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When the wind picks up and the cold rolls in, testers found the Houdini was the breathable, wind-resistant layer they needed. It’s only 3.6 ounces and “packs down to about the size of a Clif bar” when stuffed in its chest zipper pocket. “It is perfect for going light and fast in the mountains” and clips easily to a harness. The wind jacket won’t keep you dry in a downpour, but its DWR finish is appropriate for light moisture, whether that’s snow, rain, or graupel. Don’t let its airy weight deceive you, though: The 100 percent ripstop nylon is surprisingly durable.
Why It’s Great for Women
The fit is athletic and trim without being tight or restrictive, thanks to a slight taper in the waist. “This is the only wind jacket that didn’t make me feel like I was just wearing a big black garbage bag.”
Women’s Climbing Gear Hall of Fame