Patagonia Alpine Houdini jacket

A while ago I apparently lost/misplaced my Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket somewhere, I can’t find it. If you know where it is please let me know 🙂

Fortunately for me when I realized this the Patagonia Alpine Houdini jacket was on sale, 50% off so I instantly grabbed it. As you might know I already own the Patagonia Houdini jacket and it’s a jacket that I like a lot. The difference between the two is that the Houdini is a windbreaker and the Alpine Houdini is a “lightweight emergency rain shell”. Emergency rain shell really translates into that the jacket will (probably – not yet tested) withstand a heavy downpour but not prolonged sessions of rain unlike the Torrentshell that will take everything you throw at it (10,000mm- vs 20,000mm water column – waterproof rating).

As with every rain jacket out there you’ll eventually get wet anyway so for me this is not really an issue. Compared to the Torrentshell the Alpine Houdini is also much lighter which is nice, saving me about 160g of weight (345g vs 184g).

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Size Medium

PatagoniaAlpineHoudini (3) The only thing that I’m a little disappointed about is that they went “stupid light” with the front zipper. This is only a normal YKK-zipper with no extra taped seams or anything just a storm flap on the inside. When I read reviews of the jacket this is where most people complain that it’ll leak through for the most part, no big surprise there. But since I haven’t tested it myself I can’t comment on this.

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Zipper storm flap and membrane. On the right you can see the only pocket on the jacket that doubles as a stuff sack.


Size medium, Classic Navy. I’m 176cm, 65kg.


  • Highly water-resistant woven nylon shell, with laminate membrane and DWR (durable water repellent) finish holds a 10,000mm water column
  • Taped seams throughout entire garment
  • Full-zip hooded jacket has minimal interior storm flap and single-pull adjustable, helmet-compatible hood that rolls down and stows
  • Zippered, interior left chest pocket doubles as self-stuff pouch with streamlined shape and carabiner clip-in loop
  • Elasticized cuffs and a minimal single-pull adjustable drawcord hem seal out weather
  • 1.5-oz 20-denier 100% nylon ripstop shell, with a waterproof/breathable membrane and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 187 g (6.6 oz)

Patagoina Torrentshell jacket info

In my previous post I wrote that my Patagonia Torrentshell jacket got discolored on the inside after a ride in the washer. It had a white inside but it’s now yellowish. Performance is not compromised.

I knew that the Patagonia customer service are awesome so I thought I’d send them an e-mail about this issue and see what response that I’d get. Said and done.


My e-mail:

Hi! I just recently came home from a 5 day trip in Jotuneheimen, Norway. I had some issues afterwards with my Torrentshell jacket. When I was on the trip it started to turn yellowish on the inside, I guess that it was due to sweat and body oils. Didn’t think much of it at the time. When I came home I threw it in the washer and washed it as it said it should be washed and now the whole inside of the jacket has got a yellowish tone to it.

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It hasn’t affected the functionality of the jacket and I’m still very happy with how it performs. I just wanted to get in touch with you and see if this is a normal thing with these or if I possibly have done something wrong?



Hello Andre,

Thank you for your email. We have seen this type of discoloration from time to time. It generally doesn’t affect the performance of the jacket in the short term, but, it may start to peel and delaminate which would affect the overall waterproofing of the jacket. I don’t think it is anything you would have done wrong, we sometimes see this usually in shells that are a few years old.

If you would like to do so, you can send it into us under the Ironclad Guarantee. If you’re still happy with the performance of your coat, you can wait to do so when you notice a decline in weather protection.

Based on your blog it looks like you’re located in Europe so please visit the link below for our European Returns procedures. You can also take the coat to one of our Patagonia Shops if you’re near one.

Click Here for Patagonia Europe Return Information

Please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns!

All the Best!


Patagonia Customer Service


So that’s it! If you get this problem too just contact Patagonia and they’ll have you covered 🙂

Torrentshell on top of Galdhøpiggen

Torrentshell jacket worn on top of Galdhøpiggen

20km on a Saturday

I and Jon was out on a 7 hour hike yesterday and during those hours we covered roughly 20km. A days work!

We went on the John Bauer trail and the after a few hours went on our own little side track to make a nice circle back to our car.

We were hoping for some rain and heavy winds to test out some new rain gear but at first we didn’t get any but that changed after a few hours and then we got some nice down pour for about an hour or so. I thought I had packed my rain pants but I put those back in the closet and opted for some stuff to make pancakes instead (which we never did, haha!). So I just had to make due with my rain jacket which preformed very well through out the day. Must say that I like my Patagonia Torrentshell rain set very much. I’ve chosen the Patagonia jacket as my outer layer instead of a GoreTex jacket.


This is photo is taken at the end of the day. I’ve got no rain pants but I’ve got pancakes in my backpack 🙂 The city of Jönköping in the background. And if you look closely you can see a small hight on the high ground to the top left and that’s basically where I live.

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