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Fantastic for running
Recently purchased the Houdini Air and it has already become my favorite jacket for running and hiking. Incredibly lightweight and blocks the wind but breathes enough so that I don't overheat while doing high output activities. This one is going to be a staple in my hiking pack.
All Season Greatness & Versatility
The HOUDINI AIR does it ALL...office or travel/airport - over a t-shirt or tucked in polo/button down when it's chilly/windy for a casual lowkey look - with shorts/jeans/tech pants. Layers over anything...tee, hoody, capilene, R1, fleece, etc. for added wind resistance - all while maintaining breathability. All season running/outdoor jacket - ... Read Morerain or shine. Oh and it's very soft and comfortable next to skin...which distinguishes it from the regular Houdini. Recommend getting the black first...then add some color because you'll see tremendous value in this product! If I had to choose 1 Patagonia product, this would be it!
Feedback on Fit
My beloved Houdini finally ran off somewhere without me and I decided to try out the Air as a replacement. I love the fabric, the new shoulders, and the minimal concept. Sadly for me I ran into fit issues and had to return. The L is just too short in the arms and a touch tight in the shoulders. The XL fits better in arms and shoulders but is much t... Read Moreoo loose in the mid-section.
Good fit, functional
Does the job walking through Manhattan in the morning, it was 45 F and felt comfortable while walking. My only gripe is that the stow away pocket has opened up at the seam. I must have stowed the jacket away less than 10 times. (Purchased at backcountry)
Thanks for your review, Bryan. We're sorry to hear that the pocket on your Houdini is starting to tear. Please note, all of our items are backed by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee), even if they were purchased with one of our authorized dealers. We've emailed you to gather more information and set you up with a warranty evaluation. If something like this comes up in the future, please reach out to our customer service team; we'd be happy to provide further assistance!
Super versatile active layer!
I have 2 of this jacket. One in medium and one in XL. Medium has been nice for casual use. The XL one I got so I could put it on, on top of my trail running / hiking vest, without having to take the vest off. Similar in idea to the Storm Racer Jacket... sure it weighs a bit more, but it has been working excellent for me, and I can avoid cold wet ... Read Morebag shock on your back syndrome if I never need to take the bag off. This layers breathability is excellent for trail running. Several times I find myself putting in on when I get up to a ridgeline, but then not needing to take it off for quite a while due to it venting excess heat and moisture so well. I modified the XL a bit by adding some "Kam Snaps" in a few places as well as some small shock cord and plastic hooks such that I can prevent the zipper from coming undone, still keep the neck part relatively closed while the zipper is mostly open to vent, etc... Its worked out pretty well. The waist cinch broke when the cord pulled out where it was sewn down to anchor it... but I'm no stranger to a sewing machine, so it was a super quick and easy fix. Love this thing.
Great windbreaker - light and works well
Despite being May, we’re still getting chilly days in upstate NY. I purchased these for my wife and myself for walks in the park, short hikes, etc. and they have been wonderful - so light can barely tell you’re wearing it and breathable (on colder days I’ve been wearing a fleece under it). My only complaint is that the chest pocket is tiny - I can... Read More barely cram my phone into it and it is the only pocket. Not a big deal, but slightly larger would have been nice. I’m 6’3” and way 215 pounds and the XL fits me nicely with just enough room underneath for a fleece jacket or sweater.
Houdini Air is a solid staple in any trail runner's quiver. This is the wind shell you need. While it's not waterproof, you'd be fine in a little mist or drizzle with it. But don't be fooled, it will soak through if taken in the rain. Houdini Air breathes well and is excellent for a wide range of temps/weather conditions. My onl... Read Morey suggestion would be to add some pit zips to it. It's not water proof so I think the pit zips would add the extra ventilation one needs. Overall a solid jacket that stays in my pack or car for all of the just in cases.
Overall I really love the jacket and it's going to work for the purpose I intended it for (trail running). The fit is as described so no complaints there. However, I'm 6'3" and 175 pounds and while I appreciate the slimmer fit of this version (this is my 2nd Houdini) I wish there was an even slimmer design through the body of th... Read Moree garment. Just my preference I guess as I like rain/wind protection that doesn't have much extra fabric where it's not needed. Much better than my original Houdini though so good job there.
Perfect cut, super light and very packable
I've had the air houdini for just over a month now and have used it 10+ times for MTB, fishing, hiking and casual use. The cut is perfect for me at 6 ft 240, so I would imagine someone lighter might find it a bit baggy. I like the drop cut in the back which makes it a viable option for a light packable cycling jacket. It also keeps you surpris... Read Moreingly warm in the wind. Thus far....exceeded my expectations.
Great Lightweight Layer
Ive owned an original Houdini for about 4 years but wanted something light and more breathable for hiking. Thus far the Houdini Air has been perfect. Although the original Houdini is better for overall wind protection, I find the interior becomes a bit clammy when used in higher output activities and the material isnt as comfortable against the ski... Read Moren when worn with a tee; the Air overcomes both conditions. The material of the Air is much softer, the zippers are good, the hood is functional, and the overall fit is great. A definite worthwhile addition to the outerwear collection.
Favorite running jacket
This has become my go to jacket for running in the rain. Even with temps down to freezing I only need a t-shirt layer. It's not waterproof and I get wet but I also stay warm and comfortable. Hood cinches tight and keeps out rain. **Sizing** The Houdini Air runs slimmer than the original Houdini. I tried them both. Also wish it came in a bright... Read More yellow or orange for visibility.
Favorite running jacket
This has become my go to jacket for running in the rain. Even with temps down to freezing I only need a t-shirt layer. It's not waterproof and I get wet but I also stay warm and comfortable. Hood cinches tight and keeps out rain. Only wish it came in a bright yellow or orange for visibility.
Amazing light and packable jacket!
What can I say about this jacket that hasn't been said? It's a great piece. This is a super light jacket that has all kinds of uses. Its so light and packable, there's no excuse NOT to bring it everywhere you go in the Spring-Summer-Early Fall... I get a lot of use out of it in the summer when there's a chance for rain showers o... Read Morer the AC is too cold inside places. I bring it on the plane. I hike with it. Its a decent running layer... The list goes on. If you're comparing this with the reg Houdini, this is far superior/more versatile for most uses. It's more comfortable and breathable. The reg Houdini would be more functional in a true rain shower, but in that case, I'd rather have a real rain shell vs either Houdini. Buy the Houdini Air! I wish there were more color options. And the fit is not perfect. (Like most Patagonia stuff for me...) I'm 6'0, 174 and fit, and I should be wearing a M, but the back shoulders and arms are too tight in M. When I raise my arms, I feel like I will Hulk-rip this jacket in M. Luckily this jacket is trim enough that I can get away with wearing L, albeit a little baggy. (I do not mind that there are no hand pockets... It works like a shirt in that regard.) Highly recommend!
Light, compact, breathable, water-resistant
For several years, I've been lugging around either a wind shirt and/or rain jacket in my backpack for unexpected weather changes while hiking and backpacking in Idaho's mountains and foothills (it's the Eagle Scout in me). I've always complained that they were bulky in the pack, kinda heavy, and were mostly just a bit much as a ... Read Morebackup for mostly perfect-weather outings. Last fall, my friend whipped out an older-model Houdini after we got to the windy summit of a local mountaintop. I broke out the rain jacket and despite the pit zips, I was sweating and uncomfortable. It was time to pull the trigger and the Houdini Air was worth waiting for. Within 24 hours of getting my jacket in the mail, I was up in the mountains when the weather turned cool and misty. While I was the envy of my backpacking friends that night, I was perfectly comfortable. The hood was especially handy in keeping my head warm. Great fit, light, compact, water-resistant, and breathable. I can't wait to push it to its limits for some fall camping, backpacking, bike rides, and sailing. It goes with me everywhere.
Great function, great fit
I used this jacket on a recent hiking trip as part of my layering strategy. I was able to layer-up for temps down to the low-forties and then add this on top when the wind was up. It's so light and low bulk, it disappeared in my pack when not needed. It was a perfect solution.
awesome for golf
i've never owned a Houdini, but needed something that packed small and blocked the wind. i couldn't decide between the regular Houdini or this one. when i got it, i tried it on and was flummoxed thinking that it was useless as i felt i bit chilled in a brisk wind (it's winter down here in south america) being that i get cold easily. ... Read More but the other day i took it golfing and it really shined. it was about 50 degrees and moderate wind (10-12 mph). i had on midweight capilene on underneath it. i walk when i golf, no carts, and i can work up a sweat even in cold weather, so insulated jacket really isn't the thing for this situation. the breathability is just what i needed. but definitely benefits physical activity rather than stationary non-activity, though. it would be great for hike-in fishing when the sun drops below that canyon on cool days, and you need a little bit of shielding from the elements but need to pack light.
Summer hiking essential.
I picked up the standard Houdini a few summers back, in Alaska and for the most part really liked it. Although warm in the summer, the winds there can howl and the Houdini was just the ticket to keep me comfortable. After a few summers hiking in it though I felt it didn't breath as well as I wanted it to. Enter the Houdini Air. This is an abso... Read Morelute staple for anyone that logs lots of days on the trail. Lightweight, windproof and doesn't make you overheat when going uphill. When I'm not wearing it, it's in my pack ready to go. The only room for improvement would be if they had a way to store the hood. When it's windy and you don't want the hood on, it tends to flap in the wind like a loose sail. Either that or offer a non-hooded, jacket version... that would be perfect.
Worth the upgrade
This hoody is a game changer. I wore out two Houdinis. So light and packable, they disappear in your pack. The Houdini Air improves the next to skin comfort by several orders of magnitude. Its my long sleeve shirt in the backcountry. Excels on skeeter-ridden portages and early mornings/late summer evenings. Nice wind protection on the water when th... Read Moree wind picks up. With this piece, you no longer need to bring a dedicated coverup to screen the sun. The Houdini Air does it all. Drapes well, cleans up your look in town, and washes well. Well worth upgrading.
A Houdini That Breathes!
This is my third Houdini jacket. The earlier versions (pullover, jacket) were super light wind breakers with decent rain resistance but did not breathe well. I wanted to use them for running but eventually set them aside for non-sweating activities. I just ran a half marathon in the Houdini Air (57º F, breezy, light rain) where it rained the.whole.... Read Moretime This jacket checked all four boxes; light, wind breaker, rain resistant, breathes! This is now a permanent addition to my running kit! Thanks!
The best windbreaker for high-output activity
By far the best windbreaker on the market! Has all wind blocking benefits of the standard Houdini but breathes better than anything else. Has worked great for me in the high alpine on fast and light objectives and is my go to windbreaker for any high output activity.
A superior version of the Houdini
Awesome windbreaker! Blocks wind just as well as the regular Houdini, but it's much more comfortable and breathable and it moves with you unnoticeably. Because it's feather light and compressible, I keep with me always. Love the plume grey color. My primary complaint is with Patagonia's slim fit sizing in general. For me, slim fit is... Read More almost always too uncomfortable and restrictive in the shoulders, arm holes and chest to be useful for anything except standing motionless with my arms at my side. I had to size up so the jacket is excessively roomy in the lower torso. I can wedge a basketball under it. Slim fit should reduce belly size, not shoulder size. Not a big deal, but sizing is my most consistent complaint with Patagonia and more frequently than not requires compromise in comfort and fit.
I would include this with their R1 hoody and the M10 jacket as just about exactly perfect. This breathes very well (will ruin your perception of other "breathable" shells) and, at least in the high desert, is weatherproof enough. I use it as my primary single day backcountry ski jacket and run/hike/skin in it 12 months a year. Would love ... Read Morea slightly larger chest pocket (and maybe drop pockets) but it's great as is. Packs down into nothing. Thank you for making this.
Not what I expected!
The picture of the jacket wasnt closed to the real thing. I couldnt believe when it came in the mail just in the envelope. It wasnt close to what I expected. Not for running in the North East up state NY. Oh I only tried the jacket on and took it right off. The Pants is great . Thank you Dennis
So glad I settled on this garment.
We were deciding between the thermal air shed jacket and this one for winter/cooler running in 10 degree weather and above. There is enough room for layering so we can stay warm enough during running and yet there is a good enough balance between breathability and water repellence. So far it has exceeded my expectations. Great job!
Best Jacket Ever - Sierra Dirtbag Love
I take this jacket everywhere. China, Isreal, Costa Rica, LA Clubs & the High Sierra during shoulder months. Juat spent 9 days hiking from Larmarck Col to Dusy Basin & Bishop Pass in the Sierra. Temps ran from upper-70's to upper-20's. The Houdini is the perfect shell when stacked over a Nano-puff & other fleece layers, a... Read Mores needed. I Sincerely can't sing enough praises of this Houdini jacket & it's versatility ... this Dirtbag is in Love with a jacket
I originally bought a Houdini for cycling as I wanted a highly visible color. One day I rode my bike 15 miles to the main Patagonia in Ventura. As I rode by I stopped and showed them how wet I was. They offered to give me credit so I took it. I then read the reviews on the Houdini Air version and decided to buy one. So glad I did! Comfortable, brea... Read Moreths well and is bright and visible. Thank you Patagonia for standing behind your products!.
Best Patagonia Product Ever
I've purchased a ton of Patagonia clothing over the last 20+ years, and the Houdini Air is without a doubt the most versatile piece of clothing I've owned. I now own two because I fear it will be discontinued at some point, and I promise to hoard them like toilet paper in the apocalypse.
Why the seam
I have used this on many rides and I really like the material and fit and function. There is however one highly annoying issue that I don't know how to remedy. The seam that the tag attaches to makes a curve up, rather then just continuing linearly, so unless the jacket is fully zipped the tags stick straight up and bugs the heck out of my nec... Read Morek. For as expensive as this jacket was it shouldn't have this flaw. Why cant patagonia do like so many other brands, like my Stio 2nd light, and have an iron on logo. Taking suggestions on how to deal with this. Thanks.
Thanks for the feedback Chuck. We'll pass your suggestion along to the design team. It's possible that you could cut the tags, but that may make it itchy. You're always welcome to return it. We're really sorry for the inconvenience.
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.
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.
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.
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