The Disappearing Jacket

Women's Alpine Houdini Jacket.
Women’s Alpine Houdini Jacket.

Featherweight, emergency storm protection for light-and-fast alpine or backcountry endeavours, Patagonia’s Alpine Houdini Jacket disappears when clipped to your harness or pack, then deploys to shed wind and precip when your weather window shuts.

One thing’s for sure: you can never predict the weather. Even meteorologists are mostly just guessing. One moment you’re climbing vertical, east-facing granite at 13,000 feet. The next you’re staring at heavy, dark clouds boiling over the summit from the west. Seconds later, lightning cracks.

The Alpine Houdini’s ultralight waterproof/breathable membrane and absence of anything superfluous serves the simplicity crucial to alpine rock climbing – and its afternoon thunderstorms. Or maybe you just want the reassurance of instant warmth and protection stowed in your pack or pocket; you’ll take it everywhere, because it weighs almost nothing.

Seriously? Yup, it packs down that small.
Seriously? Yup, it packs down that small.

It is emergency rainwear for climbing that also blocks wind and traps your heat on chilly belay ledges, packs into its single internal chest pocket (with clip-in loop) and seals up with elastic wrist cuffs and a single-pull drawcord waist. Includes helmet-compatible, single-pull adjustable hood.

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-Highly water-resistant woven nylon shell, with laminate membrane and DWR (durable water repellent) finish holds a 10,000 mm 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 seals out weather
-1.5-oz 20-denier 100% nylon ripstop shell, with a laminate membrane and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
-Weighs in at a ridiculous 170 g (6 oz).

Men's Alpine Houdini.
Men’s Alpine Houdini.

Available online or at Patagonia Toronto.