Brand: Mountain Hardwear
Model: Ghost Whisperer Pant
Puffy pants are a godsend when you’re hanging in camp, layering up for sleep, or moving slowly in frigid conditions. But they often get left at home because of their weight and bulk. The Ghost Whisperer will make you reconsider: It weighs less than 8 ounces and compresses to just bigger than a soda can, allowing one Colorado tester to throw it in his daypack for a powder day in the Indian Peaks.
Despite the featherweight specs, 800-fill hydrophobic down turns the heat up. A 15-denier nylon shell cuts weight but requires TLC to avoid tears. Although the Ghost Whisperer has unisex sizing, it’s offered in three inseam sizes—30, 32, and 34 inches—so you can dial in fit.
“The hydrophobic down maintains its loft well in damp conditions, which was good when I kept falling into wet snow on a nighttime bathroom run,” one tester says.
Weight: 7.8 ounces
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