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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price $79.95 at Amazon$169.00 at REI
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Pros Wide cuffs, large back vent, comfortable fabric, bold color optionsLightweight, very breathable, comfortable fit & feel, flexible, great cuffsHelmet compatible, lightweight, extremely packable, dries quicklyMany pockets, more waterproof, excellent wind protection, snap to allow unzipping during wearVery flexible, flattering fit, long torso, comfortable cuff
Cons Doesn't pack into it's own pocket, short fit is harder to layer, sleeves on the short sideSlim fit difficult to layer, not ideal for really cold windNot the most waterproof, can see through thin fabricElastic cuffs harsh, thin fabric can be seen through, large packed sizeGets wet very easily, thicker fabric is heavier
Bottom Line A useful option with a classically sporty lookA 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 performanceWith more features than we expected from a technical jacket, this windbreaker offers excellent protection in the outdoorsThis versatile jacket can take you on grand outdoor adventures or just around the town
Rating Categories Windrunner Woven Houdini Air Patagonia Houdini - Women's Rab Vital Hoody - Women's Alpine Start
Wind Resistance (30%)
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8
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8
Breathability (30%)
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Weight And Packability (20%)
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Versatility (10%)
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Water Resistance (10%)
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Specs Windrunner Woven Houdini Air Patagonia Houdini... Rab Vital Hoody -... Alpine Start
Weight (oz) 7.4 oz 3.4 oz 3.1 oz 5.0 oz 6.7 oz
Material 100% polyester 90% nylon (51% recycled), 10% polyester double weave with DWR treatment 100% nylon ripstop with DWR (durable water repellent) treatment Hyperlite and nylon outer Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere® Technology
Pockets 2 hand 1 chest 1 chest 2 hand, 1 inner zip and 2 inner open-top 1 chest
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuffs Elastic Half elastic Half elastic Half elastic Elastic
Stuffs Into Pocket No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safety Reflective Material None Reflective front logo Reflective logo on front and back Reflective logo on front and back None
Fit High-rise fit Slim fit Slim fit Regular fit Slim fit
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