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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.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.ryanjordan.com/
My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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mariposa compression
The loops allow for good compression if you use a non-stretch cord. Something light (polypropylene cord) and thick (e.g., 3mm) is effective for this purpose. Thinner cords used for compression, esp...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 08, 3:46pm

Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
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In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 07, 11:10pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
February 18, 9:40pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
February 18, 9:39pm

Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 24
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In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 24
February 03, 9:46pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 8
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 8
January 20, 9:12pm

Flash Reviews No. 4
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January 20, 8:19pm

Walking in Nepal
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In Editor's Roundtable » Walking in Nepal
January 14, 2:31pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 7
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January 07, 12:08pm

2014 Staff Picks
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January 01, 12:23pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Jordan

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Inov8 RocLite 315
A beauty of a shoe that solves the mesh upper durability limitations of the Terroc 330, but not the lug-popping-off durability limitations of the soles. Of all of the Inov8 shoes, these are my favorit...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 12:29am

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
In prepping for a trek in Alaska last June, I spent the entire spring "training" and hiking 20-30 mile days. These were one of the shoes I wore the most. I love the comfort, profile, stability, feel, ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 12:25am

Frogg Toggs Rain Suit
You'll fit in at a bass fishing tournament or AT shelter, but woe is he who goes clubbing in a set of these. Fashion aside, the fit is fair, but the comfort is terrific - a truly "breathable" water...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 10, 12:35am

Smartwool Shadow Hoody
A wool hoody. How about that! My all time favorite base layer garment style. The Shadow has thumbcuffs, which is great for cutting the chill when using trekking poles on a cold morning - and you ei...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
November 07, 12:19am

Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
Not a 5, because of the lack of decent seal around the shoe. More durable than light stretchwoven gaiters like REI Spring gaiters, but at the cost of breathability. I use these for fall rain and snow ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 06, 11:48pm

Montane Lite-speed
The strengths of the Litespeed are its breathability (Microlight, which feels more breathable than Quantum and some other wind shirt fabrics), its long length, and hood. I washed it in detergent to...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:00pm

Garmin Foretrex 101
I removed the strap, use Li AAA batteries, and I have a 2.5 oz replaceable (vs. rechargeable) battery operated GPS unit designed with an outdoor (vs. training) interface. That makes it the lightest...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
November 04, 1:55pm

Brunton Watchband Compass Model 9068
First, an apology to the members. I'm sorry for bringing these things into the BPL Gear Shop. I assumed, wrongly, that the Brunton quality found in their precision instruments, would be transfer...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
November 04, 1:44pm

Brunton 904x Series Keyring Compasses
There are several models in this series. The 9040 is the standard model, the 9041 is luminescent, and the 9045 has a thermometer. My favorite is the 9040. Black in color so it's easy to read in bri...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
November 03, 11:00pm

Hydropel Sports Ointment
The product itself is a runaway "5" but I have to downgrade it to a "4" for its lack of packaging options. The 2 oz tube is just too much for a weeklong trek or less. I repackage it in a balm jar for ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
November 03, 10:53pm