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Mountain Hardwear - Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket - Men's

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket - Men's

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Tech Specs

Whisperer (7D x 10D ripstop nylon)
Q.Shield 800 fill-down
Fill Weight:
2.6 oz
Baffle Construction:
Center Back Length:
28 in
2 zippered hand
Claimed Weight:
7 oz
Recommended Use:
alpine & expedition, backpacking, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty:

Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

The Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket won a number of awards in the industry when it was first released back in 2012, and it has since become the gold standard in ultralight down jackets. Part of the allure of the Ghost Whisperer (besides its ridiculously lightweight design) was Mountain Hardwear's resolve to keep the jacket fully loaded with the proverbial bells and whistles, instead of just chopping features in an attempt to keep the jacket light.

The Ghost Whisperer is ideal for climbing in the alpine, long-haul backpacking trips, and peak-bagging bids where packing light and moving fast is key to reaching your objective and getting back below treeline before those guaranteed afternoon lightning storms come rolling in. While you might typically reserve your down jacket for dry and mild climates, the Ghost Whisperer isn't afraid to get a little wet thanks to its hydrophobic Q.Shield down, which resists heat-robbing moisture, so the jacket doesn't become a soggy, cold mess when an unexpected rain shower catches you without a rain shell nearby.

Mountain Hardwear was able to keep the jacket down to the weight of an angel fart by making the jacket out of its superlight Whisperer fabric and packing it full of top-shelf 800-fill down that's highly compressible and boasts a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. The low-profile quilting pattern further reduces weight and materials while enhancing the jacket's insulating properties by creating heat-trapping down channels. This low-profile design and active fit allows the jacket to be worn comfortably as a midlayer and helps prevent that puffed-up look many down jackets have. The jacket stuffs into one of its zippered hand pockets where it can then be clipped to a harness or backpack for quick access when you need convenient access to warmth on a chilly belay or cold summit.

  • An ultralight down jacket for climbing, hiking, and backpacking
  • Highly compressible 800-fill down with hydrophobic treatment
  • Whisperer ripstop fabric keeps weight to a minimum
  • Quilting pattern reduces bulk and enhances insulation properties
  • Interior toggle allows for quick adjustments to the hem
  • Zippered hand pockets secure small essentials
  • Stuffs into hand pocket for quick storage and easy packing
  • Active fit reduces needles bulk for easy layering

Super lightweight & warm but too THIN

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the jacket for its warmth & light weight. After a few months of normal wearing to work and occasional cold weather bike ride, it started to tear.
I was not hiking thru brambles. It was too late to return to Backcountry so I sent it to Mountain Hardwear for warranty service. They offer a lifetime warranty and since the jacket was just a few months old and had a half dozen tears, I thought they would repair or replace it. NOPE - instead they sent it back in the same condition with a sheet of stickers saying the rips and tears were normal wear.
So I still wear it but its shabby with matt stickers all over the shiny fabric.
Also the zipper is micro small so not easily operated while wearing gloves or even with bare hands. I would not purchase again and I'm no longer a fan of Mountain Hardwear because their LIFETIME Warranty is a SHAM.

Lacks the basics

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

Just received mine this AM. I am 5'7' and wear a 41 short coat. Its about 5 inches too long to wear under a shell. Its also paper thin, I cannot see how this wont rip in under one season. tI has no draw cord around the waste. The cuffs are not elastic. There is no zippered pocket on the interior.... like many other brands. Chest fit was good. The Mountain Hardwear shell I bought 10 years ago is WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than this. They have clearly cheapened things up. Sad to see.

Been skiing and backpacking in it for two years straight - no rips, tears, or other failures. Other concerns here are what they are, but for future potential purchasers this jacket is on the top of a lot of lists for a reason.

Excellent for mountain climbing

    bought this jacket for the volcano climbing season in Guatemala. Excellent jacket, weightless and packs small. I am 5'9" and 170 lbs. Bought it large. Good fit and range of motion. Warm enough in the mid 30s Farenheit.

    Excellent for mountain climbing

    Barely there!

      Admittedly I don't own this. I am 5'11" 195lbs. This jacket pictured is a large. Super pack-able and stow-able the ghost whisperer is a legit lightweight insulting piece. If you have any questions about Mountain Hardwear fit etc please reach out!

      Barely there!

      Like Wearing Warm Air

        Fun video showing how the jacket lives up to it's name.

        Ghost Whisperer

          Putting this jacket on gives you the same feeling as the warm summer sun on your skin except in December when its 5 degrees.

          Ghost Whisperer

          A little size comparison

            This is the Ghost Whisperer all stuffed in its own pocket next to some Oakley crowbars

            A little size comparison

            This keeps him warmer than I can!

              After having jacket envy over my ghost whisperer, he finally got one. And he hasn't stopped wearing it (or so it seems!).

              Keeps him warm (with another layer) even in the chilly New England winters on the coast!

              He wore it today to take the dog out in Juno (the blizzard) and he was ready to walk further than the dog! (and the q shield down and ripstop nylon kept him and the down dry even in any melting snow).

              This keeps him warmer than I can!

              This puff seems too fragile to survive.

                But survive it has. This and many similar rocky/icy excursions. Here's the (older, i guess) Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer at 14,500 feet at the top of the last couloir on the Mountaineers Route on Mount Whitney. Sometimes when I'm climbing on stuff like that, I armjam. Sometimes when I'm armjamming on stuff like that, I either get sort of bloody, or I worry that whatever layer I have on will take a beating. I worry about the Ghost Whisperer especially, but it always seems to come out unscathed. At least so far.

                For the extremely visually astute, yes, I should have put the Ghost Whisperer UNDERNEATH the Marmot SuperMica, but I put the SuperMica on at 12K feet as a windshirt where it started getting cold, then we rounded a corner and started ascending a North-facing gully at 14k feet and it got even colder, so I dug out and threw on the Ghost Whisperer. There are a few reasons why that order should have been reversed, but I don't like to be bothered with that stuff most of the time. I just expect my gear to work with me in whatever situation we find ourselves together in.

                That's why I love this jacket. Because it does.

                It gets scroonched down into a tiny ball in my pack, it gets scraped over sharp granite, sometimes I even pull in out/put it on when it's drizzling (and that just breaks ALL the rules) because it just happens to be in the very top of my pack and is thus the most convenient layer.

                I've found that I use this thing way more than I thought I would. It's become ever-present in my pack. It's so light that sometimes I carry it as padding for my camera gear and never end up wearing it. It' not an exaggeration to say that it's my most-used/worn puffy layer, and I have a few.

                (Copy-paste this link...you'll see what I mean...)


                Great jacket. 5 Stars. But man...I'm way diggin on that black/red one now. Don't make me buy another one, Mountain Hardwear!

                This puff seems too fragile to survive.