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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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Experienced Packrafters Needed
Calling Experienced Packrafters traveling to Montana this year! Backpacking Light is developing a comprehensive video instructional series in 2013 called Learn to Packraft! and we are looking fo...

In Packrafting » Experienced Packrafters Needed
January 09, 8:22pm

dry downs...
Some of it is window dressing, and I can't sort out how / why some makers have spent the money for it (marketing?). Then there's this other one I've tried that is nothing short of re...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia Encapsil ("Dry Down") Parka
January 09, 8:12pm

Re: My bad, fam
Babak -- totally cool. I'm sure with some further communications we'll get this figured out well enough. Thanks for your patience!

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia Encapsil ("Dry Down") Parka
January 09, 12:13am

Patagonia Down Parka
Hello Everyone, I deleted the thread without an explanation because I did not have an explanation to give - yet, and I needed some time to do some homework. I do not know all of the facts beh...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia Encapsil ("Dry Down") Parka
January 08, 11:02pm

Re: replacing raingear?
I think it would be fine for occasional trail or in camp use. If your trek involves a lot of hiking or some bushwhacking you'd better think twice.

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
January 02, 8:02am

Re: Use for Nordic Skating???
Sparky: Yes, absolutely. However, even if it did get punctured, you are going to slow water entry enough so that you have time to crawl out. Good application of this dry suit. My concer...

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
December 22, 12:25am

Re: Re: UL Drysuit Fabrics
Yes, Focus LT Hoody review in the queue. Here's the short version: superb breathability; excellent fit, styling, detail finishing; decent hood; great wrist cuffs; good articulation; but - 9.2 o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
December 19, 8:42pm

dry suit wear
Stephen brings up a good point regarding wear/durability in the context of packrafting vs. say, kayaking. A packrafting dry suit may be subject to more wear than a regular dry suit because it wi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
December 19, 6:52pm

UL Drysuit Fabrics
I know I mentioned the desire to have a 3L WPB fabric in a UL drysuit, but I also hope Alpacka takes a look at the new 2.5L eVENT. I have the Westcomb Focus LT Hoody that uses this fabric and it...

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
December 18, 11:44pm

Re: Good job
Joe -- perhaps. Experimenting. I like doing video reviews in combination with a written summary type review that hits the high points like this. We're looking at refining and standardizing our ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
December 18, 10:56pm

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