At 5 ounces, the Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Down Vest features Q.Shield 800-fill down insulation to serve up ultra-lightweight warmth for everything from backpacking to climbing to wear around town.
Delivering ultra-lightweight warmth, the Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Down Vest is the perfect insulating layer. It works really well as a stand alone piece. It is a fully featured vest, meaning you have got a full length zipper and other features here that we will talk about later. But it is ultra, ultra light weight with that Ghost Whisperer fabric and with the ultra light weight down insulation.
The important thing to know about the down here is it is Mountain Hardwear’s Q.Shield down. So you have got 800 fill very high quality down. And the great thing to know about Q.Shield is that each plume of down is coated with a water resistant coating. So this is going to stand up to moisture a lot better than traditional down. You still have that light weight, packable quality. It is really lofty. So it is going to hold in the warmth, but it is going to be really resistant to moisture. So if it becomes wet, it is going to dry out quickly and it is going to retain its thermal efficiency even when it gets wet. So that makes it a really great piece for multiple seasons throughout the year.
In the late summer, fall, spring, you can wear this as a stand alone piece, as just an outer-wear layer. And in colder temperatures it works really great as a layering piece, so wearing it underneath of a shell. It is ultra light weight so if you are not wearing it and you throw it in your pack, you are not going to notice it. Packs down into the pocket, so it is really small. And when you do need it, pull it out when you get a little bit chilly. It is go-ing to provide a lot of warmth for its weight.
The fabric here on the outside is Mountain Hardwear’s proprietary Ghost Whisperer fabric. It is ultra, ultra light weight, but it has also got some durability. So it is seven denier by 10 denier fabric. That is very, very light weight, but it is ripstop nylon. So you also have durability there with the ripstop.
Going through the features here again a full length zipper here, so easy on, easy off. You have a nice collar at the top and that is nicely baffled. So if you zip it all the way up it is going to really insulate your neck. You have got two hand level pockets here on the out-side. The jacket actually stuffs down into one of these pockets. And on the bottom hem you have a draw cord that comes just to one side. This is ultra light weight. It keeps the weight of the piece down. And the hem is actually dropped a little bit in the back so if you are wearing a harness over top or if you are wearing a back pack with a hip belt, it is not going to ride up on you.
The baffles here on this piece are really well designed. They are small baffles so you don’t have unwanted shifting of down. That is going to provide really even heat with this jacket. And the overall feel is it feels really light weight on. I hardly feel like I am wearing anything, but I can feel the heat from it. So this is a really warm piece for its weight.
And right now I am wearing a medium. I probably could go down to the small if I am wearing this as a stand alone piece just over top of a light weight layer. If I wanted to get more layers under it, I could go up to, you know, stay with a medium or if I wanted it to fit really tight I would go down to the small.
Overall this is a really great three season piece. You can wear it as a stand alone piece. It works really well there. But layering underneath of a shell with some layers underneath of it works really well.
It is just as at home in the backcountry as it is downtown and this is just a great every day piece.
It is the Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Down Vest.