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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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My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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Re: Epic vs Quantum Pertex Winshirts
Quantum is more breathable by a long shot. Epic is almost twice as heavy as Quantum, in its lightest flavor.

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
October 21, 11:19pm

Protein Myths
There are probably more myths about protein than about fats. That's saying a lot, given the hoopla about fats this society has been facing the past several decades. I don't claim that the below ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Lightweight Food and Nutrition (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 21, 11:13pm

Re: cold weather canister stove
I've used the Coleman liquid fuel stove - it's well engineered and offers great performance - close to a white gas stove. In cold weather, it works very well. It's weight, however, makes it a li...

October 21, 10:55pm

New Article
To open commentary on this topic, please refer to the following article by Editor-in-Chief, Carol Crooker: Backpacking Food List: Protein-Powered Food for Sustained Energy

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Lightweight Food and Nutrition (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 20, 1:18pm

RE: Patagonia R2 Vest
>> From reading Ryan's trip reports, gear lists etc, it appears as if the Patagonia R2 vest is often a part of his gear...why? When there are lighter weight choices in synthetic high loft vests and...

October 13, 10:14pm

Gear List Comment's on Single Push Thru of CT
Coup of GoLite recently finished a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail w/o resupply. Here was his gear list: Base weight about 14-15 lbs. If ...

In Gear Lists » User Gear Lists (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 08, 8:36pm

Coup's No-Resupply Thru of the Colorado Trail
Well, Coup did it: thru'd the CT w/no resupply. A great application of lightweight backpacking techniques, but the gear he took was still way too heavy! :) Here's his gear list. http://www.golit...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trips & Trip Reports (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 08, 4:38pm

ID eVENT Jacket w/Pit Zips
Bryan, you have a point in that an ID eVENT Jacket with pit zips just might be the ticket to ditch the windshirt, at least in cold conditions. There is still quite a breathability gap between eVENT...

In Editor's Roundtable » Waterproof-Breathable Technologies
October 06, 9:29pm

It's about the gear, dudes
If you need a formal introduction on what you should talk about here...I may not be able to help :)

October 06, 12:41am

Retail Deals Forum Policy
The purpose of the Retail Deals forum is for users to let each other know of sales, coupon codes, closeouts, or other unique retail specials. If you are an online or chain retailer, please feel ...

In Gear Deals » Retail Deals (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 06, 12:27am

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