Fishermen who are seeking an exceptionally warm pair of insulating under wader pants will be wise to have Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Whisperer Pant on their radar.
These are 800-fill RDS-certified, lightweight, breathable down pants offering an exceptionally high degree of warmth. One of our top picks within our list of the best down pants, the Ghost Whisperers are essentially an ultra-warm and puffy down jacket, but for your bottom half!
Remarkably lightweight at just 9.6 ounces and able to compress super compact into an included stuff sack, this is another wonderfully packable pair of insulating pants that can come with you on virtually any outing! A 100% recycled ultralight ripstop face fabric goes on to effectively resist abrasions, so the Ghost Whisperers can handle a bit of abuse as long as you’re not too hard on them (they are a down garment after all!).
Equipped with ankle zips with snap closures for enabling easier layering while also allowing you to effectively heat dump, the brand has made sure to deck these pants out with mindfully engineered features. A pull-on closure design with an integrated waist cinch furthermore ensures the pants stay nice and snug, and also keep them at a minimalist weight as opposed to including more cumbersome hardware.
While down insulation is prone to compression under the surrounding water pressure while wading, the low-profile quilt pattern utilized in the design creates heat-trapping down channels that will still effectively hold heat even when squeezed to your frame. If you pair these down pants with a next-to-skin base layer (preferably wool), then you’ll be more or less invincible to the cold out there.
As with the Compressor Pants previously listed, the Ghost Whisperer’s are incredibly versatile in their potential applications – so don’t limit these pants to your fishing wardrobe. Mountain Hardwear recommends these pants for backpacking, rock climbing, alpine climbing, and camping, so this is a seriously awesome piece of insulating apparel to own if you’re an outdoorsman or woman of many passions.
With several color options and both men’s and women’s sizing available, the Ghost Whisperer’s are furthermore a fit for everyone!