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A downright warm down jacket that weighs less than half a pound.

Weighing in under half a pound, the Women's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket is the lightest hooded down jacket in the Mountain Hardwear family. High-powered 850-fill goose down insulation keeps you plenty warm while you belay your ice climbing partner, and a sleek silhouette means you won't look like an overstuffed teddy bear. Pack this uber-light jacket into its own pocket to maximize precious packing space as you prepare for a month-long ski tour of Argentina.

Down insulates like nothing else, offering unparalleled warmth-to-weight ratio. In layman's terms, you get a lot of warmth without the jacket weighing a ton. However, wet down doesn't insulate worth a darn; typically, synthetic insulators are preferred for damp, moist, or outright wet conditions. The folks at Mountain Hardwear decided that change all of that with Q-Shield Down. Down fibers are infused with a permanent water repellancy that helps maintain loft, critical to insulating capacity, even when the down is exposed to moisture. Now, you have a super-light, super-warm down option for super-cold and damp conditions.

Quilted construction prevents the down from shifting and settling, so your entire upper body stays warm with nary a cold spot. An active fit still allows for a thermal baselayer underneath, but skims your body to reduce wind resistance and awkward bulk. The low-profile hood also has down insulation for added protection against the cold, and a single drawcord tightens the hem to ward off unwelcome wind. Ski or board in brutal cold, enjoy a winter camping trip in the Uintahs, or stay warm while walking through a winter wonderland in Central Park in this insanely light and warm down jacket.

  • Lightweight Whisperer 7D x 10D ripstop nylon
  • Lightweight 850-fill Q-Shield down, water resistant
  • Active fit
  • Insulated hood
  • 7.0 ounces average weight
  • Jacket stows in pocket

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5 5

Excellent Jacket

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

Bare with the novel - I love this jacket.

I was lucky enough to pick this up on Steep and Cheap 1ish years ago. This is not meant to be a durable, stable, hardcore winter coat. Anyone reading the description or tech specs should figure that out. I have a medium and it fits beautifully. I am 5'2" and 125 lbs. The hood is an amazing added feature on those chilly, windy days. It "seals" right around the face when you zip it all the way up. It's been rained on once or twice but it didn't take long to dry and still looks brand new.

That said, this thing packs down to nothing, making it so very versatile. You can pack it in its own pocket and zip it or just shove it in the crack of space you have left in your bag. It will fit, I promise you that. It goes with me on any trip, eliminating the need for packing heavy, bulky coats. I wore it in FL on a chilly evening (it breathes so well) and as a mid layer for skiing, under a shell all winter. I live in upstate NY and this thing kept me toasty warm all winter during this polar vortex as a casual jacket too.

While it is amazing on its own, it is even better as a mid layer, keeping you warm while another shell over top can help seal in that heat. I wear one base layer underneath when I ski and a ski shell over top. Comfort all around in -12 degrees in February in northern Vermont and 30 degrees, spring skiing out west. This thing really regulates temperature. And if you get too hot, take it off and shove it in your pocket!! No joke. It fits anywhere.

I can't say enough good things about this jacket. I hope I never lose it. It's supposed to be thin and light. That's the beauty of it all. Light, thin, and super warm. My Florida boy stole it from me when he was in NY (because he doesn't own a jacket)and he loved it. He went and bought himself one, male version of course.

Blurry photo attached, but this is also my "going out" coat (I honestly wear it everywhere). I think it looks dressy enough :) And I don't own a pea coat...

Excellent Jacket
5 5

A perfect jacket for backpacking!

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

If you are looking for a super lightweight, packable, works great with a layering system, down jacket for backpacking then look no further! If you are looking for a super puffy, heavy down jacket that wont work with a layering system then don't buy this jacket as its not meant for that purpose.

The Ghost Whisperer is a perfect jacket for backpacking! I use mine with a layering system. This jacket keeps me toasty warm even at 35 degrees! I use the Outdoor Research Helium II to layer over it if it is raining. It packs into the size of a large sock. My husband also has this jacket and we love every aspect of it. The jacket also has a nice shape and cut to it. Not too boxy. The black looks sleek and sexy! I am 5'3" and 128 lbs - 36-25-26 and the medium fits perfect.

4 5

Good layering piece for cold weather

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

This jacket is great, technically - low weight for good warmth. Needs layering with a fleece underneath for colder temps, and a shell over for precip. I like the fitted shape at the waist (not boxey). With an added inside chest pocket, which it does not have, it would be perfect. The silver-gray color looks great!

4 5

stlylish and warm

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

I really like this coat! It is very light weight and warm on these cold Michigan snow days. The Steam color is awesome!

2 5

Better in photos

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I was so excited by this jacket in the photo and reviews and so disappointed when it showed up. It's super thin, the shape wasn't flattering and in the grey I'd only wear it as a layer under something. I wanted a puffy coat that had shape and stability for being out in the snowy Canadian winter, but this was not it.

4 5

Light and handy, but not for cold weathe

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

This jacket is light and really packs down. My first hike was in Grand Canyon where weight was a factor. I was a bit chilly in it one evening with 40 and light breeze. Wore it yesterday on a 45 degree hike and it was very warm while moving. Just don't plan to stay as warm as other down jackets when it's 35 and you are sitting around the campsite. Layers great. Would like for it to have had more warmth for the money, but I guess the high cost was to keep the weight and size down, not provide more warmth. And that it does well.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I was a bit apprehensive about buying a jacket that was so light but a co-worker has the Nitrous jacket and I loved hers so I went for this jacket. I absolutely love it. It's very thin but insulates pretty well. I've worn this jacket in wet weather and it's held up. You'll need another layer for temps under 30 but I've worn a sweater and the jacket in the low 30's and it's been fine. It packs down nicely and is great for travel. I'm a size 14/16 and the XL fit fine with extra room.

3 5

Very thin!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I'm certain this puffy is warm, but it's exceptionally thin. Not bad if you are looking for a light layer. But at the cost - definitely not a heavy duty or staple winter coat.


Posted on

Lightest full featured down jacket you can buy.

5 5

Lightest puffy ever!

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

I am yet to see another puffy that is lighter than this one.'s incredible. This puffy goes with me everywhere and I do everything in it. Favorite layer beneath a shell in the winter and I end up wearing to do just about everything else. It's so light weight it's great to bring as an extra layer because you won't even notice it in your bag. Did I mention how awesome the colors of the Dark Plum puffy are? Get complements all the time on it. Love the bright pink pop and dark plum so much. I have washed this puffy and put it through the wringer! It's held up great and keeps me super warm. Must have if you are into touring, backpacking, skiing, climbing...pretty much anything. Love it.

Responded on

Would you say this jacket is as warm as a bulkier down jacket like Mountain Hardwear's Phantom?

Responded on

Hi Jess, This jacket is about as warm as I will personally need being on the west coast, but no it is not as warm as the Phantom :)