestions to Patagonia: 1. Larger chest pocket. 2. Inside pocket perhaps for something larger - I understand this type of fabric won't support the weight but still maybe a room for a hat or gloves? 3. I think it was an inch shorter would be ideal.
I bought this jacket as a recommendation from a friend for an easily packable run/hike jacket. I used this jacket for both the same day I got it, and let me tell ya its awesome! Plenty warm for those 5 am run sessions, and convenient enough to throw in my day pack when it started to rain. Great job Patagonia.
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