Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 82 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.2 stars 
Expert Rating: 4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 258

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Easy to clean and dry the jacket.
  • Hydrophobic down protects the down’s loft when wet so it doesn’t lose all its insulating properties.
  • Material is thin, but still remains surprisingly durable.
  • Fits well under outer shells.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Stores inside own pocket for easy stow-ability.
  • Quick-drying after becoming wet due to hydrophobic down treatment.
  • Lightweight and functional as a mid-layer to add warmth.

Expert Reviews

  • The down is top-of-the-line, making it very warm for the weight.
  • Proves to be a quality mid-layer insulating piece.
  • Features 800-fill power Q.Shield down, and the down is treated with NIKWAX, helping this jacket resist moisture.
  • When compared to similar jackets, this model was the lightest in the review.
  • When climbing, the jacket is very lightweight and out-of-the-way when clipped to the back of your harness.
  • Small and compressible for easy traveling ability.
  • Features a loop in the pocket you can clip to the back of your harness.
  • Jacket didn’t absorb any sweat, with the moisture wicking through, keeping the user dry.
  • Features ultra-light Whisperer 7D x 10D rip-stop nylon fabric which is surprisingly durable given how thin it is.
  • Q. Shield Down retains heat in moderately wet conditions, keeping the user warm.
  • Single hem cinch-cord for adjustability and heat capture.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • When the shoulders fit correctly, the body of the jacket fits too bulky.
  • No inside pocket for storage.
  • The cut is better for slim people and for those with less-broad shoulders.
  • Reports of a flimsy zipper that has questionable durability.
  • May need to size-up.

Expert Reviews

  • Despite being warm for the weight, the jacket isn’t super warm, due to being ultra-lightweight and using thin materials and less down.
  • Baffles can create potential cold spots.
  • Thin jacket material can rip easily.


The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket for women has an extremely impressive weight-to-warmth ratio. However, the ultra-lightweight materials don’t provide as much overall heat or durability as some competitors. For those looking to go fast and light, and are willing to sacrifice some warmth, this is a terrific choice.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.