Good:- Excellent windproofing- Sufficient DWR water resistance for dry snow and light rain- As breathable as you can get- Lightweight, packable- Durable enough to last me a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, plus a year of climbing approaches, bike commuting, backcountry skiing and bikepacking.- Patagonad's bomber guaranteeBad:- Beware the carabiner loop. My stuffed Houdini ripped off of my harness 300 feet up a desert tower and plummeted to its early demise. I promptly replaced it with the same.Ugly:- You, skinning up a ridge on a cold, windy winter ascent without this thing or an equivalent.. Also recommended: Montane Litespeed.
This is the third Patagonia Houdini that I have purchased. Two are in bright colors because I use them for jogging. But I also take one of these jackets almost everywhere I travel since it weighs only three ounces; it is almost un-noticed until I need it. I am tall, thin and get cold when the wind blows on me. The Houdini blocks the wind and keeps me comfortable. While the bright colors have been fine for mountains, deserts, lakes and oceans, they have been a bit strange for places like Paris, London and New York, so I recently bought a Houdini in blue. I recommend Houdinis to friends and relatives, and am extremely positive about it - - as long as you are not too heavy.