Jordan Bright

Jordan Bright

San Juan Islands

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Jordan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling

Jordan's Bio

I am an outdoor educator and expedition leader for YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. During the spring and fall seasons, I work with 5th through 8th graders teaching courses in outdoor education and challenge course facilitation. During the summer I switch over to a kayak guide and expedition leader for teens attending summer camp at Orkila.

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Jordan Bright wrote a review of on April 28, 2012

5 5

I can't say enough good things about this paddle. It is easily the best kayak paddle that I have used and stands among (if not leading) the best performance touring blades on the market. The Ikelos-named after the assistant to the greek god of dreams-glides in and out of the water and has done a great deal to help me improve my forward stroke. The light weight of the carbon fiber is only aided by the by the foam cores resulting in buttery-smooth paddling.

The blades on the Ikelos are larger than typical paddle blades (even other high angle blades). This results in more power per stroke, but will take some physical adjustment for those moving from smaller blades. this blade is definitely intended for paddlers with higher angle strokes, so keep that in mind if considering this paddle. Those large blades not only allow for incredible forward speed, but also for solid bracing and efficient draws.

The bent shaft helps reduce fatigue and stress on my wrists and allows for longer and more comfortable trips. It's almost painful to return to straight shaft paddles.

Choosing the right paddle is very important. If you are looking for a light weight, high angle blade that will provide more power in the water, there doesn't seem to be a better choice.

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Jordan Bright wrote a review of on April 28, 2012

5 5

My first pair of shoes from La Sportiva. looking for something that was going to fill the trail running/light hiking category. I've put a few runs on them (none to far) and some great day hikes and so far I've been nothing but impressed. When running, my feet stay locked in and comfortably cushioned from the often rocky PNW trails I've been on. (note: I use a pair of orange Super Feet insoles) The shoes feel light and breath very well with a good pair of running socks. They cross over to light hiking-and maybe some lighter, shorter backpacking-incredibly well. The soles are super tacky and provide awesome grip on mixed terrain.The shoe seems to be a bit more rigid than other trail-runners that I've seen, but for me that just means that I can use them more often. Overall, they have fit great and look sweet too. I would (will) buy a second pair when these wear out.

I stand by this 5 star rating, but buyers should beware that the soles won't stand up to pavement and will wear down extra fast when worn off trail in the city. Mine also squeak a bit which has been noticeable, but not distracting.

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Jordan Bright wrote a review of on October 12, 2011

5 5

I've put about two seasons of wear on my Teva Rivas and I've been very happy with them. They are my go to shoes for day hikes and when the weather becomes unfriendly to my chacos. I think that I've probably put over 100+ miles on them and have often worn them for over 10 hours straight and they have been very comfortable. Very little break-in period and I haven't had any problem with blisters or hotspots. I have superfeet oranges instead of the stock insole but when I tried them on they seemed fine as well.

The eVent linings have held up very well to all the wear here in the Pacific Northwest and combined with the leather uppers, my feet have never failed to stay dry. That being said, they do heat up quickly and become to hot to wear in warm/hot weather.

I've been very happy with the overall construction of the shoe. The Vibram soles are very sturdy and provide excellent traction even on some wet/slick surfaces. I also really like the thick rubber toe cap. The heal of the shoe is also leather which has been easy on my feet and shows no sign of wear.

The Revas make a great choice for a light hiking and PNW winter shoe. I couldn't be happier.

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Jordan Bright wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

Great first tent
4 5

I bought this tent spring of 2010 as my first tent and so far I've been very pleased. It was my second home while working for an outdoor education program on Orcas Island over the summer and fall and performed very well on a road trip down the west coast into the south west. I've set it up all along the Oregon and California coast line, in the snow in Yosemite National Park and in many locations across Washington state.

It packs down pretty well into both a backpack and a sea kayak and doesn't seem overly heavy, especially when shared across two people. It comes right out of the bag with a foot print and loft (which other brands sell separately) adding a lot of value to an already well priced tent. The fly has kept me warm in dry in gusts of 20mph or more and typical PNW rains.

It's spacious for one, comfortable for two and has slept three on a few occasions with minimal discomfort.

The only real downside for this ten that I can think of is that it lacks a second entry. The single entry design only allows for one vestibule to keep gear dry outside from the main tent area. This space fills quickly and seems small for two people. If someone needs to leave the tent for any reason, they also have to crawl over their partner which is also a drag.

That being said however, this has been a great tent to start with. It helped me get outdoors more often but I think that I'll be looking for something a bit lighter and with dual entries next time around.

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Jordan Bright wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

4 5

Just finished out a summer leading kayak trips in the San Juan Islands. I purchased these half way through the season and they saved my eyes on the water.

Pros:
great optics, and very clear
Fit very snug on my head
low profile and not to "sporty"
polarized! great for reducing glare on/off the water
good ventilation and very little fogging or misting on the lenses

Cons:
a bit small for my medium/rounder face. I don't get the best peripheral vision because I end up looking right into the edge of the frames.

Overall, I've been very happy with these glasses. They are my first pair of good polarized lenses and I'm hoping to take care of them so that they stick around. I would definitely recommend them.

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