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
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- Q & A
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fun video showing how the jacket lives up to it's name
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I'm honestly kind of hoping it rips so I can get another one... but it won't wear down!
Almost 3 years and still standing
I was lucky enough to pick this up on Steep and Cheap 2.5ish years ago. This is not meant to be a durable, stable, hardcore winter coat. Anyone reading the description or tech specs should figure that out. I have a medium and it fits beautifully. I am 5'2" and 125 lbs. The hood is an amazing added feature on those chilly, windy days. It "seals" right around the face when you zip it all the way up. It's been rained on once or twice but it didn't take long to dry and still looks brand new.
That said, this thing packs down to nothing, making it so very versatile. You can pack it in its own pocket and zip it or just shove it in the crack of space you have left in your bag. It will fit, I promise you that. It goes with me on any trip, eliminating the need for packing heavy, bulky coats. I wore it in FL on a chilly evening (it breathes so well) and as a mid layer for skiing, under a shell all winter. I live in upstate NY and this thing kept me toasty warm all winter during this polar vortex as a casual jacket too.
While it is amazing on its own, it is even better as a mid layer, keeping you warm while another shell over top can help seal in that heat. I wear one base layer underneath when I ski and a ski shell over top. Comfort all around in -12 degrees in February in northern Vermont and 30 degrees, spring skiing out west. This thing really regulates temperature. And if you get too hot, take it off and shove it in your pocket!! No joke. It fits anywhere.
I can't say enough good things about this jacket. I hope I never lose it. It's supposed to be thin and light. That's the beauty of it all. Light, thin, and super warm.
It's also my go to hiking jacket. Haven't snagged it yet... I guess it's tougher than I thought. Can't wait to get a new color!
Q.Shield Down Technology
What is the center back length of a medium?
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?