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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket - Women's

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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.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • 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
    • Item #MHW00AY

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Whisperer 7D x 10D ripstop nylon
    Insulation
    800-fiil Q.Shield Down
    Baffle Construction
    quilted
    Fit
    regular
    Length
    hip
    Center Back Length
    25 in
    Hood
    yes, insulated, low-profile
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand
    Claimed Weight
    7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, climbing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Great jacket!

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

    Nicely made, light and well-designed down jacket. I'm 5'3, 145lbs athletic build, could have gotten M but sized up to a L size for roomier fit and to be able to stuff my dog or baby inside if they get chilly on adventures. Not sure what other reviewers meant about the arms- they fit me fine, but I don't have big arm muscles and also went for the bigger size. Love the aristocrat blue color and even better that it was sale:-) Thanks backcountry and MH for a great jacket!

    Smallish Armpits But Otherwise Great

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

    I bought the 2015 version of this jacket a few months ago and have used it on several camping trips and around mountain towns.

    First, the good: the jacket provides an awesome amount of warmth for how lightweight it is. On chilly Rocky Mountain nights, I was comfortable with one base layer and this jacket, but it's slim enough that it will layer underneath a raincoat or outer layer if necessary. It also squishes down well, so it's great for backpacking. And it's cute enough for nights in town. Finally, I LOVE having the hood!

    The only con: the armpit size. I ordered last year's version because it was on sale (I think Mountain Hardwear may have fiddled with armpit design this year). The armpits are definitely strangely narrow. Since I'm using this as a mid layer and I'll only ever be wearing a thin base layer underneath, the armpit size does not impede my movement. I would recommend trying it on and moving around in it with different levels of layering before you make a final decision.

    Other than the armpits, the jackets fits true to size. I tried both the medium and large, and was swimming in the large.

    Yup, Armpits Are No Bueno

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Extra Small

    Bummer, because the jacket is beautiful and fantastically light. The arm holes are strangely too high and forward, making it an incredibly awkward fit.

    I wanted to love this Jacket...

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: small

    I bought this jacket as a midlayer for skiing and for backpacking. I love how light and warm the jacket is, but I just couldn't get over how tight it is in the arm pits and across the shoulders. I have a small frame so I went ahead and bought it even though other reviewers had complained about the fit. I regretfully have to send it back.

    Uncomfortably tight in the armpits

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

    I was weary of this jacket because of the reviews about the armpit fit, but since I am an XS in most top sizes and have a petite frame (small shoulders, skinny arms), I ordered the jacket anyway. I got the XS and LOVE everything else about it. Great color, length, good hood, and light as a feather. I really wanted to keep this! But the constraining armpit feel was too uncomfortable. I couldn't even stand just having it on and not moving my arms. Reviews are mixed, and they say they've fixed it, but maybe the problem remains in the smaller sizes? Sadly, I'm sending mine back.

    good jacket for half price.

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

    Four stars. The lost a star for zipper quality .

    I bought this jacket in the aristocrat color for my girlfriend. She doesn't like bright colored clothes and I don't blame her, the neon jackets are almost ridiculous. The aristocrat color was a good choice. Even though it's a very odd name for a color... It's a dark blue color that isn't near as shiny as the others. I did some research to find other pictures of it outside because they really do look different than the pictures they sell them based off of. She is 5'5 and roughly 130 lbs. I was worried about the sizing when I read other reviews that said the fit in the arm holes was really tight. Luckily it fits her perfectly. Yes the arms are smaller than a lot of jackets but she has a small frame and it fits very well. if the size fits you right , it's a great jacket for layering under or over. The sleeves for her well, which is a big plus for moving around a lot with a pack on or climbing. They have cuffs that are recessed in the sleeve so that the end of the sleeve itself sits lower, which I thought is nice. He hood fits well too. The build quaility was something I worried about as well for a constant outdoor use jacket, but as with a lot of down jackets you have to be careful with them necause the are known to be easily ripped. they are meant to be a warm layer, but they all have a big downfall and that is that they do fare well against sharp objects. I have two down jackets myself, both different brands, and I have one hole in one from a rock, and the other has two small holes from trees. the ghost whisperer seems a little more fragile , but it is incredibly light. The nylon fabric is different than Most other jackets, much lighter and thin. That is why it may be suseptable to ripping if not careful. But for the lightness I can see whY they tried to limit heavy materials. And I guess that's what mountain hardwear was shooting for with is jacket. I was surprised how light it actually was. And that's is the main reason we got it. It will be nice for long backpacking trips where less weight is important. One thing I was not happy with was the zipper quality. It seems like they used the cheapest plastic zippers they could find... Yes the zipper and all its components are light as well but the zippers are a big thing in a jacket that should be high quality. The stow pocket is a nice feature, it's great to be able to stow a jacket into that small of a pouch. But to keep it safe in sure we will use a small stow bag so that we don't have to worry about the zipper under pressure or ripping the nylon with the zipper ( which I've heard can happen )

    I would never buy any jacket for $350. I luckily found the color I wanted for half price. And for that price, I think it was a good investment. If anything on this jacket were to break or wear out, I would say the zippers . And maybe if your not careful a few tears in the nylon on rocks or sharp trees. For her size, the fit was perfect. And the color was not too bright. It is pretty warm and very very light. Overall a good piece of clothing to have for a lot of outdoor Adventures. Hope this helped!

    good jacket for half price.

    Fits Great

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

    I almost didn't purchase this because of the reviews saying it's tight in the armpits. I hate that. It fits great and is very comfortable. It's light weight and packs up small, so it doesn't take much space in my pack. Lots of compliments on the botanical green color too. Very pleased with my purchase and glad I took a chance.

    Shelly, I'm the Mountain Hardwear rep and I can confirm that the previous year we did have some fit issues on the jacket that did cause some issues for some customers. Reviews like the ones you see below is what prompted us to make a changes and drastically improve the fit. Thank you for the review, it's good to hear.

    Shedding feathers everywhere

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    The jacket fit beautifully, so I was disappointed when I started losing more feathers from this brand new jacket than I was from my 3 year old holey Patagonia covered in duct tape. As if that wasn't reason enough to swap it out, the feathers poking their way out were poking me from the inside as well! No thank you. The two stars are for warmth and fit.

    Tight Armpits

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium

    I've had an older version of the GW for many years, so I was hoping the new one would be the same. It isn't. The cut has changed quite a bit. The armpits are very tight--uncomfortably--and the arms are long without good cuffs at the wrist to hold them up. For the price, consumers deserve better.

    So warm!

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

    I received this jacket for Christmas in the Aristocrat color. I am about 5'6 and 150 lbs and originally had a size medium. The medium fit WAY too snug in the armpits and was about an inch too short in length. I hesitantly exchanged for the large and am so happy I did! It fits much better, no more tightness at all but is just a tad baggier than I'd like. However, this leaves plenty of room for layering. I live in Gunnison, CO where temps are well below 0 every single morning and this jacket with a light layer underneath keeps me warm on my bike ride or walk into work. I get a ton of compliments on the color and how nice it looks/is. I absolutely love it and if you're on the fence, go for it and exchange if it doesn't work perfectly for you!

    Nice jacket, weird fit

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

    For the weight of the jacket the fabric is surprisingly durable. The fit in the shoulders is WEIRD. It's really tight around my shoulders but loose/long everywhere else. I do have broad shoulders but considering this jacket is mainly advertised for athletic activities such as climbing/backpacking I can't quite understand the fit. I ordered a M and it fits OK, but it is very uncomfortable to layer something too bulky underneath. The hood on this jacket is phenomenal though, I don't feel like I'm being choked when it's zipped all the way up and it stays on very well, even in high winds. Overall great jacket, just wish it had more shoulder room.

    Agreed the shoulders are weird its like the distance from the top shoulder to the armpit is too short and the seam of the armpit goes into my armpit. Going to return this jacket because I don't think I can climb in it and the next size up would be just to large everywhere else. I would have hoped mountain hardware would have gotten the shoulder room correct.

    My favorite jacket

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

    I love this jacket. It is light. It is comfortable. It is warm. It packs down small enough that I can throw it in my purse when I go out on the town (I get cold easily, and it is so nice to walk home in comfort). I have taken it on day hikes as an extra layer, I have taken it on warm weather overnights instead of a sleeping bag. It takes a light rain pretty well, but I haven't taken it in any serious storms so I do not know how well the dry-down tech works. I would recommend it again and again.

    Best Puffy Ever

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

    Every mountain woman needs a classic puffy. This puffy is great as a backcountry skiing layer because it shrinks down really small to fit in your pack. It's also not too puffy so it fits under a shell jacket without looking too bulky. I have the hott pink one and always get compliments on it. I disagree with some of the other comments, and think it fits true to size. It's so comfortable, cute and functional.. I don't know what I would do without it!

    sleeves snag on pocket zipper

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

    As other reviewers said, the shoulders are oddly tight. I did size up and with that the shoulders fit well with room to layer a mid weight fleece underneath; unfortunately baggy in the torso. I could have lived with the baggy torso. I can't live with the stitching on the sleeves snagging and ripping on the pocket zippers when open. I scoured the internet for reviews on this jacket. None mentioned snagging when I ordered this. Since I received it, I have found another review on MH website stating the same thing. My first wear of this jacket was in 24 degree weather. I took my hands out of pocket to open a door and heard the first rip. In 2 weeks, there were multiple snags/rips in stitching both arms. Exchanged and have worn the new jacket twice, same thing. I leave for camping trip in 2 days and will take my 20year old North Face Nuptse that I can't kill despite trying instead of my new jacket. Should never have strayed from NF. I did love the light weight of the Ghost Whisperer and have no complaints of warmth, but I have no faith it will last very long when it looks tacky along sleeves after 2 weeks.

    Survived Nepal and Siberia

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

    I never write reviews, but this jacket deserves one. I wore this jacket non-stop for 3 months in the Himalayas in Nepal - literally all day and night even inside my sleeping bag. Then I wore it for another month in Siberia (summer). When at home, it's the jacket I choose 90% of the time in Spring and Fall even over my somewhat similar Arcteryx Thorium, North Face Thunder, and Marmot Ama Dablam. I love that it packs into it's own pocket and weighs nothing, and I throw it in almost every backpacking trip just in case - even in the summer.

    I've had it for over 2 years and still going strong. Awesome for layering and alone - I've used it backpacking, ice climbing, skiing, even mtn biking in cold weather. I have a light blue color which has been discontinued and my only complaint is the cuffs got a little dirty (big surprise) and you can see some of the feathers through it. My husband has one too and wears his nearly daily as well. Neither of us has had any rips or holes, and we are not easy on our gear.

    I could wear an XS (4'11"; 110lbs), but bought a small so I can layer over and under. I'm about to order another one in black - not because it's worn out, but because I know I'll use it.

    strange fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • 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.

    edit: after wearing it for a few months, i noticed that durability of this jacket is pretty bad. i love that it's light, but the problem with light gear, it doesnt last long. i already ripped 5+ holes in this jacket from climbing, mostly alpine, nothing too scratchy. I bought it so i can bring it with me on multi pitch climbs that take forever and the weather changes throughout the day. I have to be very careful with it, i find new holes after every climb. It makes good layer for winter sports but it's not for climbing. I think i will go with a more durable jacket next time.

    edit2: after a year of having this jacket the stars are dropping and I have to say- dont bother wasting your money. lightweight material disintegrates into nothing. it has 20+ wholes in it and keeps losing down. if you need a jacket for outdoors, look for something more durable even if it means extra weight.
    It's light, I'll give you that MH. But it's overpriced, not durable, and a pain to wash and dry. It's not made for outdoors, definitely not for alpine climbing. it might be good for some light adventures and in-town shenanigans.

    finally got the new one

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So I finally decided to get the new ghost whisperer after loving my old version. 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 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 slimmer and lighter in the new model - plus for 2015!

    Another 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 - at first I thought this was "more" durable than the older version - my old one 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). so I had hoped that this jacket would solve that, but less than 2 weeks into having it and a hole tore in the shoulder when I brushed against a plant briefly... Or at least I think that's how it tore - hard to know because I barely touched it. This thing is FLIMSY! I repaired it with some gear tape but this is definitely disappointing.

    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 3 due to the cuffs, odd fit, and lower quality down, and the ease in which it ripped... bummer they didn't lower the price since they lowered the quality!

    If you're looking for an ultralight down jacket that is warmish (the Rab microlight is much much warmer but also much heavier) this is a solid option if the fit works for you.