> What does your Westcomb hoody weigh?
My size M, pretty dirty and unwashed is 0.31 lb on my scale. By comparison the 2013 Houdini size M is 0.23 lb on my scale. For something worn as often as this, pretty negligible if you ask me. :)
> Somewhere here on BPL, it's reported that the "new" less breathable Houdini was released in 2012; if so, it's possible both your Houdinis are "new" style, or it's possible you have one of each. If they both breathe about the same, you probably have two new ones.
No. I definitely have the (early 2012) Houdini that predates the other one. Versus the current 2013/2014 model, it has a wider cut, no pocket flap, fits easily in its own pocket, no rear reflective Patagonia logo, rear elastic only, and finally, breathes *significantly* better.
> The Westcomb Crest seems like one of top options, but judging from the videos on youtube and rei.com, it looks like the Westcomb Crest has a lot of extra fabric in the torso and waist. Is my impression wrong?
Speaking as to the fit, I don't think it is cut much differently than the older Houdini. At 6'0 185# the medium fits me snugly, but not like a sausage in casing.
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> As far as price, it is spendy. The Squamish is $149 US, so they have company.
I agree, it is spendy. That is a huge downside, but I was lucky enough to snag mine on sale.
It's currently available as part of REI's spring 2014 collection. http://www.rei.com/search?query=westcomb+crest