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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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Review Types at BPL (Cloud 15)
Some types of reviews are in-depth and technical, and based on enough field use to afford the opportunity to make judgments about performance. These reviews get review ratings. Others are cursor...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Designs Cloud 15 Review
January 24, 9:22am

Westcomb Focus LT Review -- Replies to Reader Posts
@Dean Fellabaum - current state of the art? In the 9 oz range, there hasn't been much that bests the ID eVENT in terms of breathability and durability. I have two of those original jackets and ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Review
January 24, 9:15am

Porter 4400 Feedback
@Tim Cheek: I split the paddle into 2 pcs and stow them inside the side compression straps, blades up. @Luke Schmidt: I think the pack has provided me with great value, actually. Stuff wears out...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 11:51pm

Seam Strength, Cuben Fiber
Brendan -- I feel ya, man, but there's more here. The seam holes above indicate an area where a change in seam type would be of more benefit than a change in material. The seam in ques...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 2:41pm

Epic vs. HMG Porter 4400
I love the Epic's concept. Harness packs and dry bags make great packrafting kit. But the Epic seems to carry its loads pretty low, the beavertail harness just doesn't have the oomph ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 2:33pm

McHale Belts
+1 Dave. The McHale Guide Harness the best load-carrying belt/lumbar construction for the weight that I've ever used. I don't know if there's intellectual property protection there o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 12:45pm

Salvation in Skykomish
Companion forum thread to: Salvation in Skykomish

In Editor's Roundtable » Salvation in Skykomish
January 18, 12:52am

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
Companion forum thread to: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
January 18, 12:31am

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

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