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The lightest full-featured down jacket on earth.

Weighing a mere seven ounces and packed with 800-fill Q.Shield Down, the Mountain Hardwear Women's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket delivers an insane warmth-to-weight ratio that's earned it an Editors' Choice award from Outdoor Gear Lab and Gear of the Year by National Geographic Adventurer. Perfect for alpine treks, minimalist backpacking trips, or a day of backcountry skiing, the Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket works wonders as a lightweight, yet incredibly warm midlayer. Throw it on under a waterproof shell and you're ready to rock, no matter how nasty the weather is outside.

What's the secret to the jacket's minimalist weight? It took Mountain Hardwear two years to design and perfect the ultra-light Whisperer 7D x 10D ripstop nylon fabric. In fact, there's only one mill in the entire world that can weave this ultra-fine fabric. An incredibly laborious process, it takes approximately ten-times longer to weave the Whisperer's fabric, compared to that of larger yarn size. The final product is a super-light fabric that's woven very tight, making it virtually down proof to prevent clusters from escaping through tiny gaps.

Keeping you nice and toasty, the jacket's 800-fill Q.Shield Down has an ultra-high loft rating for tons of warmth without the heft usually associated with synthetic insulation. Knowing that down's insulating properties go out the window once it gets wet, Mountain Hardwear developed Q.Shield Down. Treated with a water-resistant coating, Q.Shield Down retains its heat-trapping properties in wet, soggy conditions, making it a great choice for nasty weather.

Compressing to a tiny ball, the jacket's stuff-sack allows you to quickly fold the jacket into its hand pocket when you're skiing or backpacking through the backcountry. The jacket also features a low-profile, insulated hood and single hem cinch-cord to help you seal out the cold on blustery days.

  • Whisperer 7D x 10D ripstop (nylon)
  • 800-fill Q.Shield Down insulation
  • Insulated, low-profile hood
  • Zippered handwarmer pockets
  • Pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • Single hem cinch-cord

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3 5

strange fit

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

i was debating between Arcteryx Cerium and this jacket, so i got both to try. i have to say i liked Arcteryx Cerium a lot better. i usually wear xs (5'2'', 115 lb), but i got this in S since it runs small. cerium fit wonderfully in xs. Comparing to cerium, the fit of this jacket is very strange; since it's sized up from what i usually wear, the sleeves are too long and the band on the sleeves is not tight enough to prevent them from sliding down, so you have to roll them. it's pretty roomy, i would definitely need an xs, but as everyone mentioned, what's up with tight armpits? it's really light and packs neatly into a pocket, cerium seemed to be more puffy but also a bit more warm. all and all, it's a good jacket, but mountain hardware needs to figure out how to fit jackets better. if it doesnt fit right, none of the features on this jacket matter.

4 5

finally got the new one

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

So I finally ponied up and got the new one this weekend on sale here at Backcountry. Haven't had much a chance to test it but given that I'd already asked the question as to how this differed from the old and hadn't heard much I'd thought I'd provide a little feedback.

First off let me say, this still seems like a great jacket. But there are several disappointing features about the new 800 fill version. First there is a noticeable difference in the quality, loft, and weight of the down. Second, peoples complaints (mostly on the men's version) of the cuffs being strange are definitely warranted - the old cuffs are much more comfy. Third, the jacket isn't as "soft" - for whatever reason this nylon isn't quite as soft to the touch. Fourth, the armpits/shoulders are definitely much tighter - I ordered a size up in case this bugged me - it's loose everywhere (good for layering) but it's STILL tight in the shoulders... bummer.

Another difference is in the cinch cord along the waist is (in my eyes) better in the old one however it is slimmer and lighter in the new version (pro of the new version in some ways?

A clear advantage in the new version (besides the epic green color) is the SIGNIFICANTLY larger pockets. I can actually fit stuff in these pockets! Woohoo!

Warmth/Durability to be tested - it does seem "more" durable than the older version - mine never tore but my husbands 850 version tore in a spot while not doing anything particularly rough (he got out of the car... and it tore). A little duct tape patch treated him fine - but I'm hoping the new material is a little more durable (even if it is slightly heavier seeming).

Again - overall this is a great jacket, good down, good weight, etc. based on my experience with previous models of it... And I'm not saying these features are bad - just nitpicky differences in different models that are good to know.

Overall the Ghost Whisperer is a great light jacket, that packs tiny, and does it's job. I'd give the old version a 4.9 stars (minus .1 pockets being too small) and this new version a 4 due to the cuffs, odd fit, and lower quality down... bummer they didn't lower the price since they lowered the down!

I'm definitely still keeping the new one... and will update after a few weeks of putting it through all the tests.

5 5

Whisper light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love everything about this jacket, and it has surpassed all of my expectations. I don't use it for every-day wear in the city, but it's so lightweight that I stow it in its pocket and take it on every spring/summer/fall backpack trip and day hike--and I use it
morning and night on every one of those backpack trips. I don't know if it actually runs small or if I just like a roomier jacket for the backcountry so I can layer under it, but I bought one size bigger than I normally wear.

2 5

tight armpit seam

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

gorgeous jacket, unbelievably light. I'm built pretty small and consistently wear an xs and I've never had a jacket seam cut into my armpits. there would be no sense in ordering a larger size as the arm and overall jacket length bordered on too long.

4 5

Solid jacket

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

I've posted on this jacket before, but an older version. The newer version had more changes than I had expected. First, I'm 5'2 about 125 lbs. Athletic build, small chest and the medium fits perfectly. I could even wear a small if I didn't want the room to layer. Some of the changes I don't like are the tighter seams right in the armpits... Another reason I won't size down. I've worn it now for almost a month and I don't notice it anymore so there's a chance they "stretched."

The cuffs on the sleeves also changed.... The older version almost had a mini cuff, whereas this one has a hidden cuff, as if it's tucked under. It doesn't seal as well around my wrists, but I have abnormally small wrists and the sleeves are long on me, so a little more air travels up.

The hood is still great. It seals around my face to keep my head warm.

The zippers are a little tougher to maneuver; they stick a little bit I can only attribute this to an upgraded, more durable zipper than the previous.

All in all, solid jacket. The "changes/cons" certainly do not outweighs the positives.

Ridiculously lightweight. Packs down into my purse/pocket when I'm warm. Keeps me warm all the time. I need to test it out in the elements but if it's anything like my older version, I will love it. and let's not bypass the AMAZING GREEN COLOR. That's the real reason I "needed" the new version... My old one is still in great shape! :)

Solid jacket

What is the center back length of a medium?

2 5

Tight arm pits

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I ordered the medium aristocrat (bluer than in photo). Came out of the package with barely a "puff." Great-looking coat, fit under shell as intended, but the arm pits were way too snug. I'm curious to know if anyone else has had this problem. I'm 5'7", 127 lbs, small-chested. A friend, with skinny stick arms tried it on and said the same thing. Disappointing. Shipping to Alaska (and returns) is not free. $20+ just to try on a coat. :(

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I had a similar issue. I do have large arms, but still, it was oddly tight in the shoulder area.

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The backcountry.com brand down anorak is a similar weight and warmth, and it is much more roomy through the shoulders arms, and chest, and a more athletic fit through the torso than this jacket. It might be a good alternative for anyone who wants something warm/light weight but is having the fit problems common with this jacket.

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Tight armpits as well. I own an older version so I thought it would fit the same. I'm keeping it because I love my other ghost whisperer. I've found that after a few wears, I don't notice the armpits anymore.

Unanswered Question

I noticed that the down fill changed from the version I have (and most of the reviews here) have from 850 to 800 in the newest version - any feedback from people who've had both as to how this changes the jacket?

5 5

Lightest weight full function down!

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

This is one of my most used pieces by Mountain Hardwear. It's the lightest weight fully functional down on the market. It compresses into it's own pocket and is super easy to always have packed in your backpack or car for those moments when you absolutely need it. Love this piece more than anything. I use it all the time and it's incredibly warm. This combo with a shell is ideal for backcountry skiing! So warm and packs down to nothing when you are hiking and throw it in your pack. The Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic jacket is the JAM to cover this up during hikes. The material is amazingly comfortable, it's lightweight, I've never ripped through it, and it feels incredibly good on. Really can't say enough good things about this puffy! Love Love Love!

Last photo, I promise.

Last photo, I promise.

I'm honestly kind of hoping it rips so I can get another one... but it won't wear down!

Almost 3 years and still standing

Almost 3 years and still standing

I was lucky enough to pick this up on Steep and Cheap 2.5ish 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.

It's also my go to hiking jacket. Haven't snagged it yet... I guess it's tougher than I thought. Can't wait to get a new color!

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Awesome picture Lisa !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!!