Patagonia Houdini Air Jacket

Patagonia Houdini

WEIGHT: 4.1 oz
MSRP: $169
TECH: DWR finish on fabric to repel light moisture, double-weave nylon/polyester fabric for breathability; 90% nylon (51% recycled), 10% polyester [Note: this is water-resistant, but NOT waterproof!]


FEATURES: At a screaming 4.1 ounces, this is the lightest jacket in this list. It’s designed to offer modest protection against light rain, wind, or snow. The low-cuff hems make it easy to layer underneath, and the hood has a drawchord to protect your face without sacrificing vision. The jacket zips into its own chest pocket, and can be shoved just about anywhere.

BEST FOR: Ultralight adventures with a chance of rain in the forecast. This is definitely not the jacket to choose if it’s going to rain day after day, but it’s perfect for extremely lightweight protection against light rain, or windy summits. Even without a chance of moisture, this is a great jacket to always pack in the case of a sudden temperature drop or windstorm. This is also not a good option for bushwacking / off-trail travel, as the material is extremely thin.

WHAT WE LIKE: This layer has a next-to-nothing feel that is just perfect for wind or light weather protection. Taking it on and off is a breeze because it’s so light and packs down to nearly nothing.

CONS: This might not be the best jacket to wear underneath a backpack day after day, and it is not suitable for more than light rain or snow.

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