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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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Re: Cameras
Thanks for the headsup. After further review, we've concluded that the form, function, and optics of the two cameras are indeed vastly different. The S5i review has been deleted from the Optio WP s...

In GEAR » Cameras
September 11, 1:04am

Re: TNF Fission
The TNF Cat's Meow has for years been my favorite synthetic bag for mountaineering. I've recently switched to a Fission, and despite the lack of a collar, I think it's warmer than the Cat's Meow. ...

In GEAR » Anyone compared Marmot Pounder Plus with The North Face Fission?
September 11, 1:01am

Re: RE: BMW Tarps and Beaks
1. Beaks do add protection. 2. Beaks do add weight. 3. Beaks do add complexity in pitching. 4. Beaks do flap in wind. 5. Beaks do trap condensation. The Stealth tarps embody the design princ...

In GEAR » Bozeman tarps and beaks
September 11, 12:58am

Re: Re: Backpack generator
>> 85 lbs was the weight in the Yahoo news article. That's 1300 packets of Gu - 130,000 calories, i.e., 43 days at 20 miles per day or 860 miles. "But with my iPOD charged the whole time!" ...

In GEAR » Backpack generator
September 11, 12:49am

Re: Re: Re: Craig Shelley Water Test Final
Craig, Andrew, great data and ideas. The BPL review staff has been conducting similar tests on trail runners since we got back from OR. Basically, hiking in wet shoes and noting the dry time. Lo...

In GEAR » Inov8 and Timberland Delerion Shoes
September 09, 11:34pm

Re: Heads Up?? Reads like Spam to me
John, You may not have much experience with Internet forums, but we generally adopt the acceptable Internet norm of keeping our forums commercial-free. You may not be aware of BPL's forum pol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heads up!!-- look at this video!!!!
September 09, 9:47pm

You can "TM" anything you want as long as you don't infringe on someone else's "TM". "TM"'s are actually totally meaningless and afford you little protection. (R) is the symbol for registered tr...

In Chaff » Ray Jardine doesn't like people who notice his trademarks are fake
September 09, 1:47pm

Press release from pertex this morning, it's now official. I wish I could have said more in the interim of the rumor mills, but I'm happy to announce that pertex is alive and kickin. -- PRESS...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away or Just Regrouping?
September 09, 10:42am

Re: The Practicality of Trekking Poles?
>> I wonder why properly conditioned backpackers would go through all the trouble to lower their base pack weight to 5 lbs or less and still feel the need for Trekking Poles? It certainly decrea...

In GEAR » Trekking Poles-To use or not to use?
September 09, 1:40am

Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Tarp vs. Hammock in the High Uintas
Companion forum thread to: Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Tarp vs. Hammock in the High Uintas

In Editor's Roundtable » Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Tarp vs. Hammock in the High Uintas
August 30, 8:38pm

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