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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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powershield vs. wb400
I have a Cold Fusion Jacket, it's my cold weather ski jacket. I bought it because the Momentum didn't quite have enough punch for zero degrees and wind while riding lifts. So, the differences be...

In GEAR » Soft Shell advice
October 13, 10:39pm

Re: Re: Soft Shell Advice: GoLite Momentum
Jean-Phillippe: I wear a M in Arc'Teryx (gamma MX) and like the L in the Momentum. I'd guess that a M Momentum would be good for you given your size preferences.

In GEAR » Soft Shell advice
October 13, 7:43pm

*** Cocoon Pant Availability
I spoke with the owner of the factory manufacturing the current run of Cocoon Pants and Pullovers to followup on the expected delivery date. Our contract with them promised delivery to our Bozeman ...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants Status
October 13, 2:28pm

Cocoon Pant Availability
Availability will be updated as I hear more info. You can monitor the "Availability Info" box here: Cocoon Pants Page @ BPL. This info can also be found by checking backorder status from your "M...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants Status
October 13, 11:37am

Re: Bear Predation
Donald, good comments. A few responses. >> but it is a strange mixture of fact, rumor, and pure speculation. Agree 100%. Bottom line is that there is precious little data to work with. I've t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Electric Bear Fence
October 13, 11:34am

Re: Vapor Barrier Clothing
VB clothing is an interesting concept. I've played with it for years in various configurations, including the Stephenson stuff and several homemade varieties. Prepare for heresy ahead. I wear...

In GEAR » Vapor barrier clothing for sleeping systems
October 12, 11:23pm

Re: Cocoon Pants Stuff Sack Size
They will fit into the "Small" size stuff sacks at BPL. I store my pullover and pants in a "Medium" together. For some reason, it's harder to stuff one of the pieces (pullover or pants) into a smal...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants Stuff Sack Size
October 12, 11:14pm

Soft Shell Advice: GoLite Momentum
Mark's post is great: comprehensive and fair. I'll fill in the main gap in his experience: Polartec Powershield Lite. I've used many soft shells made with this material: Arc'Teryx Gamma MX, Grou...

In GEAR » Soft Shell advice
October 12, 11:11pm

bear attacks
From the report of the Ontario fatality, posted above: "While there has been an increase in bear sightings, the ones that attack and kill are almost all in remote areas." The attack on the hu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Electric Bear Fence
October 12, 4:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Backpacking Food List: Vegetarian
>> I am, myself, "semi-vegetarian". The semi part refers to the fact that I still eat fish and seafood. Hey, me too David. I still eat beef. OK OK OK OK that was bad. Couldn't resist though :...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Backpacking Food List: Vegetarian
October 12, 3:21pm

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