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Patagonia Houdini Full-Zip Jacket - Men's

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Make a quick escape from the wind.

Wind might be nature's most annoying element, but you have a trick up your sleeve when it comes to avoiding it—the Patagonia Men's Houdini Full-Zip Jacket. Weighing just under four ounces and treated with water-resistant finish, the Houdini is an effective windbreaker that weighs next to nothing and will be welcome companion whether you're hiking, trail running, or climbing.

  • Nylon ripstop
  • DWR finish
  • Slim fit
  • Adjustable hood
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Stowable chest pocket

Tech Specs

100% nylon ripstop, DWR finish
yes, adjustable
1 zippered chest
Claimed Weight:
3.6 oz
Recommended Use:
hiking, running, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size Chart


Men's Outerwear & Apparel
Chest 34 - 35in
(86 - 89cm)
35 - 37in
(88.9 - 94cm)
38 - 40in
(96.5 - 101.6cm)
42 - 44in
(107 - 112cm)
46 - 48in
(116.8 - 121.9cm)
50 - 52in
(127 - 132.1cm)
54 - 56in
(137.2 - 142.2cm)
Neck 14 - 14.5in
(35.5 - 37cm)
15 - 15.5in
(38 - 39cm)
15.5 - 16in
(39 - 40.5cm)
16.5 - 17in
(42 - 43cm)
17 - 17.5in
(43 - 44.5cm)
17.5 - 18in
(44.5 - 45.75cm)
Sleeve 32in
Waist 28in
29 - 30in
(73.5 - 76cm)
31 - 33in
(79 - 84cm)
34 - 36in
(86 - 91.5cm)
38 - 40in
(96.5 - 101.5cm)
42 - 44in
(107 - 112cm)
46 - 48in
(116.8 - 121.9cm)
Inseam* 31in
*When inseam lengths are offered, "short" is 30in, "regular" is 32in, and "long" is 34in.
4 - 6 8 - 10 12 - 14 14 - 16  
Formfitting: Conforms to the body's contours.
Slim Fit: Closer fitting. Slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers.
Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting technical garments may be worn over heavier midlayers. Men's regular fit pants have a slimmer fit through the thigh, lower leg, and cuff.
Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body. Men's relaxed fit pants have a bit of extra room through the hip, thigh, lower leg, and cuff.
How to Measure:
Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions. For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Inseam varies depending on style; when lengths are offered "regular" is 32in (81cm) and "long" is 34in (86cm) unless otherwise noted. Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.

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Light, packs small.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Runs true to size, but tight fit over a thick under layer (like my L nano air jacket).


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Women's XL

I'm 5'10", 145# have used the Houdini jackets for trail running, wind and warmth, and it's great! Extraordinarily light, but does the job. Pack so small I can put it in the pocket of my shorts (always wear for the pockets) if not wearing a running pack. Also, ideal for hiking. For me, worth the price.
Four stars because the torso was large on me. usually wear "medium,' ultimately bought the women's XL.

Outstanding product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I bought this for wind protection in warmer climates and *maybe* as an outer layer in lower temps. So far, I've used this jacket in cooler temps and windy conditions in Florida and it lives up to the hype. This super lightweight jacket doesn't look like it is heavy duty enough to stop the wind, but it does the job and is so light, you don't know you have it on. Wonderful.

It's Legit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Stop reading reviews and researching; you've won. You've found the absolute best layer on the market.

I use this primarily for cycling/ fishing/ touring/ summiting. I know that's a diverse order, but this thing is so versatile that it's always included in my pack. It wicks moisture well while still insulating from the wind. It compacts to the chest pocket and can be further smushed into your bag wherever you can find some room. Really no reason not to carry this apex layer.

Are you still reading this? Why haven't you already placed your order? This jacket is the jack-of-all. No regrets adding it to my inventory.

Avg. ride time: 1h 13m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Compact Awesomeness

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11" and and 175lbs. I ended up with the large - I likely could have gotten away with the medium also, but the fit of the large works well and isn't too tight fitting. I use this for trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and its great for travel as it packs up tight.


- Its seriously small when its packed up - it packs into its own pocket. Its barely bigger than the size of an avocado. Its easy to pack into itself, but has room that makes me think it could be even smaller if need be.

- The hood is great and can fit up and over a beanie no problem.

- Like Kyle mentions below, it does fit in a fanny pack for mountain biking just fine. I'll one up him as I use the smaller Dakine Hot Laps pack and still have room for a tube, tools, and snacks in addition to the jacket. This is a cold wind / sporadic weather jacket that you can pull out of a nook of a backpack.


- No other pockets than the small chest one, which I suppose is why its such a small jacket.

- Its got a DWR coating, but isn't a technical jacket.

Let me know if you have any other questions with it on intended use or sizing and I'd be happy to help! My direct line is 801.204.4547 or my email and I'd be happy to help!

Compact Awesomeness

Appears When You Need it Most

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To say that the Houdini Jacket is lightweight is an understatement. At sub 4 oz. it is definitely one of the lightest emergency shells out there. I keep it in the bottom of my mountain bike pack on every ride, which happens to be the DAKINE Low Rider Hip Pack. That's right, it easily fits in a fanny pack. It has saved me a couple times already from some inclement fall weather, both in Colorado and Zion National Park. I cannot foresee a future ride, hike, or any adventure where I don't take the Houdini with me. I am 6'1", 190 lbs. and the large fits me perfectly. I would highly recommend this to any one, it will magically appear from the bottom of your pack when you need it most.

Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions on the Houdini, mountain bike gear, or any Patagonia products.

Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

Appears When You Need it Most

Excellent Jacket! Just perfect!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I certainly agree with other reviewers that this runs small, and a Large was too tight. The XL, however, fit absolutely perfect and is as nice-looking as it is functional. I have the Navy Blue/Paintbrush Red combo, and it was the perfect jacket for being outdoors in the fall weather in northern Michigan. In both the high 50s/lower 60s temperature and slight rain, it could not have functioned any better! What are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and get this jacket!!

Patagonia Houdini Full-Zip Jacket

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small

Bought this as a gift because I love my one so much!
Great spring jacket for pretty much all activities. It's a great wind-breaker and perfect for light showers. Doesn't quite stand up to full-on downpours.
Packs away into nothing and easily fits into a pack or the pocket of another top.
Agree with other reviews that it fits slightly slimmer than other Patagonia gear.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

It’s almost a cliche to say it at this point, but the Houdini is just awesome. Perfect for runs in the cold, wind, and even a little light rain. Breathes great, yet strangely helps keep you warm when it’s chilly. Just enough to block the wind. Love it.

Everyone needs one

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Everybody could use this.- an essential piece. It packs so small. I use it for hiking, camping, and biking. Super lightweight, and a nice light or just-in-case shell to own. I would recommend. Slimmer fit than some other patagonia stuff- I still went with a medium and it works great!

Avg. ride time: 2m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I'm a student and I hate rain, so I always have this jacket with me. It's lightweight enough that it doesn't add any bulk in my pack or when i'm wearing it. It makes for a good wind breaker on windy days and is water repellant enough to stop a light shower, but I wouldn't trust it to hold back a deluge. This jacket is worth more than its weight.


    Most of what you could say about this jacket has been said, so Ill just say it again. It works well, its tiny, it weighs nothing. you can literally always have it with you.

    Unanswered Question

    true teal s size, when will be in stock?

    Essential Piece of Gear

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    The Houdini has quickly become an essential piece of gear. It weighs almost nothing and packs down so small it can fit just about anywhere. It functions as good or better than my highest hope for blocking the wind, adding a small but necessary layer of protection (and even a little warmth; but not overly so, at all!), and being fairly universal in it's applications. I can wear this at night around town or at 11,000ft in the mountains and it always performs. I looked at and tried on several light weight wind jackets and this is absolutely the best that I found. Couldn't be happier. I'll carry with me during the full year, all 4 seasons.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small


    Disappears in your pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    The appropriately named houdini surely is magic because it seem to disappear in your pack. Seriously, this thing packs down so small that I take it almost everywhere I go. It's great for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, or just rocking around town if it gets a little cold or breezy. Although it's not waterproof I quite often use this as my raincoat when it's hot out because it breathes so well and sheds light rain. This is definitely one of the most versatile piece of outdoor apparel I own and I'd highly recommend it to all!

    Note: The fit on the jacket is more of a runner fit so it fits slightly smaller and slimmer than some of Patagonia's other jackets.

    Another Essential Patagonia Piece

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Weighing in at a blistering 3.6 oz. the Houdini is an essential lightweight piece for any outdoorsmen/outdoorswomen. The past few days in Park City have offered some variable spring weather conditions making this piece clutch to have in my fishing and biking packs.

    Windproof, water-resistant and sleek - the Patagonia Houdini is definitely a must have. Whether you are biking, fishing, climbing or just enjoying the outdoors the Houdini is the piece you'll forget you have in your pack, but be so thankful you did when you need it.

    I'm 5'10 180 and fit perfectly into the large. The Alpine Houdini runs larger, but this bad boy is true to size!

    Hit me up if you have any questions on the Houdini or any other piece of Patagonia gear out there... the brand is rapidly taking over most of my closet/gear space these days.

    Another Essential Patagonia Piece

    Very decent wind proof jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Very decent wind proof jacket

    Unanswered Question

    Is this breathable?

    Perfect light jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    I was looking for a super light jacket to be worn to cover my tattoos at work. I have so many short sleeve shirts that I wanted to be able to wear still yet still stay within my company's policy on tattoos. After reading a ton of reviews I narrowed it down to the Patagonia and the Outdoor Research. The deciding factor was that the Patagonia came in all black, unlike the OR. I've been very pleased and I wear it 3-4 days a week. It's extremely light weight and is as breathable as a nylon jacket can be in the southern heat and humidity.
    As for fit, I'm 6'2" and 240 lbs. I typically have an issue with sleeves being too short, however I was surprised that this jacket fit great (XL)! It fits snug but not too tight if it's zipped up. I mainly wear it unzipped.
    Only negative I would say would be the hood. I would like to be able to stow it in the collar. It tends to get caught by the breeze and blown around. However, it is thin enough that it could be folded inside the jacket, against my back.