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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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Cuben & Guyline Tie Out Stress Loading
16 lbs should be easily accommodated by any shelter! Let's assume you tension every tie out point to a minimum of 10 pounds. For Cuben, you should be able to tension to a minimum of 15 lbs f...

In GEAR » Wind Stress on Cuben
January 13, 9:51pm

Wind Stress on Cuben
We are in the midst of a comprehensive research project on wind testing of ultralight shelters. One of the things we are looking at is the attachment of guyline tie-out points to high-stress are...

In GEAR » Wind Stress on Cuben
January 13, 4:26pm

Re: Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter / Expedition Pack Review
Good catch, Ken :)

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter / Expedition Pack Review
January 11, 8:10am

Lightning Flash Weight
Will wrote: >> The weight difference is not that large: the measured weight of the Flash is 3 pounds 6 ounces (1.53 kg) per pair, and the Elite weighs 2 pounds 6.1 ounces (1.08 kg) per pai...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR Lightning Flash Snowshoe Review
January 11, 6:13am

Sony 16/2.8 Lens
I'll put details up in the review when I'm done with this lens, but after using a lens like the Leica Elmarit, and then going to the Sony 16/2.8 - you can't help but be disappointed. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
January 06, 10:56pm

Re: mirrorless camera
The Voigtlander 12mm (with an adapter) works pretty well on the NEX-7 (as long as color fringing is corrected in Cornerfix, etc.), which gives you 18mm equivalent. Currently, for autofocus, the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
January 05, 5:44pm

Bradley - the main reason is that I just don't like fooling around with "building" a makeshift tripod, I like something tall enough to get me above grasses, and I like enough stabilit...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
January 04, 5:37pm

Sony NEX-7 Comments
@Ross - I'm with you on film. I still own a Contax T3 and I'd be awfully hesitant to say that it cannot capture better images with Velvia 50 than any digital on the market that is twice its...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
January 04, 5:15pm

Review Ratings
Actually, start looking here: This page can be linked to from any review rating summary by clicking on...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab MeCo Baselayers Review
January 03, 5:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
The shutter on the NEX-7 isn't so loud that you don't need earplugs. Maybe it would work as a bear deterrent? Yes, it's loud. No mirror, but you have double the actuations of an S...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
January 03, 5:38pm

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