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    9 Reviews


    Ultralight protection for the alpine.

    Battle the chill while climbing with the Men's Phantom Hooded Down Jacket by Mountain Hardwear. Stuffed with lofty and ultralight 850-fill down insulation, the Phantom provides a surprising amount of warmth for how little it weighs. Mountain Hardwear treated the down with Q.Shield to retain its loft (and its warmth) in damp conditions for extra protection. The Phantom stows into its own pocket for compact travel, and the two internal drop-in pockets are large enough for big gloves. The Phantom also features an adjustable hood and Butter Jersey cuffs that softly seal out cold drafts.

    • 850-fill Q.Shield water-resistant down
    • Adjustable hood
    • Butter Jersey cuffs
    • Internal drop-in pockets
    • Stowable in handwarmer pocket
    • Item #MHW006P

    Tech Specs

    20D nylon ripstop
    850-fill down, Q.Shield
    Center Back Length
    29 in
    2 zippered hand (1 stow), 2 internal drop-in
    yes, adjustable
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Poofy daddy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XL

    Fits large around waist, but in use snowshoeing / camping to about 12 degrees it was warmest jacket I've used (many over 30 yrs of doing this) Hood really nice. Light, not too many gizmos, could use a belly drawstring too bad.


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

    Purchased this jacket for an all around winter use. I live in Minnesota and demand a coat that will perform in single digit temperatures. The positive: Very light weight and compressible. Able to pack jacket into a 15" long 7" wide stuff sack. Quality construction and attention to detail. The pockets are large and roomy with two inside pockets that work well with my phone and iPod. I travel extensively and need a coat that is warm and packable. This jacket fills those needs beautifully. The bad: I believe in attempt to reduce weight, a light weight zipper is used that is a bit fussy. For my use it's not a deal breaker. I'd prefer a heavier zipper, but I'll adjust.
    Size considerations: I tried on both a large and medium size in this product. Additional size considerations, I have a 44" chest and 34 " waist with broader than average shoulders. The medium was too tight especially around the chest region. The large fit a little loose but allows me to add a medium base layer with no restriction. I went with the Large.

    The ability to pack a compact puffy.

    • Size Bought: large

    How cold being at 10,000+ ' on a clear night can get during the summer. Yeah, This is the bomb to have brought with you when the temps drop below freezing.

    Hiking to Muir as you sweat your nuts off only to be greeted with freezing temps as the sun goes down. Been there done that and it is a real eye opening experience.

    You want to pack light and the thought of bringing a thicker puffy seems overkill for an overnight spent at Muir. When you are sitting there shivering and trying to warm yourself with every possible layer you can throw on you will wish this jacket was in your arsenal.

    If I was attempting a summit climb I would bring my Nilas jacket but for a summer overnighter it seems like overkill. This thing fills that void and I got it to fill that gap of wanting and needing a warm puffy during the summer when you are at altitude. I have a ghost whisperer and it does fine at lower altitudes in the evening. Muir is too cold for a thin puffy as your main insulation. Trust me, it sucks.

    Do I worry about the waterproofness of this jacket? Not really, it is why I always carry a shell jacket. Being out on a glacier on a beautiful summer evening freezing your ass off staring at hypothermia is a bigger concern than trying to get this to act like a rain jacket the rest of the year.

    I have the past phantom jacket with no hood. It wasn't baffled is more of a packable urban jacket and the one I take when we travel to Europe during the winter. This jacket has climbing in mind. The butter cuffs, the two way zipper from the bottom and the two internal pockets as well. The baffled construction and parka length just screams take me to the mountains and use me in the cold.

    The previous years hooded Phantoms sold out so quickly I never had a chance to grab one. I am kinda glad they did because this years is an improvement over those ones.

    The only negative I could say is concerning the hood and it isn't really a big deal. There is no adjustment to cinch it up very well if you don't have a helmet on. It has the two front cinches but it doesn't have anything at the rear so it wants to flop into your face. I am usually wearing a baseball cap if I am not wearing a helmet . I could see if you were not wearing a helmet or a ball cap that it would become a nuisance.

    * Update*

    I used this thing last June on our summit climb on Rainier. It was in the sub zero range and the jacket actually did pretty well. Yes, my Nilas jacket would have been the better choice, but I was actually pleased to see how well this jacket did in those kinds of extremes.

    Delivers warmth, falls short elsewhere.

      The Phantom delivers on warmth, but falls short in the weather protection category. First attempt at stowing it in its stow pocket failed with a ripped pocket seam resulting. On sale at $259, I consider it value purchase with no regrets.

      Almost awesome

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

      I only tried this on (a bunch) and returned it.

      Fits like a parka - medium has room for a big base layer AND fleece underneath, and is long!

      But it's almost in the mid-layer weight category, has a helmet that fits a hood or adjusts down, the butter cuffs are amazing, and it stuffs into it's own pocket (with a lot of work).

      I returned it because though it looks great, it wasn't something that I could put a shell over easily. Too big, too long. But wasn't water resistant beyond DWR, so it's not really a cold outer layer for snowy stuff jacket.

      I'm pretty sure it would have lived in the closet, gotten wet on snow adventures, or squished down under a shell (I know shells should be sized to accommodate, but the medium was giaaaant for a midlayer. A small, maybe, but I'm a big person...). So closet or walks around town or campfires. Not for $400.

      I can't comment on others' needs for this jacket, but for me, as an alpinist, ice climber and mountaineer, I do not need this type of jacket to be waterproof. Like Lu Huang said, for my needs, this jacket would be the outermost layer going OVER my other layers (e.g., soft-shells) when I'm standing around on belay. In the conditions that I would use this jacket, being waterproof is not a consideration...I typically only wear softshell jacket and pants when climbing and all I need is for them to shed the snow and occasional drops of water. They are certainly not water "proof", but they are functionally appropriate for what I need.

      As for being windproof. If I was ONLY wearing this type of jacket, then it would be better if it was windproof. But, like I said, for myself and a lot of people using this jacket for alpine climbing, this would be used as part of a layering system. For me, I would already be wearing a wind blocking soft shell and the jacket and insulation provides some wind blocking.

      I think if someone is looking for one jacket to do it all, then this isn't it, but if the goal is to use it as part of a technical layering system for climbs, then this jacket seems like a great deal.

      Great jacket!

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

      I just got this jacket and think it's really great! I was walking around today in 20f weather with 15mph and was actually almost too warm with a sweatshirt underneath. It is really toasty. I am 5'9.5 and 155lbs and the jacket fits very well in M, but it is quite bulky...not really a piece to go to the bar with hah. I think that only thing that sucks on it is the double zipper. Super flimsy and can see issues with it down the road.

      Not very lofty

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

      Being a diehard MHW fan, I had very high hopes for this product. I recently purchased the Kelvinator jacket with 650 fil down and was hoping to add a warmer piece (phantom) to my collection. After receiving the phantom and comparing it to my Kelvinator I was very disappointed at the Phantom's loft. Note that each jacket in the same size are supposed to be the same weight, but the phantom has much higher fill power down than the Kelvinator (850 fill vs 650 fill). The phantom even though being baffled sewn literally has half of the loft as the Kelvinator. The Phantom jacket is NOT worth the money and is nowhere near as warm as the Kelvinator. Also note that I wear a Medium in everything MHW (6'1" 165#) and this jacket fit well as a small.

      Initial Impressions

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

      I returned this jacket before I used it but I have to say it's not a bad jacket. You will be disappointed if you expect this piece to be anything like the previous generation phantom jacket. The new phantom is oversized. I'm 5'8" and 160lbs. I normally fit very comfortably in Medium sized tops but this jacket is enormous on me. My 6'1", 180lb friend also said this jacket in a medium was even big for him. He normally wears Large. I'd consider downsizing but I'm skeptical even that would be too big. This jacket also comes with a two way zip like a belay jacket that is not shown in the picture or mentioned in the description. I had trouble with getting the zip started but I do like that the two way zipper is a feature. It is warm tho and has plenty of down. I was just hoping it would be more like the older phantom and less like a down version of the discontinued B'Layman Jacket.

      Can anyone compare this jacket to the Rab Neutrino Endurance or the MHW Nilas?? I know the Nilas is the heavier version. I am looking for a warm parka for Mexico and Ecuador for altitude.

      Best Answer

      I have Neutrino and Phantom and love both. The Neutrino shell uses Pertex fabric which is more durable, water resistant and doesn't leak feathers. But its much heavier at 22oz vs 17 for this. Both are baffled using hydrophobic down, 800 euro vs 850 Chinese down means they'll be about the same. I am 42", 5'10", 200 lb and the Large in Rab is snug and looser in Phantom. Good for 0-20 degrees, anything higher suggest non-baffled: lighter, cheaper, more breathable and compact. Good luck in Central America!

      does the nylon of this jacket have some wind resistance? some

      nylon does have a good wind resistance performance , but what about this one ?