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One is not enough
This is my second Houdini jacket. There's a lot of performance in a small package. It's the perfect layer for chilly and/or windy days. Unless there's an actual downpour, the water resistance is good enough. I love the hood, the length, everything about it. If I go for a chilly trail run with a group, you can bet at least half of us ... Read Morewill be wearing this jacket. It's slim enough to stuff in the pocket of a cycling jersey too.
Jacket didn't have pockets,also jacket
Jacket didn't have pockets,also jacket was too thin and not very good fabric.believe it is overpriced.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 20, 2023
Hi Angie! Thank you for writing us a review. We're very sorry to hear about the disapointment with the jacket. Please note, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Indispensable Piece of Fabric
I couldn't believe this piece when I first got it. A year later I never go anywhere without it! Its essentially an ultralight high tech trash bag but its uses are endless. I hate wind on my neck and arms so wearing this warms me up instantly even with a tee under it in cold temps. I use it for casual biking, trail running, hiking and walking t... Read Morehe dogs. A cap cool long sleeve under it solves the sticking to skin issue. I am 36-28-40 body stats and medium fits close but not tight- a little snug at the hips. If I layered more under it I'd go with a large.
The garment is very nice.
The garment is very nice. Your staff was courteous, efficient and very helpful. However, the shipping was dreadful. Delivery tracking disclosed that the package was shipped from state to state for days, each time further from my delivery address, despite the fact that at one point, it was actually located a five-minute drive from my home. After a t... Read Morewo-week delivery delay, a replacement item was shipped with two-day delivery. That package was subjected to the same inexplicable transfers and delays, taking a full week for supposedly two-day delivery. And now I have the inconvenience of returning the extra garment. I likely will remember the shipping experience the next time I consider ordering from Patagonia.
I bought this jacket to stash in my hiking pack for emergency weather. I have worn it for a bit of extra warmth, and as an in between seasons extra lightweight layer. Superbly light, great magenta color, but I do think Patagonia's woven outerwear tends to run small.
I love this light jacket.
I love this light jacket. I fluctuate between size medium and large. Got a large in this. Stops wind, fits with room to layer, amaranth pink is a fab color, recycled content and it fits in the pocket so I can carry it in my waist pack. Delivery was quick. Thank you, Patagonia.
The Houdini jacket is extremely light to carry but a wonderful extra layer of warmth because of how well it blocks out the wind. It's so easy to stuff into its own pocket and have in your daypack while hiking for "just in case". If I'm layered up with a fleece and fiberfill vest ( don't wear down), but still a little cold, ... Read Moreit's perfect. I also thought the color was great. And Patagonia stands by their products 100%.
Love & Light but not so waterproof
I would give this jacket 5 stars but I didnt realize it does not have pockets for your hands or stuff. Just the chest pocket it fold up into. Also, its a light repellent when it comes to rain. I got wet! For the price I would have expected more. It is is quite lightweight and easy to pack and carry! Overall, I am happy with the jacket but if youre ... Read Morelooking for something for lightweight and easy to carry, this is it!
The perfect layer
I jokingly call this my trash bag jacket, as it is super thin but highly effective for running, hiking and as a quick layer when the wind picks up at the playground with my kids. Super packable and I use it in almost all seasons. I wish it had a few reflective details but overall so happy with the fit and look. Has anyone had success with a waterp... Read Moreroofing wash/application?
If the shoe (jacket) fits
You know, somethings just work. My wife bought me a Houdini jacket first and when she saw how often I used it she wanted one. Whats not to love? Its fhe perfect companion for hikes, trail runs, and Mt bike rides. It weighs nothing and packs well, I don't hesitate to take it along.
Perfect for So Many Kinds of Weather, Needs Scrunchable Sleeves
The houdini jacket is truly magical. At first it seems a like a silly non-jacket but then you realize its a secret weapon on chilly, wet, windy and in-between days. It's the perfect layer for over a t-shirt or thin long sleeves, keeps you warm, never gets too hot and wraps well around the waist. As a runner I have a few suggestions for the nex... Read Moret version though...make a version without the hood (it drags during a run), keep the pocket and add sleeves that show a running watch when down and easily scrunch up when you warm up. The only annoying thing about this jacket is it's hard to roll up the sleeves as you move and to get them to stay up, probably because they are tight for wind-blocking but I think this could be improved--maybe with snaps? Also weirdly a short sleeve or 3/4 sleeve version of this jacket might be great for wind runners.
Perfect packable layer
I bought this jacket at the last minute for a month of travel in South America and I wore it everyday. It is the perfect layering piece. On warm days I wore it for sun protection, on cooler days as a windbreaker over a wool t-shirt or my capilene hoody, and on glacier hikes layered over my Nano Air hoody. It packs up so small that there is no reaso... Read Moren not to have it in every situation. I am very happy with my purchase.
amazing coverage in a small handful
Great cover that keeps the warmth in sufficiently and takes up no space. I got the purple patterned one and love it, it goes with everything. I'm usually a size small and likes a fitted look, but this one runs pretty small. I sized up to a medium and just tightened the elastic at the bottom. I was so impressed I bought one for my mom as well, ... Read Morethis fits into a tiny purse and gives instant protection from wind and light drizzle. Great for anyone living in unpredictable weather. My only complaint is that there should be pockets. Where can I put my phone, wallet, and airpods when I'm out and about? I would have gladly paid with a bit less compression if I could store some stuff or stick my hands inside some pockets.
Super light weight
Obsessed. I love the color. I love the fit. I love how packable it is. Obsessed. I got a medium and it fits super well. Very flattering. But I definitely can wear layers under it. If this was to be for maybe an emergency outer later to tote around in cooler weather Id size up. But for warmer weather is divine.
Not at all what the picture looks like
Thinner than a piece of paper. I usually wear a L and this was too small. Might be nice for someone else, the pattern was cute. I expected a more substantial jacket.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 10, 2023
Hi Elaine, thank you for submitting this review; we're sorry the Houdini was not what you were looking for! It's designed to be a super lightweight and packable windbreaker with resistance to light drizzle. Thank you for returning a jacket that wasn't going to make you happy! You might prefer the Torrentshell or the Slate Sky Jacket. Please let us know if we can help you find an alternative
Great look - no pockets!
I love the color of this jacket. Mine is kind of a magenta amethyst. It's a great shell. Perfect for layering over a long-sleeved tee and a cardi in San Diego for fall or mild winter walks. But. There are no pockets for your hands! Who makes a windbreaker with no pockets? Nowhere to store my phone or even a tissue. There's a useless zip p... Read Moreocket on the left breast that might do for an aspirin packet, for the headache not having side pockets brings on. Otherwise a great piece.
Unbelievably lightweight and comfy, windproof with longish arms. It's a great running jacket but I've been wearing it all the time - it's waterproof enough for light rain and packs so small that I just keep it in my bag all the time. Colors are great too. Runs a little tight in the hips but fits just right over a cozy sweater or flee... Read Morece. If you are buying online, be aware that most colors of this jacket are somewhat translucent.
Super Warm but...
Super warm, true to size jacket. My only problem is that I've replaced the main zipper twice already. It inevitably gets stuck as you zip it up. Great for snow and rain, though!
Response from PatagoniaOctober 24, 2022
Hi Eric! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that you've had to replace your zipper twice now. We expect better performance out of our gear so this is disappointing. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance.
A good layer for sailing
I would definitely recommend this as a light wind layer for hiking, biking, sailing, etc... My only complaint is that it runs just a tad slim in the hips.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2022
We appreciate your feedback Gayle! Our Torrentshell, Calcite and Granite Crest are all "regular" fit jackets that are waterproof so they may be overkill for your needs but will be less narrow in the hips compared to the "slim" fit Houdini windbreaker. Please let us know if you have any questions. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)!
The "Take Everywhere" Layer
This jacket has become indespensible. It is super light, packs up tiny, but can do it all. I keep it in my mountain biking backpack for chilly rest stops or sudden sprinkles. I always have it in reach when backpacking and use it for protection from biting bugs, too much sun, cold, and damp. It's amazing, cool when its blazing sun but warming w... Read Morehen it's chilly. It offers some protection from light rain. I use a medium size for wearing over a t-shirt and have had it for at least 5 years with no rips or wear issues. My husband bought me one in a large last year to wear over a jacket.
the indispensable layer
I take this tiny jacket everywhere. I have one that's been going strong since 2013, with no tears or excessive wear, in spite of being stuffed into a pack or jersey pocket several times a week and pulled out to be worn in every kind of condition. It's so lightweight and small that there's no reason to not take this as an extra emerge... Read Morency layer, and it's remarkably warm for its weight; the fabric breaks wind well and keeps your warm air still against your body. This is probably the most-used jacket in my closet (of an embarrassing number of jackets).
So compact and versatile !
Jacket is cut so well. It looks so flattering on around my back/waist without feeling stifling or too fitted. For something that folds into such a tiny package, it is incredibly windproof and provides more warmth than you'd think. I find myself reaching for it all the time whether I am walking around town or hiking/backpacking. I even love the... Read More process of stuffing and unstuffing it into this cute little package. Thank you Patagonia!
I love this jacket so much, I bought two!
This is the most valuable layer in my outdoor closet. It is perfect for a light layer to take the chill off or an additional layer to trap the body heat. I loved this jacket so much, I bought a second. On lives in the climbing pack, the other in the mountain biking pack so I am guaranteed never to leave home without it. The best part is that the Ho... Read Moreudini packs down super small and light so there is never an excuse to leave it behind.
A must for those who love the outdoors
I 1st bought this in 2003, when I first got interested in hiking/trekking. I have since bought 1-3 almost very every other year, as gifts or add different colors to my wardrobe. The BEST function is blocking out wind factor, esp with th hood on. If worn over a good layering like Capilene or Icebreaker long sleeve shirt, then put on a nano-puff and ... Read Moreor Gortex jacket, you'll feel warm to brave snow and wind atop high altitude mountains up to about 7,000 ft. And it takes up no space or weight to speak of.
Super lightweight and packable
This is my second Houdini purchased and I have recommended it to many friends. This jacket can pack up to fit in your purse, backpack or car door and is great to pull out when you need a light windbreaker, a little extra warmth or protection from a light rain. When I take it off I can just shake off the raindrops. It is large enough for me to wear ... Read Moreover a fleece.
Great Jacket for Everything
The fit is slim. Its meant to layer over a capilene or under another jacket. Its the best for skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and running. Its always in my bag. It offers a surprising amount of heat while still being breathable. Nothing beats it except the Houdini Air.
Extremely useful for travel and everyday
I was looking for a light-weight wind breaker for easy packing. This stuffs into its one and only pocket and looks nice when wearing. Only downside-no hand pockets-just the top one which is small. It keeps it compact though and extremely light. Jacket also sheds water but not waterproof. Great for layering. Just took on a trip where hiking and boat... Read Moreing were in itinerary. Very useful.
Perfect Windbreaker/ water repellent
I love it ! The fit is great I purchased a medium size because I didnt want it to be to fitted. Its not oversized but has room and comfort while layered over other clothing. Its been great for the chilly morning weather at the beach and has also work on light rainy days. I love the dark blue that I chose because it works with whatever I have on! De... Read Morefinitely would recommend this jacket , Ive gotten nothing but compliments whenever I wear it. Very happy satisfied customer. Excellent purchase.
Woman's Houdini windbreaker jacket
I have never been so disappointed. The picture is very misleading, looks like a winter jacket. It is not. The windbreaker is so thin I doubt it will give any protection.
Response from PatagoniaApril 15, 2022
Hey Deanne, thank you for the feedback. In the future, we recommend checking out the "Specs & Features" tab on the product page to get a better idea of what the product is like, and how it was designed to be used. The Houdini is a lightweight windbreaker that can pack down into it's own pocket for easy travel. It was designed for high output activities when weather takes a turn. It will provide protection, but it is not waterproof. We're not entirely sure what it is that you were looking for so we recommend you get in touch with [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) so we could provide you with an alternate suggestion.
This jacket is as thin as tissue paper. Too light for my needs
Response from PatagoniaApril 1, 2022
Hey Cheri, we're sorry this didn't work out for you. The Houdini was designed to be super lightweight, and packable. It's meant to be a layer you can quickly whip out when there is unexpected winds or light rain while out in the field, though it won't provide waterproof protection. We recommend checking out the specs and features tab for any item on it's product page to give you a better idea of intended use. If you'd like a windbreaker with thicker fabric, check out the [Women's Skysail Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-skysail-jacket/26540.html?dwvar_26540_color=TGOR&cgid=womens-jackets-vests-windbreaker).
I hike in the windy desert of Nevada on a daily basis. Any time of year, I never leave home without this jacket. It packs so small and light, but when needed, it cuts the wind and keeps me toasty. Of course you need other layers if its cold, but this jacket is for wind protection, and it performs like a dream. It goes everywhere with me! Im 56, 155... Read More, got the xl for a little room, the large fit, but was trim fitting.
I love the Houdini windbreakers
The Houdini windbreaker is amazing! Super lightweight, and does exactly what it's named to do...it breaks the wind! It's insulating, and I can really feel a huge difference when I wear them while running on a windy/breezy day. I have, at least, 10 of them in different colors. I really dig the solid color choices and find myself buying mor... Read Moree when I see new color drops.
Very disappointed in the windbreaker jacket I purchased. I am quite familiar with this type of jacket, I have several, but this particular jacket is so thin there is no point is wearing it. I wont make this mistake again.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 13, 2022
Hi Denise, sorry to hear that the Houdini® Jacket wasn't what you were looking for. If you need a shell that's a bit more heavy-duty, try checking out the [Women's Torrentshell 3L Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-torrentshell-3l-rain-jacket/85245.html?dwvar_85245_color=SEKC&cgid=root) It protects from wind and rain because of the 3-layer waterproof/breathable H2No® Performance Standard shell.
This is a great lightweight shell. It's packing footprint is tiny so I end up taking it everywhere as my 'just in case' layer in the summer. I am usually a S, but sized up to M because I have hips - they must be wider than most Patagonia models because all Patagonia jackets are tight on my hips. But, because the Houdini is so lightwe... Read Moreight I don't mind the extra material everywhere else. This is my second Houdini and I think this one might be a tad bit noisier when I run.
I was very hesitant after ordering this jacket and thought how can this paper thin jacket hold up to any thing. I did like how small and lightweight it was and threw it in my day pack, almost forgetting about it. I was out for a hike on a very balmy 40 degree day, and got caught in a windy, mixed precipitation weather squall. Remembering I had this... Read More jacket, I quickly threw it on over my lightweight softshell. Liked how it layers nicely. As the hike went on, I was very surprised on how well this jacket held up to the weather! It blocked the wind and I was very snug. The mixed precipitation did not soak through, and if it did, it must of quickly dried up in the wind. For such a delicate looking of a jacket, this really held up! This goes with me everywhere I go now!
Escape anywhere with Houdini
This is the fourth Houdini jacket I have purchased. As an avid hiker who likes to get moving early, I find it a bit chilly while I am waiting to start my hike. This lightweight jacket takes the sting off and gives me wind protection as well. Within an hour of hiking, I can shed it and crumple it into my hydration backpack. It is also great to take ... Read Morealong on hiking vacations since it packs into its own small pocket. The body of the jacket is more relaxed than I prefer, but if I have to wear a fleece vest or jacket, theres room. For a change, I purchased the Stingray Mauve print which goes well with my grey hiking tees, knickers and pants.
Where are the pockets?
Why no useable pockets?. The only pocket is up high and way too shallow a depth for any real use. This pocket could have been deeper and at a minimum, an interior pocket could have been included. Why would women not need pockets for keys, phone, wallet, etc? Makes no sense. I love the fit and color of this jacket. Having to return due to lack of ... Read Morepockets is so backwards for Patagonia. What is going on? A simple interior pouch, crudely sewn would make a lot of difference. Major disappointment.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 29, 2021
Hi Heather, the Houdini® Jacket was made for high exertion activities so the jacket was made with minimalism in mind. If you're looking for a jacket that sheds wet weather, has few more features and pockets, check out the Women's Torrentshell 3L Jacket, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-torrentshell-3l-rain-jacket/85245.html?dwvar_85245_color=BCW.
Super light and packable
I purchased this for a backpacking trip due to its light weight and packability and it did not disappoint! I have used it on several other occasions, even packing it into a small cross body purse for an evening boat trip. It breaks the wind pretty well and keeps me relatively warm. It doesnt have great ventilation and the bungee cord mechanism to t... Read Moreighten the bottom of the jacket is a bit weird, but otherwise, its perfection!
Perfect summer jacket
Great for summer rains and about 60 degree weather, so perfect for summer or early fall. Very thin so not a lot of warmth, but just right for keeping rain out in summer weather. Does not have pockets, which is a bummer, but I was so happy to find a Patagonia raincoat that actually fit me (XXL). Ive worn it almost every day since I got it. Love it!
Wish I would have got it sooner!
Great shell for PNW Coast. Sheds mist, blocks afternoon wind, layers over a long sleeve base layer if needed. Zipped up and its warm for chilly mornings. Unzipped and perfect when the sun comes out. No waist pockets is great with a pack. However, I dont wear it running because I have dogs and need room for treats and poo bags!
This is an all-time favorite layer. It provides the right amount of warmth and protection during the shoulder seasons. I wear this every time I go running in the cold months and vary the amount and thickness of layers under it. It packs down to be super small and doesn't require a second thought when throwing it in the bottom of a pack as an e... Read Moremergency piece for unexpected weather or to ease a chill.
The Houdini provides a thin layer of sun & bug protection in summer so I've used it running and camping in the desert and work in Hawaii. In fall and winter it's a nice light shell for running. It's also somewhat fitted which is great for layering. Can be folded to a tiny bundle and stored easily. This and the nano-puff - my fav ... Read MorePatagonia items :)
Never Leave Home Without this Jacket
This is the most versatile layer I own. It doubles as an outer layer windbreaker or even a mid layer under my nano on especially cold days. I never leave home without it and use it year round. Best of all, this jacket is super light and packs down small so there are no excuses not to bring it.
Would like better pockets
Great fabric, fit, and style, but I was very disappointed there were no pockets at waist level. I rarely wear anything that doesnt have good pocket. The one near the neck is very small and in an awkward position for me.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 16, 2021
Thanks for the feedback on the pockets Sarah. This is designed to be ultralight so every ounce counts. If you love pockets you'll like our [Women's Mountain View Windbreaker Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-mountain-view-windbreaker-jacket/27756.html).
Perfect Versatile Windbreaker
A little pricey but good quality windbreaker. It is lightweight & packs easy. Perfect to take on vacation or use for everyday walking. I purchased a bunch of these for gifts and everyone was happy with them. Runs small in bust so size up if you dont want it super snug in chest area.
Houdini Jacket... perfect name.
I have 3 of these and absolutely LOVE them all. My first two are women's small and fit great for every life event and daily use. My new one is XS and also fits nicely, just a bit more fitted. It is not much tighter of a fit than the WS, but unfortunately is longer ... The WS was a perfect length for me at only 5'4", yet the XS is a b... Read Moreit too long for my height. I wear these jackets every single day, and they are my favorite go-to's. Thank you Patagonia!
Bring this layer for all outdoor pursuits
This layer comes with me on every adventure- it is so packable and a practical addition for most trips. On windy days, it will keep you so much warmer, as it keeps the wind from stealing your warmth. Consequently, is not super breathable for high output activities (i.e. it will make you sweat), but sheds and stows very easily in the brain of a pack... Read More, a hip belt pocket, or even clipped to your climbing harness so that it is always within arm's reach when the wind picks up.
The Perfect Sidekick
Love this Jacket! It's so light and small it is easy to bring along on any outing or adventure and makes the perfect extra layer for added warmth, wind block or water repellent! Excellent for cool spring or summer mornings when you need something extra to begin your adventure before heating up for the day. Also an excellent choice to pack for ... Read Moretraveling. Fit is great and true to Patagonia sizing.
I use this jacket as my mid layer while on long distance hikes. On cold mornings just before I start hiking I take off my down jacket & don this windbreaker. Its the perfect weight for staying warm until the sun comes out. Its also what I grab when I stop for a break. Packs down into a small handheld size.
Perfect for a little extra when needed
Holy cow! I was skeptical of the ravings from friends about the Houdini, but sure enough to the jacket lives up to the hype. The cut and lines are very flattering, the back dips just enough to cover your butt which I like. For spring or fall running this jacket has been a great addition for when its cool but not cold enough for a thick layer. I am ... Read Morefishing in the southeast where mornings and evenings on the ocean can be slightly chilly and this provides provides just enough protection to keep the focus on the fish! I wear a large for most all tops and this fits to size-just love it.
Definitely wind proof!
I got this to build a hiking kit and forgot about it for a while. Found it spring cleaning my closet and finally have tried it out a few times as the weather along the New England coast has been very windy. This little jacket blocks the wind like a champ and is so lightweight it feels like nothing on. The hood stays up when blasted by 20+ mph winds... Read More from all directions! When things warm up it packs up nice and tiny. It now lives with my black hole mini and is my grab-and-go for outdoor adventures!
Very small and not what I thought I bought
I purchased the size recommended for my height/weight/fit and this was way too small - I could barely even zip it up. It was also, in my opinion, falsely advertised as a jacket when it was more like a napkin on my body. There was barely any fabric whereas the picture shows an actual jacket. Further details about this item need to be added so custom... Read Moreers know what they are buying. I returned this immediately.
Response from PatagoniaApril 28, 2021
Hi Emily, We are very sorry that the Houdini was not as expected. The slim fit shell is intended as a light protective layer, often times, next to a light baselayer. If you are interested in another option, please do not hesitate to [contact us](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We are happy to offer additional information on the fit and fabric weight.
The sleeves are too long. The products are not designed for petite women. The are very good products
As a petite woman i would like to ask for adding the petite sizes to your products. I get large size to fit the rest of my body but the sleeves are too long.
Response from PatagoniaApril 1, 2021
Hey Lili, thank you for your review on our Houdini Jacket! You'll be happy to know we do plan to extend our size offerings further and venture into tall and petite sizes as well. This will take some time to complete because we want to get it right, so we appreciate your patience. In the meantime, if you'd like measurements on any of our garments, feel free to reach out to [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
I bought this jacket primarily for running and hiking, and I've been mostly satisfied. It does wonders as a windbreaker, packs down SO small, and is an excellent light layer to stick in my pocket before heading out for a hike. My one complaint is that it is not very breathable at all. On some of my longer runs, I've seen pools of moisture... Read More accumulate on the inside - yuck. I hear the Houdini Air is more breathable, so maybe I'll try that..
Fabric is like parachute material. Swishy noise when moving. An xl was ok but fit was short. Mainly so thin I didnt know what I would use it for? Not as expected. My dough yet said it looked really cheap. ( It wasnt). Back it went. Im a size 14 so I between sizes with Patagonia. But arms holes are generally too big. After trying a lot of their thin... Read Moregs, I conclude the sizing just isnt fir tall women. Hard to make it work.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 24, 2021
Hello Carol, we're sorry to hear this jacket wasn't what you expected! The Houdini is a windbreaker and it was mainly designed as an emergency piece, meant to be used for protection against the wind and light rain during unexpected weather situations. Please feel free to [reach out to us](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) with your preferences so we can suggest a jacket for you!
Love this, but PLEASE add pockets
Ive had this for a few months now and have worn it periodically, mostly as a wind breaker on days that are sort of warm except the wind is cold. I originally ordered a M because all the reviews said to size up. It was huge on me so I returned it for my normal S which fits great and still has room for a layer. I am 57, 125#, slim hips, a small chest... Read More and long arms and have always been a solid S. The only thing I wish was different was that the jacket had hand pockets!!! I wore it on a Lake Michigan beach walk most recently and had no where for my hands or the petoskey stones I found! I have found myself wishing for pockets almost from the start of owning this jacket. I realize it would add a little weight, but in my mind it would be worth every ounce!!!
First off, definitely size up if you have curves unless you like your jackets tight. Even though this is slim fitting (and I don't usually choose items that fit that way), this has become one of my favs due to its versatility. Mostly I wear this to run in the morning when it's coolish. Easy to layer with a long sleeve shirt on colder days... Read More, as well. I bring this if I think it might rain since it's easy to pack up. I bring it when traveling was a thing b/c airplanes can get cold. I've worn it in the summer in the movie theater or restaurant and taken it off when going outside. I've worn this to bike when I just wanted a little something extra to take off the chill. I have 3 - that's how much I like it. Love the one pocket, but would love to have at least one more on the side (you can never have too many pockets), the price could be a tad cheaper (totally get the complaints about pricing), and the sizing could be a bit more generous (on the other hand, wearing this does make me more aware of when I'm putting on weight so it does keep me in check lol). This isn't going to keep you warm in a snow storm, but I find it is really good at what I need it to do.
Not what i expected
One of my least favorite jackets from patagonia. It's super thin and super lightweight. I was expecting more of a windbreaker, but it just kind of feels like a thin parachute-like sheet and seems like it would easily rip if I accidentally get caught somewhere. Glad I got it on sale at an outlet, otherwise I would never have bought it. Love the... Read More color though and i'll still wear it around the house or when i grocery shop.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2021
Hi Samantha, we're so sorry to hear that you're unhappy with your Women's Houdini Jacket purchase. These jackets are made to be extremely light for high-output activities where extra weight could a detriment. If you're feeling the Houdini isn't the best option for you, please feel free to begin a return or exchange. You can begin either process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
It was a Christmas present for my wife. Ill forward the review request to her. She likes the fit, the color, basically everything about it. I thought shed get a lot of use out of it in warmer weather ( were in upstate NY), but shes been layering it under a coat on windy days and is loving it. The only problem has been that the zipper pull fell off... Read More and got lost. Overall
Perfect Running Jacket
Ive been on the hunt for a good wind/rain layer to wear for running in colder temps. This has been perfect! Its light, breathable, and great at shielding wind and light rain/snow. The fit is great - I hardly notice that I have it on. Also love that it is light and packs down into its pocket if I need to shed a layer. I havent used it for climbing y... Read Moreet but also plan to bring it along for multi-pitch adventures.
Size up! Other than that - Love
I wear a size small in clothes and have curves and can get away with wearing kid's L - XL clothing. What is not noted on the website is that the houdoni's are slim fit (per actual product sales tag). Basically if you're shaped like a pencil you'll be fine at your normal size, but if you have the slightest of curve in your hips -... Read More size up for comfort. I love the jacket and have it roamer red. The jacket is perfect for California weather- especially here in San Diego County. I mainly use this on my early morning runs or hikes. I exchanged my size small to a medium for comfort.
Got this in the mail and it was SO thin that I didn't believe it would do much and was so surprised when I used it in 25F weather WITH wind for a run and it kept me warm (with proper layering of course!) .. I plan to use this for running (all seasons) and hiking!
Photo is Deceiving
I was not expecting a paper thin jacket and for this reason I returned my order.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 21, 2021
We're sorry to hear this jacket was a disappointment. We designed the Houdini many years ago to be an extremely lightweight shell and it remains one of our most versatile jackets. Our [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team will always be happy to chat about fabric, features, sizing and function so don't hesitate to reach out to them!
Not a warm weather coat as advertised
Unbelievable advertise found on winter jackets site simply a wind breaker for summer at best I live in the Midwest If this is a winter/fall jacket must be for Hawaii
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 4, 2021
Hi Ted, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about your disappointment with the Houdini Jacket. Its not designed for colder winter months, but rather a lightweight piece that you can easily throw on for some added weather protection on warmer days. If you're interested in a jacket that will provide more warmth we'd suggest our [Down Sweater Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=down+sweater+jacket&lang=en_US).
Perfect jacket fir mild San Diego mornings
This jacket is perfect for my morning run. It keeps me warm without the weight of a heavy jacket. Its very lightweight you will forget you have it on. When I get to warm I love how easily it folds up and I can put it in my running waist belt. This jacket is fitted so I purchased the large so I have room to move without it being baggy. I will be pur... Read Morechasing more in different colors
This Jacket is Magic like Houdini
The name represents. I have three of these. Super small packable piece provides max wind and weather protection for its size. Home run. Versitle jacket . Long sleeves i like and one minimal pocket great for key or card . Not cell phone size necessarily. Lightly waterproof for rain showers. I would add an inside zippered pocket for cell phone size. ... Read MoreHope Patagonia does that next gen .
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