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Tried and true classic
Lightweight wind protection with a full zip. It does what it needs to, and it does it well. I wear mine on trail runs over a merino long sleeve when its below freezing. It really Amps up the retained heat for such a low weight cost when ounces count. Its a staple in my backcountry pack all 4 seasons.
This is one of my go-to pieces and I always keep it in my kit year round. My main problem is with the pocket, as several others here have mentioned. I don't mind the size, as I always have other pockets to store my phone and wallet. It's that the pocket itself flaps around when the jacket is worn unzipped and it gets to be super annoying ... Read Morehaving to tuck it back inside the jacket. I've tried some self-adhesive Velcro tabs but they didn't stick very well. If Patagonia could figure out a way to keep the pocket flat and tucked inside the jacket when the jacket is unzipped this would get five stars from me.
Material change and pocket
My first houdini jacket was years ago , i got a new one and materials are changed pocket zipper change totally different jacket also running smaller! Sorry to say never again!!
Thank you for taking the time to share this review, Jos. We're sorry the current model of the Houdini was not what you were hoping for! We want you to be happy with everything you get from us; please keep in mind you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you.
Poorly constructed, lacks durability
I have washed mine twice. Both washings resulted in destruction of the waist and hood cinches. I thought the fracturing of the plastic waist cinch hardware was a fluke. After the second washing the hood cinch hardware was gone. The Patagonia gear I knew and loved in the 80s and 90s seems gone.
We're sorry to hear your Houdini hasn't held up as it should, Matthew! If it was washed in cool water in a gentle cycle and dried on low heat this shouldn't have happened. We will reach out to you with some options.
Great always-on-hand emergency layer
I'm female, 5'7", size 10, purchased a black Ms XXL that was intended as a surprise for my husband as an emergency layer for our walks because he always overheats and then runs cold. So far only I've been wearing it on my walks and I appreciate the versatility. I usually carry it in my backpack just in case I get too cold. It fi... Read Morets huge on me but I love it for the coverage. It goes a few inches below my butt and I have to fold the sleeves. No problem! It fits over and under any jacket I've worn so far. The hood provides great coverage and the rear adjustment is very helpful. The craftsmanship is excellent inside and out. I carry it inside a separate nylon pouch to provide a bit more protection than its own pocket would.
Awesome wind layer!
I'm a typical women's medium and purchased this in a men's medium for an oversized fit that I could layer under - plus I liked the men's color offerings:). This is such a perfect layer. I frequently wear it on rainy runs in the PNW and it keeps me dry enough without overheating. It's so lightweight I can throw it in my bag ... Read Morewith me wherever I go in case I need an extra layer.
This is my most versatile, do-anything jacket. Its wind-cutting abilities make it appropriately warm, without causing me to sweat. Its my go-to for hiking, biking, cold-weather paddle boarding, snow-shoeing and frequent golden retriever walking. It's so often needed I bought a second one. (the jacket, not the dog.)
The jacket is very light
The jacket is very light and stylish. The main problem is the pocket. There is only one tiny zippered pocket, too small for a cell phone. The pocket needs to be 5 or 6 CM deeper in order to hold a typical cell phone. Pocket is really unusable.
Hey Joseph, thanks for the feedback. We'll inform our product team of your thoughts. The chest pocket also works as a stuff sack for the whole jacket, so it can pack down small. This could be why they decided on a smaller size. Nonetheless, if you're ultimately unhappy, you're welcome to begin a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
New Go-To jacket
I keep this packed up in its pocket and just in my car. I use it for MTB, hiking, running, causal when camping. Its a perfect layer to just have on hand and deploy when needed. The fit is possibly the best of any jacket Ive ever owned. Not slim but not overly large. Perfect bit of room for something underneath if needed or just a little loose to al... Read Morelow for a breeze. Vents extremely well. Weighs nearly nothing. This was the replacement for my OR Helium jacket and has been a great change (not that I didnt like the Helium, just wanted to try something different). Highly recommend.
My first one was stolen when a pouch on my bag ripped open on a trip (airlines). The first one was several years old. Bought this one without thinking about maybe there is new technology (see all the ads) because this is the perfect second layer over my sunshirt base layer. -10deg C no problem. Winds - don't know the kph but blowing hard still... Read More OK
Versatile, lightweight and packable
The jacket has the quality and fit I sought. I have not learned how to stow the hood when not needed.
Hi Joseph, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Sadly, the Houdini Jacket does not have a stow away hoody. We do have a great shell with a stow away hood. Check out the [Men's Torrentshell 3L Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-torrentshell-3l-rain-jacket/85240.html?dwvar_85240_color=TIDB). It has a hood that stows away with a simple hook and latch, it might be just what you're looking for.
This jacket is very windproof
This jacket is very windproof meaning not real breathable. It's OK for hiking, but it's too airtight for running, ski touring, etc. The length of the fit was great, but it's a little snug for layering (and I'm a thin guy). The next size up would have been comfier but too long. It's OK for the price, but not as versatile as ... Read Moresome other similar products out there.
My go to jacket!
This jacket is a game changer! Perfect for rainy, cloudy, or cool days. Very light weight rain shell for when its raining and you just need to run from your house to the car or from your car into the store. My work office runs runs real cold in summer, this jacket keeps me warm but not sweating. Best everyday lightweight jacket!
Good for light rain in warm climates
Wore this on a recent trip to Seoul in the summer where it was super hot and humid and rainy. This jacket was great for keeping me dry without being too heavy or warm. I tried both the XL and the XXL (I'm usually an XL), and opted to go for the larger size just because its a jacket and wanted a slightly looser fit over my clothes. I love tha... Read Moret it can pack into itself (via the chest pocket).
Perfect Ultralight jacket
Pros: -you can barely feel it on -provides adequate wind protection -works well for layering -adjustable hood Cons: -definitely not waterproof/water-resistant -only one chest pocket ???: -questionable durability but that will only show throughout the time of using Overall I love this jacket and I take it everywhere with me. It's perfec... Read Moret for biking, running or hiking
This may be the most functional piece I own. So lightweight. I wore it on a windy and sprinkling morning. It cut the wind and kept the rain off. Its not a Torrentshell and isnt supposed to be - keeps a small drizzle at bay when you need it to. The hood cinch is great in the wind. Fit is slim to tailored. I am 5 ft 9, 150. The wavy blue fit me right... Read More on for what I need. Black color way fit more snug - maybe just a small variation?
perfect for mosquitoes and horseflies
This summer I took a dive into fly fishing and I'm glad I did. Being that the best time to fly fish is in the evening, I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes. I bought this windbreaker because its made out of nylon and stops the mosquitoes from being able to bite. Although I would have preferred a different color, gray is decent neutral color f... Read Moreor the river. I also bought this to protect myself from horse flies while hiking or cutting wood. For the reasons I bought it for, I have been nothing but impressed and I'm thankful that bought this product.
Extremely light, windproof, water resistant, packs small
Very happy with this - it's windproof and water resistant, packs into the chest pocket and weighs nothing. Haven't worn it out in the mountains yet, but I'm confident it'll perform well. Is a little roomier than I was expecting for a medium 'slim-fit' (70kg at 6').
Thin, breathable, and surprisingly warm jacket when fully zipped
The jacket fits well but it is too high under the arms and the shoulders, and also it suffers from the same defect the Torrentshell suffered before, it does not have any structure on the collar, it is just a loose fabric that drops on your shoulders, exposing the tag in the back and looking messy and unstylish. I wish this style of jacket can be of... Read Morefered with a collar like the Variable Jacket, and cut lower under the arms, and on the shoulder to make it more comfortable, especially for guys who have broad shoulders and a little bit of thick muscular arms. In sum, this jacket can be improved so it can be more versatile by having a structured collar that can hide the hoodie (similar to the Variable Jacket) and to be a bit more generous under the arms and on the shoulder drop. I like to see this jacket be offered in Purple or Burgundy, and in other colors especially in pastel or earth tone hues that mimic nature.
Hi Serge! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about some of the disappointment with the collar and the fit. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Really Nice Jacket w/ 1 Problem
I agree with reviewer Ben about the garment tag at the neck being too bulky for this very light fabric. It's pretty annoying and unsightly because it turns out when you wear it with the hood down. Otherwise, this jacket is just what I wanted for a super-lightweight wind breaker for travel, cool hikes, etc. Fit is great. Sadly, returning to the... Read More dealer.
Perfect for travel
I just finished a 3 year trip throughout Europe and North Africa and this jacket was indispensable throughout. It is light, packable, water resistant, and blocks the wind well. It works as a stand-a-lone jacket on the cool summer nights and when coupled with a few layers, works to block the wind during the winter.
Light, packable, great!
Bought for a trip to Europe- great decision. So easy to pack, just the right amount of light warmth & rain cover. Orange color is nice. Definitely a slimmer fit, order up if needed.
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the packability and water resistance of the Men's Houdini Jacket on your trip to Europe! If you have any questions on how to wash and care for your Houdini after a long journey, check out our [Care Instructions page](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) or chat with one of our Customer Service Team members.
Wonderful outer layer with fatal flaw
The Houdini is an amazing jacket. Its incredibly light and flexible. Its perfect for hikes with elevation, as it provides insulation but you never get too hot. It also provides a little protection from the rain. The tag on the back is a deal breaker though. If you wear this jacket with the hood down, the fabric has so little rigidity that the tag... Read More flips the very top portion of the jacket inside out. It is incredibly annoying, to the point that I dont enjoy wearing the jacket unless the hood is up. A smaller or printed tag seems like it would be an easy solution. I oscillate between small and medium in Patagonia but this jacket is definitely smaller than most of their jackets so size up.
Hello Ben! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the irritation that the tag causes. This is great feedback, and we'll share it with our design crew. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
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.
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