The featherweight, weather-resistant Houdini Jacket packs into its own integrated stuffsack.
Run, ride, climb—just don’t go without the up-for-anything Houdini Jacket. It encourages improvisation with its weather-resistant 100% nylon ripstop fabric, which blocks wind and withstands abrasion. The slim fit accommodates a baselayer or a light midlayer; the hood cinches with a single pull and won’t pinch your ears; cording, toggles and cuffs are all trim and lightweight. Half-elastic cuffs seal the wrists, and a drawcord cinches the hem. It packs snugly into its own small, vertically zippered chest pocket, which has a reinforced clip-in loop for attaching to your hydration-pack straps. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish coats the shell and the center-front zipper. With a reflective logo on the left chest and center-back neck.
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DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.
Patagonia's Houdini Jacket is a super-light wind jacket. Weighing in at under 100g it keeps features to a minimum to achieve this weight. However, it still has a zipped chest pocket which doubles as a stuff sack along with adjustable hood and hem with small draw cords to get the fit right for the conditions. Part elasticated cuffs also help with this fit without restricting movement.
It is perfect for trail runners but is useful to anyone heading to the hills for throwing over a mid layer to keep out the wind. I never go out for a run without it now and have started to take it with me when fast packing or doing more intense days in the mountains due to its excellent breathability and lightweight nature.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear