Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Ultrarunners or anyone looking for a just-in-case backup shell. THE TEST: At a ridiculous two ounces, the Ghost Whisperer is one of the lightest wind shells we’ve ever tested. Though translucent and basically weightless, its DWR-coated, ultrathin nylon fabric still managed to cut even the stiffest of breezes and hold off a 20-minute shower without a leak. Of course, that’s about all it does. The wafer weight comes at the cost of convenience: there are no pockets and only a quarter zip, and if you’re broad shouldered or inflexible you may find getting this jacket on tougher than doing an asana. THE VERDICT: A fine city runner (it has reflective logos) or the ultimate backcountry featherweight friend. 2 oz


The anorak is back. The partial-zip pullover style from your youth is trendy again, especially for lightweight, minimalist, and highly packable shells like the Ghost Whisperer. Stoic’s Vaporshell comes in an anorak version, too.

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