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Super-lightweight insulation for your high-elevation pursuits.

Whether you're making a 4 a.m. summit push, ripping skins on bone-chilling dawn patrols, or standing at belay while your buddy figures out the crux moves, the Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket will fend off the cold without adding a bunch of weight to your load. With 800-fill down and a weight of only 8 oz, the Ghost Whisperer is the lightest in its class, and it utilizes Q.Shield down that resists moisture, so your warmth doesn't get sabotaged by water. The insulated hood warms your noggin while maintaining a low profile, and the stowable design lets you pack it in one of its hand pockets and throw it in your pack without it taking up a bunch of space.

  • Ghost whisperer ripstop fabric
  • 800-fill Q.Shield down
  • Active cut
  • Stowable design
  • Low-profile insulated hood

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5 5

Great jacket, great price

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

Purchased when on sale for basically half list price, and absolutely love it. Very light weight, and packs down into its own pocket to about the size of a bottle of Gatorade. Fits and moves well; so that I can sleep in it, hike in it with my pack, or just lounge around in it. Excellent product for backpacking - because of its small pack size and weight, I carry it now all the time - and just marvel at how much warmth it brings for so small a hit on my base weight. Highly recommended.

Ghost Whisperer at Little Round Valley

Ghost Whisperer at Little Round Valley

Near the summit of Mt. San Jacinto at Little Round Valley campground early in the morning. Probably about 20F right now and I'm warm and happy.

4 5

Impressive

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: large

Short hike on local mtn. 40� steady drizzle. Light polypro base layer, Marmot Variant jacket and only the Ghost Whisperer against the rain and breeze. Kept me warm despite getting soaked. Moderate climb generated heat and sweat but did not get chilled. Lost maybe 25% loft but still shed most water and did the job. Obviously not meant to be water proof and would not count on below freezing but a good thermal layer that is too light and compressible not to throw in your pack.

4 5

Cuffs?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 195 lbs
    Size Purchased: Lg

Great jacket,everything I expected except the cuffs suck! I got a large,5-10,195 and it fits perfectly. Nice and warm but the cuffs are huge! No seal around my wrist,cold air and snow go right up the arms! I am going to try and find a fix because I love the jacket but come on Mountain Hardware! Also no stuff sack or pocket to stuff it in.

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My jacket stuffs nicely into its own pocket and the jacket becomes super compact, leaving me with no excuse in bringing it on any backpacking or climbing trip.

Let's say I have 200-260 merino wool base and polartec fleece layer. Will this jacket withstand Alaska's -40 with or without a 3 layer membrane over it? I mean both active and resting times. Thank you!

5 5

Amazing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 6' 3"
    Weight: 275 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

So light, so warm!

4 5

It is light and compact

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Well, it really is light, almost paper thin light. I have the sense when I am putting it on I will rip it; but this is not a reflection of the craftsmanship or material... it is just really thin for a down jacket. This is not an expedition weight jacket, although it is a great layer for expeditions indeed. I have worn it with just a cotton layer underneath in about minus 3 degrees C, and I was not uncomfortable. It really is a jacket you can take anywhere and will get you out of trouble simply because it is so light to carry and packs a lot of warmth for its weight. Sadly the deep cold winter has passed here, so will have to wait until next winter to see how cold we can go with additional layers in this bad boy.

what is the weight of the fill in this jacket?

4 5

sizing note

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

nice superlight puffy. I bought it for layering to keep in my pack on tours. I am 6'2" 210lbs and am usually an XL. I ordered the large and the body size is fine. The armpits are a little tight because of how the sleeves are cut. the length of sleeve is fine. The zipper is pretty lightweight, I hope it holds up. Overall, it's exactly the piece I was looking for. Superlight, warm, down, packable, extra layer with a hood. The large fits my normally Xlarge body well, minus with just a hint of tight armpits.

5 5

Light and Comfortable

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

Warm, comfortable, and incredibly light weight. This jacket is exactly what I want it to be. I highly recommend the hooded version.

2 5

Look elsewhere for durability

I've owned this jacket for about a year and I've had a few problems with it. Since the get go, the zipper would come undone from the bottom every now and again. This didn't really bother me because I loved the fit and versatility of this jacket. About 6 months after owning it, the cinch mechanism for the waist fell apart and the jacket could no longer be cinched above a harness, which for me is a valuable function. At about the 1 year mark, the zipper broke completely and would not stay together at the bottom at all. I sent it back to MH for warranty repair and they will be fixing it under warranty, which is pretty legit. It is the middle of winter and it will be spring before I get this back. But, most companies repairs are pretty backed up and this is not MH's fault. You are better off buying Patagonia or Arc'teryx. The durability and quality from those two companies seems to be unmatched.

The fit on this jacket is awesome for me (5'8", 155 - Medium). This did fit better than the Patty UL down, so I chose this jacket.

4 5

It won by default.

It was really the only ultralight down puffy that fit me through the chest and back. I am 5' 7" and about 190lb. The large fits perfect and feels just a smidge long in arms and body but nothing excessive.

I think there are better jackets from other manufacturers out there but their sizing is a bit scrawny to fit me.

It is a nice jacket but it really is sparse compared to Marmots Quasar and even Patagonia's Ultra light down jacket.

It wouldn't have been my first choice if the Marmot Quasar fit me.

It is a very lightweight jacket that does a great job keeping you warm. I have been wearing it walking to the gym at 5:30 in the morning and I am surprised how warm it is even when I am walking back home being sweaty.

My biggest concern with the jacket is the durability of the ghost whisperer fabric and the tiny zippers the thing has. They zip up alright but unzipping them seems like it puts strain on the zipper.

It just feels like a jacket that you will own for a season or two and it will be finished, then you will be replacing it.

I didn't feel that way with the Marmot Quasar or the Patagonia Ultralight and even the Arcteryx Cerium SL. They have a more durable feel and seem like a jacket you would own for many seasons to come.

I have seen too many Ghost Whisperers that have been tenacious taped and kinda look like shit for what isn't a cheap jacket.

It seems to be a great jacket for its performance and light weight but I question its longevity.


5 5

Best jacket in my gear arsenal.

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

What can I say? This jacket is awesome!! Super light weight and warm. I used it for the first time in the north Georgia mountains in windy and chilly conditions. I had it on for about 30 minutes with a mid weight base layer and had to take it off due to the amount I was sweating. The jacket was soaked in sweat but remained very warm. It compacts down the the size of a nalgene bottle. The jacket did dry very fast!! I ordered the xxl and it was roomy enough for me to layer over. This is a must have if you are an avid outdoor enthusiast!!

3 5

Who are they sizing this for?

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

This is a great lightweight jacket – if it fits you. Everything about it is light and I’m sure it’s very packable – ideal for a trekking jacket or climbing mid-layer. I’m just not sure who they had in mind when they made the patterns. I’m 6’2”, 175 lbs and the large is about the right length in the body and arms. Unfortunately there is enough room in the body for both me and a small gorilla , which would make it very thermally inefficient as you waste body heat warming up all that space. The medium is just too short overall and small in the shoulders.

If you like a very loose fit and are looking for a light layering piece, you’ll probably be happy with this. As for me, I'm looking elsewhere.

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Guilty.. I am that small gorilla.

3 5

Great, but.....

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

Ordered this a few weeks back. I'm 6'1 and 230lbs. Measurements say I should wear an XL. Ordered the XL and I was swimming in it. The sleeves were particularly long, like for a orangutan. They seriously fully covered my hand and fingers with my arms extended and I have normal/long arms. I don't get it. The wrists openings were so gigantic Sasquatch could have invaded through the sleeves. Length was decent if not a bit short for my longer torso. I have returned this and am waiting for it to arrive @ Backcountry so my size large will ship. Didn't want over $500 outstanding on a single jacket.

3 5

*Really* wanted to like it but...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

I loved the Azul colorway and was really looking forward to this jacket. It is as light as everyone says and really cool looking. I am 6' 180 and ordered a medium because I like mid-layers to fit fairly close. It had very long arms and a long torso so that part was great but the chest was a bit tight. I think if I got a large the chest would have been perfect but maybe the arms and waist would have been too large? In any case I should have read the reviews first - the wrists bothered me because they were so large and open. The waist can be cinched and the hood is great but the sleeves are just floppy and wide open. That and the slightly tight chest and I decided its going back. Bummer.

4 5

The Hyper Blue one got a black zipper

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

It`s great down jacket, but the zipper color does not match what is on the picture of product description. I bought a hyper blue and all the pictures on the good description shows a blue zipper and looks good. I also saw couple of videos on Youtube, and Hyper blue got blue zipper. It`s frustrating the one I received got a black zipper.....

5 5

Very light & warm jacket

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

This jacket is very light, compact, & warm. It's pricey, but with the 30% discount, I feel like I got my $$$'s worth. As others have noted, the cuffs are slightly loose, but I didn't find it distracting or feel any drafts. I've been wearing it for about a week now, with the temperature ranging 15-40F. I'd say with just a t-shirt, 15F is probably it's lower limit, but I was comfortable in the 20's. If you're moving around a lot or add some layers, you could definitely wear it at lower temperatures.

2 5

Who are they designing these for?

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

Ok so a few things. This jacket is insanely light. I mean it. You will never really know how much it weighs because it always wants to float away.
That being said, who are they designing this thing for? There is no way to tighten the wrists they are about as open (and inelastic) as can be. You would have to have perfectly sized (and MASSIVE) wrists for the sleeves of this jacket to fit you properly. It's a shame, I really wanted to like it.

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It's curious that you say that about the wrists. I have very small wrists for a man, and I've never noticed or had a problem with the wrist size of the jacket. I'm going to have to check again when I get back home!