The Ghost Lite Jacket by Mountain Hardwear is a super thin, super light, minimalist wind jacket similar in character to the Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie or the Patagonia Houdini. While it certainly does a good job of protecting from the wind without adding weight or bulk to the pack, its many design flaws mean it is not as nearly high performing as those two jackets. Our biggest complaint was that the fit was bulky and baggy, not hugging the form at all and constantly riding up above our waist, and the elastic cuffs around the wrists and the hood did little to keep weather out. The crinkly and loud nylon material allows water to penetrate straight through, ensuring that in all but the lightest of drizzles you will be getting wet. We love the idea of a ridiculously lightweight wind breaker, and indeed find ourselves using one seemingly all the time, but just not this one.
Since our hands-on review of the Ghost Lite, Mountain Hardwear replaced the colorways. The new colors are dark yellow, blue, and gray (displayed above). The manufacturer confirmed that besides the aesthetic changes, this jacket remains the same.