I bought the Mountain Hardware Phantom Down Jacket on sale about 2 weeks ago because I needed an exceptionally warm coat for winter camping and mountaineering. Since then, I’ve worn it everyday and I am amazed at how warm it is.
The Phantom’s insulation is 800 fill goose down making it very toasty and highly compressible. That’s an important consideration on winter expeditions when you need to carry more gear in your pack and space becomes tight. The Phantom is also quite lightweight, with a size XL weighing just 19 oz.
The Phantom is very well designed to keep you warm. Velcro cuffs on the sleeves prevent hot air from escaping and elastic draw cords at the waist and on the hem help to seal out cold drafts and seal in torso heat. The jacket has 4 zippered pockets: two fleece-lined hand pockets, a large internal waist pocket and a smaller external chest pocket.
The coat has a micro-chamois lined chin when zipped all the way, but no hood. The exterior fabric is DWR treated, 15D Ripstop nyon which is windproof, but won’t protect you from a downpour, making it more appropriate for cold dry conditions.