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Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer UL Hoody

Ultralight Down Jacket
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer UL Hoody

$400, 6.7 oz./190g (men’s medium)

Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL

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At under nine ounces/255 grams, Mountain Hardwear’s classic Ghost Whisperer/2 Down Hoody has long held the distinction as one of the very lightest, most packable, and warmest-for-its-weight down jackets for backpackers, climbers, and other backcountry travelers—and arguably the best among the tiny number in its weight class. So why make one that’s even lighter? That question occupied my mind while using Hardwear’s newer Ghost Whisperer UL Hoody, which whacks about two ounces/57 grams off its older sibling’s weight while excelling for many of the same reasons—and differentiating itself.

I found it impressively warm for its shockingly low weight on evenings and mornings in camp while backpacking a section of the Arizona Trail along the Gila River in the first days of April, when the Ghost Whisperer UL Hoody was all I needed over a T-shirt and midweight long-sleeve top on calm mornings in camp with temps in the 40s Fahrenheit. I may have felt the need for another layer if the temp had fallen much lower or a significant wind kicked up. Nonetheless, this puffy is warm enough for many people in typical evening and morning temperatures in the mountains in summer or the desert Southwest in spring and fall.


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At just 6.7 ounces/190g (men’s medium), the Ghost Whisperer UL Hoody just may be the lightest hooded insulated jacket out there today—and even at this low weight, it still has two zippered hand pockets with good space for small, light items like three-season gloves and a hat, and an adjustable hem. It’s also certainly one of the most packable hooded insulated jackets, stuffing down to the size of a liter bottle. You might even be able to pack it even
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