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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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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.
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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.


Best Answer Responded on

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