Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer anorak

Lightweight packable jacket

BikeRadar score 3/5

The half-zip Ghost Whisperer anorak weighs 52g, feels like tissue paper and scrunches up inside a clenched fist. If it weren’t for the light rustling you wouldn’t know you had it on. And it’s windproof and water resistant. It is remarkably strong. With everyday use we’ve been subjecting it to, the Ripstop fabric is showing no signs of wear. 

In light rain showers the jacket keeps you dry, but it’s only specced as water resistant and the seams aren’t sealed. This backs up its credentials as an emergency jacket, ideal for stashing on an ultra-light ride setup, or if you’re just dashing out for an hour or two. 

The windproof qualities mean that, even if you do get damp, the fabric keeps you sheltered from windchill. You need a long sleeve top underneath then, to keep the thin fabric off your skin.

One slight criticism for cycling is the length of the arms – we found ours slightly short when reaching for the bar. 

The Ghost Whisperer packs down to a tiny size

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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