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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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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.

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?

Responded on

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

Responded on

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

Responded on

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.

176cm, 68kg, which size should I choose, S or M?

I want to wear one baselayer and one sweater inside and one hard shell outside.

Thanks!

Best Answer Responded on

I'm 173cm, 74 kg and I wear M.