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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award  
Price $98.95 at Amazon$169.00 at REI
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$99.00 at REI
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$119.73 at REI
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$159.00 at Backcountry
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Pros Many pockets, more waterproof, excellent wind protection, snap to allow unzipping during wearLightweight, very breathable, comfortable fit & feel, flexible, great cuffsHelmet compatible, lightweight, extremely packable, dries quicklyVery flexible, flattering fit, long torso, comfortable cuffVery windproof, decent rain protection, easy to layer, great warmth to weight ratio
Cons Elastic cuffs harsh, thin fabric can be seen through, large packed sizeSlim fit difficult to layer, not ideal for really cold windNot the most waterproof, can see through thin fabricGets wet very easily, thicker fabric is heavierCrinkly material less comfortable, not very breathable, hood is difficult to keep up in strong winds
Bottom Line With more features than we expected from a technical jacket, this windbreaker offers excellent protection in the outdoorsA protective, packable, and very breathable jacket that keeps you on the move in just about any weatherA favorite for years, the Houdini is a staple whose modest $99 price tag belies its impressive performanceThis versatile jacket can take you on grand outdoor adventures or just around the townA more traditional windbreaker in a lightweight package that keeps you protected but isn't the most breathable
Rating Categories Rab Vital Hoody - Women's Houdini Air Patagonia Houdini - Women's Alpine Start Squamish Hoody
Wind Resistance (30%)
9
8
8
8
9
Breathability (30%)
6
8
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5
Weight And Packability (20%)
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Versatility (10%)
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Water Resistance (10%)
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Specs Rab Vital Hoody -... Houdini Air Patagonia Houdini... Alpine Start Squamish Hoody
Weight (oz) 5.0 oz 3.4 oz 3.1 oz 6.7 oz 4.2 oz
Material Hyperlite and nylon outer 90% nylon (51% recycled), 10% polyester double weave with DWR treatment 100% nylon ripstop with DWR (durable water repellent) treatment Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere® Technology 100% nylon Tyono™ 30D, ripstop, DWR treatment
Pockets 2 hand, 1 inner zip and 2 inner open-top 1 chest 1 chest 1 chest 1 chest
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuffs Half elastic Half elastic Half elastic Elastic Half elastic
Stuffs Into Pocket Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safety Reflective Material Reflective logo on front and back Reflective front logo Reflective logo on front and back None Reflective logo
Fit Regular fit Slim fit Slim fit Slim fit Slim fit
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