Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini?
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Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini? on 07/12/2013 12:59:32 MDT Print View

I recently picked up a Westcomb Crest Hoody because I was concerned about the direction the new Patagonia Houdini is going. It's made of Pertex Equilibrium so it has a bit more stretch than the Houdini but still only weighs in at 5 oz.

So far in two downpours it has proven to be highly water-resistant, highly wind-resistant, and still more breathable than the 2013 Houdini and probably on par with my old 2012 Houdini.

Fit is fantastic and the next-to-skin comfort is phenomenal.

Perhaps this is destined to be the new favorite UL jacket?

on Marcy

Ian Schumann
(freeradical) - M

Locale: Central TX
Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini? on 07/12/2013 16:38:58 MDT Print View

Okay, that is seriously a cool piece! I am especially interested in learning how the denier gradient / wicking thing works out for you. Perhaps it will end up feeling much more tolerant of moisture buildup on the inside than a regular "hard shell windshirt" like the Houdini?

Let us know how it works out for you :-)

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini? on 07/12/2013 16:55:21 MDT Print View

Nice looking piece,

I would definiltley buy one but have 4 Windshirts already.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini? on 07/12/2013 17:08:36 MDT Print View

"Perhaps this is destined to be the new favorite UL jacket?"

It does look like a nice piece, but I'm always a bit surprised that the Feathered Friends Jackorack doesn't get much mention on BPL. I really like mine.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
"old"? on 07/12/2013 18:20:48 MDT Print View

"So far in two downpours it has proven to be highly water-resistant, highly wind-resistant, and still more breathable than the 2013 Houdini and probably on par with my old 2012 Houdini."

If you already own an "old" 2012 Patagonia Houdini, why did you buy a new windbreaker?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini? on 07/12/2013 18:36:38 MDT Print View

Does anyone know the difference between Pertex Quantum and Equilibrium? Pertex's site is a little vague on the actual specifications of Equilibrium, compared to the Quantum page.

I have the Rab Cirrus, which is 15D Quantum. Unfortunately, I've never used a Houdini, which at least makes a good comparison benchmark.

Gerald L
(Mtngeronimo) - F

Locale: SoCal
Westcomb Crest Hoody: Velcro sleeve adj. on 07/12/2013 22:25:16 MDT Print View

Nice looking piece. It looks as if you have adj. velco straps on the sleeves. When I go to the Westcomb web site the sleeves are 'molded'. REI thumbnails show both on the same page. One thing I wish the Houdini had is velcro straps on the sleeves as well. Any idea which model year yours is?

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini? on 07/13/2013 21:40:33 MDT Print View

A few answers:
Pertex Equilibrium is a 2-way stretch woven. The fabric is more like a very, very lightweight "softshell" as marketed by Patagonia, REI, et al. I believe it is a bi-component fabric with a harder wearing exterior thread and a softer wicking interior thread. My understanding is that Pertex Quantum is more similar to the usual hard nylon wovens

I got a good deal on the Crest as it was on clearance at REI during one of their promotions. Despite having a few windshells already this one piqued my interest. I carry a windshell every day and use them often for cycling, hiking, climbing, etc, so it behooves me to have an extra to fall back on...

Regarding durability. I did discover one pull on the fabric after a short day of bushwhacking. Besides that one day it's been mostly too hot out to wear while moving, so I haven't been able to test its durability/wicking more extensively. So far it seems to wick well and feel better when damp than the Houdini. I am really looking forward to putting it through its paces later this year particularly the winter.

My Westcomb hoody indeed has velcro straps. It is this year's model (Spring 2013) if that helps. Like everything else Westcomb makes, this one is made in Canada.