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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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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

Aarn Liquid Agility Pack
I'm one of the reviewers for the Aarn packs (it's great not being in charge - I get to have fun again!) - specifically, the Liquid Agility, which is a small volume overnight/day sized pack. The ...

In GEAR » Aarn Packs dose anyone know ......
February 15, 10:41pm

Stove Terminology
Great question - Roger's Australian and there are terminology differences among nationalities. Gas to one is not gas to another! Roger discusses terminology specifically in the article that a...

In GEAR » MSR Simmerlite vs. Coleman Xtreme
February 15, 10:30pm

Cross Ion-Fisher Space Hybrid Pen
Great post! I really like the Ion format as well. Will have to give this a whirl, a fun and quirky project perfectly suited while we watch Home Improvements reruns!

In Make Your Own Gear » Cross Ion + Fisher Space Cartridge Hybrid
February 14, 11:39am

Anonymous postings
Thanks everyone for bringing light to some of the issues to help this board grow and be a valuable resource. The boards, for the most part, are moderated by the staff, and we have been deleting ...

In Chaff » Anonymous?!?
February 14, 9:40am

Vargo etc.
I do not know where Brian Vargo gets his goods manufactured specifically, but at the retail prices they come in at, I'm pretty sure they are overseas. My first guesses would be China or Thailand. I...

In GEAR » Gear made in the U.S. of A.?
February 14, 9:27am

Titanium in the USA
Now that quality Russian titanium outdoor goods manufacturing channels have all but dried up, Asia (e.g., Thailand, China, a small but expensive Japanese market) is currently the only source for ti...

In GEAR » Gear made in the U.S. of A.?
February 10, 11:38pm

Vargo Jet Ti Stove
We're cautious about reviewing products we sell. It would be easy to include the Jet-Ti in our canister stove product reviews, but it would certainly serve the "store's" best interests to make sure...

In GEAR » Vargo Jet-ti Stove
February 10, 10:58pm

new pack reviews coming to BPL
Osprey Atmos: scheduled for publication on March 1. ULA: in the queue and being evaluated, not scheduled for publication yet. G-Pack: that will be an 06 review most likely, so we have time to...

In GEAR » A new round of lightpack reviews?
February 10, 10:48pm

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