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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: Waterproof/Breathable fabric evaluations?
Both Gore-Tex XCR and eVENT will be featured in upcoming fabric technology articles. Because of the wide variety of so-called 'proprietary' technologies like Marmot "Precip", Mountain Hardwear "...

In Editor's Roundtable » Soft Shells
January 16, 9:24am

Re: Pertex Equilibrium: Shell, base layer or both?
I would say that the GoLite Energy is least suited as a base layer. It is made with Pertex Equilibrium that is unlined, so there is no tricot or knit lining that serves to provide both warmth and i...

In Editor's Roundtable » Soft Shells
January 16, 9:21am

Re: Paramo
John - hopefully, the new article on Pertex Equilibrium will give you some insight into how a denier gradient fabric works. We'll put Paramo's Parameta S denier gradient fabric on our list of fabri...

In Editor's Roundtable » Soft Shells
January 12, 9:35pm

Re: Re: AAA battery choices
FYI: will be carrying the new AAA lithium cells as soon as they are released to us for distribution. Next week, we should also receive our first shipments of other lithium roun...

In Editor's Roundtable » LED Lights
January 11, 6:25pm

Testing v. Real World Performance.
>> Interesting to see how poorly the Katahdin performed in the tests...This makes me wonder how well the test data relates to the real world comfort and gear compressed aroun...

In Editor's Roundtable » Frameless Backpack Suspension Systems
January 09, 4:45pm

Re: Re: Aurora criticisms, etc.
Again, I am under the impression that this was an issue with the initial production run - but that the issue has since been addressed.

In Editor's Roundtable » LED Lights
December 22, 9:44pm

Re: Aurora criticisms, etc.
RE: Aurora pivot head becoming loosened over time. We were aware of this problem in on the Aurora and paid close attention to it. Because this was an issue with initial shipments of the Aurora to r...

In Editor's Roundtable » LED Lights
December 14, 7:56am

Re: LED lights
Kevin, tell us more about your TD40. This sounds like a good concept. Did you do the mods or did PTec? and how?

In Editor's Roundtable » LED Lights
December 01, 4:24pm

Utility of PLB's
I recently had an interesting discussion with Peter Vacco about the utility of PLB's. Peter has walked the Continental Divide from Mexico north (yeah, to the end in AK). As such, the past few years...

In Editor's Roundtable » Personal Locator Beacons & Other Wireless Technologies for Backcountry Travel?
November 27, 1:12pm

Headlamp of the Future?
So, a question to LED headlamp users: What initially governed your decision(s) to purchase the LED lights you currently use? Weight? Packed size? LED flood brightness for closeup work? Lon...

In Editor's Roundtable » LED Lights
November 26, 12:00am

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