I readily agree that everyone has different opinions and loyalties to different manufactureres, but I don't always get the vitrolic or venomouns comments about Patagonia on this site.
Every year, like most garments in their line, the Houdini is always avaialable in black as well as a variety of at least 4 or 5 other colors. I got mine last year in a dark indigo-blue color. The only color I've ever seen for any Patagonia garment that isn't readily found in nature is the Fuscia pink.
Also, I love a bargain and rarely pay full price for anything. Between this and other online vendors and the twice per year 30-50% off sale, there's no reason IMHO to carp about their prices. Also, I have Patagonia garments that I have literally had for more than 15 years, wear constantly and they show hardly any wear if any at all. The quality is definitely there. "Patagucci" I think not! You get what you pay for!!
For me, Patagonia rocks, especially with their business ethics and commitment to countless environmental and social justice causes since the founding of the company, long before U.S. companies received tax write-offs for theses types of charitible works.