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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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Pertex & Pile?
I've heard lots of experience about folks wearing so-called "Pertex & Pile" garments next to skin, but adoption of this approach in North America has focused primarily on using a Marmot Driclime wi...

In GEAR » Pertex & Pile?
December 16, 11:20am

Combining an inner bag with an Arc X
Derek - I think that the concept works, but yes, you'll compress some down in the footbox. I haven't perceived that to be a huge problem, but Nunatak does make a version with a larger footbox - the...

In GEAR » Doubling sleeping bags
December 16, 11:04am

Cold Cold Works Packs / Andinista
Kevin - you have a big advantage with your height! At 5'8", I've tried to carve a helmet hollow in the Andinista but I think I'm just too short to make that pack work. One of my climbing partners i...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Climbing packs
December 16, 11:02am

Arc X / Highlite
Chuck: that's a great system, actually. I've used it myself. I don't much anymore, because I like to wear clothes to bed, including a winter parka, and the Highlite doesn't offer the girth to accom...

In GEAR » Doubling sleeping bags
December 16, 10:08am

Wild Things Andinista Limitations
I like the concept of the Andinista but it doesn't really play out in real life. I borrowed a friends and have used it a few times. It's a big sac, about 5500 cubes, so, you load this all up wit...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Climbing packs
December 15, 9:09pm

Climbing Packs & Dan McHale
Jay, you've seen the light. A small volume daypack with a nice long torso that can carry a meaningful amount of weight (say, enough for a summer bivy and light rack) is a terrific product. Who make...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Climbing packs
December 15, 9:04pm

Olympus Stylus Verve Weatherproof 3.7 oz 4MP digicam
Kim thanks for posting that. We need a graphic emoticon here for drool. That's a very cool camera - nice and tiny too. Those batteries are about 1/2 oz so 4.2 oz for a weatherproof 4MP...not bad.

In Photography » Digital and Light
December 15, 8:49pm

Winter Gear Lists? Clothing & Sleep Systems
Just curious what y'all are carrying for clothing and sleep systems, and what kinds of winter environments you are dealing with for those systems. Please spec the # of days you are out with the int...

In Gear Lists » Winter Gear Lists - Clothing/Sleep?
December 15, 6:05pm

Alpha SL
Yes, you're right - my typo. The above post has been edited and is now correct.

In GEAR » Followup: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket
December 15, 1:05pm

Followup: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket
As a followup to our recent review of the Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket, I wanted to post some longer term impressions. I've been using the jacket this winter, primarily as a mountaineering...

In GEAR » Followup: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket
December 15, 11:16am

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