Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Featherweight Jacket

Patagonia Houdini Jacket
Patagonia Houdini Jacket. © Pricegrabber

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I never travel without the Houdini jacket. It compacts down the size of an energy bar. Yet it is an excellent windbreaker and water-resistant jacket with hood to provide just enough protection from the elements for fitness walking. With the small size and weight, you can take it with you even in a small fanny pack. It is one of my top walking essentials.

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Years ago, I bought the Patagonia quarter-zip Dragonfly jacket and it was one of the best purchases I made.

Now they have replaced it with the full-zip Houdini. It still has the features I loved best. First, the featherweight jacket folds up into its own breast pocket to the size of an energy bar. That makes it the perfect take-along jacket for warming up and then stowing away.

The ripstop nylon fabric is light yet strong. I wore the Dragonfly for over seven years with no wear and tear.

The DWR water-repellent coating helps keep off light rain, but it is by no means waterproof.

The jacket is an excellent windbreaker. Living in a wet climate, I only buy jackets that have hoods, and the Houdini's hood is a simple one. It layers well under a hat or bike helmet.

The Houdini has a zip breast pocket perfect for small essentials and then to stow the jacket into. That is an upgrade from the velcro-closure of the Dragonfly jacket.

This simple shell jacket has no lining. It is great for spring, summer, and fall walking until temperatures drop.

I look forward to years of walking with the Houdini.

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