Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 230
- Tight Fitting Hood
- Fragile Fabric
I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck . I bought a Large. I can fit this over layers (shirts, sweatshirts, midweights), but it also fits under my shells (Arc Beta AR in M and Marmort Pro Tour in L).
I bought a Patagonia Ultralight Hoody and this at the same time as they were both on sale. Luckily I live in the country with no neighbors because I probably looked pretty goofy going out and doing walking laps in my yard alternating between the two to see which I liked better. My conclusion was that the Ghost Whisperer was better. The temps were about 0-5 F with a light wind and the hood with elastic stays tighter around your head and keeps you warmer. I also felt less air seep through the stitching. I think the Patagonia is better looking and the hood is better looking just as OutdoorGearLab stated. The Pat is the better coat for around town, but the Whisperer is more effective.
The material is light and fragile so I will almost always have it under a shell.
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The sub-eight-ounce Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down is pared down to perfect essentials: 850-fill Q.Shield down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem. Specially formulated Q.Shield Down resists moisture and retains critical loft even in damp conditions for consistent, dependable warmth.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket provides consistent warmth in cold and wet conditions. Weighing in at under 8 oz, this jacket compresses into nothing, and the new Q.Shield(TM) Down maintains loft and insulation properties even when wet! Gear of the Year award, 2012 Q.Shield(TM) down protects individual down fibers from moisture so they keep you warm even when wet Quilted construction holds insulation in place Two front handwarmer pockets Low profile, insulated hood Jacket stows in pocket
The lightest down jacket anywhere now with Q.Shield Down. The sub-eight-ounce Ghost Whisperer Down is pared down to perfect essentials: 850-fill Q.Shield down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem. Specially formulated Q.Shield Down resists moisture and retains critical loft even in damp conditions for consistent, dependable warmth.
Summit pushes and 4a.m. ascents mean brutally cold temperatures--fend them off with the Mountain Hardwear Hooded Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket. The Ghost Whisperer fabric, created in collaboration with speed mountaineer Ueli Stech, weaves 7D and 10D fibers together to create an ultra-tight ripstop that is windproof, down-proof, and naturally water-resistant. It, and the premium 850-fill down in the jacket, bring the weight of this jacket in under eight ounces, making it the lightest in its category. In addition, the Q.Shield down features a water-repellant coating to maintain loft even in damp conditions, so a punch through misty cloud cover won't ruin your jacket's ability to keep you warm. When pre-dawn cold or biting winds drop the temperature, a streamlined hood covers your head, and two zippered hand-warmer pockets shield your hands. The compressible design means the whole jacket fits inside one of the pockets so it's crazy easy to haul.