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Mountain Hardwear - Ghost Whisperer 2 Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

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$243.74 Original price:$324.99
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Item #MHW01F2




Tech Specs

Responsible Collection:
Recycled/Repurposed, Responsibly Sourced
10D Whisperer Ripstop (100% recycled nylon), DWR coating
800-fill goose down (RDS certified), Q.shield
Center Back Length:
2 zippered hand
Claimed Weight:
Recommended Use:
backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding, backpacking, casual, hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty:

Why We Like The Ghost Whisperer 2 Hooded Down Jacket

Whether we're making a 4 a.m. summit push, ripping skins on bone-chilling dawn patrols, or standing at belay while our buddy figures out the crux moves, we count on the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Hooded Down Jacket to fend off the cold without adding a bunch of weight. With a weight of only 8.8-ounces, the Ghost Whisperer 2 is the lightest in its class, and it uses Q.shield-treated, 800-fill goose down insulation that maintains impressive loft, even when wet, to keep us warm and cozy.

  • Midlayer that has your back on your most adventurous days
  • Whisperer Ripstop is a recycled outer with impressive durability
  • DWR coating fights off light precipitation to keep you dry
  • 800-fill down keeps things lightweight without limiting warmth
  • Two zippered hand pockets keep snacks and necessities nearby
  • Elastic on hood and cuffs cuts out bone-chilling winds
  • Designed to pack into its own pocket to simplify stashing

Perfect jacket, runs a little large

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

This is my third Ghost Whispered. I've been wearing them into the ground for a decade. Super lightweight and easy to compress and store, surprisingly warm for such a lightweight jacket. Only complaint is that they run a little large. I'm 5-11 and a SMALL fits like a medium in other brands. But....I don't love a baggy fit. I prefer something a little more tailored. But that's just aesthetics. Function over form. And this jacket has the edge on function compared to its competitors.


    I had bought one and I used that few times and it already has a hole in the back. My last jacket from another brand I used for more than 5 years and I have done a lot of mountaineering expeditions with that. However, this jacket I used only in the city, for less than 10 times and it could not afford a smooth atmosphere like that. If you are searching for a trustworthy jacket to be a company in the mountains I strongly recommend you try a different brand. I am very disappointed with this product.

    Fly fishing guide on the side so sharp objects are a part of it. Down is so great as it's the warmest material AND you dont have to layer. We use a product called AQUA Seal on our waders when they get small pin holes. I used this on a down jacket and it worked perfectly. It's a silicone base so apply it with pressure onto the area and the glue seeps into the pin hole. It actually expands a little bit while drying so it locks up. Simply peel the excess off and you're good to go. Aqua seal is about $5 and will last forever. Cheers.

    Incredible Lightweight Down Jacket

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

    I got this jacket back in November 2019 and took a few months to test it out before reviewing. Living in MN, we get cold winters and this jacket stood the test for the majority of the time. I would say, anything above 10*F it kept me warm with a long sleeve underneath, though I am a naturally warmer person. Hiking in it has been a breeze; kept me happy and comfortable pretty much at all times. The sizing was spot on for me- I am 5'10", 165lbs, average build, and usually wear a M. Ordered a M, fits great.

    Only things that have bothered me a bit with this jacket is that:
    1. The down fill has worn down on the bottom of my forearms from resting my arms on a table often; I've tried to move the fill around but still have had less in those areas.
    2. Since I bought a M, it's difficult to add any bulkier clothing underneath the jacket.

    If you're looking for a new down jacket and are willing to splurge a little, this jacket lives up to it's reputation!

    in no way shape/form do I work for this product. I actually just bought this jacket as I found it 50% - impulse purchase. AS a fly fishing guide I wanted to do a bit of research on it. Ive had this issue with a down jacket before. Fix, wash it with the Nikwax
    as it actually bolsters the fill so it keeps it's volume, link below

    Best Puffy Ever!

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

    I've had a half-dozen puffies over the years - Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, TNF - and while I have loved those other ones, this is undoubtedly the best! Why? Because it's so lightweight yet so dang warm and toasty when it's freezy; yet is not too bulky or hot when temps are mild. It's the absolute perfect jacket for backpacking/camping because it weighs and packs down to nothing. I've worn it in temps down into single digits and the teens and it's kept me warm while camping, snowshoeing and even sitting around (with the hoody up). It definitely blocks the wind and traps the warm air in. But I also wear it a ton even in mild temps like 50-60, and it's my favorite jacket to wear while traveling on a plane. I'm a girl and while I didn't mind the more fitted style of the women's version, I opted for a small in the men's so it would be better for layers and also a little longer length. The sleeves are a little long, but I like that (hand warmers!)

    Renown for good reason!

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

    The Ghost Whisperer is an awesome solution for a bit of lightweight insulation; I see why it’s so popular among backpackers and the public alike. I found that it was a slightly more boxy fitting than a lot of MHW products, but still slightly athletic which I appreciate since that’s what fits me best. Good material, good fit, and a good amount of warmth for it’s size! I’ve used a medium, but may try a Small for my slim 145lb body.

    5,300+ Miles In This Jacket

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

    When I purchase a piece of ultralight gear for a thru hike I do so with the expectation that it will last for that thru hike. Anything past that is an unexpected surprise.

    I thru hiked both the PCT and the CDT in the same hooded ghost whisperer. It may even still have some miles left in it.

    There were absolutely no failures (except for the occasional hole/rip from my carelessness) of the jacket until around 4,000 miles. The shell started to wear over the drawstring tab and the cuffs of both sleeves at around that point. Then at around mile 4,500 the zipper began slipping and not closing the teeth. I cleaned and lubricated it several times. With no change I crimped the zipper with pliers and it was almost as good as new.

    Half of the nights on the PCT the jacket was exposed to pretty extreme moisture (because of the shelter system I was using at the time) and though the loft had noticeably diminished by the end, a thorough wash with a hydrophobic down cleaner and a long tumble dry brought some of it back. Even after putting another 2,700+ miles on it, this jacket has still kept me warm enough to quickly pack, eat, and start hiking before getting chilled, even on mornings in the single digits. For the weight, function, and durability I feel that the price is a bargain and I consider it one of the most important and one of my favorite pieces of gear.

    5,300+ Miles In This Jacket

    Ssshhhh it's sleeping

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: M

    Big fan of this jacket by Mountain Hardware. Its very light, soft, and stylish. Really enjoyed the elastic wrist cuffs and the hood fit very well. I did however feel that sometimes the material used to make it water repellent can be a bit squeaky at times...but maybe that's how it communicates with ghosts?

    Fur for humans

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

    A supremely packable and layerable down jacket for any outdoor pursuit - climbing, skiing, backpacking, you name it. Punches above its weight in warmth and has the perfect amount of down and trim fit to slide into any layering system. The Ghost Whisperer has an ultralight face fabric, for a burlier version with ripstop check out the Phantom as well.

    In-Between Sizes...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: Medium & Large

    I love this jacket but unfortunately I am in-between a Medium & Large... I am 6 Feet tall 190 lbs with a 42 in chest... The medium would fit me perfectly but is too tight in the chest. The large is noticeably baggy in the chest/torso and the arms are an inch longer so I just can't make it work. I am pretty bummed out as this is a really nice jacket...

    Exact same issue for me & pretty much the same measurements for me.

    Thanks for this comment. I'm same measurements as you, so unfortunately will have to look elsewhere.

    I’m similar build and medium was too tight in chest. Going to try a large. Will update if workable.

    Love Love

      I'm a women but wear this jacket in the Men's because there are more color options (need need more women's options in general). Im 5' 8" 145 and think the Men's Medium fits great and leaves a little room for layering. Definitely a staple jacket, super warm without being huge and bulky. Go to jacket!

      Light & Warm

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

      I was super surprised at the warmth to weight ratio. It is very warm for how light it is! I wore it over a tee-shirt in windy 30 - 50 degree weather and was very comfortable. I also don't overheat when I'm inside which is very impressive for a down jacket. I've gotten multiple compliments on the look as well. What more do you need? Side note, the fabric feels thin, I haven't torn it but I'm scared that I will--something to think about.

      Fantastic Warmth and Weight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: m

      Impossibly light and packable. I really love the fit of this too, perfect for us tall and slim folk. This is my favorite lightweight puffy on the market right behind the Mountain Hardwear Phantom.

      Light, But Heavy Duty Jacket

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

      I really love this jacket! The weight of this jacket is just awesome. It is a very light jacket as you can see from the specs. It is always nice to have a jacket that doesn't feel too heavy and isn't too bulky. This jacket does just that. I was up in the mountains during the evening in the fall and was worried that with how light and thin it looked it wasn't going to perform that well. It kept me warm all night though. The stuff sack that you can stuff this jacket into is also really handy. It's really nice for when you are hiking and don't need it you can stuff it away and clip it to your backpack. I was really surprised by how small it was when you packed it down. It really would be a game-changer for backpacking. I would say of all the other jackets I have researched this is a personal favorite.

      Great down layer

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

      I've had this jacket for several seasons now and it's served its purpose well. It doesn't have the bulk of many other down jackets making it awesome to layer under my shell jacket. I've never been cold with this system and it looks good on its own as a casual outer layer. My only gripe is that the zipper broke after a year and half which means I can now only use it as a layering piece and just use a safety pin to keep it together. I get that it's lightweight but would love a heavier duty zipper.

      Warmth Without the Bulk

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

      I recently purchased my Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket for a trip to Colorado. What a great investment! When I received the jacket I couldn't believe that it was light as a feather. I was a little concerned that it would not be live up to it's reputation as far as keeping me warm. It totally lived up to it's reputation and ravings as the best available ! It's now my "go to" jacket for everything. Excellent quality and pack-able into a small size. Backcountry is the company to deal with on this item because of the support and great customer service. 5 STARS!!!!!

      Great Jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I got this as a gift for a friend and he said "This is a great jacket, slim fitting but not too tight and uncomfortable; I can still move around and not feel trapped. It is also super lightweight and warm, its my first down jacket and so far there is nothing to disappoint. Just an FYI, the fabric is shiny! Overall this is a great coat and I'm looking forward to years of use!"

      Love the Ghost Whisperer BUT

        The 1018-2019 Ghost Whisperer seems to be cut slimmer than before. I bought an XL to replace a 4 year old XL that was lost in an accident last month. This one is super tight across the chest. I returned it for a XXL.

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