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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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SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
Well, in spite of claiming that SUL is for the masses, I'd rather pose the question: is it no longer just for freaks? This forum is a companion discussion to's growing body ...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
May 25, 1:55am

Pre Order Info
We don't take pre-orders anymore until the production run has started. We are trying to be more confident on delivery dates. Generally, we're looking at targeting pre-orders 8-12 weeks before deliv...

In GEAR » 05 BMW products ??????
May 23, 2:03pm

Down vs. synthetic fill rate confusion
Sorry for the confusion! I hope this makes it more clear: The differences between down and polarguard are minimal at low fill rates. Thus, a 1" loft baffled down sleeping bag using 800 fill is v...

In GEAR » 05 BMW products ??????
May 21, 10:14pm

New Posts Since Last Visit
Passed on from the BPL Web Team: "There is a subtle, but new feature in the forums. If you visit the main forum index page, and the thread index page (the one you get when you click o...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » New Posts Since Last Visit
May 21, 10:23am

Forum Threading
Good thoughts. We'll consider these for further upgrades.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Threading?
May 21, 10:10am

BMW 05 Products
Those bags were slated for a fall 05 release, but glitches in fabric production have put them behind. Spring 06 is now the schedule, but it could be January 06 if everything falls into place. Mo...

In GEAR » 05 BMW products ??????
May 21, 10:08am

Inov-8 vs. Vitesse II
I am a die hard Vitesse user, I'm in the Vitesse II's now. I recently picked up a few different Inov-8 models, including the Terroc, which is Inov-8's closest competitor to the Vitesse. The big ...

In GEAR » Running shoes
May 20, 8:58am

Status of PERTEX
Pertex is is final negotiations with a new buyer and will announce the future direction of the company on Monday or so. All things point to the positive on this and it looks like Perseverance Mills...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away or Just Regrouping?
May 18, 2:46pm

forum updates
Yes, it supports threading. it's been turned off because of people complaining about not having flat threads with posts in date order... forum updates on the way, including unread posts flags...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Threading?
May 18, 12:09am

Backpacking Light Magazine Ship Status
The recent issue shipped first week of may, bulk mail, 1-3 weeks to delivery. I've started getting reports of people getting them, so they seem to be trickling in to mailboxes. Focus on reviews ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » magazine
May 18, 12:06am

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