Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer (Hooded) specifications:
Weight: 218 grams / 7.68 ounces (for a medium)
Down Quality: 800-Fill
Down Type: Q-Shield Down (Mountain Hardwear exclusive)
Down Fill Weight: 79 grams / 2.69 ounces
Fit: Slim, but boxy (slightly boxy on the torso)
So, what are the perks ...
MH Ghost Whisperer is a premium down jacket that is loved by many, especially amongst the folks in the thru-hiker and long-distance hiking communites. The obvious reason being the crazy low weight and the generous packability (it packs down into its own pocket).
Another neat feature is the treated down: Q-Shield Down is Mountain Hardwear's special water resistant down coating. It helps the down to repel moisture and dry quickly if it gets wet. The outer fabric is Whisperer 7D x 10D Ripstop, another MH exclusive, which is incredibly light and surprisingly durable. The outer fabric is DWR-treated and should be able to repel light rain (which I can confirm, it does).
When to use this jacket ...
The jacket is great for keeping warm once you reached camp and can also be used for lighter activities. I have tried hiking while wearing it, but it gets hot really fast (which it should, so that's good).
However, with its 79 gram fill weight it is not the warmest jacket on the market. Yet, I find it sufficient enough for chilly weather down to 0 degrees celcius and, if combined with a wool baselayer, it can easily go down to -5 to -10 degrees celcius. Personally, I have used it in wintery conditions in February and March weather in Denmark with chill factors around -10 degrees. I have been perfectly fine.
All in all, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer lives up to the hype and the high-end price tag.
And - what about the sizing?
I'm 189 cm. / 6'2" and weighs about 80 kg. / 176 lb.
- I use XL in 95 % of brands and this was no different for Mountain Hardwear.
- I bought this jacket in XL and it fits me perfectly.
- One of the lightest down jackets on the market
- Packs down super small
- Surprisingly warm for its weight
- Feels very comfortable on the skin
- Generously large side pockets
- Hydrophobic / treated down
- DWR-treated outer fabric
- Cool look - can be used in towns / when not doing outdoor
- The zipper is really tiny and can be difficult to zip
- No inner pocket (for phone, map, wallet, etc.)
- No cinch on the hood
- Will have to be combined with a shell jacket in windy and most areas
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer is unquestionably an awesome piece of gear due to its feathery weight and compactness when packed. It hits the balance between weight, features, and warmth pretty good. The sassy look also makes it a feasible wear in towns and in civil clothing. It comes with a high price tag, but once you get your hands on the jacket, you will know that the price tag is justified by the uncompromising quality of this piece of gear.
If you have any questions regarding this piece of gear - send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org