Patagonia Houdini Jacket – my new windbreaker

Received my new windbreaker jacket yesterday. I got a Patagonia Houdini Jacket in the color electric orange. Basically what it is and what the label says it is a featherweight, slim fit, running jacket. And its very much slim fit and featherweight.


  • Featherweight 100% nylon ripstop, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Zippered chest pocket converts to stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop
  • Hood adjusts in one pull, won’t block peripheral vision
  • Durable half-elastic cuffs; drawcord hem
  • Reflective logo on left chest and center-back neck
  • Can be worn over baselayers and light midlayers
  • 1.2-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 113 g (4 oz)

As with all of the Patagonia garments they’re not true to size. This means that if you normally buy a size small it doesn’t necessarily mean that another Patagonia size small will be the correct fit. I’ve read this online on many different forums and I also have first hand experience with this. For e.g. my Nano Puff Jacket is size small and fits me very well, loose fit, but my Torrentshell jacket and now this Houdini is on the smaller side of things. Sure, I can still fit my thin Craghopper Half-Zip fleece and my Nano Puff under the Torrentshell jacket but it’s not all nice and loose. It’ll hinder some of your movements, might be worth taking note of if you’re a climber. With the Houdini and my fleece under it its like I’m a sausage with the skin pulled tight 🙂

I called Patagonia’s customer service before buying the Torrentshell asking wether or not it would fit my Nano Puff  under it if I got the size small for the Torrentshell too. They said yes, shouldn’t be a problem, and it isn’t but I don’t have that much extra space. But arm length is ok and everything fits as it should. But if you’re more of a size small muscular guy I’d go for a medium instead. Same thing goes for the Houdini.

For reference I’m 179cm, 67kg, chest ca 100cm (39,4″). Sure the size chart says that the chest size for a small is 36-38″ and medium is 39-41″ but my Nano Puff size small is all right isn’t it? Medium is too big… 🙂

Another good thing is that the jacket stuffs in to it’s own pocket just as with the Torrentshell jacket. I did find it a little fiddly to get it all in the pocket and it could most definitely have been just a tad bit deeper. It has a double zippered pocket so closing it is “easy” and it also has a loop for attaching it to a carabiner which is nice.

Can’t wait to get out an try this jacket out – I’ve heard nothing but good things about it!

If I’d re-do one thing with my Patagonia garments I’d probably buy a larger size for my outer layers, Torrentshell for one. Just to get a liiitle more space for movement when you’re all layered up. Just so you know I use my Torrentshell as my outer layer, not using a GoreTex jacket or similar. Torrentshell has worked just fine for this particular thing.

My different layers for three season use right now are;

  • Helly Hansen Half-Zip baselayer
  • Patagonia Houdini jacket
  • Craghopper Half-Zip fleece
  • Patagonia Nano Puff jacket
  • Patagonia Torrentshell jacket/pants

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