"I'm usually too lazy to write product reviews BUT this impressive jacket demands it!"
I bought the Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket for my husband to use when he runs with our husky. He scoffed in derision upon first holding the jacket because it was half the thickness and weight of his old windbreakers, but, as always, I know better: the jacket is amazing! It's warm, wicks moisture well so he's not clammy with sweat, and provides ample protection from the elements. But the most awesome thing is that the hood actually fits his huge hard head comfortably. This man, who always refuses to wear head-covering while shoveling three feet of snow in subzero weather, actually modeled the hood for me. The Houdini is his best jacket in terms of quality and efficiency. (I want one too…)
Great lightweight windbreaker! I run a bit hot, but this jacket was wearable deep into this past Fall! I use it for cooler mornings on my eight mile bike commute to work, and as a running jacket. It has never let me down! Its not waterproof, but it is most definitely windproof! The only thing I would caution is that it is a bit easy to lose when packed into itself! It ends up being no bigger than two Clif bars stacked on top of each other!
I've been looking for a rain jacket that I could just keep tucked in my bag for a while now and when I ran across the Houdini, I knew I had found it. The jacket fits a little on the slim side, but that works for what I need. The jacket has performed really well so far as well. Even in heavier rain, the Houdini kept me dry. It did tend to stick to my skin if I was wearing short sleeves underneath when it was down pouring, but when I took it off I was dry. Folding it up into its little pocket took a few tries and a few views of Patagonia's video on youtube, but once you get it, it is great. It is unbelievable how tiny this jacket packs. The material is super thin. I was worried about it's durability at first, but it seems to wear well and is constructed the way you'd expect it to be from Patagonia. Overall, I really like this jacket and I keep it with me every day!
I was looking for a light, easy-to-pack jacket that would reduce the bite of bike commuting on those mornings that are cool, but not cold enough for a regular jacket. The Houdini over-delivers, as is typical with most Patagonia products. It's a quality piece, and packs down easy. The only downside of its compactness, is that I often misplace it. It's definitely not waterproof, and is water resistant at best. A good minute or two and a rain shower and it is soaked through and through - obviously though, that's not its intended purpose. All in all, it's a great jacket and I highly recommend it. Cheers!
I took this jacket to Mongolia for hiking and general outdoor use. I ended up wearing it almost every day. Blocks wind and misty rain - great and weighs next to nothing. It is not a waterproof rain jacket though, so get under protection when you see a big story coming. Since returning I've been using it hiking in Virginia and WV. Probably the most used piece of gear I've ever purchased. Check online reviews. Everyone agrees these are just awesome!
The only negative thing I can say is that sizing is off. Or at least consistency with all of patagonia's sizing. I wear a large in this an all other patagonia products (6'1, 195) and it is tight, not uncomfortably so, but if I puff out my back I can reach the seam's limit. Besides that it is the bee's knees. sub 5 oz, will keep out the rain for a bit, can wear it when its hot out, easy to regulate temp with full-zip. Good for winter running, emergency summer climbing piece, wind-cutting for a blustery bike ride, or just not wanted to get wet while moving around between car, house, and life. for the price it cannot be beat. doesnt feel clammy either. I think Steve House wore this as his outer shell while climbing Nanga Parbat. If that doesnt do it for you, i dont know what will.
I have used this jacket on and off for several years now and it always done well in light rain. The weight is amazingly light and it can be packed into practically anything. The zipper can be hard to close when stuffing it inside itself, but I dont usually do that. It doesnt add much other than water protection, so its nice to just pull on/off when going outdoors into a downpour. The sizing is right on for me with Patagonia. XL on a 200lb 6ft1in frame and can put a thin sweater on underneath if needed. Highly recommended.
Love this jacket, use it mostly for running, works great to cut the wind chill and packs tiny. Even works great as a light rain jacket to stow away for an emergency, it won't keep you dry for long in a downpour but will get you by in a pinch, and adds a little warmth on a chilly evening, but doesn't wear like a plastic trash bag like most truly waterproof jackets. The hood is great, the elastic at the cuffs is just right. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs and size medium works perfect. If you're debating between sizes, I'd recommend going up.
"Best of the bunch for a ultralight wind cheater"
I looked at several ultralight wind jackets before selecting the Patagonia Houdini. A friend had one he loved so I saw it before I ordered from Moosejaw. My only mistake was ordering a medium. I'm 5'7" 150 pounds, athletic build (and 69 years old although that doesn't having anything to do with the fit). The medium was snug and would have limited it to wear over just a base layer. I returned the medium for a large and now have room for base layer, wool shirt, and a light sweater. I'm accumulating gear for a 10 day excursion to Alaska, and the Houdini will definately make the trip.