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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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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

Classified Ad Policy takes no responsibility for the quality of the gear or the quality of the transaction that occurs herein. Buy and sell here at your own risk, and use common sense. This foru...

In Gear Swap » Classifieds (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 06, 12:25am

General Forum Overview & Policies
Introducing Discussion Forums We introduced a limited forum discussion interface in November 2003, for the sole purpose of offering readership the opportunity to provide use...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Forum Policies & Announcements (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
October 06, 12:00am

Re: Re: Re: Golite Helios
> How much would you attribute drying out to the bivy sack? A lot. I can't imagine what it would have been like in a Gore-Tex bivy.

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
May 02, 4:23pm

Re: Golite Helios
Tom, I used the Helios in conjunction with a hoodless poncho on a recent trip to CA's Lost Coast under some incredibly foul conditions. It was GREAT! Here's the trip report/photos:

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
April 29, 10:39pm

Re: Re: Re: Montane Lightspeed
The hood does indeed extend the windshirt to some pretty foul conditions. The ability to keep your head warm and maintain the breathability of a wind shirt - you can take this concept to some incre...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
March 16, 8:23pm

Re: Montane Lightspeed
Chet - the Lightspeed is a great little shell - unique is its 2-layer hood, which provides tremendous wind resistance. Combined the the Microlight, this wind shirt is one of the most protective on ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
March 16, 11:26am

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