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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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Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters
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In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters
October 14, 11:48pm

RX100 +1
I'm a diehard RX100 user and have been since version 1. I also shoot a lot of video, and the RX100 shoots beautiful stuff with good stabilization for handheld shots. Here's a sample from...

In GEAR » New camera
October 14, 10:11pm

Trying New Things
Thanks for your feedback everyone. I like trying new things. Most things I try will be duds. Hopefully we can get a few gems out in the process :)

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Light's News Digest: No. 1
October 10, 12:05pm

pillows & drift
Jean - mine is sort of a light grey fabric. I think it's Quantum 10d. Edward - check out the link at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/feature_archive.html?offset=0 wh...

In Editor's Roundtable » Packrafting the Smith River Canyon
October 10, 12:03pm

Packrafting the Smith River Canyon
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In Editor's Roundtable » Packrafting the Smith River Canyon
October 07, 11:04pm

Montbell & Klymit Pillows
I don't have experience with these two pillows, but I'd like to add them to the GG here. Does anyone have solid experience with these two, as well as a few or more of the other pillows i...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 01, 1:30pm

Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16
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In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16
October 01, 12:52am

Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
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In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 01, 12:52am

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

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