Houdini Mono Air Houdi brings a Total Approach to the Category

February 7, 2023

Houdini's core product awarded 'MADE THE GRADE' status

TUCSON, ARIZONA USA: A total approach to outdoor pursuits across seasons and regions means the Houdini Mono Air Houdi has been awarded ‘Made the Grade’ status from INVESTMENT GRADE GEAR. In strong alignment with the mantra of Know It, Trust It, Keep It.TM, this hoodie earns high marks for weather protection built from future-minded materials.

‘What comes first: A well-engineered garment or a way of ensuring an extended, responsible future?, ask INVESTMENT’s founder and lead evaluator Peter Reese. ‘Houdini takes a ‘both/and’ view of adventure apparel as well as circularity.’

Bringing data that demonstrates garment use at dramatic multiples to average clothing, Houdini turns a double-faced material into a fully-featured midlayer. As testers discovered, the award-winning fleece jacket cuts microfiber shedding by 80% for a longer useful life while repelling weather and abrasion.

According to the brand, ‘Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. For us there is no contradiction between sustainability and good business. It’s essential in the long run. We constantly work to transform our business, our industry and society. We have gotten far, but we are far from done.’

The Houdini Mono Air Houdi, as with many of the products selected for ‘Made the Grade,’ has endured scrutiny of materials, construction, features and fit: It merits special consideration for performance, lasting value, and embracing a ‘less and better beats more’ approach to a more sustainable future.

INVESTMENT GRADE GEAR, rooted in 50 years of adventure experience and outdoor journalism, selects individual pieces of gear for spotlight reviews: The video review, including a unique one-word summary of the Mono Air Houdi, is available HERE.


About Investment Grade Gear

INVESTMENT GRADE GEAR is a response to ‘Best of’ gear category lists that frequently confuse consumers or don’t provide concise, credible findings. Focused on video reviews, each Made the GradeTM selection fits the powerful mantra of Know It, Trust It, Keep It.TM, one applauded by manufacturers and industry influencers alike. Consideration of individual products is not limited to new releases, and can be suggested by reaching out to editor@investmentgradegear.com.