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seriously light piece in the arsenal
6'1, 175. Jacket fits like other sport oriented pieces that I have from Patagonia like the R1 Techface. This thing is seriously light, easily packable and perfect to toss in the pack. Sheds light rain easy enough, block wind. Has been great to throw on at the beginning of hikes and after cooling down at a summit/peak. Will probably be my only ... Read Moreouter layer for late spring through early fall (unless the rain means business). Fits over other medium layers I have but would not fit comfortably over my puffier stuff. No issues with build quality so far.
Great piece of kit with one issue
I purchased this product about a year and a half ago. Used it everywhere. Backpacking, hiking, sailing. Works exactly as advertised and is my go to jacket for most every activity. The only issue is that the interior fuzzes up like crazy. The hood, neck, shoulder and elbow areas are all badly fuzzed up. I used a electric clipper to remove some of th... Read Moreis as the fuzz does wear off and clings to your shirt. Sharing and hoping this is just a production/material issue and can be remedied in future iterations. Still a great product. Better than the original Houdini.
Thanks for the feedback on the pilling. We're so sorry this is happening to you, you're on the right track using the de-piller. We'll pass this along to the materials team.
I live in Maine and this is a fantastic piece for our shoulder seasons with possible application as a mid layer in winter (I havent tested that yet). For example, I wore it on a trail run today with temps at 44 degrees, 10-15mph wind and a mix of sun and spitting mist/rain. Beautiful spring day. I wore a capilene lightweight tee as a base layer and... Read More brought an R1 Air because I thought it might feel cold. When I got to the trail I ditched the R1 because the sun was shining at that moment and it felt warmer than expected. Im glad I did. The jacket is so breathable that even through the hard run there was no moisture build up or any clammy feeling. Actually it feels great next to skin. It also handled the wind gusts and spitting rain well, Id say it blocks 90% of the wind and so it lets through just enough air to keep your body temp well regulated. Long story short, the fabric performs very well during aerobic activity. A few minor flaws keep this from getting 5 stars, though it is still a great addition to the kit. First and really not a big deal but it has the sewn on standard Patagonia label on the left breast. Its totally unnecessary. Why add superfluous fabric and punch thread into the face of the jacket? Older Houdini jackets had a printed on reflective lettering that seems much more appropriate to this jacket. Second is the hood flaps around in the back. I tuck it into the jacket but it is annoying. I would LOVE a pullover version of this jacket, it would be even lighter without the full zip and more easily layered. Im excited to use this as a multifunctional piece in winter; as a top layer when skinning or on Nordic trails and then pulling a insulated piece over for the ride down/stops or if it gets really cold. Its so breathable, I can see it performing well in those situations. A pullover would fit this use case much better as well. For size reference Im a long torsoed 6 & 185. I bought an XL for length and coverage while bike commuting. Its true to size which means the XL is slightly baggy on me as expected but nothing to really take away from an overall good long fit. If I didnt need something a little long I imagine the L would fit perfectly.
Houdini Air Jacket
so far i have been very pleased with the jacket! the low weight and volume makes it really easy to always have with me both in everyday situations and going on adventures. the DWR coating is a lot stronger than I had expected, but as with any DWR it will probably wear off eventually. over all it lives up to and exceeds my expectations!
Ms Houdini Air Jacket
I'm 186 cm with a lean build, so the size L is a bit loose when wearing just a baselayer underneath but fits well with further layers beneath it (e.g. fleece) - so I'm happy with sizing (I like a comfortable fit, would consider downsizing if I wanted something more slim). There's also a nice adjustable strap around the waist. So far... Read More, tested once in light rain and waterproof qualities worked great. Wind resistance is also good for such a light jacket - tested once on the mountain bike 40km/h downhill, provided good protection. Packs great with the stuffsack, and straightens out quickly once you unpack it.
Very comfortable, lightweight, slim fit
I bought this jacket for cycling, running, and playing tennis. I have only worn it while running so far in the UK sub 10 degrees. It is extremely nice to run in - you feel snug and protected from the wind and cold. But, I did get caught in a mild shower and it wasn't very good at protecting from the rain at all. Breathability is amazing.
A perfect companion
I bought a Houdini awhile back, and it's a fantastic little pack-a-long for travel. But breathability was an issue for me, and I wanted something slightly more breathable so I could wear it in a variety of settings. I take it with me everywhere and where it on cool mornings over a sweatshirt. I wear it over a work shirt on afternoons where the... Read Morere is a chill in the air. And I wear it on strenuous hikes. I've been wearing Patagonia for decades, and this is one of my favorite pieces.
Great fit, comfy windproof jkt
I love this jkt for it's lightweight packability, great fit, ability to breathe, cut windchill and protect from light rain showers and heavy mist. I use it mainly for trail running so the breathability is key. It's definitely more breathble than other windshells I've had. In high winds it does feel like it allows a small degree of a... Read Moreirflow through. So doesn't protect 100% from the wind. But that's the trade off for more breathability. And when running you stay pretty warm. I've used it in minus conditions in very high winds on exposed ridges with severe windchill and it's protected me very well. Keeping me comfortable while running. The hood is well fitting and moves with your head allowing good vision while running. The minimal cuffs are a great design. You don't feel them. They just work well. The little extra non elastized length that fits over the top of the hand is subtle, but brilliant. It really makes for a comfy protective cuff. Fits well over lightweight running gloves and pulls back easily to check your running watch, Two things that would improve the jkt: A way to roll down and secure the hood when not using. Most of the time it's fine. But you know those times when the wind is at your back and it keeps blowing your hood over your shoulder and as you run it bobs up and down, gently caressing your neck and cheek! As lovely as that sounds, it does start to get a little irritating. Especially when you try to shove it back and it slowly bounces back to nuzzle your earlobe. I do love my airshed, but I'd prefer to keep the relationship platonic! ;) Another simple addition would be a little snap button behind the zip at chest height. This would allow you to unzip and avoid head winds blowing out your jkt like a balloon. While this is a breathable jkt, you can of course still get clammy when working extra hard or in warmer conditions.
So far I run in this jacket only once, but I really like it. 10 km run in -6 C in mostly ankle deep snow. Trough the woods. I wear only two technical T-shirts, short and long sleeves under the jacket and it worked great. I think it would be my favorite piece even during warmer months, just in case when weather would change.
Perfect for running on cold days
Dont be deceived by the super light weight, its the perfect outer layer to run when temperatures drop into teens and single digits. Wear over a capilene base layer and its all you need at least for up to a 1 hour run. It blocks cold air coming in, so your body can regulate the temperature and avoid over heating in heavy layers.
Better than standard houdini
I am 6'2 180 and between M and L in the normal Houdini. The stretch and overall cut of the Air work better for me. I can wear it over a baselayer for running, climbing, or cycling. If I was using it for winter rock climbing only, I might size up to the L to accommodate extra layers. Can't speak to long-term durability but this jacket is s... Read Moreuperior to the normal Houdini.
This is THE BEST running jacket
I mean if you want a running jacket that just works, this is it. Just got it and did a run in 30°f and it was amazing. The hood has one direction of adjustability and it cinches down around your ears over a hat (or without one) keeping them warm. The only two problems - it doesnt keep your nose and mouth covered when zipped up (I got the balacl... Read Moreava for that though) And I wish the pocket was reinforced on the bottom to keep a phone more secure. Amazing jacket and Im so happy with it.
Perfect pocket layer.
I bought a houdini years ago when they first came out, and it was my go-to belay jacket or extra layers for alpine hikes. This latest iteration is meant to be a shell for high-output activities (winter training runs in NYC) and to stash in bag for tropical fly fishing trips. Love this piece.
Breathable protection without the weight!
This piece is my go to softshell for all things aerobic; hiking, running, mountain biking, climbing, and backcountry skiing. If you are looking for an ultralight no nonsense shell that breaths, blocks the wind, sheds the elements, and packs away to nothing, look no further!
I use this jacket for running and any amount of moisture on your skin results in the fabric sticking to you and creating a sweaty mess. I can often pour sweat out of the arms partway through a run.
Hi Kevin, we're very sorry to hear about your experiences with the Men's Houdini® Air Jacket. The Houdini Air is not fully windproof and allows more wind to blow through and more heat/sweat to escape. Layering with a lightweight Capilene may help you with the condensation problem. A lightweight layer like the Men's Long-Sleeved Capilene® Cool Lightweight Shirt may help to wick away the excess moisture that's accumulating inside of your jacket, https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-long-sleeved-capilene-cool-lightweight-shirt/45690.html?dwvar_45690_color=BLK. If you feel like the Houdini® Air Jacket isn't standing up to your expectations, please feel free to begin a warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Handy Houdini Is Light But Effective
I think the sizing is about right. I bought the extra large online because of the slim fit though I think large would also work for me. I'm 6'4" and about 215 pounds. In general I like the consideration that Patagonia puts into their products, such as quality and packability. I've definitely moved away from other brands as a res... Read Moreult. I bought the Houdini after climbing Chief Mountain in Colorado only to experience 40+ MPH winds at the summit. I wanted something light to bring on hikes when the days are warm, but I may be exposed to winds and cooler temps at times. The Houdini has come in handy. I've worn it a lot this summer. Sometimes blocking the wind and containing some heat is all you need to be more comfortable, and this jacket does both. The Houdini has been a great addition to my closet.
As a Mountain Guide I have searched for years to find a piece that bridges the gap between a soft shell and a full on hard shell. I believe that search is over. The Houdini Air Jacket provides amazing protection from the elements, breathes adequately while active (breaking trail, climbing, running), and yet is small and light enough that I don'... Read More;t even notice I have it on. If needed I add a Nano-Air Vest, Jacket, or Hoody (temp dependent) for additional warmth, then a Pluma Jacket when I want full protection from the worst that Mother Nature can throw at me. I highly recommend this piece.
Great jacket for high output
I've been a fan of the Houdini line of products for some time and I think this is a great addition to the family. The Houdini Air has most of the same benefits of the traditional Houdini while being more breathable (obviously). The breathability for me is the key difference because we do a lot of high output activities like cycling and climbin... Read Moreg which would cause me to quickly overheat in the traditional Houdini. The fit of the Houdini Air is also slightly larger (which I think is more true to size) and has a longer hem which is great to provide coverage on a bike or to stay put under a harness. While I'd still grab the traditional Houdini on a colder ride, the Houdini Air has become my go-to for almost all aerobic pursuits.
Have only had for about 3 weeks. Since then a few light rains, not overly waterproof, but not sure that is really its intent. In all, nice jacket, super light, and breathable. Will be interested to see how it holds up over time. I am 6' 165lbs...bought a large as I didnt want it too snug...perfect size.
I only have worn it
I only have worn it a few times and have been happy with it. I wish you would make things with a more generous cut. It would be nice to be able to wear a wide variety of clothes under a jacket like this. I plan to use it for traveling. So some times it will be a t shirt under the jacket and sometimes a bulky fleece. I find that is true if most of y... Read Moreour clothes. You make xxs for women but no xxl for women. Yet your clothes for men can go up to 3xl. Not all active people fit your narrow body image.
Perfect addition to my closet
Awesome jacket! Just ran Lake Martin 100 miler this weekend and this jacket was perfect. I've run in the Houdini for years, but this jacket hits the sweet spot for breathability. Put it on when the temps dropped overnight and still had it on when the sun came up. With the old Houdini, I know I would have taken the time to take it jacket off, b... Read Moreut with this jacket, I could keep it on and still be comfortable, even as I started to sweat again.
I needed something that could take the chill off cold morning runs and provide wind protection on the ridges, but also avoid the dreaded problems of condensation. The Houdini Air is the answer. The tech fabric is complemented by thoughtful design. I love this thing. And if the day warms to the point where I don't need it, the Houdini Air disap... Read Morepears into its own pocket for easy stowage. I'm 5'11", average build, and wear the large which fits perfectly.
Nice running jacket
Comparing to the classic Houdini, this jacket feels better while running in a strong wind and light rain. The hood is awesome — a bit larger than in my old classic Houdini and works great with a trucker cap. It also feels better while moving and sits better on me that classic Houdini; i'm 5.9" 145lb, wearing size S. Great improvements, Pa... Read Moretagonia! Hope new fabric will hold for a long time. The only bummer is it packs significantly bigger than the classic one and DOESN'T fit into the 2019 Strider Pro's pocket! Other than that — great jacket.
Nice but why
Got this as a gift from my parent. In my opinion, this Houdini Air jacket doesn't fit for the purpose of running. For long distance running, this jacket is way to hot, hitting up my body like crazy. I also have the Houdini jacket which I think it is a better choice. While, just using it for walking the dogs, the Houdini Air doesn't offer... Read More enough warm... it is too specific in my opinion.
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