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Men's Ghost Whisperer™ Hooded Down Jacket

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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.
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Style# 1521901
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  • Weight: - 7.5 oz. / 212 g. -
  • Fit: - True to Size -
  • Good For: - Alpine Climbing -

Summary

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.

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  • Q.Shield™ 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
  • Imported

Materials

  • Body Fabric: Whisperer 7D x 10D Ripstop
  • Body Fabric Content: 100% nylon
  • Insulation: Q.Shield™ DOWN 800-Fill

Measurements

Center Back Length: 27 " / 69 cm
  • Weight: 7.5 oz. / 212 g.

Reviews

Men's Ghost Whisperer™ Hooded Down Jacket 4.3 5 34 34
great lightweight insulating layer I've owned this jacket for a year and am very impressed with it's weight to insulating ratio. I carry it day hiking, backpacking, long trail runs and also snowshoeing/xcountry skiing in warmer weather. It takes very little room in your pack and is most welcome during rest stops or hanging around camp. I've owned a couple other lightweight down jackets (Patagonia Down Sweater, Montbell Exlight) and the Ghost Whisperer outperforms both. It's as warm as the down sweater while weighing in less- 12.2 oz vs 7.5 oz, the GW also has a hood- you can get the down sweater w/ a hood, but it's then double the weight. The Exlight was a nice jacket, but lacked hand pockets and a hood. The Whisperer is slightly warmer imo and has a hood/zippered slash pockets; for an additional ounce- well worth it. The only ding I have on the jacket is the hood, it needs a cord to snug it down and keep it in place. This would take a few tenths of an ounce at most and would make this a five star jacket. If you're looking for the best lightweight insulating garment on the market- this is it. June 12, 2014
Would be a great jacket if it could be worn outdoors My wife and I both purchased Ghost Whisperer jackets for a expedition in the Arctic. The jackets are comfortable and very warm, but the fabric is far too delicate for any practical use. One of the jackets developed two holes after only light use - walking dogs around town, short day hikes and a few XC ski outings. We aren't entirely sure where the holes came from, but it's obvious that the jacket is very prone to snagging and tearing. The stitching has also started coming out of one arm. This is after about 6 months of use, including wearing the jacket around town, the light activity above, and a two week outdoor expedition. I don't recommend using this jacket anywhere near a Mountain, and you should certainly avoid getting near any objects that might be Hard. If you are careful, you can Wear it, but you should probably only do so indoors. As such, it appears to live up to 1/3 of the name Mountain Hard Wear. May 12, 2014
Like putting on warm air Really pleased with this product. As soon as I opened the package I was amazed at how light this jacket is. I'm hiking the AT and having something lightweight and warm has been really important. I haven't used it as much as I thought I would, unless you count using it as a pillow. It is a great insulating layer that can handle some moisture. I have been pleased with how quickly it does dry when wet. It's not waterproof but seems to handle very light rain ok for short amounts of time. I love that it has a stow pocket. The material seems strong enough, but I have seen others with small tears from briars or sparks landing on the material. I've been pretty careful to wear a rain jacket over it when walking through anything that might catch it or around fires. Like the fleece I got from MH, the end of the sleeves seem to be really baggy. There is a stretching elastic wristband that seems pointless since I could easily fit both my wrists in at the sleeve. The bottom of the torso is a bit baggy as well, but at least there is a draw string. The hood is really nice and adds a lot of warmth. Overall a great product that I hope to have for many years to come. April 23, 2014
Great Jacket Since first wearing the Ghost Whisperer Down jacket, I have rarely taken it off because it is awesome! It is incredibly lightweight and provides great warmth. It packs down compressing into one of its pockets, about the size of large coffee cup. The hood is an excellent construction as when it worn the hood holds snug to your face when you turn side to side, and not losing any field of view. I have been very satisfied with the jacket in light rain, trusting the Q Shield Down to keep me dry. Layering underneath my waterproof shell also provides a great insulating layer when the weather gets wetter. April 2, 2014
Fit... Totally stoked on this jacket - however the fit is not the best "athletic" fit. A large (what I went with) is to big around the belly and arms. My shoulders and chest fit great but I do not have a belly, which this jacket would accommodate. I know the need for mobility so I am happy with it but this jacket could use some slimming in the torso. March 29, 2014
Great Jacket I've had my Ghost Whisperer jacket for a couple of week and continue to be amazed at what a great jacket it is. I live in Portland, OR along with its rain, wind and cool weather, and my Ghost Whisperer handles it all. I have been wearing a down "puff jacket" throughout the winter, but have found that I can replace it with the much lighter and just as warm Ghost Whisperer. The warmth to weight ratio is incredible and the ability to stuff the jacket into its own pocket makes it wonderfully versatile. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an extremely lightweight, warm jacket. Did I mention you can layer it with even more warmth? March 14, 2014
quiver coat I wanted to replace my old down puffy with this and had been lusting after this jacket for a year +. Out of the box I don't think it's warm enough. I would not consider this to be a go to belay puffy. I have worn it outside in freezing temps with a base layer and found my forearms feeling cold very quickly. I think it needs more down more loft to be warmer. Great for shoulder season climbing days and around town if you can afford it, but for winter time it's a layer. February 27, 2014
DC-Ghost whisperer Excellent quality, far superior to Eddie Bauer equivalent. Sizing is a bit larger than expected, but works well over another layer or 2. February 19, 2014
The best feature for this jacket is it's wieght. For the warmth that this jacket puts out it's outstanding that it weighs next to nothing. It can be compressed into the about the size of a softball which is a plus if your traveling between climates and space in you backpack is a must. There are only two draw backs to the jacket's construction: -cuffs- they're elastic instead of a velcro -fragile- you can snag it a little too easy and then feathers are everywhere This jacket is still one of my favorites. February 18, 2014
The benchmark ultralight down jacket I really only have two small cons for this jacket: The sleeves: they could be approx. 2cm longer The colours: for everyday wear around town I'd prefer a low sheen/matte color option. I got the Sherwood green and it's maybe a bit shiny. The weight of this jacket compared to warmth is just amazing. The clever narrow tubes with patterns keep all the down in place, and I haven't experienced any shifting or cold spots. This jacket and just a merino T-shirt keeps me comfortable well below 0 C when moving. Also, even with the sewn-threw construction, the jacket is impressively wind resistant. I have also barely picked a single down feather of my undershirt. I have never had a down product leak so little down. I have tried Patagonia's UL down sweater and Arcteryx's Cerium jacket, but they don't even hold a candle to this. The MH ghost whisperer is currently my all time favourite down jacket. February 2, 2014
The Good/Fair of the Men's Ghost Whisperer I was only fairly satisfied with my most recent purchase of MountainHardware apparel. I've purchased other clothing from them before. This time, however the price/benefit was just too high. The item was disappointingly expensive - I made my purchase because I valued MH products. This time I was disappointed. The jacket should have more 850 down filling (it's warmth is at the "just OK level). The jacket is light and "stuff able" yes, but it's not tough enough to withstand any formidable use. For the price I expect more from MH. January 29, 2014
Too Good to be True? Let me start by saying that the Ghost Whisper fabric ROCKS! By using an uber tight weave MHW created an ultralight fabric that is durable and does not leak down. The cuff and hood trim streamline the jacket and are the perfect compliment. Now for the fatal flaw… the zipper. In efforts to cut is much weight as possible MHW is using a #3 zipper which really belongs in applications where the zipper does not separate entirely like in a pant fly or cuff. With repetitive use, you’re certain to run into issues. At the least your zipper will separate for the unlucky bunch the zipper will break. I would like to think that my experience is one-of-a-kind however I own this jacket and the Hooded Phantom (uses the same #3 zipper) and both zippers have broken. MHW makes many bomber pieces; this is not one of them. January 24, 2014
Super light and surprisingly warm At the time I ordered silver was the only color available and other than looking like "The Tin Man" this is a really tech piece of equipment. Where I live the temperature varies greatly during the day and the ability to layer to suit the situation is a distinct advantage that this coat provides. January 19, 2014
Amazing Jacket I've used this jacket as an insulation layer all season. I've used it primarily when snowboarding and it has kept me warm in some pretty harsh conditions. I've been all over the Northwest this year and I won't go anywhere without my ghost whisperer. This is a super high quality product that does not disappoint. January 15, 2014
Great multi use jacket Jacket protected well during winter skiing / snowshoeing with one baselayer in 20 degree weather. Also performed well "as about town" jacket in 35 degree weather. I'm glad I went with the hooded version because it did a great job of insulating my head without a hat on and stayed on tight. The zippered pockets were also a big bonus for retaining items so I was happy they were part of the design. The jacket is incredibly light for the warmth. Repelled wet snow and sprinkles. Didn't test it in rain. I also used it as a pillow / emergency layer while backpacking #stuffed into a small stuff sack-pocket is too small#. Overall extremely happy with this product. Worth the high price. January 1, 2014
It measures up to the hype After reading countless reviews online and trying on several ultralight down jackets at REI, I decided to spend the money on this jacket. Once you put on the jacket, you can feel the quality. The product is extremely well made. Like the reviews says, it really does feel like you are wearing "warm air", The biggest concern I had before buying this jacket was the fit. I am 5'8, around 145 pounds, slim. The Patagonia Down Sweater in small did not fit well at all. The Ghost Whisperer in small fits me amazingly. The sleeve hits just at the right spot, the chest and shoulder are snug but not tight, the mid section does have some extra room, but by no means "lose", still very form fitting. I cannot be more happy with the fit of this product. I can use it as a mid layer with a Marmot Fleece underneath and a Khul wind/rain shell on top. Looking forward to put it to good use when I move to Vancouver next year. December 31, 2013
Ghost Whisperer Hooded jacket Great jacket. I wish the cut was a bit more athletic in fit. The shoulders fit great but a bit large through the torso, otherwise I really like the jacket. December 30, 2013
unbelievable! I'm obsessed with the Ghost Whisperer jacket. So light, so warm. December 28, 2013
Fantastic Ultra lightweight down jacket This jacket is amazing. I use this jacket to keep in my pack for work and it has been a life saver when out in cold weather. The jacket does well in a variety of conditions and temps. Especially when in combination with a good shell the jacket keeps you toasty warm. I am 5'8 and 164 lbs with an athletic build and a size medium fits perfectly. In wet weather the jacket sheds light precip with no problem. Way to go Mountain Hardwear on another stellar product. December 20, 2013
Great appearance, functionality. The Ghost Whisperer lives up to it's promise! It's well constructed. Looks great. I particularly like my hooded version working as a ski instructor. It functions well either as a 'mid' layer under my outside jacket, or as a stand-alone on the drive home. The hood is a surprisingly warm feature. It constricts heat from departing your head and neck when needed and can be removed easily. Pockets come with zippers and are large enough to hold gloves if necessary. Baffles are well designed. They're crafted to hold the down in small and tight channels so that the contents don't bunch and clump when wet. However, in the interest of a fair and balanced review, the outside jacket coloration was a bit more shiny than I would have preferred or viewed online. The other speculative concern (TBD) is that the outer fabric composition is presumably tough enough to remain intact in the event of a tear or puncture while in active use. Otherwise, great looking utilitarian jacket and well worth the price! December 17, 2013
Super Light but not functional I want to start by saying I do own a lot of MHW gear and general like it all, but this is one product that is flawed. I had my jacket for excatly two week before a mysterious rip showed and the next day my dogs put his paw on me shoftly and put another hole in the jacket. Both of these accidents are out of warranty and MHW will get someone to fix it for hefty price. I realize with the super light fabric comes some caution, but to be labeled a great backpacking or functional use jacket is a mistake. The fabric is so delicate that I would cuation anyone from wearing in the back country unless you have something over it. Meaning you can never where it alone. It should be labeled as a mid layer and at that I would suggest their other mid layers are just a good and stronger but for a lot less. MHW you have let me down on this one:( December 13, 2013
Exceptional I've only had this coat a week, but I've put it through a huge rainstorm, and snowstorm, and I can tell you this is flat out awesome. It is very warm and well made, extremely light, and I would say it's best use is as a base layer, though it can certainly do the job on its own down to 32 degrees, then lower with fleece layer under it. The hood is great too, though it doesn't have any time of drawstring, it still does the job. One thing to note, the pockets are well made, with plenty of down on the outside, but there is nothing on the inside so you'll need some type of glove for chilly weather. This isn't a fault of this coat, it's a common trait of all micro weight down jackets. I love this coat and wear it every day. Just what I wanted as a stand alone and additional later for brutally cold days. I'm 6'4" 260 with a muscular build, and an XXL is a perfect fit for me. December 11, 2013
Great Warm Compressible Light Like I said this jacket is warm compressible and unbelievably light. My one issue is that the outside of the black one is shiny and it makes it look like a hefty garbage bag stuffed with super high end down. I just throw a rain shell over it to hide the hefty bag like sheen. December 11, 2013
Excellent Jacket / How to Cleaning I just got this jacket a few weeks ago. The fit was perfect. I compared it to the Patagonia version and found it much more form fitting. I'm 5.8, Athletic and 150 lbs, the small fit me perfectly. Stuffing it into the pocket was pretty easy. You just have to keep cramming. Mine weighed in at 7.05 oz. The hood fits nice and does't need a draw string. I did a hike with it at about 40 degrees F and found it to be very warm. I had to unzip the front to prevent myself from sweating too much. On the way back from the hike I put the hood on while riding in the back of a convertible at 60mph, I stayed plenty warm. I also got rained on and found it to shed water very well. It got a little damp but most of the water bounced off. This relates to the next part of my review. I washed the jacket in my washing machine along with all my dry-fits. I turned it inside out and ran the washer on the delicate warm/cold cycle using normal laundry detergent. Surprisingly I could hardly get the thing to submerge in the wash. Even when it was soaked it still had a good deal of puffiness to it and floated at the top of the wash. This makes me think that it might do better in the rain one would expect. After the wash I put it in the dryer on low for 60 minutes. It came out of the the dryer nice and puffy again but I was disappointed that it seemed noticeably less shinny, and also looked more wrinkly. A word of caution to others out there thinking about washing this jacket. The material is very delicate. The tag said to machine wash cold and tumble dry low. I did wash it on warm which I thought would be fine but I think that was a mistake. If I had to do it over agin I would have followed the directions to wash it on cold and further I would have air tumble dried it instead of putting it on low heat just to be safe. November 20, 2013
Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket Rocks! I got this jacket 12 months ago and have used it on multiple outings. Initial impressions: 1. In case you didn't get the memo: This jacket is REALLY light (my hooded medium weighs in at 7.8 oz!) 2. Jacket has a trim fit and is true-to-size 3. Jacket has nice features for an ultralight: elastic at wrist cuffs and around hood; zippered hand warmer pockets; elasticized drawcord at waist hem 4. Hood, with beanie, helps keep bean and neck warm (a boost to overall warmth) 5. Stowing jacket into its own pocket is straightforward (the right pocket has a yellow tab sewn inside and an internal zipper-pull tab with the word "stow"). I can't imagine when I'd use that nifty feature... Instead of putting the "stuffed" jacket into a bag/backpack, why not simply stuff the jacket into a bag/backpack? 6. The fabric is really shiny (see pic) I acquired this jacket for its micro-weight and as a hooded upgrade to my hood-less, Special Edition, 9.4 oz, Patagonia Down Sweater. It appears that Patagonia's Down Sweater has more 850-fill down and is slightly warmer than MH's Ghost Whisperer Jacket (ergo, a one star deduction for the GWJ). Which brings up a point: Are these "jackets" or "sweaters"? Don't fool yourself into thinking these are anything like "classic" cold-weather down parkas. These LIGHT puffy's are meant to be cool-to-almost-cold-weather jackets or mid-layers. On their own, they're great in cool weather (think, 40's and 50's), or, in colder weather when active. If worn with other insulating layers they're probably good down to the 20's and 30's when less active. November 9, 2013
All that I hoped for, plus more. I bought this jacket without having tried it on before, I own the Epic rain shell so I just figured it would fit close to that. I was right, the Sherwood color is quite a bit more green than in the photo but it has grown on me. It is very light and very warm, excellent quality except for one thing, I don't know how to compress it into the pocket. Compressing it into one of the pockets puts worrisome strain on the pocket zipper and what-not. I will continue to be a Mountain Hardwear man. October 20, 2013
Great and Light! I was really surprised at the warmth this jacket can provide for it's weight. The only thing I honestly am not a fan of is the hood, which has no cinch cord, but it doesn't need it anyway. And it fits great! Overall a jacket that's well worth it! October 17, 2013
Be happy. Buy this jacket. Weightless and warm with a perfect fit. I'm 5'10" and 170 lbs. with broad shoulders, long arms and a small waist. This jacket fits like a dream. You barely know its there. Like being clothed in warm air the instant you put it on. It packs easily and compactly into the pocket for quick stowing. October 12, 2013
Sick Jacket This is a super super light weight jacket that is very warm. Its super easy to stow away in its own pocket and when wearing it its hard to remember that you have a jacket on due to the weight and range of motion. October 3, 2013
Great jacket as standalone or layering I've put this jacket through the paces and it has performed well. It held up extremely well in light rain when used as an outer layer. I did not feel wet and stayed warm. It also held back a 40mph wind very well too. I've used it as an insulating layer while glassing for game and remained very comfortable. I must agree with other reviews about the zipper however the trade off is light weight. I have not had any problems with the zipper but it doesn't have a sturdy feel. I bought this jacket to replace another manufacturers model that I had gotten several years of use from mainly due to being offered with Q shield. I am well satisfied as I am with all other Mountain Hardwear products I own. September 30, 2013
Hooded Ghost Whisperer I only give this jacket a 4 out of 5 stars because I have only owned it a few weeks. It is very light, very comfortable, and very warm for it's size/weight. I have not tested in rain ("Q-Shield down), heavy winds, or truly cold temps. I think I made a good purchase on this jacket. Hope it holds up well. I am looking forward to testing it in bad weather. September 19, 2013
Lightweight essential Companion Absolutely Mountain activity Basic. Due to the small packing size and the weight related high warming potential we use it often especially after speed Skitouring to ride down, or for short Summit sitting. Essential Feature is the Hoody-Shape when its windy... September 14, 2013
A great jacket. Zipper could be tougher. Great Jacket. A tough long and the zipper could be tougher. August 25, 2013
No complaints, just a good all around lightweight jacket! I recently bought this jacket and took in on the Teton Crest Trail and this jacket lived up to my expectations. Temps dipped into the high 30's in the evening and I was still warm even without campfires. I also slept in the jacket to squeeze some more warth out of my lightweight 40 degree sleeping bag. August 21, 2013
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