The Patagonia Houdini is not only the least expensive windbreaker in this review — it's also the best. With a list price of $99 and a model that is a standard setter for the genre, it's easy for us to call it our Editor's Choice. We also think that it is the best choice among the jackets that we reviewed for all-day rock climbing missions. It is super lightweight, fits like a glove, and stuffs into its own chest pocket smaller than any other jacket. Clipped on the back of your harness, you will have no idea that this jacket is even there — until you need it when the sun sinks behind the top of the wall and you are in the breezy shade for the rest of the day. We think this jacket is fit for almost any outdoor activity, whether trail running, mountain biking, or hiking, and are thrilled that a product this versatile is available for this cheap.
Patagonia adds new colors to the Houdini color palette on a regular basis. Scroll down to see two of the latest hues.