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Ryan Jordan (ryan) - BPL Staff

My Locale Greater Yellowstone
About Me Backpacking Light Magazine Publisher and co-founder. My "home" backpacking areas are the national parks and wilderness areas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. My own approach to ultralight backpacking currently focuses on reducing the number of items in my kit, to achieve simplicity and efficiency on the trail, and applying UL techniques and materials to long hikes w/o resupply.
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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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Re: BMW synthetic arc X quilt ETA?
taking a final prototype with me to yellowstone this week, i'm using it as an overbag to my 15-ounce arc x. the cocoon quilt is polarguard delta, pertex quantum, and 11 ounces. For a 26 ounce sleep...

In GEAR » Lightweight Synthetic Bag?
September 13, 4:24pm

Re: Ryan--Ankh if you love Isis
Rapture is delayed, because the next round of prototypes are being made by Brian Frankle, and the bum: he's out hiking for a few months! Torsolites: expecting them any day... :(

In GEAR » TorsoLite Update
September 13, 1:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Jetboil" stove
John is welcome to post grievances about online merchants in our forums. I believe that it's valuable information and consumers should be made aware of organizations that rip people off or otherwis...

In Make Your Own Gear » Alcohol Stove
September 13, 12:19pm

Re: video
Let's keep the discussion on track to what John initially posted. John: Please feel free to tell us more about the stove in the video. I'm sure our readers would love to know how to make one the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heads up!!-- look at this video!!!!
September 11, 1:17am

Re: Cameras
Thanks for the headsup. After further review, we've concluded that the form, function, and optics of the two cameras are indeed vastly different. The S5i review has been deleted from the Optio WP s...

In GEAR » Cameras
September 11, 1:04am

Re: TNF Fission
The TNF Cat's Meow has for years been my favorite synthetic bag for mountaineering. I've recently switched to a Fission, and despite the lack of a collar, I think it's warmer than the Cat's Meow. ...

In GEAR » Anyone compared Marmot Pounder Plus with The North Face Fission?
September 11, 1:01am

Re: RE: BMW Tarps and Beaks
1. Beaks do add protection. 2. Beaks do add weight. 3. Beaks do add complexity in pitching. 4. Beaks do flap in wind. 5. Beaks do trap condensation. The Stealth tarps embody the design princ...

In GEAR » Bozeman tarps and beaks
September 11, 12:58am

Re: Re: Backpack generator
>> 85 lbs was the weight in the Yahoo news article. That's 1300 packets of Gu - 130,000 calories, i.e., 43 days at 20 miles per day or 860 miles. "But with my iPOD charged the whole time!" ...

In GEAR » Backpack generator
September 11, 12:49am

Re: Re: Re: Craig Shelley Water Test Final
Craig, Andrew, great data and ideas. The BPL review staff has been conducting similar tests on trail runners since we got back from OR. Basically, hiking in wet shoes and noting the dry time. Lo...

In GEAR » Inov8 and Timberland Delerion Shoes
September 09, 11:34pm

Re: Heads Up?? Reads like Spam to me
John, You may not have much experience with Internet forums, but we generally adopt the acceptable Internet norm of keeping our forums commercial-free. You may not be aware of BPL's forum pol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heads up!!-- look at this video!!!!
September 09, 9:47pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Jordan

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Jolt Gum
You guys are rookies. Look at the times at which you are posting. I consumed four pieces of Jolt two hours ago and look at me, still going strong at 2 am. There is a weird flavor to it, but I ca...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 12, 1:51am

Mike Clelland! GOO Energy Gel
I've used Mike's, and made my own per his recipe. It's nasty. The color, I mean. Like a pukey green. But then again, that may very well provide some of its social appeal when hiking or skiing in...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 02, 10:46pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
OK, I'm partial. I grew up in Seattle. For a kid who dreamed about the wilds endlessly, my Dad taking my family from our home in the burbs to Capitol Hill was a real treat for me. I have fond me...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 19, 1:11am

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
If you love to WALK and you haven't read this book then you are (1) not only missing out on a rite of passage that qualifies you to even claim that you're a backpacker, (2) but also ignoring what may ...

In Books and Media
November 15, 9:49pm

Black Diamond Winter Bivy
I have a few Epic bivies, one from Oware, one from BD (Lightsabre) and one from Bibler (this one, the Winter Bivy). They are both great in the summer, especially in rainy weather, where the Epic treat...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
November 15, 11:37am

ULA Equipment
I've known Brian Frankle for a few years. Recently, Brian made backpacks for us for the Arctic 1000 expedition. He was very attentive to our feedback, delivered on time, made adjustments as needed, an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 13, 10:29pm

Six Moon Designs Essence
Welllll, I must say, I think PJ did a fine review above, but if you're looking for additional reading insight, I don't think I can follow up. I feel like the local coffee shop guitar player with a bad...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 13, 9:26pm

ULA Equipment Relay
I love the Relay. It's my favorite pack for multi-day mountain running because it's so small (tucks into the lumbar) and shaped so well (hourglass) for running. Improvements could be made by adding...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 13, 9:17pm

Montrail Vitesse
This is my go-to shoe for all of my longer unsupported/no resupply treks where I absolutely cannot have a shoe fail en route. I've worn through about six pair of Vitesse now, all of them had more t...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 12:39am

Inov8 Mudclaw O'330
Far and away my absolute favorite light shoe for what the Brit's call "fell running" but what I might call "tundra" trekking. It's great in soft ground (tundra, mud) but abysmal on trails and slickroc...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 12:33am