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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.

    • 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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    Excellent jacket, poor fit design

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

    Excellent jacket overall- keeps you very warm but is breathable, feels like it weighs almost nothing. Fit is fine, except in the shoulder area- where it is far too tight. Medium size fit me perfectly except for the fact that it dug into my armpits whenever I moved my arms, so I had to return it for a large. The large size is almost too roomy, and the armpit area is STILL a bit tight.

    You run cold? You want this jacket!!!

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

    I run so cold. I have MS and my circulation isn't the greatest. I still get out though! I just spent a week in the Wastach Mountians skiing and this jacket did not disappoint. It's a great layering piece because it's so thin but somehow it packs a ton of warmth. I never get hot, expecially in 20-30 degree weather, I was actually too warm in this jacket. I paired it with a wool layer, fleece and shell and was good to go. I'm 160, 5'9 and have an athlete build and the Large fits very well. I tend to have issues with arm length and I had no issues here. I do have a long torso and some broad shoulders, so it fits right above the hip bone. It's not terrible, just wish it was a little longer. I noticed some mention the arm pits being snug. I didn't have that issue.

    Arm Sleeve Width

    • Size Bought: Small

    I am a gear-head and gram-weenie. After doing a ton of research, I fell in love with this jacket. In fact, it sounded perfect. I ordered the on sale black version happily. Unfortunately all of the reviews stating that the arm sleeve holes/ shoulder area are far too tight and the body portion is too bulky, were correct.

    I am 115 lbs, mostly muscle and 5ft 2in. I am very fit but do not have a bunch of bulky muscles like a body builder.

    I ordered a size small due to the shoulder area tightness reviews. I couldn't even wear a t-shirt comfortably under this jacket. When I reached forward, both armpit areas would dig in, when I reached up, same problem. The sleeve hole is too tight for rock-climbers, swimmers, anyone with any tone I think... The body of the jacket was huge (could fit two of me in it), as was the sleeve length.

    The sad part is, this jacket is AMAZING except for the fit. Super lightweight with, I believe 2.76 oz of down fill, I read, Q shield, etc... a dream down jacket with a terrible fit. Really sad because I've looked for alternative jackets and haven't found one with that much down fill in this weight.

    I'm a tiny person. Just wondering what Mountain Hardwear's fit model looked like... I'll be returning my Ghost Whisperer.

    Great Jacket, A few Design Issues

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

    First, I do really love this jacket and am happy with the purchase. It's extremely lightweight and packs down to nothing. I use it in the cooler winters of SC (keeps the wind out on the beach) and also as a midlayer when skiing out west.

    I bought the aristocrat (dark blue) color and don't have issues seeing the feathers through like some others have mentioned of the lighter colors.

    I have broad shoulders and it does fit a little snug under the arms, but never has restricted any movement. I usually wear a small, but did get a medium for layering purposes.

    The only other issue I've noticed is that it snags easy, especially when the pocket zippers are open. The sleeve will snag on the pocket zipper. I just try to leave the pockets zipped closed.

    Other than that, great jacket!

    Love it!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    This was a Christmas present to a friend and this is what she had to say:
    "It's really light but keeps me really warm. I walked around San Fran in the pouring rain and it still kept me warm. I usually am a small but I have long arms so the medium was perfect in regards to arm length, a little wide though. And I love the hood!"

    Great, light jacket

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

    I bought this jacket on sale over the summer and wanted to wait for a few cold NYC dog walks and bike commutes to review. Overall, I love this jacket, but I would not have paid full price. This jacket keeps me warm while walking in the upper 20s with a long sleeve merino base layer, but I wouldn't wear it below freezing if i were standing still. It's warmer than the Patagonia down sweater, though. I wore it on a 7-mile bike commute in 25 degree weather and it was way too warm - so sweaty and the material is sticky, as with all lightweight down jackets.

    It packs down pretty small, but it's comparable to its competitors - nothing spectacular. It is a lot lighter than competitors, but as a backpacker and bike tourist, I'm generally more concerned about space than a few ounces.

    I am a size 8-10 and a large fits well. The armpit issue is real, but it seems to be loosening up as I wear it (maybe I'm just getting used to it, though). I have a huge hip-to-waist ratio, so I wish the bottom hem was a bit wider and the waist narrower, but it fits better than the down sweater and others I've tried. Ooo, I also have a LOT of thick, curly hair, and this hood accommodates! Not many do. So, more pros than cons, but the price!

    Super Light, Not Super Warm.

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

    Great, ultra light, weather resistant jacket. My Ghost Whisperer has been through a few "polar vortexes" and arctic spells. But, it is not as warm as the Arcteryx Cerium. Be certain that you are not buying this jacket as a heavy duty outer piece. It will get you through the 20s and 30s but will not keep you warm if there is much wind chill. On the other hand, I was impressed with its water resistance. It is a great three season backpacking insulation shell.

    My new favorite!

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

    I was skeptical. I really didn't want to spend this much. Some of the reviewers gave me more reason to be hesitant.
    I needed a warm but lightweight jacket for backpacking, and with Backcoutry's excellent customer service, it was time to take a chance.
    I took it to California for our backpacking vacation. I didn't have to carefully consider if I might need it for the chilly nights, I just took it, it adds no bulk and is super light.
    I bought it for layering, and it worked well. A light fleece underneath for hiking in really cool weather (35 degrees) and I could vent by unzipping as I warmed. I also used it alone with only a light short sleeved layer beneath for warmer weather hikes. Perhaps my biggest surprise was the wind resistance. Hiking in Lassen to those peaks (Lassen, Broke Off) is WINDY! I pulled the hood up, zipped and I was set! The hood stays up , in place, and it doesn't obscure your view when you move your head around.
    I am a size 10, and busty, the large gives me plenty of room. I usually get a M in jacket, but wanted room for layers. This was perfect. I only noticed the arm pits were a bit snug because others mentioned it in reviews. I think going to the large was a good choice for me.
    The jacket feels good with a pack. Not restrictive at all. It is long enough that it doesn't ride up on my waist.
    I am very happy with my purchase.

    My new favorite!

    Love this coat

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

    I have been wearing this coat for about a month and a half. Many of the other reviewers noted a weird fit in the arms, but I haven't noticed that at all. The material is light, so you can see the feathers- doesn't change the functionality though! Warm, lightweight, and I would recommend it to a friend. Perfect for layering and the hood fits wells.

    High-performing ultralight jacket

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

    I'm a beginner backpacker but already a gear geek. I dove down deep, fast, into the lightest gear on the market I could afford. When I found this jacket I was thrilled with its stuff pocket and featherweight build. It fits well and keeps me warm at camp when I would otherwise feel stuck in my quilt in the morning. I would comfortably wear it with a long sleeve baselayer, beanie, and gloves down to 30 degrees, especially with a wind shell on top. I wouldn't need anything warmer for a three-season backpacking trip!
    I do wish there were more neutral colors besides black.

    Would you say it was tight in the armpits at all? I have noticed that is a very common gripe with this coat, but maybe it has been adjusted in the newer models?
    Also, I am similar to your size so I am wavering between a small and a medium. When you wore it, did you have layers on underneath? I love to wear a fleece under a coat to keep me nice and toasty.

    Sea Ice is fairly transparent

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

    Ordered the Sea Ice because it was lowest price. I say it is because you can see darker feathers through the material. It looks as though you have random smudge marks on your jacket. It is a very pretty color, and the darker feathers are not noticeable from a distance.

    Size was right on point and I even put two polypro shirts on under to see if it felt cramped-no problems there. There is plenty of mobility in shoulders/armpit area with or without extra layers.

    Bought primarily for backcountry use. But have not had it in poor weather yet to test it out regarding claim of windproof.

    Excellent

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: small

    I bought this for my wife who was extremely skeptical about the jacket at first because it was super light. She wasn't sure it would keep her warm at all, but I told her that she only needs a t-shirt, the Ghost, and her hard-shell (also from Mountain Hardwear) in 26 degrees Fahrenheit NYC weather and she was surprised she had no problems. Keep in mind my wife is naturally on the warmer side, so the entire setup was perfect for her.

    You can see the feathers in the jacket, but it simply does the job.

    I highly recommend the jacket, but be careful because the outer layer will react to heat quickly, i.e. melt.

    Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded

      I purchased this jacket for my wife and she had to return it due to the fit. The jacket runs true to size but she found that the length was a tad short and hit much higher on the hip/waist & fit was similar to patagonia jackets. This jacket is lightweight but packs such a punch on warmth with the best quality down and low loft so you can make this jacket a layering piece to battle the elements and keep you warm at the same time. The black colorway has a shine finish to it.

      Just like a ghost it's barely there

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

      So, I've never owned anything 'mountain hardware', I've never heard outstanding reviews or anything special about it... Mostly I get the impression it's the name. So I find this lovely little light green jacket and I think 'oh perfect for a 'southern winter'... The jacket is practically paper thin. I could see the down inside of it/ I have no idea if that is just bc of the color I chose or if literally this jacket is supposed to be like a ghost wrapped around you. It sized well and was cute but I wouldn't be caught dead in a jacket you can see the down in (I could see the contrast in feather color through the jacket also making it look dirty in spots) ...It's more of a base layer sweater with a hood. I was not impressed and needless to say I sent it back and went back to my standard- Patagonia.

      Designed for layering

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I was a little concerned going for the medium, given the reviews about armhole size in the smaller jackets and my broad shoulders, but after trying different sizes, the medium it was everywhere else.
      It did feel a little tight around the front of the arm holes but I was out of time and its hard to find puffies here in summer.
      On my Arctic trip it proved itself in terms of layering. The lack of 'extra' space around the arms meant I could wear a thermal base layer, a shirt, the Ghost Whisperer, a fleece above and shell over that, and still get on with my work without it getting in the way - I didn't notice any discomfort or restriction. It squishes down a treat to keep in my day pack as the conditions change fast. I never had a reason to not take it with me.
      I wish they would stop combining everything with "women's colours". I would like the jacket more, and it would be more practical for outdoorsing, if it wasn't lined with pastel mauve, but the other colours I liked were either 100s more or not in my size.
      Overall, a well made jacket for purpose, which excels in layering, but could do with just a bit more room at the front to armpit of the arm holes for comfort during regular wear.

      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.