Puffy pants are a godsend when you’re hanging in camp, layering up for sleep, or moving slowly in frigid conditions. But they often get left at home because of their weight and bulk. The Ghost Whisperer will make you reconsider: It weighs less than 8 ounces and compresses to just bigger than a soda can, allowing one Colorado tester to throw it in his daypack for a powder day in the

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