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Compressible warmth without added weight.

If you plan on bagging a couple of peaks this winter, pack the Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket in your trekking or touring pack. Thanks to its compressible 850-fill down insulation and seven-ounce weight, the Ghost Whisperer takes up little to no room and keeps you super warm while you wait for the rest of the crew to summit.

  • Durable, ultralight 7D x 10D Whisperer ripstop fabric features tight, wind-resistant weave and a DWR finish to repel light precipitation
  • 850-Fill down insulation warms your core without weighing you down
  • Quilted construction holds insulation in place
  • Lightweight single-pull hem drawcord offers quick fit adjustments
  • Two front hand-warmer pockets stash your energy goo or cell
  • Jacket stows in pocket for packing convenience

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5 5

It Good!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I've had this jacket for 3 years! Been on many back pack adventures and camping trips. It has been sitting at the bottom of my climbing bag for probably 3 months. It only has a few rips in it and surprisingly has not lost to much down. Tony the Tiger would say this fits grrrrrrrreat! I am 5'11 and 145 lbs and i wear a LRG size.So it runs a little big

It Good!
4 5

Functional

The cut isn't that snug but it gets the job done and is versatile. You can layer underneath if needed. The collar stands tall, making it look a little like something Count Dracula would wear.

4 5

KICKASS!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my ghost whisper down jacket. So light that half the time I forget I have it on. This coat breathes so well I don't over heat even inside and I never get cold while outside. Simply the best down puffy I have ever owned!! Not to mention that everyone wants to steal it from me, you have to keep your eye on it at all times! 5"10 160lbs and a Medium fits greats. No need to layer underneath this beast. Does just fine on it's own. As far as the comments on the active fit. Personally I don't wear a down jacket when I'm being active. I wear it at while Belaying on Ice Climbs or hanging around camp on chilly days. Doing cold alpine approaches is just fine as well, just throw a water proof shell over it and head out.

I'm 5'10 and 185 pounds. What size would...

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I'm 5'10 and 185 pounds. What size would you recommend?

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If you plan to do any layering or wear a heavy sweater/sweatshirt underneath, I would go with a Large. I'm 6'1" 180lbs and can fit in a medium, but there's no comfortable room for more than a tshirt and even then I'm not fond of the tight fit.

5 5

Super Warm/Lightweight

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had never held this jacket before purchasing, so I knew it was light, but didn't realize just how light it really is. It feels like the weight of a sheet of paper...(Ok thats a slight exaggeration, but it's close enough.) Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this jacket. Weighing in at 7.2oz, I was slightly skeptical of the warmth/wind-blocking ability, but after putting it to the test I am very pleased. My only complaint is like previous reviews have stated that it's not an extremely athletic fit, although it's not super baggy either so don't be discouraged from buying it. I am 6'2-175 and the M is a good fit, but not the semi skin-tight fit that mountaineers and climbers love.

I would've also liked to see some sort of wrist gaiter, but I'm sure it was left off for weight purposes. By itself I am comfortable in windy 30 degree days, and layered with a medium-weight shell you'll be good to go for sub-zero storms. I have yet to wash it, but seems to be sturdy enough.
Overall I am very pleased and it seems well worth the price when considering use in dicey and technical situations where maximum warmth to weight will save your life. If you want that extreme athletic fit go with the Patagonia Ultralight down hoody, but if you plan on layering anyways you might as well go with this excellent piece of equipment. (Plus it has perks) i.e.- it folds into it's own pocket so it fits nicely in a small outer pocket in your pack and can be retrieved when the storm hits.

2 5

not an athletic fit

The jacket is remarkably light. Upon receiving the package, I thought it was filled with Styrofoam. Upon trying it on, it became clear I needed to grow a belly to fill it out. I suspect I would have had to gain twenty pounds in the belly to fill out a medium. I'm 6'0, 150.

5 5

Keeps me warm and super light weight

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

Wow, this jacket is AWESOME!!! I'm 5' 7"Athletic 42-44" Chest with 36" waist, 190-205 depends on how much beer I drink. I ordered a Large and it fits very well. It does fit sort of like a Bell until you draw in the hem draw cord. But that's part of what I love about it. This is my first down jacket but I have been looking into them for about 4 months trying them on and having down envy of my buddies. Most of which have the Patagonia UL, mine is lighter and warmer. The Pat's materiel may last longer but only time will tell. I wore this for the first time to a Dark Star show in NC; it snowed that night and I was toasty with just my Stoic 150 LS on under this. Air temp was in the upper 20's outside, inside the jacket didn't over heat me until I started drinking beer and dancing around. But at that time I packed up the jacket into its pocket. Hooked it to the carabineer on my key ring and hooked that to my belt. I had to keep checking to make sure it was on my hip because it?s so light. After the show it easily unpacked and kept me very warm walking to the next bar, I kept it on the rest of the night. I think I was the only one not cold when we waited for the cab when we left. I got tons of complements on the Blue color. OK... OK... I know that wasn't some crazy white out story with me camping in my hammock on the side of a mountain. The jack is Kick A$$ and I will test in the wild very soon!

5 5

Satisfied

  • Gender: Male

Perfect for packing just about anywhere you need instant warmth.Almost negligible weight and very warm. I overheated wearing this under a shell with a wool base layer, X-C skiing in 15 degree weather with very strong wind - it's better suited to standing around camp, etc. than to high-energy activity. Fit was true to size - exactly what a "Large" should be. My only gripe is the shine is a little much. I bought the "steam" color, and everyone says I look like an astronaut. But I don't plan to use it to pick up ladies. This was an impulse purchase on S&C; very glad I pulled the trigger. I will be taking this thing on every adventure from now on!

How does this jacket compare to a Patagonia...

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How does this jacket compare to a Patagonia Down Sweater in terms of warmth and fit?

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I would say its a little warmer and fits about the same. its about half the weight of the Pat UL.

4 5

MoutainHardwear GhostWhisperer jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this jacket because it was the lightest one I could find anything written about. I also did not want something that would make me look like the Michelin Man. I'm a pretty muscular guy:6'1"and 240lbs with a 52" chest. I got the 2XL and I find it roomy. If I was looking for a closer fit,I think I could get away with the XL. While not as warm as the typical down jacket,I find that a good thing. I'm not sweating while being active. I think that this jacket is plenty warm till it drops into the 20s and even then its fine for chopping firewood.

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I'm 6'3 about 185-190lbs. Is a large the...

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I'm 6'3 about 185-190lbs. Is a large the correct size? I want to layer this under a Soft shell jacket.

5 5

best jacket I ever owned

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very lightweight, shiny but not too shiny, stylish and very well made. I'm probably not the 'alpine slim' athletic build mentioned elsewhere so I appreciate the cut not being 'fitted', forcing the purchase of a larger size with sleeves too long in order to get the waist to fit. To me the cut and fit of the large was just right. Wonderful product and I intend to purchase another.

5 5

Initial thoughts on ghostwhisperer

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this jacket during backcountry's holiday sale and have used it primarily around town. The jacket seems to weigh absolutely nothing but seems to give surprisingly good warmth. I would say it will keep you warm till about 35-40F while not conducting any aerobic activities ( ie climbing, ski etc). This jacket is a relatively loose fit allowing for a few layers underneath. There are only a couple of small faults I can find. I have the non hooded version of the jacket and I wish that neck portion would rise slightly higher and also be slightly tighter. I have a 15 1/2 inch neck and on a medium size jacket the cold wind will sneak in on occasion and give a little chill. Also the elastic wrist bands could be a little tighter. It is not that they are terribly loose, just that they don't tightly hug my wrists. Overall I would give this jacket a strong 4.5, so I rounded up to 5.

how does this jacket compare to the Marmot...

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how does this jacket compare to the Marmot quasar jacket?

I can tell that the quasar has the following over the MH GW:

-left chest pocket
-10D fabric (idk what the MH fabric is in terms of durability??)
-900 fill down (compared to 850, nbd i suppose?)

just wanted to be sure as these jackets ARE ~300 with tax.

i'm 5'10, 148lbs for reference

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Italian Carver. The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisper jacket utilizes the 7D x 10D Ghost Whisper fabric. Believe it or not it is lighter than the fabric used in the Quasar and quite possibly some of the lightest fabric on the market today. We use 75grams of 850-fill gray European goose down and the jacket weighs a slight 7.2oz. I am not sure how much down is used in the Quasar but the Ghost Whisper is very warm for its weight. One favorable review commented that wearing this jacket is is like 'wearing warm air!' Enjoy!

5 5

I love the lightness

After searching for long time in the bigger sizes I ordered it ,due to one review that calls it made for Santa Claus's belly..it is a relaxed warm jacket and I'll put it to the test tomorrow night. I work in a place that shuts the heat off and have been using heavy blankets to keep warm. I'll let you know

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Now it's 02:30 and I put the jacket on since I watch movies at night to keep me awake I still could have used a second one. Going outside to check the building it's warm under my rain coat. What I'm trying to say is for where I sit at night I could use Moore, but when walking around outside its just right. And everyone at my job wanted to hold it for the weight (less). It gives a great feeling and its a keeper.

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Still like it . I actually bought the mth vest for a Xmas present and my mum likes it too.

5 5

Very impressed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been doing a lot of research on super lightweight down jackets and narrowed things down to two options; the Patagonia Ultralight down jacket and the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer. I ordered both and my impressions favor the MHW in almost every discernible way.

The MHW is lighter (the large weighed 7.6 ounces on my digital scale), the fabric is softer to the touch, the down lofts higher because it's higher quality down (850 versus 800 fill), and, as a result, it's a warmer jacket. Additionally, the Ghost Whisperer packs down into its own pocket and doesn't require a stuff sack (the Patagonia comes with a stuff sack).

Now, a comment on fit. The cut of the MHW is fuller than the Patagonia for sure. I wouldn't really say the Patagonia is a "slim" fit as the website indicates but it is fitted somewhat. I don't think the MHW is an athletic fit as this website indicates. Frankly, I would call it "relaxed" in terms of fit but it still fits fine under my shell (as an aside, docking this jacket to 2 stars, like one of the reviews below, because it fits "large" is silly as it gives zero actual information on the actual merits of the jacket). I wear a large is virtually everything and that's what I purchased in the Ghost Whisperer. I have plenty of room for layers and honestly, if I didn't eat for a week, I could probably wear a medium. But I'm happy with the large.

In short, I returned the Patagonia. That was hard for me b/c I really like their stuff and I had sort of lost respect for MHW after they were purchased by Columbia. However, the Ghost Whisperer is simply superior to the Patagonia in every way to me. I'm very impressed and it really opens my eyes to MHW products again.

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Hey Stephen, solid review. Can I ask how tall/heavy you are for the large? I'm 5'11" and 175. I'm thinking I could go with medium even with a few layers.

Jon Webb thank you , if I decide to buy...

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Jon Webb thank you , if I decide to buy this jacket would you recommend me a waterproof/windproof top layer, this jacket is already 250$ alone and I'm looking for a good top layer that is affordable but good. I'm planning in using this as an under laying so it can keep me warm without the bulk , but I understand it would get wet with heavy snow or rain so I was looking for a top light layer for wind / rain protection , would this be good lets say for temperatures of 10 to - 10F , that's how cold gets here in Chicago sometimes

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Hi Guys Im looking to buy this jacket ,...

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Hi Guys Im looking to buy this jacket , Im a short guy 5"5 148 pounds , I live in Chicago the windy city would you guys recommend buying this jacket..?

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Jose. Yes, if you are looking for quite possibly the lightest down jacket on the market I would highly recommend buying this jacket. You can use it as a layer on winter days or as a stand alone insulated jacket when it is a little warmer. For your dimensions, I would recommend a medium or a small if you are worried about the length of the arms. I hope this info helps!

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Jon Webb thank you , if I decide to buy this jacket would you recommend me a waterproof/windproof top layer, this jacket is already 250$ alone and I'm looking for a good top layer that is affordable but good. I'm planning in using this as an under laying so it can keep me warm without the bulk , but I understand it would get wet with heavy snow or rain so I was looking for a top light layer for wind / rain protection , would this be good lets say for temperatures of 10 to - 10F , that's how cold gets here in Chicago sometimes

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Jose. I've got three Mountain Hardwear jackets in mind for you. First, the Epic Jacket is a classic lightweight and waterproof shell that comes in right at $100 bucks. This would be the least expensive of the three. Second would be the Exposure II Jacket that is a 2 Layer, waterproof-breathable and air permeable parka that utilizes our DryQ Elite laminate. The Exposure Jacket comes in right at $270 bucks and would be the warmest of the group. Finally, the Ampato Jacket is the least expensive way to acquire a shell that utilizes our best performing laminate, DryQ Elite. The Ampato Jacket is waterproof-breathable AND air permeable and these three attributes makes for one of the highest performing jackets, at this price point, in our entire line. Any of these choices would work well for you and keep you dry and warm during a Chicago winter... especially in conjunction with a Ghost Whisper Down Jacket! I hope this info helps!

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