Ryan Jordan

When Good Design Doesn’t Get Fouled Up

Case in point: camping flatware. I mean, seriously, how many different ways can you really make a fork? or spoon? or even a spork? Nobody really thinks out of the box in this space. “We cut holes in the handles!” they say with pride, presumably to reduce the weight. Do titanium backpacking utensils really need […]

Notes from the Road

I’m publishing this entry from my cell phone. Soon, as winter kicks in here in Montana, you’ll be reading entries from me in the heart of the snow-covered backcountry, dispatching from satellite phone and giving you live field reports of gear in action. In addition to text dispatches like this one, we’re getting geared up […]

Sierra Designs NanoLite is NanoClimactic

Flashback. ORSM 2005. Hottest gear of the show? The Sierra Designs NanoLite Series Raingear (e.g., Isotope Jacket) ranks high. A full-zip, hooded, waterproof-breathable jacket with taped seams and handwarmer pockets for 4 ounces and change? Get outta town. That’s newsworthy. Alan Dixon, our product review editor, gets to go home with it, calls it "Best […]

Lightweight Backpacking & Camping: A Field Guide to Wilderness Equipment, Technique, and Style

Book Info Lightweight Backpacking and Camping: A Field Guide to Wilderness Hiking Equipment, Technique, and Style, by Jordan-R (Ed.), Beartooth Mountain Press (2005). 436 pp. Where to Buy BackpackingLight.com Amazon.com Lightweight Backpacking & Camping is also distributed to bookstores and outdoor retailers by Wilderness Press and AlpenBooks. Editor: Ryan Jordan Managing Editors: Alan Dixon and […]