Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

MHW_MENS_GHOSTWHISPERER_DOWNJKT_CAPRIMountain Hardwear continues their assault on all that winter can dish out with the Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket.

Using a very specialized fabric that was used in making revolutionary gear as part of the Ueli Steck Project (if you have never heard of Ueli Steck, do yourself a favor and type it into your browser, you won’t be disappointed), Mountain Hardwear has created a down jacket that provides you with all of the features you could ask for in a down jacket and then makes it one of the lightest you’ll ever own.

Let’s cut to the chase: the Ghost Whisperer is light. At 7.2 ounces it’s the lightest coat in the category–making it ideal for just about anything you can think of. Pack it away into itself and you can throw it in a backpack until you need it. Even though it’s lightweight, it still keeps you nice and toasty with its 850 fill goose down. For me, I have used it to warm up in the car after a long run, played a game of shiny hockey, and gone for a hike–all without getting a chill.

Other features are a pretty standard affair for the down jacket category:

  • Elastic cuffs, keeping cold air out
  • Single pull hem draw cord
  • Athletically cut, hugging close to the body but still leaving room for a decent layer system.

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When I am out for a weekend of running and camping, it actually packs down to a decent pillow. This is one of the best things about down coats. Plus, it’s the best feature about this jacket.


For more information on Mountain Hardwear, visit To purchase the Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket, click here (for men) and click here (for women).

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Keith Iskiw

Endurance athlete from Kingston, Ontario. When I'm not exploring the wilderness I'm talking and writing about it.

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