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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

    Tech Specs

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    Still feeling it out

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 168lbs

    Since buying this jacket a few weeks ago, I've used it almost every day. Moving to a place prone to cold weather from Florida has been quite a challenge. Not knowing anything about winter jackets I went ahead and purchased this after hearing a recommendation.

    Still deciding on whether I like the hood or not but besides that it definitely does the job of keeping me warm.
    The fit is perfect. Originally, I ordered a large thinking I need the extra room for long sleeve shirts and wiggle room but I had to return it because it was way too big.

    The jacket is super compact and great for outdoors activities.

    My only wish is that it had more than two pockets. I've also started to notice feathers falling out which could eventually become an issue but it hasn't made a difference for now.

    Worth it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this jacket. The most impressive part is the packability and weight. I am 5'2", 116lb and the small is perfect for throwing on over a tshirt or using after the sun goes down for fall/spring backpacking. I have yet to test it in colder than 35F, but will definitely use this as a staple layering piece. I've climbed, hiked, and camped with it already.

    Packable Warmth

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    First - I LOVE this jacket. It goes with me on any trips or jaunts up in the mountains. It easily stuffs into a pocket and has a loop so can be clipped to a climbing harness. It's slightly wind resistant so that's nice as well. I always run cold, so was worried that this thin of a jacket wouldn't do well for me in most conditions, but was wrong! I have the unhooded, but can see uses for both.



    My only complaint with this jacket is the fit in the shoulders. I am usually a small, but have fairly broad shoulders so sized up in this jacket. So now it's a bit loose around my torso, but still a decent fit. Keep that in mind if you have broader shoulders, but highly recommend!

    Best Light Down Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: S
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    I have owned one of these for 5 years now. Every time I see a new lighter down jacket, I immediately am comparing it to this jacket. I have a hooded and a non-hooded version because I love it so much, and even bought my fiancé one too. I take this on just about any adventure with me. It is so light and compact, it is almost foolish not to take it. It folds up into its own front right pocket. When stuffed into the stow pocket, it can be compressed much further. I use a dry compression sack for my down sleeping bags, and if I am not planning to need the jacket on a spur of the moment, I will keep it in my sleeping bag compression sack. If you are in the market for a light down jacket, I would strongly recommend taking a look at the Ghost Whisperer. Both my fiancé and I found them to be true to size (my fiances sizes are listed below)

    Feel free to reach directly out to me with any questions on the jacket or anything else at all!

    Best Light Down Jacket

    Light

      am roughly 5'10 and 145 lbs, although somewhat short torso. This jacket fits my arm length well and feels comfortably long on my torso
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      Lightweight, Good Fit, "Meh" Durability

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Weight: 135lbs

      If lightweight warmth is what you want look no further! This is a great addition to any trip when the temps get a little colder. This has accompanied me backpacking, climbing, skiing, and traveling. It packs up nice and small into its own pocket, so you won't even notice it in your pack.

      The fit for me is perfect. I can comfortably wear a long sleeve layer underneath. It falls right to the base of my hips.

      The only reason this jacket is getting 4/5 stars from me are a few durability issues I've had. The lightweight fabric is prone to tearing on rocks and trees which I have easily fixed with duct tape. After about 6 months of use, the zipper for the pocket that you pack the jacket into broke as well. Mountain Hardwear was great about fixing it. There was no cost to me and I had my jacket back a few weeks after sending it in.

      Perfect for climbing and camping!

        I love this jacket. I'm 5'10" and 155 lbs I went with the large and it fits great! It's big enough that I can wear a sweatshirt under it if I want but not too big that I look silly without. The sleeves were plenty long for my arms. They sit nicely at my wrists and if needed I can tuck my hands into the sleeves to warm them. (You know what I'm talking about) I wear this jacket for everything. Climbing, camping, hiking, going to work, etc. It's great. I also really love how light it is and how it's not bulky at all. The fabric feels really light which at first I was a little concerned about, but it's held up well. It's been fine through climbing and wearing around the campsite. The only rip I have is a very small one I got tripping into a door frame of all things. I highly recommend this jacket!

        Disappointed

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: small
        • Height: 5'0"
        • Weight: 105lbs

        I love mountain hardwear so had really high hopes for this jacket. I was searching for a streamline down layer, and while this seems like it would be perfect it fell short of my expectations. The overall jacket for a down is very thin and breezy, beyond what I would expect for a thinner down layer. I own another minimal down jacket from MH and I do not experience the same complaints with that jacket purchased years ago. It is also very easy to see the darker colored down feathers in the lighter colors, including the red.

        Solid Purchase

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: medium
        • Height: 5'10"
        • Weight: 145lbs

        I am roughly 5'10 and 145 lbs, although somewhat short torso. This jacket fits my arm length well and feels comfortably long on my torso, but maybe a little big width-wise around the waist. Hood zips up to leave a little face hole, which is nice when it's super freezing/windy out. It can also pack down quite small, which is nice. This is a very warm jacket and layers nicely.

        I dislike that the material seems a little delicate. I've already had a minor tear in it (repaired with some tape) due to a dog jumping on me. Overall, I would recommend and purchase this again.

        My favorite jacket

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: small
        • Height: 5'5"
        • Weight: 130lbs

        take it everywhere. so light..packs small. fabric is delicate and springs leaks easily but not much worst than other puffys of its weight.

        Fits great, no issues with tightness

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: Extra Large
        • Height: 5'9"

        Fits great, no issues with tightness in the armpit area others have experienced. I was worried as I ordered an XL and my bust measurement is at the top end of what they list (42-44). Was happy to find that there is no tightness at all thru the chest or armpit areas even with a long sleeve mid weight base layer top, and a mid weight fleece underneath this jacket. I still have full range of motion with my arms with no feeling of tightness or restriction. I also own the MH Ghost Lite which easily fit over all of the above as an outer shell. Im 5'9 and the overall length as well as sleeve length work great for me.
        Im not sure if maybe they redesigned this jacket compared to earlier models people were having problems with, or if I just got lucky. I would recommend this to a family member and have :) I did take off one star sheerly from the price point of this coat. I got it at 20% off which helped, but I think the price range for this coat should be in the 200-250 not 350 range.

        Well Worth the Money

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: Medium
        • Height: 5'2"
        • Weight: 130lbs

        Just returned from a 5 day hike on the AT. This jacket performed as expected. I loved how lightweight and compressible it was. Kept me warm at the top of a mountain walking through a very cold and wet cloud. Insulated wonderfully even with constant wind. Only thing I would change, I would have gotten a size smaller. I bought the medium thinking I would need the space to layer. Even with layers the medium fit me a little large which allowed some wind gusts to make it a little drafty. The drawstring cinch on the bottom worked well; however, there was no since for the hood which made me have to wear an additional hat.

        Excellent jacket, poor fit design

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs small
        • Size Bought: Medium
        • Height: 5'5"

        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
        • Height: 5'9"
        • Weight: 160lbs

        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
        • Height: 5'2"
        • Weight: 115lbs

        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
        • Height: 5'5"
        • Weight: 122lbs

        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
        • Height: 5'8"
        • Weight: 120lbs

        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
        • Height: 5'8"
        • Weight: 165lbs

        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
        • Height: 5'10"

        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.

        Unanswered Question

        I noticed that the down fill changed from the version I have (and most of the reviews here) have from 850 to 800 in the newest version - any feedback from people who've had both as to how this changes the jacket?