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It might just be the next greatest thing to ever happen to you.

A bold statement, we know, but when you zip on the Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket, the ridiculous warmth and lightness of the Ghost Whisperer might be the next greatest thing to happen to you. The 800-fill Q.shield down brings massive warmth without weight, and the down resists moisture so it won't stop insulating if it happens to get a little soggy. Its lightweight Whisperer ripstop nylon pairs up with the down to make this puffy weigh in at a mere 7oz so you'll be able to throw it in your pack when you're climbing or harvesting some backcountry turns without it taking up too much space or acting like a lead balloon in your pack. 

  • Whisperer nylon ripstop
  • 800-fill Q.shield down
  • Interior toggle hem
  • 2 zippered hand pockets
  • Stowable design

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4 5

Sigh

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 215 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

So I received my jacket, tried it on and was sad because it was too large. I guess I was thrown a bit because of it being listed as an active fit in the tech specs. In the biking world an active fit means it's sized really small. I took a chance because it was on clearance - oh well.



I was really impressed by the weight (or rather lack of weight). The other reviews have stated that it will not take a pounding and I can see their point. The nylon is whisper thin to save weight. I would never wear it as an outer layer, especially given the steep price tag, but it's perfect as an under layer or as an extra layer of warmth while sleeping.


I will order a large when I see one on sale, but I think for the extra ounce I'll be ordering the hooded version.

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John, I know how you feel! Same thing happened to me as my long-awaited, on-clearance Ghost Whisperer was too big for me... By the time I could log back on to order a new one, all the mediums were gone... Looks like we will have to wait for next season.

5 5

Another Great Mountain Hardwear product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 171 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

Light weight, occupies little space in carry on luggage where every cubic inch counts, fits as advertised. Purchased large, sleeves a little long considering I wear a 34-35 inch dress shirt. This jacket adds flexibility to many outdoor clothing situations. Wear it under a gore-tex paclite rain shell or under a Mountain Hardwear Gore Windstopper. The combined weight of the Ghost Wisper and Paclite Shell is 20 ounces.
Backcountry beat everyones price by a significant margin.

5 5

Weighs nothing, warm, allround awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 165 lbs

Only downside is price, get it on sale like I did. This jacket weights nothing, as someone said, it's like a cloud of warm air around you. It'll get some down leakage, but overall its tougher than the fabric would lead you to believe and its darn warm. Makes a good outer layer from 30-50F or so and a very good midlayer as well. Its not stretchy though.

5 5

light insulation

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Bought this as an insulating layer for hunting later in the year. This jacket is super light and quite warm for how light it is. I agree with others about the quality of the zipper. It's not great but works and was designed for minimal weight. Haven't tested the water resistance but I chose this jacket for weight and the waterproof down. Sizing wise, I was hoping for a slightly snigger fit since it will be mostly used as a mid layer but as a outer layer it fits great. The Md. Would have been too snug. I'm looking forward to testing durability but from first impressions I'm very happy.
Great service and shipping from Backcountry.com

4 5

A great ultralight down jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Overall, really happy with this jacket. It has kept me warm down to 20F with a few layers underneath doing very mild activity like walking (so, low self-heating). It is versatile in the sense that it can be worn comfortably with say 1-3 layers underneath, and it can be worn underneath a shell, and because it is so light it is great for physical activities. However, although the material seems surprisingly durable considering its weight, I would recommend wearing a shell or even just a fleece over it to protect it from abrasion if you're going to be coming into contact with trees, rocks, etc.

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I bought this jacket in color Shark (dark gray with orange-red zippers), size medium, after looking over a bunch of the ultralight down jackets. I was originally interested in the Patagonia ultralight down jacket, but it was hard to find on sale, so I shopped around and landed on the Ghost Whisperer which, as it turns out, I like the style of better than the Patagonia. I have gotten many compliments on the jacket, which is always a bonus.

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I'm in Boston, MA and use this primarily around the city which in general means windy and 10-30F conditions in winter, and my activity level in that use case is basically just brisk walking. For this type of use, this jacket performs well, especially if you layer up a little underneath. I have not used this jacket with a shell yet but I imagine that would provide a significant warmth boost and also improve wind-stopping ability. I have fit-checked it underneath a shell and it seems to fit well.

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The jacket does a better job blocking the wind than say my North Face Denali hoodie, but is not wind proof. I have found that the wind sneaks in through the collar, as it is fairly low around the neck and does not snug up against the skin. Wearing a collared shirt or sweater helps a lot in this regard. Same goes for the wrists--they do not fit snugly around the skin because there is basically no elastic there. I do not think this is actually a problem, as I do not think much heat actually escapes through there, and when wearing gloves the wrist openings tend to be sealed up pretty well by the glove. I would be really interested to try the hooded version of the Ghost Whisperer, as I suspect that would cut down the wind through the collar. There is a cinch cord around the waist which is critical to get the maximum warmth out of this jacket, as heat will escape through the waist if not cinched down. The cinch mechanism seems to work fine, although it does seem a bit lightweight, as do the zippers, but that is kind of the nature of the beast.

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This jacket is a great fit. For reference: I wear a dress shirt size 15 1/2" collar, 34-35" sleeve; Frank & Oak size medium button up shirts; Bonobos size medium button up shirts. Ghost Whisperer chest is good, waist is good, sleeve length is good. Collar is maybe a little loose, but comfortable. The fit is on the slim side, which I like. I have worn it comfortably over just a thin base layer, like a t-shirt, and also over t-shirt + collared button-up + wool sweater. Obviously it is looser with just a tee, and a little on the snug side with two shirts and a wool sweater, but it's fine. The range of motion on the arms is great--does not tug or pull, feels really free.

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The pockets are not super useful--I have tried keeping lightweight cotton or wool gloves in them, and that works okay. They are probably best used for paper items, ID cards, wallet, etc. I would not keep anything potentially abrasive in there (e.g. keys) as I would be concerned about accelerated wear and tear. One of the pockets doubles a stuff sack which I have not tried yet. It has an extra zipper pull built in for this purpose.

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Overall, awesome jacket, really happy with the purchase. Not sure I would have purchased if not on sale though, these ultralights run pricey.

4 5

Great, but almost perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I've only had initial impression of this jacket so far, I'll get some pics up and update my review in time. I went with the hoodless because I plan to use it predominantly as a midlayer It's biggest attribute obviously is the warmth to weight ratio, this thing is a feather.

Take note that the sizing is odd compared to other Mountain Hardware items. I'd seen this comment often on the jacket but still went for a Large, which is the size I have for every other Mountain Hardware shirt/jacket I own. I'm 6'3 180 lbs and was swimming in it. Returned it for a medium and it's absolutely perfect. However a medium shouldn't be perfect for my long armed gangly self, it really fits like a medium tall.

Like any ultra light gear, you tend to sacrifice strength and durability for weight. I haven't had any problems yet, but lets just say I won't ever be bushwacking with this jacket on. It's pretty clear that the fabric will not withstand much abuse, this is a winter skiing midlayer or fall hiking outerlayer for me, I'm going to have to try to not be too rough on it.

As far as this notorious cuff problem? Yes, the cuffs could be improved with some better elasticity. Is it a deal breaker? Absolutely not in my opinion, it's really not that bad, I have skinny wrists and while there is a gap it's not overly noticeable to me. Maybe it would be a bigger issue if the sleeve's were too long for me (which is the case for alot of people with this jacket as it fits like a tall size), but as is the sleeves come down to wrist level and it's not a big issue.

Overall, I'm really happy with the jacket. It really is incredibly warm for it's 7 oz weight. However I would be perfectly willing to add just a smidge more weight for a chest pocket, and to beef up the main zipper just a bit. With some minor changes this jacket could really be the bees knees, but as is it's still pretty darn sweet. I'll see how it holds up over time and adjust my review accordingly.

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Normally a XXL in all my top layers, but an XL with this jacket. In fact, I even where it OVER my XXL Monkey Man fleece. Would love for someone to explain to me how that works haha.

2 5

Cool coat, not completely thought out

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Cool looking coat and warm for its weight. But I decided to send the coat back for three reasons.
1.) It has no chest pocket, not inside nor outside. Almost all others similar models from other companies have the chest pocket for a reason: it is needed.
2.) The cuff elastic on the sleeves is not...well...any good. Mountain Hardware over-engineered the coat and made the sleeves too long, the elastic stuff too high techy and the cuff too big. Bad triple whammy. It does not grip, it does not stretch, and it is too big. So the sleeve just goes past my wrist and down to my thumb. Jacket size is a Medium. My sleeve length is a 34 and the sleeves are still too long. Jacket is true to size except for the sleeves.
3.) The zipper is to meek for this coat and it is glitchy. Gets stuck at bottom when engaging and disengaging zipper.

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The zipper is a little different because it snaps in and doesn't release until the zipper is all the way down. It feels like the zipper is all the way down, but if you look, it's still about 1/8" up. Squeeze the extra way and it pops out. Use a little beeswax, or waxy lip balm and lube the zipper slightly, much better.

5 5

Great lightweight down jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Ordered the MH GW jacket to use on hiking trips and for use on business trips when I travel to cold locations. So far have only used it for the latter, but it worked great.

Pros: lightweight, as advertised. Stuffs into its own left pocket, and works well as an airplane pillow (or a pillow inside your sleeping bag). Was toasty warm down to 20 degrees with a lightweight TNF fleece underneath. Without a layer underneath, was comfortable outside in mid 20's to lower 30's for short periods of time. The fit is very good. I'm ~6'2" and thin; the large fits me very well.

Cons: as some other reviews I've seen stated, the zipper does feel a bit on the delicate side. I say that because I have to futz with it a bit to get it to pull apart or go back together, and it is a very small, thin zipper. But this is part of the weight savings, so I can accept it.

Overall, very happy with the purchase. Got it on sale for ~1/3 off, and am glad I spent the money for this model over some competitors.

4 5

Excellent, pricey, a bit fragile, shiney

  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

This is a great jacket, very warm for weighing nothing. It's like a cloud of warm air on you. Good as a light outer layer or mid layer. It's not stretchy so not good for climbing etc. Also its pretty darn shiney, which I dont like so much, but not a big deal. The fabric is a extremely low denier, 10 I think, so its easy to tear and get some down leakage, but gear tape will fix that. Overall worth buying. You can always stuff this into bag as a backup without noticing the extra weight.

5 5

Hesitated for awhile, but...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 5' 5"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I'm glad I finally made the purchase. I went back and forth because lets be honest, the jacket isn't cheap but I found a great deal that I couldn't pass up for last years model. I've worn it a handful of times backpacking already and a lot just out and about. It has definitely done its job of keeping me warm even in the low teens at night. Like most down items, I wasn't happy to find a few stray feathers after I slept in it in the single digits but there was only 1-2.
On a side note, I did ball it up as small as possible in my pack and it was pretty wrinkled and flat looking but throwing it in the dryer with no heat for a few minutes made it look brand new again. I also do this trick with my sleeping bags after a trip and before I hang them up.
I picked up a large and the sleeves are slightly longer than I would have liked, but not enough to be an issue. As you can see I said it ran small in the fit which I found true except for the length of the sleeves which are maybe 1-1.5" too long for me.

5 5

I like it :)

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Just what I expected, light compact and warm :)

Looking for info on how well it packs? Will this squish down to a small size to fit in my pack as an extra layer?

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I think this is gonna be a perfect option for an extra layer. That's why I'm purchasing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUc0J7zyoEQ

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It folds up quite nicely in its own pocket, imagine a squishy burrito from Chipotle and that's your jacket lol. But even then it can be mashed a little more. I've thrown mine everywhere from the bottom of my pack, a small zippered pocket and it's been great.

4 5

long sleeves

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

This jacket is amazing in all the categories you would expect, its warm, light and looks great. I 5' 10'' and have a 33 inch sleeve, and the jacket is too long in the arm by a couple inches in a medium. In general, it fits larger than a Patagonia or Arc'teryx in all ways.

5 5

Pleasantly Surprised

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I just picked this jacket up and the first thing I thought when I got it was, holy crap is it light. I had a helly Hansen synthetic light weight jacket I really liked, and this thing blows it out of the water. I live in Alaska, and we just went for a hike this weekend. It was -3 and blowing about 10mph,and this jacket exceeded expectations. I was pretty well layered with long underwear and a sweater, but this jacket as a shell worked perfectly.

I am 5'10", 180 lbs and the large fits almost perfectly.

The only concern I have, and with only one use will still have to test this, is with the durability. It is so light, I don't know how strong it is, and I'm nervous it's going to come apart If I brush up against anything.

That being said, I'm really happy with it so far.

5 5

Awesome!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Really nice jacket. Colour is awesome! Its more a lime green than a fluro, as it looks in the pictures. Im 6" and 185lbs and Large is perfect. A few people seem to be having issues with size. I normally wear Large jackets and this would be no acceptation. I added a picture (sorry about quality) just to show the fit.

While the sleeves seem a little long, i find this length perfect. The cuffs are fine around my wrists. There is a bit of room around the chest/shoulder area, but this makes it perfect for layering, either mid or top.

Extremely warm, even after a few minutes around the house i could feel the heat building. Might get pretty hot on Spring hikes.

Awesome!
This keeps him warmer than I can!

This keeps him warmer than I can!

After having jacket envy over my ghost whisperer, he finally got one. And he hasn't stopped wearing it (or so it seems!).

Keeps him warm (with another layer) even in the chilly New England winters on the coast!

He wore it today to take the dog out in Juno (the blizzard) and he was ready to walk further than the dog! (and the q shield down and ripstop nylon kept him and the down dry even in any melting snow).

This puff seems too fragile to survive.

This puff seems too fragile to survive.

But survive it has. This and many similar rocky/icy excursions. Here's the (older, i guess) Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer at 14,500 feet at the top of the last couloir on the Mountaineers Route on Mount Whitney. Sometimes when I'm climbing on stuff like that, I armjam. Sometimes when I'm armjamming on stuff like that, I either get sort of bloody, or I worry that whatever layer I have on will take a beating. I worry about the Ghost Whisperer especially, but it always seems to come out unscathed. At least so far.

For the extremely visually astute, yes, I should have put the Ghost Whisperer UNDERNEATH the Marmot SuperMica, but I put the SuperMica on at 12K feet as a windshirt where it started getting cold, then we rounded a corner and started ascending a North-facing gully at 14k feet and it got even colder, so I dug out and threw on the Ghost Whisperer. There are a few reasons why that order should have been reversed, but I don't like to be bothered with that stuff most of the time. I just expect my gear to work with me in whatever situation we find ourselves together in.

That's why I love this jacket. Because it does.
It gets scroonched down into a tiny ball in my pack, it gets scraped over sharp granite, sometimes I even pull in out/put it on when it's drizzling (and that just breaks ALL the rules) because it just happens to be in the very top of my pack and is thus the most convenient layer.
I've found that I use this thing way more than I thought I would. It's become ever-present in my pack. It's so light that sometimes I carry it as padding for my camera gear and never end up wearing it. It' not an exaggeration to say that it's my most-used/worn puffy layer, and I have a few.
(Copy-paste this link...you'll see what I mean...)

http://www.brandonriza.com/Tour/PuffComparisons/Tour.html

Great jacket. 5 Stars. But man...I'm way diggin on that black/red one now. Don't make me buy another one, Mountain Hardwear!

5 5

Bought for husband and he loved it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

He wears it all the time right now. I like the way he looks in it and he wears it everywhere right now. Fit was great and he has used it skiing, around town, and on some hikes and it's held up great with lots of wear. Thanks

4 5

Light, nice fit, but the cuffs?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Love the jacket, love the weight, but the cuffs are horrible. I fully realize, they are trying to build a light jacket, and thus a minimal cuff, but the key to a down jacket is trapping warm air in.

I am 5'8" 165lbs, and got a medium. Fits awesome, but there is a 1 inch gap from the edge of my wrist to the cuff? I measured the diameter to be 4 inches, and am guessing that nobody's wrist is that large. I called backcountry, and they measured one in the warehouse there at 5 inches cuff diameter!

I have 3 shells, 4 down jackets, some fleeces and never have I seen a cuff that if so large. How does anyone trap warm air in their arms if it leaks right out?

I am still trying to figure out what to do regarding return, as I got a good price. My lovely wife thinks she can snake some more elastic in there.

Love the jacket, but wow, how could they mess up the cuffs that badly

Light, nice fit, but the cuffs?

Light, nice fit, but the cuffs?
3 5

Wasn't impressed

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

Although this jacket seems well made and is ultralight, I returned it for two reasons:
- it didn't seem very warm. I wore it inside for a while, walked around the house, and didn't feel nearly as warm as I would expect. I believe it is because the amount of down is very small and not sufficient for a true insulating layer for wintertime. I realize that it is ultralight and made for expeditions, but even so, it should be a bit warmer.

- the medium size was enormous (I think even the small would be big). I normally am a Medium size

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The sizing on this jacket is hard to figure out. I am 5'9" (150lbs) with a 38" chest, 31" waist, 33" sleeves. I ordered a small and the chest was so tight I couldn't get full articulation of my arms.

I exchanged it for a medium and I am swimming in the jacket. The bottom of the jacket goes half way past my rear and the sleeves are too long. It almost seems like it is a large. I had to double check to make sure that I had indeed received a medium.