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September 9, 2023

Just buy it.

It’s a packable insurance policy. My boyfriend has had one for 15 years and it’s held up beautifully. I got the forest green color and it’s just lovely.

September 7, 2023

Tags stick up in the back

I have 3 houdini I bought years ago. I just purchased a new one and when worn the tags and hanging loop sewn in to the back top seam stick up. The way it is sewn there is no way to get them to lay flat. The older design did not have this problem. It is the way they now sew the jacket to hood seam at an angle. Very annoying to have the tags sticking... Read More up all the time

Response from Patagonia
September 13, 2023

Hi Debbie, we're very sorry to hear that you're not happy with the tags on your Houdini. We truly appreciate this feedback, and please rest assured that our Design Team does go over our reviews and will take your thoughts into consideration.

September 5, 2023

Go-to jacket for big adventures

I bought the houdini after seeing my friend layer one with his rain jacket in Chilean Patagonia and my life has never been the same. This layer is perfect for wet, misty environments and dry, sunny, windy days on peak attempts, multi-pitch climbs or ridge-walks. It works great at stopping the wind and trapping your body heat to keep you warm on adv... Read Moreentures where it's too chilly to go shirt or sun-hoddie only, but too warm to put on an insulated layer. I like to layer it with my rain jacket for more wind-pro or in cold rain, or chilly snow activity days. The chest pocket is just the right size for a phone and keys for a quick run. The high-zipper with the hood is excellent at keeping my hats from getting blown off my head on ridges. The clip loop is cute but delicate and unnecessary in my opinion. When I've taken this jacket on multi-pitch climbs, I've stayed away from clipping it to my harness in fear of pulling against it too hard and having my layer tumble down the wall. When my houdini is too far gone, I will certainly be replacing it. It has become an essential piece of my layering system.

August 22, 2023


Bought this as an extra layer for high mountain fly fishing in Montana This thing is priceless! When it got cold I layered this over a long sleeve and under my rain jacket Super light weight and a great layer! Not rain proof but rain resistant Helped me focus on the moment and land some great cutthroat in Yellowstone Park!

August 12, 2023

Good jacket

I got this jacket to be a lightweight cover at work. It works great. I love how lightweight the fabric is and the purple color is great! The only con for me is how loud the fabric is when it rubs together. Not a deal breaker for me just something I notice. I like a loose fit so the size was perfect for that. There are no regular pockets - just the ... Read Morepocket that it rolls into. It folds into that pocket really easily. This was a great purchase and I would recommend it.

August 5, 2023

Light and great in a downpour

I was looking for my old Houdini that I bought 3 years ago, and couldn't find it, just when I needed it. I pulled the trigger on a new one. The sizing has changed. The old one was shorter and the XL fit well, with a bit of ease in the fit around the waist. With the new sizing, the XL was too close fitting. I returned it for an XXL. (for refere... Read Morence I am 38DD) I like the longer length and also the extra room. I broke in this light raincoat in at our farmer's market stand on the coast of Maine. We set up out tent in the rain and toughed it out and packed up in a deluge. When I finally got in the car, all of my clothes were dry under the rain jacket and the extra length was absolutely appreciated. I can keep this jacket with me always. It will travel with me anytime the changeable weather here threatens.

July 31, 2023

Super comfortable, very light weight, packable in tiny little pocket

Excellent light jacket, very convenient to have even in smallest purse on to go. Great for the light rain. Will keep you warm and dry. Thank you, Patagonia!

July 17, 2023

Trusty little layer

No regrets with this one. This layer takes the chill off an early morning or afternoon breeze. Love that its super light and tucks away into a tiny package thats easy to fit into a fanny pack.

June 26, 2023

Perfect addition to your kit

So pleased with this purchase. It's light weight and easy to carry, taking up literally no room in my bag. It's perfect when the wind picks up or for a light rain. Great addition to my mountain bike kit.

June 5, 2023

Houdini Jacket

Perfect lightweight jacket. Comfortable and surprisingly warm. Washed on gentle cycle, line dried and came out great.

May 5, 2023

One of the best light jacket.

I am in love with this jacket. Very light, cute looking, easy to co-ordinate and take care of. Oklahoma summer is too hot, but this jacket is very light and perfect. I recommend others to try this jacket. No regret. Thank you

April 16, 2023

Great Jacket But....

Loved this jacket but runs very small. Disappointed because I needed it right away and it is too small. Please let us know if the size runs too small or too large.

Response from Patagonia
April 18, 2023

Hi Gloria! Thank you for writing us a review. We're really sorry to hear the jacket was too small. The Houdini Jacket features a slim fit so it will fit closer to body. We always list the fit on the product page below the color selections. Also, feel free to [contact us]( for fit information.

April 10, 2023

love it so much!

First off, I want to thank patagonia for making their tops/jackets long enough to give some bum coverage, good length in the arms, and give in the shoulder/back so they are actually comfortable to wear and functional to move around in. I will be a Patagonia buyer for life for these reasons. The houdini is a garment I never thought I would buy (I ha... Read Mored seen them on shelves, but thought I would never wear it) fast forward a few years later, it was reviewed favorable by many so I took the plunge and now it is one of my favorite pieces. Just get it, you'll love it. Its great for the "shoulder" seasons and when you're not sure if you want to wear a t-shirt or long sleeve, or when it is a little chilly in the morning but will warm up significantly later in the day. Just overall, it is amazing. Period. I'm so glad I got it, and I recommend it to everyone.

April 1, 2023

an outdoor staple

This jacket is capable of so much and takes up very little space. It is incredibly versatile and a huge asset to any closet! A chilly bike ride? Perfect wind blocker for that downhill. A misty morning hike? It will keep you dry and nimble. Not sure if you want to bring a jacket? Throw it in your back pocket just in case, it will fit I promise. Buy ... Read Morethe jacket.

March 17, 2023

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.

March 16, 2023

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 Patagonia
March 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](

March 6, 2023

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.

March 6, 2023

Great Light Layer

I'm 5'9 1/2" and weigh 150lbs and have a athletic frame. The coat fits perfectly and my only wish is that it had pockets on the sides for tissues, chapstick, and other small things.

February 28, 2023

Whats not to love?!

PERFECT!!! Love the color, love the sporty fit and love that it has a hood!! Seriously, go buy one..two..heck, buy three. But don't pass this one up.

February 24, 2023

Light weight


February 18, 2023

Lightweight, wind blocking, and water resistant.

Perfect. My only quibble is the pocket could be a bit larger. It's hard to fit a phone in it.

February 18, 2023

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.

February 15, 2023

Emergency Jacket

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.

February 14, 2023

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.

February 11, 2023

Perfect layer

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%.

February 11, 2023

Tiny packing, just-right warmth and wind breaking

Everyone in my family has these, and I finally splurged on one for myself! I sized up for layering over a sweatshirt if desired.

February 9, 2023

Splitboarding layer

Used as a wind layer when in tour mode on my splitboard. Help shield the wind, but allows me to regulate my body temp to prevent sweating. Great layer, light weight, packs up small.

January 30, 2023

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!

January 29, 2023

Light weight, excellent wind protection

Great, lightweight, and ultra packable! Perfect for an additional layer on winter hikes (and year round!). Definitely recommended!

January 23, 2023

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?

January 16, 2023

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.

January 12, 2023



January 10, 2023

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.

January 9, 2023

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.

January 7, 2023

Best running jacket

My third, the best for running in cooler weather!

January 2, 2023

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.

December 29, 2022

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.

December 29, 2022

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 Patagonia
January 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

December 27, 2022

Barely qualified as a windbreaker.

Barely qualified as a windbreaker. Very thin, practically see through.

December 27, 2022

Not worth the price

Item is very flimsy and very expensive. I returned the item once I handled it.

December 23, 2022

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.

November 25, 2022


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.

November 4, 2022

Fits my long arms beautifully

Fits my long arms beautifully and works over a fleece if needed. Thanks!

October 20, 2022

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 Patagonia
October 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.

October 18, 2022

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 Patagonia
October 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](!

October 16, 2022

Best Hiking Jacket

I recently purchased this jacket and I was pretty impressed. It kept me warm during the cold mornings and cool during the afternoon hikes. Also, it fitted perfectly in my small water reservoir backpack. I highly recommended it.

October 8, 2022

Where are the pockets?

I love this jacket. Every season I hope to see the new style with pockets! That is the only area where it is severely lacking. Size up if you want to layer.

September 16, 2022

No pockets

The jacket is super light weight and I loved the color but it was a little short for me and there were no pockets.

September 12, 2022

Birders Joy

Finally!! A birder's joy: an ultralight jacket in a color / pattern that won't starter the birds

August 20, 2022

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.

August 2, 2022

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).

July 13, 2022

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!

July 11, 2022

Magic Houdini

I Bought A Houdini Last Year & Love It!! Sooo This Year I Bought 1 For Husband & 1 For Me. The Houdini Is Slim Fit, So Sized Up.. Its The Extra Warmth, So Easy To Pack.. The Houdini Makes Life More Comfortable!!

July 9, 2022

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.

May 30, 2022

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.

May 22, 2022

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.

May 20, 2022

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.

May 20, 2022

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.

May 18, 2022

Excellent windbreaker

The Houdini is damn near perfect for its intended application - an ultra lite windbreaker that one wont think twice about taking on any excursion. I bought this for my wife. She loves it for our late afternoon walks

May 10, 2022

Love this jacket!

I've been wanting a Houdini for years, but always made other layers work in it's place. I finally bought one and it's the best! It's always in my pack for mountain biking and is a great wind layer that keeps you warm while you're staying active!

May 5, 2022

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.

April 21, 2022


it is light and warm

April 14, 2022

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 Patagonia
April 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]( so we could provide you with an alternate suggestion.

April 13, 2022

Best windbreaker ever owned!

The best Windbreaker Jacket ever! Light, durable, packs into a tiny bag, and serves its purpose!

April 1, 2022

Light Weight

This jacket is super light weight and is great at blocking out the wind. It stuffs easily into backpack or can be tied around the waist and barely noticed. Though it has one breast pocket, I do wish that it had pockets at the waist. Overall a great light layer!

March 31, 2022

Too light

This jacket is as thin as tissue paper. Too light for my needs

Response from Patagonia
April 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](

March 21, 2022

Super Light

Love this lightweight windbreaker for beach walks on windy day. Super easy to carry and looks good while doing the job!

March 15, 2022

Houdini The Best

I Love This Light Weight Rain Wind Breaker!!!! Its Slim Fit So I Sized Up - Perfect Fit!!

March 15, 2022

Houdini jacket

It is light and just what you want a windbreaker to be, but it is tight across the chest

March 12, 2022

No side pockets

I love everything about this super lightweight wind jacket but I was so sad it had no side pockets. I need side pockets! There is a chest pocket but its tiny. With side pockets it would be perfect.

February 28, 2022

Perfect layer

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.

February 24, 2022

Not warm and not really windproof- not sure about the rain

I got the green and it is a beautiful color. I wish it had side zip pockets. It only has one chest pocket. It was not really windproof.

February 24, 2022

I love the Houdini windbreakers

The Houdini windbreaker is amazing! Super lightweight, and does exactly what it's named to 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.

February 11, 2022

Love this jacket!

This jacket is great! Nice and light, fantastic to run in and I love the color. I have two of these now, one for everyday wear and one for my running/mountain biking.

January 7, 2022

Paper thin

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 Patagonia
January 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]( It protects from wind and rain because of the 3-layer waterproof/breathable H2No® Performance Standard shell.

January 5, 2022

Houdini Jacket

Lightness is great but needs pockets

December 12, 2021


Compact, lightweight, and warm.

December 5, 2021

Excellent windbreaker

Wonderful super light weight shell. I own 4 of these now because I love them so much. Perfect over thermal top or t-shirt as a windbreaker, water resistant for light rain/fog, breathable and light for summer sun protection. I wear my Houdinis year round.

November 29, 2021

Perfect for running on windy/breezy days

The Houdini Windbreaker is a perfect lightweight jacket for running on breezy/windy days! A great insulation, and it truly does live up to the name "windbreaker".

November 26, 2021

Perfect lightweight wind and water resistance

Lightweight, takes up almost no space, adjustable hood is perfect.

November 25, 2021

I love it

This jacket is perfect for running in rain, cool fall weather, and chilly mornings. I like that it folds up into tiny, tiny package and weighs nearly nothing.

November 24, 2021

Lightweight gem

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.

November 13, 2021

Nice and light

I got this mostly for winter tennis. I previously had a small which was too small at the hips. I wish I had gotten large. Patagonia tends to run small. I am 5 ft 4.5 inches and 130 lbs. Probably should have gotten the large.

November 12, 2021

Super comfy

Just wish it had side pockets. But I absolutely love the fit and its super comfortable.

November 10, 2021

Best jacket for those transition days

Perfect weight for early fall/late spring hikes when its still a little to warm for a jacket. Super packable but yet its perfect coverage.

November 3, 2021


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!

October 26, 2021

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.

October 25, 2021

Bought as an outer layer

Have this in a medium and I love that size too. Bought another one and a bigger size to wear over layers. Love the purple print and its great over a fleece ect.

October 18, 2021


I now have several and this remains my most favorite garment to wear in weather ranging from a windy summer day to a frosty winter run. I think everyone needs one!

October 6, 2021


Really nice and comfortable for my running and hiking routines.

September 20, 2021

Portable, water and wind resistant

I got this Houdini Jacket in a yellow-blue floral print that isn't found online. The material is super nice and I love that you can pack it into a small pouch. The print is super spring and summer appropriate, perfect for the outdoors.

September 17, 2021

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 Patagonia
September 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,

September 13, 2021

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!

September 13, 2021

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!

September 4, 2021

Super light weight

The size small fits perfect for me. Im 5ft 6inches 118lbs I will be using it for running when its a little raining. I would not be able to wear layers under this size which will work great for me. I would definitely size up if you want layers underneath.

September 2, 2021

Love this one!

Wonderful!. Folds into pocket to easily fit into a pocket or purse.

September 2, 2021

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!

August 14, 2021

Perfect weight for summer and fall

This is my second purchase of the women's Houdini hoody. I love the fit & colors, purple and new red. This is my go to jacket!

August 11, 2021

Best Layer

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.

August 5, 2021


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 :)

August 5, 2021

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.

July 26, 2021

Good Jacket

I like this jacket - its great for keeping me warm when my Better Sweater or Nano Puff are too much. Great for fog!

July 18, 2021

Great fit!

Great fit! Nice colors!

July 16, 2021

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 Patagonia
July 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](

July 12, 2021

Essential Travel Gear

I travel to windy places and this jacket makes all the difference. It is light and packs well. I loved my first one so much I recently bought another. I have recommended this jacket numerous times. An essential when I am traveling and hiking.

July 9, 2021

Great Lightweight Jacket

I purchased this on sale and am very happy with it. Size medium fits well and it will be perfect for taking along on hikes, canoeing and other adventures.

July 4, 2021

Comfy and dry

It rains a lot in the PNW. This light jacket keeps me dry and warm while out for a walk or riding my back. Would absolutely recommend to a friend!

July 3, 2021

Perfect & light weight

Great for covering up on a brisk day. I wish it had pockets. The hoodie was great on drizzling mornings.

June 28, 2021

Light weight

Great for a little extra sun or wind protection when needed. Lightweight and packable. I wish the bottom and sleeve hems and zipper were made of light reflective material for a little touch of extra nighttime visibility.

June 27, 2021

Perfect lightweight windbreaker

The Houdini is always worth the investment. The only noted drawbacks are a lack of side pockets and noisier fabric than some other windbreakers--not really a big deal on either front. My last Houdini lasted many years and finally had to replace it!

June 25, 2021

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.

June 15, 2021

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!

June 11, 2021

Lightweight, stylin' windbreaker!

Love this jacket. Fits slim, which I like ... and it compresses to the size of an apple or something. Perfect for those mild hiking days when a thin layer is needed. I think it's very attractive as well.

June 9, 2021

Perfect running jacket

I love how lite and warm this is. Thought long and hard before buying this jacket. Could not have been happier with the pick. Have been for several hikes and regular runs almost every day

May 20, 2021

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.

May 19, 2021

The jacket runs small, very snug

Usually size L is very roomy for me, but not this one, however size xl is not available, so I am keeping it anyway, as it is very lightweight and packable.

May 17, 2021

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.

May 17, 2021


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.

May 15, 2021

Simply Amazing

Fave all time jacket. Bought size larger fora loose fit because patagonia stuff can run a lil small. Perfect!

May 7, 2021

Perfect Layer

I love how versatile the jacket is and that it can stuff just about anywhere!

May 6, 2021

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.

May 6, 2021

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!

May 5, 2021

warm and light weight

This Houdini Jacket warm, light weight and versatile, with colors that are easily compatible with all sporty items.

May 2, 2021

Light and cute

Running and walking easy pack- great color

April 28, 2021

favorite running wind layer

I love getting this layer in a size larger than my normal so I can wear an R1 or thermal base layer underneath. It is my running go to and I typically keep it in my bag for an emergency shell.

April 28, 2021

try it on first

Perfect weight, runs small. Good for layering. I usually wear a Medium, but need room to run so I the large

April 28, 2021

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 Patagonia
April 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]( We are happy to offer additional information on the fit and fabric weight.

April 25, 2021

Ultralight and packable

We use this for long distance running to have a safe jacket in case there is high wind and it works great. While it won't keep you totally warm, it does work against the wind!

April 23, 2021

Super Light

Super light jacket! we used it lot for hiking . Cold /Warm Day were wearing it from start to finished. My family love your Houdini jacket so much️!

April 20, 2021

Keep dry and warm

Perfect windbreaker for all uses

April 8, 2021

Perfect for a rainy summer day

This light jacket is perfect for a warm, rainy day. I wear it when walking my dogs; it keeps you dry and cool and does not make you sweat. Perfect for my needs!

April 5, 2021

Fantastic color in a hard to find windbreaker

It is so hard to find a windbreaker that is not lined. This fits the bill perfectly and the color is amazing. I would give it five stars but it does not have pockets :(

March 31, 2021

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 Patagonia
April 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](

March 31, 2021

best ultralight windbreaker

Love the houdini jacket! So light, bring it on every adventure: hiking, backpacking, boating, camping, beach time, travel. Great fit, great protection. One of my favorite pieces from Patagonia, I have several of these.

March 27, 2021

Pretty Satisfied

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..

March 25, 2021

Fits the bill

Was looking for a very light weight, packable, water/ wind proof shell, that cold fit over a thin fleece layer, this does it all and looks good! Only downside - only one small pocket, could use more

March 24, 2021

Fits perfectly - great wind or slight rain layer

I used an old Houdini for years and years. I am definitely a fan of it for running in a bit of light rain or windy conditions. Its a super light layer to throw in my pack. Loved this new colour and the fit is perfect!

March 20, 2021


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 Patagonia
March 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]( with your preferences so we can suggest a jacket for you!

March 18, 2021

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!!!

March 5, 2021

I love this gypsum green Houdini jacket

Jacket is great, super light weight and just all around fun!

February 28, 2021

Versatile Jacket

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.

February 27, 2021

Nice lightweight windbreaker

Lightweight, easy to fold up. 1 pocket in the front. The sleeves have a nice cuff to them but not too tight so you can still access your watch. The also hood fits well. Am 5'0 and got the XS. Fits perfectly for me.

February 25, 2021

So lightweight

This thin windbreaker is ideal in my mild winter climate. It layers well with other Patagonia products such as my nano puff vest.

February 7, 2021

Great job with blocking the wind

It keeps the warmth in! I do find I warm up pretty quickly though since it does such a great job of capturing the heat. Underarm zippers would have been nice.

January 31, 2021

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 Patagonia
March 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,

January 28, 2021

Great for kayaking, on windy days too

Water proof for outdoors,need layers if cold but is waterproof

January 28, 2021

Great for kayaking, on windy days too

Water proof for outdoors,need layers if cold but is waterproof

January 16, 2021

Versatile jacket

I LOVE this jacket. I got it for the rain but winter set in and now I layer it with a thin jacket and a shirt. Perfect for running in 30-40 degree weather. Some inner pockets would be nice though.

January 6, 2021

Houdini jacket

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

January 6, 2021

Protects from the wind

I wear this jacket all fall/winter long for running and biking outdoors, it is a perfect outer-layer. I'm obsessed with it, I bought my sister and husband one for christmas. If you are looking for a running jacket, this is it.

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