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What cold?

The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer jacket is so lightweight (how light is it?) It's so lightweight that you won't even know you're wearing it until you head out into the gusty, blustery cold and you find yourself not freezing. The minimalist design keeps the weight under half a pound and keeps the jacket so compressible that you can just cram it into its own stuff pocket and throw it in your pack anytime you aren't using it.

  • Durable, ultralight 7D x 10D Whisperer ripstop fabric features tight, wind-resistant weave and a DWR finish to repel light precipitation
  • 850-fill down is ultra-warm and compressible
  • 2 handwarmer pockets help unfreeze your digits
  • Jacket stows in its own pocket
  • Single hem cord keeps drafts out

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5 5

Great mid layer for skiing and boarding

I wear this everyday I ski/snowboard between early November and Mid March. It goes between my base layer and outer shell. It's light and slippery which makes it so it doesn't bunch up. I own the non hooded version which I usually don for apres ski. The shiny fabric looks retro and reminds me of Clint Eastwood's jacket in The Eiger Sanction.

4 5

MH Hooded Ghost Wisperer Rocks

I got this jacket 6 months ago and have used it on a couple outings. Impressions:

1. In case you didn't get the memo: This jacket is REALLY light (my hooded medium weighs in at 7.8 oz!)

2. Jacket has a trim fit and is true-to-size

3. Jacket has nice features for an ultralight: elastic at wrist cuffs and around hood; zippered hand warmer pockets; elasticized drawcord at waist hem

4. Hood, with beanie, helps keep bean and neck warm (a boost to overall warmth)

5. Stowing jacket into its own pocket is straightforward (the right pocket has a yellow tab sewn inside and an internal zipper-pull tab with the word "stow"). I can't imagine when I'd use that nifty feature... Instead of putting the "stuffed" jacket into a bag/backpack, why not simply stuff the jacket into a bag/backpack?

6. The fabric is really shiny (see pic)


I acquired this jacket for its micro-weight and as a hooded upgrade to my hoodless, Special Edition, 9.4 oz, Patagonia Down Sweater (see my separate review for that jacket/sweater). It appears that Patagonia's Down Sweater has more 850-fill down and is slightly warmer than MH's Ghost Whisperer Jacket (ergo, a one star deduction for the GWJ). Which brings up a point: Are these "jackets" or "sweaters"? Don't fool yourself into thinking these are anything like "classic" cold-weather down parkas. These LIGHT puffy's are meant to be cool-to-almost-cold-weather jackets or mid-layers. On their own, they're great in cool weather (think, 40's and 50's), or, in colder weather when active. If worn with other insulating layers they're probably good down to the 20's and 30's when less active.

Recommended as reviewed.

MH Hooded Ghost Wisperer Rocks

I'm hoping someone can help me with the...

I'm hoping someone can help me with the sizing of the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer jacket.
I have a 112cm chest and 97cm waist, which puts me at the top end of the range for a Large (according to size chart), however there is a bit of conflicting comments regarding whether the jacket is generous or form-fitting in size.
I do not want to have a too tight a jacket (nor too loose) & envisage having (at most) a thermal underlayer, shirt & mid-layer top underneath the jacket.

Would a Large still be suitable for me, or would I be better of moving into an extra-large?
Many thanks in advance.

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If you plan to wear a few layers that might include a thick fleece, I would go with the XL. Because it's down, it can conform to wide range of sizes, but I find them rather constraining and prefer to wear a size larger than I normally would with other jackets (within reason).

I wear a Large and have a 40.5" chest. I think you'll be most comfortable in an XL.

4 5

Great Cool temperature Jacket.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this jacket 2 years ago. I'm 6'1 165 pounds and ended up getting a medium. It is definitely an athletic fit, you can't wear a large shirt under put with a nice wool shirt you're quite toasty, as long as there is no wind. If it is quite windy I feel like it penetrates through the jacket a little. But i just through on a windstopper and am set to go!. Would wear up to -5 to maybe -10 (if sunny) degrees C.

5 5

The perfect lightweight down layer

Been using this all winter long for backcountry skiing. It's got all the right attributes of the perfect down piece.
-Lightweight
-Warm
-Packs down to nothing
I've been wearing it either under or over my shell. I'm careful not to get it near sharp things since it's very thin shell doesn't seem like it could take much abuse. Very happy with this jacket.

The perfect lightweight down layer
5 5

Amazingly light & warm.

After several weeks of research I picked this number up to create my non sleeping bag sleep system for bike & hike trips. I now wear it ALL THE TIME. Under my rain shell (for wind & tear resistance) it's so freaking warm & cozy I stopped wearing any other jacket.
I'm 6' 160lbs & wear the medium. Good arm & torso length, the body is well sized for one or 2 base layers under it. If you're more of a broad shouldered thick chested type you'll probably have to size up as my slightly shorter roommate proved.

4 5

Toasty Warm

Wore this and a long sleeve t in -18 F (sunny, light breeze, passive activity) and my upper body was perfectly warm. Tried to layer under a shell on a -15F ski day and overheated. So yea, its warm, and very light, perfect for passive activity. But I find it way too warm to layer for skiing 99% of the time, and also the hood is really annoying to try to layer.

Basically its perfect to wear around town and keep in the car for emergencies, but next season I'll have to get something else for layering.

Oh and I'm 6'1", 180, and the large fits well, the sleeves could use an extra couple inches though.

5 5

Ridiculously lightweight

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

This jacket weighs nearly nothing, but keeps you UBER warm. I was a little hesitant when I first pulled it out, as I felt it wouldn't hold up. But I was happily proven wrong- the 850 fill isn't messing around! Plus it is incredibly compressible, which makes it the prime layer for the backcountry. In regards to sizing, my bf is average height, approx 160lbs. The XL is a good looser fit on him- if he wanted more of a tight athletic fit, the L would have done it. Overall, I would definitely recommend this jacket- very warm, packable, and durable!

5 5

This Ghost Whisperer is Incredible.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn this almost every day for the past month and am still loving it. You'll be surprised at how light weight it is, and how warm and toasty it will keep you. It's almost too good to be true. I'm about 6'0, 173lb and am wearing the Large. I could probably be fine in the medium as well. If you're on the fence, I'd just go ahead and buy this bad boy.

4 5

Best jacket

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

This has got to be the best jacket I have ever owned. Its light like a feather and toasty on a snowy day. I tested this outside during the snow storm and I couldn't feel a thing. It also pretty shiny and looks good when you go out on the town. I highly recommend this jacket, one thing to consider though is that it's not as form fitting as you think. Its a good thing if you plan to layer but if you want it real tight against you, go for a size smaller. i got an xl it fit well except around the body. I don't mind it at all since I tend to layer. Go get this jacket, it's worth it. fyi anything below5 degree F, a little layering might be needed, but anything else, you can just wear a t-shirt underneath. Be like a ghost and pick this bad boy up.

5 5

Bomber

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

I don't know what the reviewer below me is talking about--this thing is very good at stopping wind. I commute by bike in this thing all the time around Boston and am very warm and it withstands strong gusts off the Charles/in the center city. I also have used this extensively on very cold days climbing in smugglers notch/Frankenstein/huntingtons ravine areas on WI3/WI4 ice with high winds and exposure. It works like a charm as a midlayer under my softshell. I can't praise this thing enough. It's so light you can barely feel it.

1 5

not warm at all

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

Due to all the stitching it isnt windproof at all. A small 5 mph gust will rob the little heat this manages to hold. The armpits are also too tight, but then if you size up the fit is too boxy and not form fitting.

5 5

Just buy it!

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

Love this jacket! I bought one at the MH store downtown Seattle and another from backcountry. Light weight super cozy and warm. Looks great and you'll get tons of compliments. I am 5'10 170lbs athletic and the med fits perfect. I wear this jacket everyday in 20f windy weather. As long as you are moving and active it's a great fit when you stop throw a shell over it and you'll b fine.

5 5

Hot as...

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

I have been wearing this puffy for the past few weeks. Everything from being in the desert in 15 degree temps to mid 20-30 degree temps in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. I am really impressed with how warm this puffy is. I have been wearing patagonia and other brands in the past, and I honestly feel like this is warmer, and lighter than others that I have worn.

5 5

Mindblowingly lightweight

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

My first impression when wearing this jacket is that it is incredibly light weight. It's pretty warm on it's own but if you wear a shell on top it keeps you super cozy. Great for sleeping in when camping in the cold due to it's lack of bulk. The stow pocket is super convenient for storage and takes up about 3/4 the space of a 1L nalgene. It has a drawstring on the bottom and 2 formidably sized front pockets that more than accommodate a phone/ipod and other odds and ends. The best part is that it doesn't limit mobility at all.

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