Wickedly lightweight for your expeditions.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket gives you warmth without weight or bulk. Thanks to its 850-fill goose down insulation, you stay plenty warm while you belay your ice climbing partner, and thanks to its low profile and quilted construction, you won't look like an overstuffed teddy bear.
- Durable, ultralight 7D x 10D Whisperer ripstop fabric features tight, wind-resistant weave and a DWR finish to repel light precipitation
- 850-fill goose down insulation gives you warmth without the added weight
- The Ghost weighs in at seven ounces, and the super-compressible down means this jacket stows in its own pocket for easy transport
- Quilted construction holds insulation in place
- Low profile and semi-fitted cut offer a flattering look
- Insulated hood and lightweight, single-pull hem drawcord seal in warmth and block out the cold
- Two front pockets warm your chilly fingers
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I got one of these for my mom when she came to visit in the Park City and she LOVEs it. She stayed very warm using this as an insulating layer when temps were in the teens. But it breathes well enough that she can use it as a sweater when it's in the 40s or 50s.
Note that it is fairly slim fitting. She also tried the Patagonia down sweater, but it was too boxy.
this little pc of magic kept me warm and toasty on a rainy day in the mountains. i would recommend it to anyone who appreciates lightweight yet high performing gear
I do love this whisperer. there is something with these ultra light jackets that really puts up some static cling! I had to return & get a size smaller to get a more comfortable fit from my usual size. I do wear a shell jacket over it when touring so the delicate [yet hardy for as light as it is] fabric won't get caught on a tree limb & torn. I use this when traveling when not wanting too much bulk but needing some warmth. on very cold days I layer this up with the phantom, so when hiking & heated up, just the whisperer is plenty, yet, when laying out a picnic or downhill, the layers keep me toasty.
The Hooded Ghost Whisperer is now the pride and joy of my jacket arsenal. I am obsessed with it. I purchased it last week in preparation for spring mountaineering, and in the meantime have taken it hiking, camping and to the belay stations at Smith Rock in frigid (windy 25 degree) February weather. With a midweight,long-sleeved baselayer shirt underneath, it does well when I'm walking around in 25F degrees or standing around in 35F, and is WAY too hot when hiking up a hill at 40F. This thing is an amazing technological feat of lightness, warmth, packability, and durability (considering the material). A few accidental brushes of the sleeves and shoulders against the rough tuff of Smith Rock didn't snag or damage my precious jacket.
I am a 150 lb 5'6" female with broad shoulders. The Medium fits well, with enough room for a few thin base layers or one thick fleece beneath (for fun I tried on my MH Monkey Fur fleece under this, and it fight snugly but just fine, and the combo of the two was absurdly warm).
Definitely get the hooded version of this! No beanie, scarf, or other headgear will ever compare to the seamless, insulating snuggle of the warm hood on this thing when the cold wind is blowing at your back!
which jacket will be warmer -- this one or the Hooded Phantom?
The Hooded Phantom Jacket is definitely a warmer jacket with the same 850 fill down but twice the weight. The Ghost Whisperer is Mountain Hardwear's lightest down jacket for seriously lightweight adventures in more mild temperatures. The Hooded Phantom is more of a winter expedition down jacket with more high quality down and a more durable outer material.
I agree with above - I own them both. They both have stuff pockets built in & nothing compares to the warmth in such a tiny package stuffed down as the whisperer. Yet, when needing real warmth, it's worth double the packet for the phantom.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Mountain Hardwear certainly did an impressive job in constructing an incredibly lightweight insulating jacket. I don't think I've ever felt a jacket this light. So for that, I commend them. However, because it is so lightweight, the materials they used are a lot more fragile than what my wife and I were looking for. We were comparing this against Montbells Alpine Light jacket and Marmot's Ama Dablam.
Ultimately we went with the Ama Dablam but only because the warmth capacity of this jacket was too low for what we were trying to find.
However, if you're looking for a lightweight down jacket for layering, this would be one of my first recommendations.
My wife is about 5'8" and 130 lbs and the Medium fit like a glove.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
First of all, the jacket looks fantastic! I ordered the steam and I specifically was looking for a silver, down, short jacket with a hood. It fits the bill. I looked through all, read reviews and decided on this one - not many exist. A note on fit - I am 126, 5'6" and usually wear a 4 sometimes 6. I bought it to run around town, wear to my sons' games in the evening wind. It fits perfectly in size small except that the arm holes are cut just about a 1/2 inch to small - shows the slimness of arms though. Size up for climbing or sports and if you don't want a tight armpit feel in a couple of positions. It's not something I can feel just sitting. It's not tight across the chest, and my arms are slim. I made sure I could fit a decently thick sweater or a fleece underneath and I can. It still looks form fitting. If you like more room, size up. Also, it's not quite as warm as I thought. I thought it would be as warm as my bigger down. It's not. I wore it with a long sleeve t-shirt to my son's windy 56 degree football game and felt slightly chilly - will need the fleece under. I do like it though and I like that it fits in it's own pocket for trips! When it's really cold I'll need my bigger down. Is that why they call them "sweaters"?