Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket
This amazingly light jacket has the ability to insulate…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $255
This amazingly light jacket has the ability to insulate in very low temperatures, and packs down into it's own pocket. It's easy to stash in any sized pack to have it there just in case, which makes it my new 'can't live without it' piece of gear.
- Ultra light
- Very warm
- Very packable
- Not very water resistant
I bought this jacket on sale on Black Friday for about $70 off and I love it. It's my new 'can't live without it' piece of gear. It is so light and warm that it makes you feel like you are enveloped in a warm cloud minutes after putting it on.
It fits me wonderfully, and the arms aren't too long. (However, I am 5'1", so this means that some of you longer armed ladies might be unhappy with the length. I would recommend trying it on if you can before purchase.)
It is very comfortable as a puffy, as well as a mid layer underneath a shell. You hardly notice it is there, other than the warmth it provides. In the effort to cut it down to around 7oz (?!), Mountain Hardwear elected to remove any adjustability in the sleeves, waist, and hood. The sleeves and waist did not bother me, but I do sometimes wish the hood could cinch up tighter on windy days. The hood does not fit over a helmet for skiing.
The jacket does have a DWR coating, but it won't resist any more than a light drizzle. It's forte is either cold, clear days, or being worn under a shell. My favorite combo is the GW with a water resistant soft-shell. You don't even feel like you're wearing a mid layer — very comfortable and very warm. It breathes well, even without pit zips but you definitely want a wicking layer underneath if you are doing any sort of strenuous activity.
Heat is well managed by zipping and unzipping the front, and zipping it back up as soon as you stop — before you start cooling down — keeps you nice and toasty. It's also great to sleep in if you are a cold sleeper, or trying to add a few extra degrees to your sleep system. It doesn't feel restricting, even in a sleeping bag.
I have been wearing this like crazy this winter, both on the trails and around town, and it looks like new. However, I would recommend care when squeezing through granite passages or other sharp or rough surfaces. Some durability has been sacrificed for weight.
The two pockets are nice and roomy, fitting gloves or keys or whatever else you normally put in a pocket. I also have yet to experience a caught zipper. The coat does pack into its own pocket, but it does take a lot of shoving to get it in there. I normally prefer the "shove it in the bottom of your day pack" method. It's just easier.
I have only had this jacket for 2 months, so I can't comment on long term durability, but up to this point it almost looks new and I couldn't be happier with this little powerhouse of a puffy.
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The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket is 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.
Weighing in under half a pound, the Women's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket is the lightest hooded down jacket in the Mountain Hardwear family. High-powered 850-fill goose down insulation keeps you plenty warm while you belay your ice climbing partner, and a sleek silhouette means you won't look like an overstuffed teddy bear. Pack this uber-light jacket into its own pocket to maximize precious packing space as you prepare for a month-long ski tour of Argentina. Down insulates like nothing else, offering unparalleled warmth-to-weight ratio. In layman's terms, you get a lot of warmth without the jacket weighing a ton. However, wet down doesn't insulate worth a darn; typically, synthetic insulators are preferred for damp, moist, or outright wet conditions. The folks at Mountain Hardwear decided that change all of that with Q-Shield Down. Down fibers are infused with a permanent water repellancy that helps maintain loft, critical to insulating capacity, even when the down is exposed to moisture. Now, you have a super-light, super-warm down option for super-cold and damp conditions. Quilted construction prevents the down from shifting and settling, so your entire upper body stays warm with nary a cold spot. An active fit still allows for a thermal baselayer underneath, but skims your body to reduce wind resistance and awkward bulk. The low-profile hood also has down insulation for added protection against the cold, and a single drawcord tightens the hem to ward off unwelcome wind. Ski or board in brutal cold, enjoy a winter camping trip in the Uintahs, or stay warm while walking through a winter wonderland in Central Park in this insanely light and warm down jacket.
Women's Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket is the lightest full-featured down jacket anywhere. The sub-eight-ounce Ghost Whisperer Down is pared down to perfect essentials: 850-fill goose down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem. Quilted construction holds insulation in place. Two front handwarmer pockets. Low profile, insulated hood. Jacket stows in pocket. Lightweight single pull hem drawcord. Full elastic cuffs slide easily over layers to seal in warmth. Weighing in at just 7 ounces, the 7 denier ripstop nylon fabric and super compressible 850-fill down combine to give you warmth without the weight. Material: Whisperer 7D x 10D Ripstop nylon. Insulation: Q.Shield DOWN 850-fill. Fill: 850 fill power goose down. Weight: 7 oz / 198 g. Center Back Length: 25 in / 64 cm. Available Color(s): Nectar Blue, Black, Dark Plum
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Mountain Hardwear: Women's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket: 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. Quilted construction holds insulation in place Two front handwarmer pockets Low profile, insulated hood Jacket stows in pocket Lightweight single pull hem drawcord
- Mountain Hardwear
The lightest down jacket anywhere now with Q.Shield(TM) Down. The sub-eight-ounce Ghost Whisperer Down is pared down to perfect essentials: 850-fill Q.Shield(TM) down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem. Specially formulated Q.Shield(TM) Down resists moisture and retains critical loft even in damp conditions for consistent, dependable warmth.
- Rocky Mountain Trail