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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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Trailstar Cuben vs. Sil
@Mike: I hope the Cuben Trailstar is manufactured properly. Then, we can receive the weight saving benefits of Cuben while still having some good storm resistance. I haven't seen the Cuben TS y...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 25, 6:24am

TrailStar Cuben vs. Sil
David, To make a quality shelter from Cuben: (a) you understand how it behaves on the bias so you can take advantage of what little stretch it does have, and you can take advantage of fiber orie...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 24, 7:54pm

small tarps and bad weather
Luke, I'm with you, but I didn't use to be. I used to think it was pretty awesome tearing through a storm under a poncho, or a small tarp. I still do so occasionally, but it's defini...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 24, 7:14pm

Re: Re: TrailStar Niche
As long as the bottom edges are sealed (piled with snow), it bellows through the bottom of the shelter and doesn't affect it too much. I had the wind change direction on me, and this is what...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 24, 5:50pm

TrailStar Niche
I've learned a lot since the field testing that went into this initial review, and have now had the shelter in heavy snows and high winds. This is a bad weather shelter. And a good one. More...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 24, 5:39pm

More Wind Stress Info
I have another goodie, I think I'll just bury it in this thread for now :) How about knowing the tension forces at shelter stake out points in response to wind loading? Here's a graph of...

In GEAR » Wind Stress on Cuben
January 18, 5:48pm

my *hopeful* list
Of everything presented above, I'm most "hopeful" for the prospect of that nanomolecular coating on down fibers actually working. Chemists seem savvy, but I can't wrap my head aro...

In Editor's Roundtable » Prospects for 2012: New and Noteworthy Gear
January 18, 11:51am

Recommendation for Improvement on the Nemo Obi Elite 1P
OK, I'll bite. How about dealing with the kyphosis on these tent designs? Is it me or do others find them ... aesthetically challenged? Not to mention the broadside sail it pitches into the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Nemo Obi Elite 1P Tent Review
January 17, 5:05pm

Pack Dry Times
I'm soliciting feedback to see if it would be valuable for us to incorporate backpack water absorption capacity and dry times into our standard review analyses. We've done a preliminary ...

In GEAR » Pack Dry Times
January 16, 5:12pm

shelters to test
I'll test anything you guys want to see (and manufacturers want to provide). Just let me know what your "votes" are.

In GEAR » Wind Stress on Cuben
January 14, 4:48pm

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