Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

Super-lightweight insulation for your high-elevation pursuits.

Whether you're making a 4 a.m. summit push, ripping skins on bone-chilling dawn patrols, or standing at belay while your buddy figures out the crux moves, the Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket will fend off the cold without adding a bunch of weight to your load. With 800-fill down and a weight of only 8 oz, the Ghost Whisperer is the lightest in its class, and it utilizes Q.Shield down that resists moisture, so your warmth doesn't get sabotaged by water. The insulated hood warms your noggin while maintaining a low profile, and the stowable design lets you pack it in one of its hand pockets and throw it in your pack without it taking up a bunch of space.

  • Ghost whisperer ripstop fabric
  • 800-fill Q.Shield down
  • Active cut
  • Stowable design
  • Low-profile insulated hood
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

I Feel Like Patrick Swayze

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

It's light, it's warm, it's breathable, it's technical, and it's classy.
It is the go-to business coat to wear to mountain town meetings.
It's the mountain goer's go-to outdoor coat for mountain top meetings.
It packs well into its own zippered pocket (also can be a pillow in a pinch)

Favorite Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

As far as mid layers go, there is maybe only one other jacket that I would try for a performance light weight down. I've had this coat for about 3 years now and gone through 2 cold Utah winters. Its great for a stand alone jacket in dry cold weather. Super warm for a mid layer under any shell. Comfortable to wear in doors just hanging around. What you make up in weight and comprehensibility is definitely lost in durability but that is some what to be expected.

Good

    The jacket is very light and compacts into its pocket.
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    Angel hugs.

      I've used a GW vest for 3 years and have loved every minute of it. The full jacket is a super addition. I swear I am being hugged by angels every time I wear this jacket. The hood is great. All of it fits nicely under my shell.

      Packable Warmth!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have the women's version, but many of my male friends also have this jacket. I LOVE this jacket. It goes with me on any trips or jaunts up in the mountains. It easily stuffs into a pocket and has a loop so can be clipped to a climbing harness. It's slightly wind resistant so that's nice as well. I always run cold, so was worried that this thin of a jacket wouldn't do well for me in most conditions, but was wrong! I have the unhooded, but can see uses for both. The men's has a regular fit and is true to size.

      Let My Friend Tell You About This Jacket

      • Size Bought: Medium

      I’ve had this jacket for about two weeks, before Everest and thailand for some trekking fun. I’ll be conducting a post trip review in addition to this one.
      Initial Reaction-
      My initial reaction of this jacket was “whoah this thing weighs nothing!”. After trying it on and walking around with it I realized this jacket was no joke. Despite the jackets very light weight, It is ludicrously warm. The material feels strong, and that It wouldn't tear under heavy use, even with the jackets lightness. The materials feel sturdy and well put together.
      -Zippers function properly with no catching, or mismatched zip.
      -The hoods elastic (I purchased the hooded version) covered my head properly and was strong enough to make a seal with my face to stop wind from channeling in.
      -The elastic on the wrists of the jacket worked similarly to the hood, strong but easy to slide up and move around if needed.
      The sizing seems true, (I’m 5’ 9” with a skinny ectomorph body type) I purchased a Medium and it gave me a great fit around the shoulders, but was slightly large around my waist. I find this okay because I’ll be using this as a layering piece, and that I’m a fairly skinny person around my waist.
      The breathability of this item is fantastic and kept me warm without killing me with heat indoors on my initial reaction.
      Two weeks in-
      After hiking almost everyday for two weeks, I’ve found that this jacket still hold up in most of the criteria covered in the initial review. That being said, after two weeks a couple points have come up worth mentioning, first and foremost -The only real issue I’ve come across is while wearing a hiking pack. Upon use with a heavy bag, the down material shifts around occasionally and causes cold spots throughout the back of the jacket. This is partially from sweat condensing the down material, and partially from the shifting weight of the bag on my back. Fortunately this Is remedied by letting the jacket dry (which it does quickly) and shifting some of the down around by hand. I know this is an issue with most down jackets (cold spots) and the Ghost Whisperer is no exception.
      Quick overview of previously mentioned points -
      -The lightness of this jacket is still amazing and very useful in packing
      -The warmth still impresses me with every wear
      -Still sturdy as hell with no rips or tears from daily use (and falling into a bush)
      I was Impressed with its drying and waterproofing capabilities and after doing the Redbull 400, while raining, I can say this jacket kept me comfortably warm and fairly dry. TAKE NOTE, this is not to be a substitute for a hardshell waterproof layer, but something light and warm to be layered below it.
      Conclusion- This jacket is well worth its price in utility, as a down layering jacket or something stand alone on dry, cold days.

      ULTRA Light Weight Down Jacket

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I have owned one of these for 5 years now. Every time I see a new lighter down jacket, I immediately am comparing it to this jacket. I have a hooded and a non-hooded version because I love it so much, and even bought my fiancé one too. I take this on just about any adventure with me. It is so light and compact, it is almost foolish not to take it. It folds up into its own front right pocket. When stuffed into the stow pocket, it can be compressed much further. I use a dry compression sack for my down sleeping bags, and if I am not planning to need the jacket on a spur of the moment, I will keep it in my sleeping bag compression sack. If you are in the market for a light down jacket, I would strongly recommend taking a look at the Ghost Whisperer. Both my fiancé and I found them to be true to size.

      Feel free to reach directly out to me with any questions on the jacket or anything else at all!

      ULTRA Light Weight Down Jacket

      Does it feel bulky at all?

      Great backpacking jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      The jacket is very light and compacts into its pocket. Water beads on the shell, even though it is not waterproof. The elastic on the cuff seals out the wind. The hood is warm on those cold nights. I recommend it and would buy it again.

      Incredible.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: M

      This jacket is extremely warm for its weight. Fits very well, and compresses down into its own pocket nicely. Certainly recommended and worth the money. Many reviews talk about poor zippers but I don't see the issue, all you have to do is make sure the zipper is pulled down all the way and you won't have an issue. When you unzip the jacket make sure the slider is unzipped all the way down into its starting place and it will come apart with no problems.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review, Dennis!!
      So glad to hear you're loving the jacket and that you're having zero issues with the zipper.
      If anything ever comes up, just let me know!
      Best,
      Brittni

      Great Ultralight Jacket but Poor Zippers

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: large

      I've used this jacket as my primary insulation under a gore tex shell for 2 ski seasons and have absolutely loved how well the combo has kept me warm. The hood fits well under my helmet on the coldest days and eliminates the need to put something around my neck. I also used this for one season as my commuting jacket (cold MN winter) and it had held up well until the bottom plastic piece holding which holds the zipper together broke. I'm hoping Marmot will repair this for me under warranty. This is certainly a ultralight jacket but a stronger zipper with dual zip capability would be an excellent upgrade. Other than that it is a perfect layering jacket that folds up into a pocket well. Large fits a little snug but that is great for fitting under a shell jacket.

      Hey Austin! Thanks for the great review! I noticed you were looking at the Salomon Quests! Let me know if you have any questions!

      High quality; wish it had better zippers

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      My only complaint is that you can't unzip from your waist to cool off, and there are no pit zips. Other than that, it's a great jacket.

      Lightweight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      Purchased this product a couple of years ago, a hoodless version, and decided to get a second one with a hood for colder weather, etc.. The best thing about this jacket is the weight, it is ultra light imo. I also have a couple others, North Face Thermoball and Eddie Bauer...this is the one I throw in the pack when needing to count ounces and stay warm.

      I use it for hiking, snow shoe, snow board, walking the dogs, etc. I was initially concerned about the shell, but it seems pretty durable. Works well with layering. Loft is great and it packs down well too, no pun intended. It has some water resistance capacity which is nice too. I live in the Pacific Northwest and we do get some moisture.

      I'm not a huge guy and have somewhat of an athletic build. I'm usually struggling to size between a small and medium. The small was too tight in the chest/arms for me so I went with a medium. I can comfortably get a couple of layers underneath this jacket and then throw a waterproof shell over it if need be. If mobile and working, this coat is comfortable and warms up, and don't need as many layers, the beauty of down.

      Really like this jacket...hence bought a second with a hood for those conditions when I'll need that.

      Great Mid-Layer

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      This is a great mid-layer jacket. It's light weight and very warm for the weight. Durability can be an issue, but that's the trade off when you buy an 8 ounce down jacket. I wouldn't recommend it for daily use because it will wear out quickly, but for backpacking purposes it is perfect. We had roughly 2 feet of snow dumped on us over night and I wore a wool base-layer, this jacket, and my rain shell to explore my winter wonderland and was incredibly comfortable. If you use this jacket how it was meant to be used, you will be ecstatic with your purchase.

      Great warm midlayer

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      Great warm jacket and great used as a midlayer. Skip this jacket if you are going out and there's a heavy downpour, down feathers have dwr but not the seams and hems, water goes in and gets absorbed in matter of minutes, wear a rain shell when going out on a rainy day.

      Great warm midlayer

      Look like a Fremen, albeit briefly.

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

      I bought the jacket because I wanted a solid down jacket for the winter. This also has the added benefit of looking like a stillsuit, although I suspect it would not be much fun to wear on the desert planet.

      Within a day of use, I noticed the non-elastic drawstring in the bottom of the jacket was detached. It cannot be repaired because you cannot access its connection point inside the jacket. Moreover, the zipper seems very weak and gets hung at the latch. Since it is made of plastic, I could imagine it could get broken easily. Because the first issue is simply unacceptable for a $250+ jacket, I exchanged it for the stretch-down MH coat.

      Backcountry handled the exchange flawlessly and decided not to charge me the additional $40 price difference for the other coat. 5 stars for Backcountry customer service (shout-out Danselmo), but unfortunately 3 stars for this coat.

      My honest review after 6 month use

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: Large

      Pro: light, packable, warm for the weight
      Con: neck too tight, so space for jar, zipper too weak, cuff too loose.
      Check my youtube review for detail

      Almost perfect but torso length too long

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I wear this 800 FP MH jacket under Arcteryx Beta AR jacket for skiing and without shell for winter hiking (ski tour). The fit is very snugly and tight enough to keep warm, but the length is quite long so it sticks out of the shell jacket and when it snows the lower part of the down jacket get wet. For this reason I will deduct one star.

      The stitches came undone here and there after a few times of skiing - some were already undone when i bought the jacket new and i didnt mind at that time but now i do.

      Comparing with other down jackets, this one is warm yet not too warm so I say this is perfect for winter hiking, camping or ski touring. I have some other branded similar ones, and some are too warm and some has issue with down and feather sticking out.

      Excellent Q-shield material and great colour choices.

      Almost perfect but torso length too long

      Toasty.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XXL

      When we got on the lift it was ZERO degrees outside. I threw this under my shell and i was nice and toasty all day. The fit is true to size i purchased the XXL. Super light weight and perfect to throw into a pack. this is the jacket i choose for snowboarding, hiking and camping. Here is a picture me at Delta lake at 9,000 ft. Contact me directly with any questions 801-204-4585 lhaslem@backcountry.com

      Toasty.

      6'6" and Large is a great fit

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

      I am 6'6" and 215 lbs and have broad shoulders and the large fits me great. Arms are good. Front is cut higher than the back which is great so you don't have stuff bunched up in front. Shoulders have an athletic cut in the pit area making this great for layering. I walked dogs in 32F and foggy conditions with just a single t-shirt under this and it was perfect. Only when I stopped did I need to vent slightly.



      Chest feels a little loose(this is really nitpicking) but at 6'6" and having the rest of this jacket fit great, it's a small compromise. I tried the medium on in store and it was not going to fit... I could not even put it on.



      Buddy of mine that thru hiked the PCT had one of these and really put it through it's paces. That sold me on it. Solid purchase.



      I took an extra pic from the side so you can see when reaching out front, you still have good coverage.



      I've only had this a few days. Looking forward to putting this through it's paces.

      6'6" and Large is a great fit

      Thanks!! What color is that?