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Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket

mtn-hardwear-shell.jpgMountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket – Packs a punch.

Talk about a light weight jacket that has it all. The Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket weigh in at a mere 16 ounces. But don’t let is weight fool you, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket has more than enough features to keep you toasty warm during those cold winter hikes.

One of the most unique features of the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket is its quality down fill. I know what you are thinking; down fill, that’s cool but whats the big deal? Many down jackets get their down from major harvesters in China. These harversters get their feathers from young geese, resulting in a “standard” quality fill.

The Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket however, gets is fill from older, European geese. This results in a larger down cluster, giving you a more filling down. This quality 800 fill down is the same type used in the Everest climbing suits, Absolute Zero. The only difference here is the quantity.

The quick & dirty:

Where you can get one: $230

Why it rocks:

  • Quality 800 fill down
  • Weight 16 ounces
  • Fleece lined pockets
  • Lower back draw cord
  • Why it bites:

  • As with any down clothing, doesn’t like water

Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10

While the price of the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket is comparative to other down jackets in its class, no of them pack as much warmth. For the amount of space it takes up and the weight to warmth ratio, it would be silly not to have this jacket on a winter hike.

Looking to buy? Check out these sites: $230