The 2017 Patagonia Houdini Pullover appeared to take the top pick for best value. We found the Houdini to be one of the simplest pieces in this years running jacket roundup, and that's not a bad thing. Often times simplicity translates directly to durability when outdoor equipment is involved. When it comes to running jackets it's easy to feel overwhelmed by too many features. The aptly named Houdini disappears when packed and is a simple albeit functional running layer for wind and rain protection. We think this hoodless, pullover, half button-up version on the Houdini would make an excellent addition to your quiver of running layers not only for its protection from the elements but the reasonable price tag.
Sadly, Patagonia has confirmed that the Houdini Pullover will be discontinued after Fall 2017. Check out our review of the Patagonia Houdini for the hooded, zippered version that will be sticking around.