Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket

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The Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket is a lightweight running jacket you'll want on your side when Mother Nature starts spitting on you. The Deluge DWR finish will shrug off the water droplets so you can continue running the windy trail of dripping leaves. Once the sun re-emerges, quickly pack the Houdini into the chest pocket and toss it into your pack. There when you need it, barely noticeable when you don't. Magical.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket.


  • Slim fit


  • Deluge DWR coating on fabric and front zipper repels light precipitation
  • Ripstop nylon fabric is tough and breathable, while the Durable Water Repellent finish fends off light precipitation
  • Incredibly light, textured soft shell is made of slightly transparent, highly breathable and strong nylon ripstop
  • Ten-dernier nylon ripstop is so lightweight it's nearly transparent, yet is also durable
  • Hood opening and field-of-vision adjustment in one pull; half-elastic cuffs; drawcord hem
  • 1.2-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop, with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish


  • Low-volume hood cinches around face and head, and it adjusts with a single pull


  • Zippered chest pocket converts to stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip loop


  • Reflective logos at chest and back neck help keep you visible at night


  • Folds into front chest pocket for easy transport


  • Made in Vietnam.


  • 102g (3.6oz)
  • Can be worn over baselayers and light midlayers
Patagonia The Women's Houdini is designed for whatever autumn dishes out next.
This essential running jacket has highly wind-resistant and nearly weightless nylon ripstop fabric, with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The slim fit allows for a baselayer or in cooler climates, a light midlayer; a low-profile hood snugs with a single pull.
When skies clear you can pack the Houdini into its own palm-sized zippered chest pocket and clip it to your hydration pack.

Backcountry Edge

Ultra light and weather resistant, the Patagonia Women’s Houdini Jacket offers simple protection and a high level of breathability that caters to trail runners, cyclists and minimalist backpackers alike. Weighing only 3.6 ounces and packing down to the size of a tennis ball, this jacket can be taken anywhere and easily fits into any pack or pannier.

Even when the weather's iffy, escape outdoors with the Patagonia Women’s Houdini Jacket tucked in a pocket or pack. If those clouds on the horizon end up carrying a shower, you're ready  for them with this ultra-lightweight, water-resistant jacket.

Running the Evolution Loop in a day leaves little room for extras but plenty of room for the unplanned. The ultra-lightweight Women's Houdini is an essential - a running jacket that packs so small you'll never leave it behind. Its highly wind-resistant nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish offers protection against wind gusts and light precipitation. The slim fit allows for a baselayer or light midlayer; a low-profile hood snugs with a single pull. When skies clear you can pack the Houdini into its own palm-sized zippered chest pocket and clip it to your hydration pack.

Massey's Outfitters
Patagonia snagged a favorite from the alpine line and tweaked it for runners who live for heart-thumping days in the mountains. The new Houdini jacket uses a highly breathable, weather-resistant 100% nylon ripstop fabric that blocks more wind than the previous version and is even more durable. The slimmed-down fit allows for a baselayer or light midlayers, the hood cinches with a single pull and won’t smoosh your ears, and the cording, toggles and elastic cuffs are all trimmer and lighter in weight. Half-elastic cuffs seal the arms, and a drawcord cinches the hem. It stuffs snugly into its own single, small zippered chest pocket, which has a clip-in loop for attaching to your hydration-pack straps. A Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish coats the shell and the center-front zipper. With a reflective logo on the left chest and center-back neck.

The Patagonia Houdini jacket for women runs right through fickle weather. Don't need the protection? Presto chango! It stuffs into its own zippered chest pocket with a strong carabiner clip-in loop.


Appalachain Outdoors
The cold arctic air is starting to move in and you can't believe winter is around the corner. The Patagonia Houdini Jacket will help you forget old man winter and keep with your morning run everyday. Its ultimate protection from the elements will continue to make you smile.
Al's Sports
Proven protection from the elements, the Women's Houdini Jacket is the go-to running shell that packs into its own integrated stuffsack. Made of a featherweight 1.2-oz 100% nylon ripstop with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
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Also available for: Men
Available Color(s):Black, Oasis Blue
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):26.5 inches
Fabric:1.2-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Fit:Slim Fit
Hood:Yes; Adjustable
Insulation Material:n/a
Item Weight:3.6 oz (102 g)
Material:1.2-oz 10-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Number of Pockets:1
Other:Packs inside its own integrated storage pocket
Recommended Use:Trail Running, Cycling and Fast-and-Light Hiking
Shell Material:10D Nylon Ripstop w/ Deluge DWR
Shell fabric:Ripstop nylon
Sun-protective fabric:No
Type:Ultra-Lightweight Wind/Water-Resistant Shell
Warranty:Limited Lifetime
Weight:3.6 oz / 102 g
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Patagonia Houdini Jacket Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great for cold weather running

I was really happy I bought this coat (especially the sale price). I just started running outside in very cold temps in WI and I wanted an outer layer for wind-proofing only. This is my first Houdini and I was pretty shocked at how thin the material was. I first tried it on an 18 degree day and it added nice warmth and wind protection without extra bulk. The biggest surprise was the hood, it fits great (I have to put it on first then zip up to my chin, which helps the fit) over a hat and kept my head and neck nice and warm. I eventually took it off on my run once I was warmed up. Since the jacker is so thin I could barely tell I was wearing a hood besides some muffled hearing :). The half elastic wrists were loose which didn't bother me because I pulled some thin tight glovers over them and my base layer had thumbs holes for extra warmth. I wouldn't want wrists that were tight if it made the arms fit differently. At first I couldn't shove the jacket into the pocket and zip it up but could the second time I tried. I can't wait to throw this in my purse for every camping trip and hike I take this summer! I think this jacket will keep me running outside in all sorts of weather-less treadmill=happy me! I'm a small in most Pategonia but I was really happy the smalls were sold out in the sale. Since I'll mostly be wearing this over layers the extra room was needed. The medium will fit over a puffy vest but doesn't look baggy over a thin layer either. I'm 5'6 135 lbs. The grey color is pretty cute, especially since it is a bit see through and I wore a purple shirt underneath.
krystallynn at Patagonia on 02/19/2013

Great Ultra Light Weight Wind Layer

This is a great light weight jacket for terrain with extreme temperature shifts and is ideal on summer mountaineering ventures to throw this on when it gets windy as you near the top and for a little added warmth. I've wore my Houdini on cold windy mountains and soggy trail runs and what I've learned is this piece if foremost a windproof layer, secondly warmth, and third, weather protection. I'd consider the Houdini somewhere in between a soft shell and hard shell, it has nice weather resistance like a hard shell, but the fabric is playable like a soft shell. It's breathability is great for low output activities like hiking but for high output activities it is not enough to wear as a layer itself, so don't expect to wear this is place of a long sleeve Capoline 1 expecting to get the same effect. Any sweating in this jacket will make it stick to your skin like a plastic bag which is why it works best as part of a system in colder temperatures - wear a long sleeve underneath for warmth and wicking and the Houdini on top for wind proofing and some added warmth. The fabric is super thin and translucent and is not as loud or crunchy as a hard shell. It's also surprisingly tough and I'd feel comfortable leaning against rocks in it or wearing it under a backpack for short periods. It also packs up into the tiniest ball and is so small even the most hard core of ultra light weight hikers won't hesitate to throw it in their day pack. In the next generation of this jacket I'd love to see some added pit zips or pit vent to help the breathability and a belay zipper so you can keep the jacket from billowing open while still venting the front.
CAMtnGirl at Patagonia on 11/30/2012

Like the updates!

I have the old Houdini, as well as this new version. Last season's fit a little bit longer/trimmer with a full synch cord at the bottom. This year they have removed the synch going ALL the way around and now it is just in the back. I actually like the function of the half-synch better because it reduces weight and also makes a cleaner line in the front. It also fits a little better for a girl with some hips. I was a little disappointed that they removed the full elastic band on the wrists though. Now it is a combination of elastic on the bottom and flat surface on the top of the wrist. I don't have big, fat wrists so when it is kind of breezy, the wind goes straight up my sleeve and fills the jacket. It also slides up a bit and stops up my forearm. Bring back the full elastic cuffs please! Also, they moved the pocket position in the women's version this season. At first I was stoked, but after trying to put a few items in it, I decided I actually liked having it on the side under my arm better (this season it is now on the chest). For a single chapstick, it works in either place though. In all, I would say I like the updated Houdini, it just needs a few tweaks. ;)
Ayasha at Patagonia on 07/29/2012

Light, Flattering, Amazing!

This jacket changed my life. No, seriously. I'm spending the winter season in Pittsburgh, where it's been sleeting, raining, snowing, and blowing. I put on a mid-weight capilene, a light running vest, and this jacket, and I'm ready to face them all. Especially when there's moisture and wind, this is now my go-to piece. Also, the fit is incredibly flattering--I love the cut and the length, which is midhip. It's not too tight, though, and it allows for layering underneath. I'm 5'4" 132 and I'm a M. Also, the hood is adjustable and can be worn while running without a second thought. My ONLY complaint is one that's to be expected with a water-resistant barrier. I sweat, and the moisture stays inside the jacket if it's damp outside. However, I will say that once it stops raining, even my sweat seems to work its way out of the jacket pretty well. I don't mind getting wet from my own sweat as much as I mind freezing my butt off, so this thing is the best. If you don't live where it's horribly rainy, this is still a great jacket for wind. I prefer a more permeable layer, however, when it's a nice dry cold. I plan on putting this thing at the bottom of my pack this summer, too, as my emergency weather layer! Enjoy!
MagpieBlack at Patagonia on 02/12/2014

Great all around jacket

I bought this jacket in red after reading reviews, but forgot about what I read by the time the jacket came. At first I thought I paid $ for this? The material is super thin, like paper. I went back to the reviews and decided to keep the jacket and I couldn't be happier. It has kept me dry in down pours and is so light weight. I always carry it in my backpack. It can get hot in the jacket if you are hiking or running. There are no pockets except the one that the jacket folds into. Also I wish it was a little longer. But I would definetly buy it again if I needed one and did look into buying one for my sister. Also the hood is great. It stays on and has a good fit. Due to its portable size I would use this for all activities, hiking, running, walking, golfing, running errands and on trips (if rain is in the forecast).
Oreo at Patagonia on 03/18/2013

Very Useful and Lightweight

So convenient to carry and use when needed. I haven't used mine much "yet"; but I bought mine because my husband has one and he uses it all the time. His is fairly old and is in really good condition especially considering he has crashed with it several times on his mountain bike. That is why I bought mine, his has held up so well over the years. I also looked at several others and they did not fit as well. This jacket looks good with and without another small jacket (fleece) under it; giving it extra versatility. However, the sleeves are a little long and the elastic a little loose at least for my taste. Longer sleeves seem to be in now and that does provide extra coverage. I do prefer open-ended zippers and this jacket does not have that. This is one of my issues with most Patagonia jackets, they never seem to have zippers that can also zip up from the bottom.
Airhead2 at Patagonia on 05/20/2013

Useful piece

My boyfriend bought this for me in the spring. I am an avid outdoorwoman and have found it useful to carry with me. It is very light and compact so it's hard to make an excuse to not put it in my backpack. It works well to block the wind, so I have used it in the mountains over my baselayer instead of a standard shell because it is more breathable and I get less sweaty. When you are working hard, it offers noticeable warmth. It sheds only light rain, not a "rain" jacket substitute. I am 5'5" tall, 130+ lbs, usually wear a size 4. The size small worked well for me over a baselayer, it's snug over a fleece but does work in a pinch. The hood stays on nicely. My cuffs are a bit dirty and don't seem to wash clean where the elastic is anymore. I wish it had more than the 1 pocket, but oh well.
suhleenah at Patagonia on 11/20/2013

I actually bought this jacket for a big backpacking trip to replace my fleece and save a little weight based on hiking blog recommendations. However, so far I've used it for running only.
I've had it out in rain and it's been pretty effective without overheating me. I ran for 4 hours in 30 degree weather and was able to pull up the sleeves and unzip as the temp began to climb. It's light enough that I don't mind carrying it on a run if I misjudge the weather and have to strip it off.
My only negative is that the pocket is a bit skimpy for stuffing it easily/quickly. My husband doesn't have this issue with his men's model.
Fit was fine. I'm 5'6", 135 pounds, and bought a large. If I only wanted it for running and didn't think that I'd be layering for hiking, a medium would probably be better.

winp258149 at on 02/05/2013

Lacking in breathability

This is my first Houdini jacket so I can’t compare with previous generation. But I like the changes in the fit, such as the half-elastic wrists and the cinch cord at the waist is mostly at the backside. The Tailored Grey color makes it difficult to see the Patagonia logo on the chest pocket. Stuffing the jacket into its pocket is not as easy as I’ve seen it done on Youtube reviews; I think this new version of Houdini has a much smaller pocket. When I took this jacket on the trails in Big Sur, I can feel the windproofness working, but I agree with another reviewer about this jacket’s lacking in breathability – I now wish Patagonia would include pit zips. I haven’t worn the jacket in the rain so I can’t comment on its waterproofness. Overall, I’m glad I bought this new Houdini.
BlueGruff at Patagonia on 09/11/2012

I can take this jacket everywhere! It is so lightweight and packable, that it is always with me now. It fits into its own pocket. It feels like nothing at all when you wear it, but provides some great wind protection when you might otherwise get chilled. I find it true to size and am happy with ordering my normal size, as I tend to wear more slim fitting gear when I need this (hiking base layers, or a tee shirt, etc), and I didn't want a lot of extra bagginess. I have fit it over a fleece though too. I got an XS; I am 5'2" and 115 lbs. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because no side pockets (probably for weight and compressibility), and it is a bit expensive, but if you catch a sale--grab one, you won't regret it!

mgsluss at on 07/26/2013

Negative Reviews:

Terrible cuff design

For 8 or 9 years my Houdini jacket has been the most useful jacket I own. I decided it was finally time for a new one, since the DWR has worn off and re-treatment has only been semi successful. When this new version arrived, it looked great, but then I tried it on. I couldn't believe the cuff design. Instead of having a full elastic cuff, it now has 1/2 elastic cuffs, which makes the openings huge. The sleeves hung just past my knuckles, and there was no way to keep them around my wrists. One of the main things I use this jacket for is bike riding. If I rode my bike in the new design, the wind would be funneled right up the sleeves. I returned the jacket and hope that they go back to a normal full elastic cuff on the next version. I'm all for saving weight, but how much weight does 1/2 elastic really save.
JKC1 at Patagonia on 10/17/2013


I returned this jacket...a real disappointment.
Paper thin material; cut very thin; (I only weigh 105 lbs.); sleeves have 1/2 elastic cuffs!; need 5 minutes of hard labor to stuff it into too small pocket):
Dianes at Patagonia on 08/24/2013