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

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

MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
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In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
July 30, 12:29am

Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware
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In Editor's Roundtable » Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware
July 30, 12:28am

Gear Guide: Packrafts
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In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Packrafts
July 23, 12:08am

Pick Up Your Feet
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In Editor's Roundtable » Pick Up Your Feet
June 03, 10:18pm

BPL GROUP COOKING Recipe Contest: Jetboil Joule Giveaway
Backpacking Light will be publishing a review of the Jetboil Joule cooking system (inverted canister large volume) on July 9 to coincide with a recipe contest/giveaway. The contest winner wi...

In Editor's Roundtable » BPL GROUP COOKING Recipe Contest: Jetboil Joule Giveaway
May 21, 3:09pm

The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia
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In Editor's Roundtable » The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia
April 30, 12:08am

Re: Re: Tenkara, Patagucci style
@Glenn - thank you, excellent feedback. We'll try to offer more unique content not available elsewhere as we move forward publishing book excerpts.

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
April 23, 6:55pm

Tenkara Article
Stuart - hopefully the article will provide some inspiration to others here, even if it can't find value for all. We'll be incorporating a number of book chapters in our upcoming publicatio...

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
April 23, 6:50pm

Ken: Some of the comments were deleted because they were not relevant to the article's topic, and were instead directed at editorial process. I was fine with those comments but they don't b...

In Editor's Roundtable » Top Ultralight Tent Review
April 23, 11:57am

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Jordan

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BackpackingLight.com Premium Membership
Your '5' is gracious but I'm giving BPL.com a '3' for now. If you pay $25, or $5, or $100, it doesn't matter. The product quality needs to be exceptional. Customer service to date has been serio...

In Books and Media
August 06, 6:59pm

USGI Trioxane Solid Fuel Tablets
Keep in mind my comments are given in context of backpacking and challenge the notion that these tablets are suitable for boiling small water volumes, a claim found on the Internet here and there by h...

In Stoves - Other
August 05, 10:08pm

Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso
Just ... three ... more ... inches ... of length ... And this may be the torso pad of choice for the ultralighter if the bulk is OK with you. For a foamie, maybe the best comfort out there? S...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
August 05, 10:00pm

Salomon Tech Amhibian
There are a lot of people who really like these shoes for hiking. I love them...for hanging out in a canoe...but if I'm doing any kind of meaningful mileages on the trail, forget it. In concept, th...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 05, 9:56pm

Big Sky Products Evolution 2P
Consider the features: 2 doors 2 vestibules double wall carbon poles silnylon fly plenty of interior storage pockets 3 lb 1 oz. Easily almost a pound or more lighter than the next compet...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
August 02, 9:10pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
The book is probably more responsible for generating enthusiasm of the current lightweight movement than any other volume. That's a five star task. Minus a star for doing so at the expense of an in...

In Books and Media
August 02, 8:32pm

Golite Jam
I'm a Gust/Jam fan. The Gust, with its huge side fins, can really allow you to crank the load into your lumbar, which greatly increases its load carrying capacity. Same with the Jam, and the latter is...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 02, 8:29pm

Stephenson 2R
I would agree that the 2R is a very strong tent if properly set up. The exposed panel that is not supported by structure - i.e., the double wall section - needs to be extremely tight to resist a lot o...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
August 02, 8:17pm

MSR SimmerLite
It's still the lightest white gas stove on the market, and the bottom line is this: you can't melt meaningful quantities of snow (2+ liters at a sitting, as you might need to do 2-3x/day for drinking ...

In Stoves - White Gas
August 02, 8:11pm

Black Diamond Ion
The Ion suffers from short battery life (where battery life is the amount of meaningful light you can get out of it) and outdated bulb technology. Form factor is ok, but the light isn't very stable on...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
August 02, 6:33pm