Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Review: Ultralight Down Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Review: Ultralight Down Jacket

The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 stands out as one of the warmest ultralight down jackets available, surpassing popular competitors like the Arc’teryx Cerium SL. Whether on low-exertion days or during high-output activities, its insulation capabilities shine, offering comfort in temperatures dipping into the mid to low 30s Fahrenheit. While not recommended as the sole midlayer in winter, it proves itself invaluable for summertime and shoulder-season backcountry outings.

Warmth and Insulation

Mountain Hardwear achieves impressive warmth in the Ghost Whisperer/2 by packing 3 ounces of lofty, responsibly sourced 800-fill-power down. Comparative analysis with other models reveals its competitive edge. Although jackets like the Arc’teryx Cerium SL boast higher-quality down (850-fill), the Ghost Whisperer/2 outperforms them in warmth and wind resistance. While some may opt for jackets with even higher fill power, the Ghost Whisperer/2 strikes an excellent balance between warmth and weight.

Weight and Packability

Weight is a significant consideration for those in the market for a down jacket, and the Ghost Whisperer/2 excels here. Weighing in at 8.5 ounces for a men’s hooded size medium, it outperforms many competitors in its class. Additionally, its packability is commendable—easily stuffed into small spaces without sacrificing too much space or adding excess weight to your pack. However, it's essential to remember to store it uncompressed to maintain its loft and longevity.

Weather Protection

The Ghost Whisperer/2 utilizes hydrophobic down (Mountain Hardwear’s Q.Shield) to resist moisture, enhancing its performance in wet conditions. While not impervious to water, this feature provides an additional layer of defense against light rain or unexpected showers. However, it's still advisable to carry a rain jacket or hardshell for prolonged exposure to wet weather.


Despite its featherweight design, the Ghost Whisperer/2 includes thoughtful features such as handwarmer pockets and a full-length front zipper. The lack of a chest pocket is offset by the practicality of the handwarmer pockets, which also serve as a stuff sack for the jacket. The hood, while lacking a drawcord cinch, offers a snug fit and decent wind protection, although it may require additional layering in windy conditions.


Constructed with a proprietary 10 x 10-denier shell and lining, the Ghost Whisperer/2 strikes a balance between weight and durability. While thinner than some competitors, its tight weave provides sufficient resistance against tears and abrasions. However, users should exercise caution to prevent damage from rough terrain or sharp objects.

Pros and Cons


  • Exceptionally lightweight with essential features intact.
  • Compact and easy to carry without adding bulk.
  • Surprisingly warm for its weight, with decent wind and light rain protection.
  • Comfortable fabric against the skin.


  • Boxier fit may not suit everyone's preferences.
  • Loose cuffs allow cold air in, necessitating additional layering with gloves.
  • Lack of hood cinch may lead to hood displacement in windy conditions.

In conclusion, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 impresses with its remarkable warmth-to-weight ratio, packability, and weather resistance. While it may have some minor drawbacks, its performance and features make it a top contender for ultralight backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking reliable insulation in varied conditions.

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