Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket

November 7, 2019 7 By William Hollis


I am wearing the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer
hooded down jacket. This ultra light weight piece weighs in at just eight ounces. It utilizes
water resistant down insulation to give you all weather performance whether you are wearing
this as a cool weather outer wear piece or as part of a colder weather layering system.
Let’s take a closer look at its fit and features. The jacket is insulated with 800 fill Q shield,
water resistant down. So like you would expect from down insulation, extremely light weight,
extremely compressible and a really strong warmth to weight ratio. However, over the
years down has proven to lose its ability to keep you warm if it should become wet or
damp. With the water resistant treatment to this down, you don’t have to worry about
that nearly as much. It stays dry longer. Should it become wet, it still retains its
ability to keep you warm. A really, really nice treatment to that down insulation. That said, it is worth pointing out that there
is not a lot of insulation in this jacket. That is by design. It is an ultra light weight
layering piece. Again, you can certainly wear it as a stand alone piece, but in cool weather
as opposed to cold weather. You do have narrow baffles that helps to keep the insulation
where it should be so it doesn’t migrate and it also helps to bolster the warmth that
this jacket is able to deliver. The exterior shell fabric on this jacket…
keep in mind, we are talking about an ultra light weight piece. So you have got a 70 by
10 D nylon rip stop. It is surprisingly strong and abrasion resistant, but still, we are
talking about an ultra light weight design. So keep that in mind if you are weighing durability
versus performance. That low profile design makes this, again,
a great layering piece. You are not going to get a lot of layers underneath this, base
layers, certainly. If it is a mid layer, you have got to be extremely low profile. There
is a certain expectation that you are likely to put something either even warmer over top
of it or a more weather resistant, weather proof hard shell jacket. There are elastic cuffs, an interesting treatment
on the interior here that keeps those cuffs in place. A single point of adjustability
on the hem to cinch the fit in there. It is a hooded jacket. No real adjustability there.
Just elastic that runs around the face that gives that a nice, trim, comfortable fit. In keeping with that streamlined design, you
only have two pockets on the jacket, zippered pockets here on the front. Not much to speak
of as far as the lining, but you do have that insulation over the top of the hands, so they
are warm pockets. The right pocket here also serves as a stow pocket. Put the jacket inside
there and show you just how small and compact this jacket is when put inside that pocket. You see just how small and compact the jacket
is when stuffed inside that right hand pocket. There is an attachment point here if you want
to lash it to the outside of a pack or a harness. At this size I think it is perfect for actually
throwing it inside the pack or the top lid pocket on a back pack. So you have got that
ultra light warmth handy when you need it. The Mountain Hardwear men’s Ghost Whisperer
hooded down jacket weighs in at just eight ounces. It has got that water resistant down,
perfect for cool weather activities or as a key part of your cold weather layering system.