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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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BPL Wish List
I'm with Michael: more time to enjoy getting out there. The gear is always secondary. But not always out of mind ;) Here's mine: 3. A Thorofare Shirt with a sewn in microfleece lin...

In GEAR » BPL Reader "Wish List" Thread
November 07, 11:17pm

Re: WM summerlite
I'll +1 for the SummerLite. I've mostly used two bags since January in Montana this year: the BPL UL 240 Quilt and the WM SummerLite. The SummerLite is the warmest full-zippered sleep...

In GEAR » New sleeping bag
November 07, 11:14pm

Baladeo 34g
I've been using the Baladeo knife for several months and I'm not a knife guy. The only utility I've been able to find with a knife to make it worth the weight, and hassle of keeping tra...

In GEAR » Baladeo 34 Gram (1.19 oz) Knife
June 30, 10:03am

more gnat
John, Toss the case. Thus, case weight = 0. Seriously, though, I can't see any compelling reason to bring a "stove case" on a trek. I know it's there to protect the stove...

In Editor's Roundtable » Monatauk Gnat Stove Review
June 27, 11:05pm

Gnat Review Conciseness
The review was concise because there just isn't a lot to say about a product that seems to work as well as anything else. The real appeal of this stove to me was its aesthetics, which are su...

In Editor's Roundtable » Monatauk Gnat Stove Review
June 25, 9:52am

Frank Church
A wonderful report Forrest, thank you. I love the Church. I did a ski traverse of about 90 miles across it in 1991 that included a hearty swim of the M Fk.. An amazing and quiet place in the win...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rapids, Wolves, and Winter
June 09, 9:05am

Re: Re: Panny G2 vs GF1
I have lots of shooting time with both the Olympus and Panasonic systems and I loathe them both. It it were not for the truly incredible Panasonic/Leica u4/3 45mm/2.8 lens I would have cashed ou...

In Photography » Panny G2 vs GF1
May 14, 3:46pm

Re: RE: Lightheart Solo
Greg -- 1. The big NeoAir fits in fine, which means so will you. You'll probably want to tuck the foot end of your long size bag/pad as far down into the foot end corner of the tent as you ...

In GEAR » LightHeart tents
May 13, 12:40pm

Lightheart Solo
I'm in the process of wrapping up the review of the Lightheart Solo. I see you all comparing it to the Moment, which is reasonable, even though the design strategy of the two tents is very d...

In GEAR » LightHeart tents
May 13, 10:05am

FS: Big Sky International Revolution 1P
I have a Revolution 1P for sale for $100. This is an older rev., probably around rev. C. It's used but in good shape with no defects or fly damage, floor has minor wear (caveat: poles, se...

In Gear Swap » FS: Big Sky International Revolution 1P
April 30, 12:48pm

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