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.

Details

  • 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)

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.

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!

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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