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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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review format
It will be interesting to see how this format evolves and the extent to which authors would like to write in it. One goal is to create a format where we can bring in more author diversity, but not ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 17, 6:55pm

Re: Rain Gear Noisy?
Most nylons will be "noisy" when the nylon rubs against itself. The Challenger is no different. I don't really notice it to be "noisier" or "quieter" than any of t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 17, 6:49pm

Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
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In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 17, 12:21am

Re: Thank You -- High Uintas Trek
Peter - I occasionally run into BPL'ers in the wilds, and it's always been a really positive experience. I would have loved to have met you in the Uintas! Porcupine is an outrageous view. Y...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
September 10, 10:49pm

The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt
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In Editor's Roundtable » The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt
September 10, 1:10am

The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
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In Editor's Roundtable » The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
September 10, 1:09am

Expedition Blogging, Part 1: A Satellite Phone-Based System
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In Editor's Roundtable » Expedition Blogging, Part 1: A Satellite Phone-Based System
September 03, 12:42am

uintas
I'm not sure when but the full Spectra HMG packs will be made available to the public. My 4400 in size L weighs 40 oz. @jrscruggs my starting pack weight with 9 days of food was 37# - 16# of...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 30, 3:31am

polycro...?
OK, so is this the same thing? Link: Patio Storm Door Kit - is this polycro? I like polycro for its weight and feel, so would rather not deviate from that. I see that they have it listed agai...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 29, 12:57pm

Martin Titanium Knife
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In Editor's Roundtable » Martin Titanium Knife
August 12, 10:59pm

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