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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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The opening bracket does not appear in bob's post above, although he did enter it, because html was not turned on for the forum admin/support forum, and the forum text filtering routing did somethi...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » HOWTO: HTML in Forum Postings
March 26, 7:44am

SpinFOLD redesign
Long term durability: the old design was great for occasional use in the backpack, but its aesthetics and edges didn't hold up to long term everyday use. It's great to save weight, least f...

In GEAR » SpinFOLD wallet redesign -- why??
March 23, 2:12am

Customer Support
Kim and others: I'm very sorry for the delay. We are moving our office/warehouse this month to a new location. Our fax line, which also has the DSL port that runs our customer support receiving ...

In User Test Forum » BPL customer support not good.!!
March 15, 11:46am

Smartwool Aero vs. Lightweight
Smartwool Aero and Lightweight are in the same fabric weight class. Smartwool rebranded their line last year from Aero/Trad to Light/Mid (Aero = Lightweight, Trad = Midweight) to be more consistent...

In GEAR » lightweight wool shirts
March 01, 10:30pm

C&S Contact Info
You bet. Click here for C&S Engineering gear. And: here's the bivy tent. If you think Stephenson's is out of the're gonna LOVE C&S.

In GEAR » Have you heard of C & S Engineering?
February 28, 9:55pm

High Loft Synthetic Insulating (Belay) Jackets
The purpose of this thread is to offer a forum for companion discussion to the 2005 review summary, gear guide, and individual reviews for (M) High Loft Synthetic Insulating (Belay-Style) Jackets. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » High Loft Synthetic Insulating (Belay) Jackets
February 22, 11:56pm

Jetboil Stove - Why BPL "Bothers" With It?
Re: And I just have to say that I wonder why BPL bothers with the JetBoil stove contraption? Not sure what you mean by "bothers" with it, but for the purpose of this response I'll assume you ...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 19, 8:43pm

Canister Stove Commentary
In response to the last anon post re: Dirty Little Secret. Experience has shown that people react angrily when the facts run afoul of their personal prejudices and misconceptions. My posting was...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 17, 6:02pm

Aarn Packs / Benefits
I think the folks that would benefit the most from the Aarn suspension will be either (1) people carrying bloody heavy loads or (2) people moving fast over long distances, both situations where the...

In GEAR » Aarn Packs dose anyone know ......
February 16, 12:12am

Canister Stoves, Forum Behavior, and More
I would like to use the posts in this forum to highlight some of my thoughts on canister stoves, as well as use the anonymous post above to help make these forums as valuable as possible without sp...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 16, 12:04am

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