Full Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
I couldn’t believe how damn light the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer was when I first picked it up. At less than eight-ounces, the Ghost Whisperer is claimed to be the world’s lightest full-feature down jacket. And with Q.Shield 850 fill down, the Ghost Whisperer also happens to be the warmest down jacket I’ve ever worn. This jacket packs down ridiculously small. So small, in fact, that it can actually fit into a traditional cycling jersey pocket.
Not only did I wear the Ghost Whisperer after wrapping up a relentless nine-hour-plus day on the bike for an entire week straight, but much to my girlfriend’s chagrin (who works at Patagonia), it’s also about the only damn jacket I’ve worn all winter.
After The Commute I wore the Ghost Whisperer as a layer during a snowmobiling trip. After spending 20 minutes digging myself out of a giant hole, the Ghost Whisperer was drenched in sweat. With the down all matted up, I thought the jacket was done for. But much to my surprise, after hanging it out to dry for a couple hours, the jacket was a good as new. How Mountain Hardwear was able to construct something so light yet so warm is absolutely mind-boggling. This jacket simply rules, it’s an essential piece of warm weather gear for any bikepacker.
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