Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
The Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket won a number of awards in the industry when it was first released back in 2012, and it has since become the gold standard in ultralight down jackets. Part of the allure of the Ghost Whisperer (besides its ridiculously lightweight design) was Mountain Hardwear's resolve to keep the jacket fully loaded with the proverbial bells and whistles, instead of just chopping features in an attempt to keep the jacket light.
The Ghost Whisperer is ideal for climbing in the alpine, long-haul backpacking trips, and peak-bagging bids where packing light and moving fast is key to reaching your objective and getting back below treeline before those guaranteed afternoon lightning storms come rolling in. While you might typically reserve your down jacket for dry and mild climates, the Ghost Whisperer isn't afraid to get a little wet thanks to its hydrophobic Q.Shield down, which resists heat-robbing moisture, so the jacket doesn't become a soggy, cold mess when an unexpected rain shower catches you without a rain shell nearby.
Mountain Hardwear was able to keep the jacket down to the weight of an angel fart by making the jacket out of its superlight Whisperer fabric and packing it full of top-shelf 800-fill down that's highly compressible and boasts a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. The low-profile quilting pattern further reduces weight and materials while enhancing the jacket's insulating properties by creating heat-trapping down channels. This low-profile design and active fit allows the jacket to be worn comfortably as a midlayer and helps prevent that puffed-up look many down jackets have. The jacket stuffs into one of its zippered hand pockets where it can then be clipped to a harness or backpack for quick access when you need convenient access to warmth on a chilly belay or cold summit.
- An ultralight down jacket for climbing, hiking, and backpacking
- Highly compressible 800-fill down with hydrophobic treatment
- Whisperer ripstop fabric keeps weight to a minimum
- Quilting pattern reduces bulk and enhances insulation properties
- Interior toggle allows for quick adjustments to the hem
- Zippered hand pockets secure small essentials
- Stuffs into hand pocket for quick storage and easy packing
- Active fit reduces needles bulk for easy layering
- Item #MHW006R
What do you think about this product?
January 2, 2020
Super lightweight & warm but too THIN
I love the jacket for its warmth & light weight. After a few months of normal wearing to work and occasional cold weather bike ride, it started to tear. I was not hiking thru brambles. It was too late to return to Backcountry so I sent it to Mountain Hardwear for warranty service. They offer a lifetime warranty and since the jacket was just a few months old and had a half dozen tears, I thought they would repair or replace it. NOPE - instead they sent it back in the same condition with a sheet of stickers saying the rips and tears were normal wear. So I still wear it but its shabby with matt stickers all over the shiny fabric. Also the zipper is micro small so not easily operated while wearing gloves or even with bare hands. I would not purchase again and I'm no longer a fan of Mountain Hardwear because their LIFETIME Warranty is a SHAM.
December 6, 2019
Lacks the basics
Just received mine this AM. I am 5'7' and wear a 41 short coat. Its about 5 inches too long to wear under a shell. Its also paper thin, I cannot see how this wont rip in under one season. tI has no draw cord around the waste. The cuffs are not elastic. There is no zippered pocket on the interior.... like many other brands. Chest fit was good. The Mountain Hardwear shell I bought 10 years ago is WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than this. They have clearly cheapened things up. Sad to see.
December 26, 2019
Been skiing and backpacking in it for two years straight - no rips, tears, or other failures. Other concerns here are what they are, but for future potential purchasers this jacket is on the top of a lot of lists for a reason.
November 25, 2019
Excellent for mountain climbing
bought this jacket for the volcano climbing season in Guatemala. Excellent jacket, weightless and packs small. I am 5'9" and 170 lbs. Bought it large. Good fit and range of motion. Warm enough in the mid 30s Farenheit.
October 11, 2016
Admittedly I don't own this. I am 5'11" 195lbs. This jacket pictured is a large. Super pack-able and stow-able the ghost whisperer is a legit lightweight insulting piece. If you have any questions about Mountain Hardwear fit etc please reach out!
March 31, 2016
Like Wearing Warm Air
Fun video showing how the jacket lives up to it's name.
January 1, 2016
Putting this jacket on gives you the same feeling as the warm summer sun on your skin except in December when its 5 degrees.
December 31, 2015
A little size comparison
This is the Ghost Whisperer all stuffed in its own pocket next to some Oakley crowbars
January 27, 2015
This keeps him warmer than I can!
After having jacket envy over my ghost whisperer, he finally got one. And he hasn't stopped wearing it (or so it seems!). Keeps him warm (with another layer) even in the chilly New England winters on the coast! He wore it today to take the dog out in Juno (the blizzard) and he was ready to walk further than the dog! (and the q shield down and ripstop nylon kept him and the down dry even in any melting snow).
Lauren - Dahli and Nate
December 27, 2014
This puff seems too fragile to survive.
But survive it has. This and many similar rocky/icy excursions. Here's the (older, i guess) Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer at 14,500 feet at the top of the last couloir on the Mountaineers Route on Mount Whitney. Sometimes when I'm climbing on stuff like that, I armjam. Sometimes when I'm armjamming on stuff like that, I either get sort of bloody, or I worry that whatever layer I have on will take a beating. I worry about the Ghost Whisperer especially, but it always seems to come out unscathed. At least so far. For the extremely visually astute, yes, I should have put the Ghost Whisperer UNDERNEATH the Marmot SuperMica, but I put the SuperMica on at 12K feet as a windshirt where it started getting cold, then we rounded a corner and started ascending a North-facing gully at 14k feet and it got even colder, so I dug out and threw on the Ghost Whisperer. There are a few reasons why that order should have been reversed, but I don't like to be bothered with that stuff most of the time. I just expect my gear to work with me in whatever situation we find ourselves together in. That's why I love this jacket. Because it does. It gets scroonched down into a tiny ball in my pack, it gets scraped over sharp granite, sometimes I even pull in out/put it on when it's drizzling (and that just breaks ALL the rules) because it just happens to be in the very top of my pack and is thus the most convenient layer. I've found that I use this thing way more than I thought I would. It's become ever-present in my pack. It's so light that sometimes I carry it as padding for my camera gear and never end up wearing it. It' not an exaggeration to say that it's my most-used/worn puffy layer, and I have a few. (Copy-paste this link...you'll see what I mean...) http://www.brandonriza.com/Tour/PuffComparisons/Tour.html Great jacket. 5 Stars. But man...I'm way diggin on that black/red one now. Don't make me buy another one, Mountain Hardwear!
January 16, 2016
Got a sizing question. I am about 6ft 185 lbs athletic build and want to wear a base layer under this jacket. I usually wear a medium. Should I get a medium or large?
January 18, 2016
I would generally recommend sizing up if you plan on layering underneath a jacket. It also depends on how thick of a base layer you plan on wearing underneath. Let me know if you have any other questions!
January 6, 2016
I do not own this jacket but just wondering, WHY?! for the past ten years would you not have a chest pocket on all outerwear?
January 7, 2016
I'm not a Mountain Hardwear rep, so I can't speak to their intentions as a brand, but I'd suggest that it's likely because this is intended as an ultralight piece, and more pockets/zippers = more weight. Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!
December 13, 2015
Do you have any of the older men's Ghost Whisperer hooded jacket (med) that is 850 fill down? instead of the newer 800 fill.
December 15, 2015
Hey Katie - I own Green River Sales which represents MHW in the Rockies and for BC.com. The Ghost Whisperer style(s), whether at 850 or 800+ fill are identical...there's essentially no difference between the two fill power rates. The key is our really in our "Ghost" face-fabric and less so the fill power of down. I've been in the industry for 20+ years and I spent close to a decade at The North Face prior to this, where I was part of the global product PL protocol. I've got a tremendous amount of experience with goose down and fill powers and frankly anything over 800 is by all intents and purposes, the same. So, have no fear, the 800+ fill power down Ghost's are STILL, the lightest weight, fully-featured down jackets money can buy and again that's largely due to the 7D Ghost face-fabric that only MHW has access to. Hope this helps!!
February 16, 2015
Looking for info on how well it packs? Will this squish down to a small size to fit in my pack as an extra layer?
February 17, 2015
I think this is gonna be a perfect option for an extra layer. That's why I'm purchasing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUc0J7zyoEQ
February 18, 2015
It folds up quite nicely in its own pocket, imagine a squishy burrito from Chipotle and that's your jacket lol. But even then it can be mashed a little more. I've thrown mine everywhere from the bottom of my pack, a small zippered pocket and it's been great.
November 15, 2014
176cm, 68kg, which size should I choose, S or M? I want to wear one baselayer and one sweater inside and one hard shell outside. Thanks!
November 17, 2014
I'm 173cm, 74 kg and I wear M.