Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Dragonfly/Houdini
Manufacturer Patagonia
Page By Matt K
Page Type Aug 1, 2004 / Aug 1, 2004
Object ID 1103
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Taking up less room than a spare tube, this pullover sloughs off light rain while maintaining a microclimate of warmth and ventilation within. Features include a right-side stuff-it pocket, reflective heat-transfer logo, drawcord waist and a contoured fit.

Fabric: 1.1-oz. 15 x 25-denier triple ripstop nylon; DelugeĀ® DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Lower torso side pocket with hook-and-loop closure (shell stuffs into it); self fabric loop inside for clipping to harness

Adjustable drawcord hem

Contoured fit

Fabric is more breathable for high-output activities

Deluge DWR finish for water-repellency without sacrificing breathability

Textured fabric has a soft feel and less transparency

1.1-oz. 15 x 25 denier triple ripstop nylon; DelugeĀ® DWR treatment

99 g. (3.5 oz.)




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Matt K - Aug 1, 2004 8:12 pm - Voted 5/5

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Great lightweight jacket. There is no excuse to not bring it as it weighs nothing and packs to size of a tennis ball.

I have a slightly older model (maybe 2002), and my jacket has a hood, it appears as though the newer design is sans hood. The hood on my model is very form fitting, but wont fit over a helmet. No problem under a helmet though.

It is 100% windproof and is far more water-resistant than it suggests, although it will wet out quickly in more than a mist or very light rain. As soon as the rain stops it dries super quick, surely due to its nearly see-though fabric. The neck zipper is deep and works well to cool you off on uphill slogs.

bennovak - Feb 24, 2005 2:16 am - Voted 3/5

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Pretty decent in a mist or a drizzle, but anything more then that and you are going to get wet. Unless you find your way under some cover you will still get damp in a sierra shower in this jacket. I would recommend getting a little bit heavier but fully waterproof shell if precipitation is your main concern.

It works best as a wind shell. It does a great job keeping you warm on dawn hikes and up high where the winds blow. It also works great as an insurance policy on long trail runs. It packs down to nothing, will repel some water, and breathes quite welI.

Misha - Mar 16, 2005 10:21 pm - Voted 5/5

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One of my favorite pieces of outdoor clothing. Highlights:

- Can you say light!!? it weights practically nothing

- Protects well from wind. I used this jacket on multipitch Yosemite routes, doing airy ridge traverses in the Sierra, riding in the topless Jeep, etc. Every single time I felt well protected from the wind chill.

- Reasonable moisture protection. Take this jacket for what it is - it is not designed for shielding you from heavy rain or snow. However, it works OK in a drizzle or shower

- Good looking. You won't mind wearing it on your casual days in the city

Are there any downsides? Perhaps, it is the price... However, in this case you certainly get what you paid for.

Overall, this is a great jacket if you are conscious about the weight of your gear and don't mind spending a little bit of extra $$ for a top of the line product.

Felsberg - May 12, 2007 12:59 pm - Voted 5/5

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one of my most useful pieces of outerwear. this is basically a windbreaker but has excellent utility. it consists of a single layer of nylon. i can wear it all day, not too warm, blocks the wind great so keeps you warm when you need it. works well in any kind of layering system, typically i will leave it on while taking on and off an additional outer layer if its really cold out. packs away about the size of an apple. mine is no longer water proof or really even water resistant. also fantastic for biking.
great jacket, very useful.

Bill Kerr - Aug 27, 2008 10:44 pm - Voted 5/5

Very useful wind jacket
Light, windproof and breathes well. I renew the DWR after 3 - 4 washings. The hood can fit over or under a helmet.

kovarpa - Mar 4, 2009 9:28 pm - Voted 5/5

one of the best
pieces of clothing I have, almost always bring it along - summer, winter, whenever. good fit, good wind and moisture protection and packs super small. Super versatile for layering systems.

WML - Apr 26, 2010 6:59 pm - Voted 5/5

Gucci got it right!
Seriously. This thing is incredible, why aren't you buying it right now?

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