Patagonia Houdini Review

houdini_SSS16_24141_ETCB_011A11_R4FWhat would you say about one of your favorite jackets?
Sometimes it feels like it’s part of me.
We’ve spent so many great moments together.
I feel like I really know it.

You could say a lot, and some of it might sound creepy out of context. But, I’ve had some really great days in the Tetons, and a Patagonia Houdini has been with on some of the best. The Houdini is a super light and packable wind resistant shell that packs up into it’s own pocket. Super small. It’s the perfect thing for the warm-when-out-of-the-wind-but-cool-in-the-wind conditions we have here so often. The Houdini breathes well when you’re doing high output activities but sheds wind and resists rain.

I wear mine climbing in the Park, scrambling and peakbagging in summer, and while skinning on ski tours. I put it in the seat bag on my bike when I go out for a ride or bike-commute to work, and put it in my pocket for evening hikes up Snow King. It’s also great for spring & fall walks around town, and as a light shell for fishing. Again, it packs into it’s own pocket.

Pocket? Just one. This thing is super simple, and doesn’t have fancy wrist closures, hand pockets with waterproof zippers, drawstrings in the hood or a mesh liner. It’s just a minimalist layer that will work for just about any activity. The Houdini comes in a snap pullover, or a full-zip hoody. The hood is helmet compatible.

Great versatility, and great design in a package so light & small, you can take it everywhere.