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    The gold standard.

    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

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Whisperer (7D x 10D ripstop nylon)
    Insulation
    Q.Shield 800 fill-down
    Fill Weight
    2.6 oz
    Baffle Construction
    stitch-through
    Fit
    active
    Center Back Length
    28 in
    Hood
    no
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand
    Claimed Weight
    7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, backpacking, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Gold Standard Train since 2012

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    When shopping for a light-midlayer, you can't beat the Ghost Whisperer. 2.6oz!? It's true. AND, it fit's inside it's own pocket. I smash this into the bottom of my winter touring pack and inside my multi-pitch alpine pack. Great to have in emergencies.
    My only two drawbacks is that it has a bit of an "all-american" cut. It fits true to size though. In other words, it's boxy in the torso and gut. Also, just make sure to be careful with the zipper since it's so thin and light too.

    best lightweight down

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Most of the time when I look for a piece of equipment or apparel, I end up deciding between a bunch of super comparable options.
    As the product description suggests, the Ghost Whisper is 'the gold standard' in a category of its own. It is the only down layer I'm familiar with that is lightweight enough for summer backpacking trips, versatile enough for ski touring through the winter, and durable enough to climb in.
    I'm not the first impressed reviewer to comment, and like many others I appreciate that Ghost Whisper packs down better, and offers more insulating value than all of the synthetic options it is usually compared to.

    Incredibly Light and Packable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Let's be honest, who doesn't want their down to be warm, pack down to nearly nothing, and be durable at the same time?

    I only recently starting using this jacket, but so far so good. The weight to warmth ratio is unbelievable and when I pack it into its own pocket it nearly disappears. Can't wait to see how this jacket performs as it gets colder and will update based on durability and temperature in the coming months.

    Comfy as a dream

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    Fantastic jacket. Warm enough on its own to be worn by itself on chilly, dry days, and it's a great insulating layer in harsher conditions.
    Super light, it adds very little weight to my layering, but it's also more durable than it feels, it held up to heavy use this last winter.

    Amazingly light and toasty

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    This is by far the best down jacket for weight vs. warmth. Small fit perfect on my frame.

    Strange fit, but warm and light.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I decided to put the jacket to the test with a 20 minute walk in North Dakotas 15°F, 15-30 mph winds, with only a t-shirt underneath. I was shocked how warm it kept me, but even more so at how well it handled the wind.

    Now the bad. The pits and back/lat area are really small comparatively. The jacket itself isn't form fitting, but does have a slimmer cut, which I prefer. I'm 5'10", 180lbs with athletic build, wear a 32"waist, and have never purchased a "large" size jacket. The length of the jacket was great, the sleeve length was perfect (the cuffs are nice), and it fits very well from the waist to the chest. My HUGE issue, and the reason I had to return it, was the arm holes and the back were very tight. The arm holes were noticeably tight with a thin undershirt while arms at my sides... Picking my arms up in front of me zombie-style was extremely uncomfortable in the armpits, but also stretched the fabric across my back stretch to the point that all the insulation was completely flattened, making my back nothing more than a windbreaker. There were a few other comments that mentioned this, but stated that the jacket ran large which was confusing.

    On a more technical level, my jacket weighed in at 7.26oz (7oz claimed) and the jacket can conveniently be packed into a pocket, which ends up at 10" x 4.5" x 3.5".

    I'm unsure if going up a size will help me as the medium was perfect outside of the strangely cut armholes.

    Everybody Needs One!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    My Ghost Whisperer just arrived today, the day after I ordered it, so I've only had it a short period of time and have only been outside in it once. But, what I can already tell is that this is soon to be one of my favorite jackets. Extremely lightweight, packable into its own pocket that zips shut with a clip loop, awesome color combination (I went for the peat moss) and it is cut perfectly with just enough shaping. I naturally run hot and tend to heat up really fast so the Ghost Whisperer with a couple good base layers will more than likely be just the ticket for our snowshoe treks and other outdoor Winter activities in our big, beautiful Utah backyard in the Wasatch Range.
    As far as sizing, I purchased the large. I'm just under 6'1" and 200 lbs. (I think it's the beer). The sizing is pretty much perfect for me, but feels like it could have another 1/2 inch of room under the armpits. Not too tight as is, but for much layering, a bit more room would probably be handy.

    Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    This jacket has serious warmth for how light it is. The collar comes up nice and high so it really corks in the heat, especially when it's windy. This is a perfect layer for bringing in the pack because it doesn't take up much space or add much weight.

    I'm in between size medium and large typically. The size large worked well for me. Not restricting what-so-ever, but I wasn't drowning either.

    Best Jacket Ever!

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

    I hate to wear heavy, bulky jackets. I decided to take a shot at
    the Ghost Whisperer and I couldn't be happier. It's super light and very comfortable. I get compliments on it wherever I go.
    It's my go to jacket that I am going to pack in my backpack for the back country.

    Amazing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I've only used this in cold weather over the course of a week, but I'm very impressed. I visited Toronto in Dec, when temps were 34-20F. I'm a 5'10, 155lb guy, athletic trim and I tend to get cold fairly easily. My first night, it was in low 30s. I wore a t-shirt, this jacket, a MH neck gaiter, a beanie, and MH AP Pants, and I took a 15 min walk. I was pretty warm. I think the neck gaiter played a big part in keeping the wind out of the neck area, and in keeping the heat in. On the second night, it was in the low 20s, so I added a fleece pullover to my layers, and kept everything else the same. That was very warm to me. I even took a walk down by the lake, and it was very windy, and this did a great job and keeping out the wind. Another night, I took about a 45 min walk in low 30s, with just a t-shirt and the neck gaiter, beanie, and jacket, and stayed pretty comfortable most of the time, but started to get pretty cold near the end. Overall, this is an amazing piece of gear because you can essentially stay very warm, and be able to de-layer as your surroundings change. For example, you get onto a subway or bus, and you just take this off, rather than being stuck with a giant bulky heavy jacket. I love this thing, and see it being an integral part of my wardrobe, especially when traveling. The lightness and packability make it near perfect.

    Incredibly light!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    The very first thing I noticed about this jacket was how light it was. It was so light that I was, at first, skeptical that it would be warm enough for me. But after I'd taken it out in 30 degree temperatures I was very impressed with it's insulation. However, anything below the 30 degree threshhold may be too cold if you're not doing any aerobic activity. I am very happy with the fit and style of the piece! I'm 5'11" and about 200 lbs and the size large is perfect for me! One of the things I had some issues with is how transparent the outer material(Whisperer--7D x 10D ripstop nylon) is. I figure the lighter the colorway that you select, the more transparent the jacket will be. I just cite this because with the red color you can actually see the down feathers through the material, and some of the feathers are grey or black, which can actually look like a small stain from across the room. I'd probably select a darker color if I could pick again. But overall, I love the jacket, and is a great piece for my winter outer wear colelction!

    Seems warm, looks great, with fit issues

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

    I ordered this for mostly casual outdoor and around town use. Planned to wear it on walks when it was cold (below 20F: I live where it's cold and get hot easily) and sometimes as a middle layer. I destroy a lot of gear so I try to treat puffies pretty carefully in general. Only tried it on around the house so can't comment on active situations, but it feels at least as warm as my Marmot Quasar (maybe more) and moves well.

    I'm 5'11", 175-180, athletic build and wear size 31 or so in jeans. Normally wear a large jacket but ordered medium after reading reviews. Fit great everywhere except the shoulders and lats, which were way too tight. Medium was fairly form fitting through waist and hips, which is exactly what I wanted. Sleeves are long but kept them from pulling up when I reached overhead. The cuff things worked fine for me. Overall length also perfect -- down to about bottom of jeans zipper, so it didn't rise up too far but didn't look like a dress either. The arm holes are cut high but this did not bother me. This puffy is very shiny but I liked that part too. If only the chest and shoulders fit this would have been almost a perfect jacket.

    Almost perfect because as other reviewers have mentioned, the zipper is terrible. A heavier one would have been well worth the negligible weight and probably hold up to wear a lot better. Chest pocket would be nice too but not a big deal.

    Returning, unsure whether for a large or a different jacket.

    Great lightweight down!Cool design!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 110lbs

    I bought this for the coming winter and this down jacket is just stylish. I am 5ft 7in, and the sleeve length runs a bit long. Overrall fits well.

    Love this jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    I bought this jacket for my boyfriend and he loves it. He says it's light while still being warm. I would recommend this to a friend.

    Barely there!

    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!

    Barely there!

    Ultra light

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    After wearing this jacket for close to three season in the Sierras I can write about this ultra light sweater/jacket. It is warm and light and has been through several seasons. I have no complaints and would recommend the Ghost Whisper to anyone looking for warmth and keep weight to a minimum.

    Pocket-sized Warmth

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 230lbs

    When it comes to outdoor use, I've found this jacket fills a really specialized role. It packs down to the size of a softball, but packs a lot of warmth, so it is great to just throw in a pack and go. It's a perfect late-summer/early-spring summit jacket. As far as light-weight warmth goes, it's hard to beat. That said, 800-fill down is not infallible. I took it up 12,000 ft peak pre-dawn in October and really regretted it in a way that would have been dangerous if I hadn't found some cover from the wind. It does not replace a giant down coat in the colder months. I thought the material was pretty durable, particularly for this class of jacket, but also not unbeatable. I did eventually catch a sleeve on a sharp edge and tear it. I don't wear it around town much, cause I try to save it for when I need it, but it definitely looks awesome, and stands out in the sea of North Face logos. Also, it run's big. I'm 230, 6'1", and not quite what I'd call athletic, but not too far off. My Large fit about perfect, which is weird. I'd usually be an XL. Anyway, 4-Stars, because it's an incredible piece of gear, and I don't regret purchasing it at all. But it was $350 plus tax, and it wasn't the Iron Man suit. If I had spent $100 less, this would be a 5-star review.

    Pocket-sized Warmth

    Great down jacket!

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

    Ideal for packing light. I did wear it for 3 times on windy and cold conditions, just great. A hardshell on top and you are good to go! Highly recommend it!

    Great down jacket!

    Great Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Love this Jacket.

    It's warmth to weight/size ratio is the best - bar none.

    I have worn in Fall, Winter, Spring in New England and it has done the trick every time. I always bring this jacket with me while hiking in the mountains, because of it's size there is no reason to leave it at home. It is a little tacky looking due to the shininess of the jacket material (according to my girlfriend) so I don't wear it much around Boston, but I only get compliments while on the trail!



    It runs a bit large for my taste, but it is definitely not too large for me.

    Great Jacket

    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?

    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?

    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!

    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.

    Best Answer

    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!!

    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?

    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.