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John Vance (Servingko) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Intermountain West
About Me Thru hiked the PCT in 1983 and half of the CDT in 84. Backpacking since 1973 when I did my first 50 miler as a scout. Total gear nut and have dropped from a base weight of 35lbs to 10 - 12lbs and love spending time in the mountains even more. I typically get out for 2 week long trips and several weekend trips each year.
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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Re: Re: MIOX
I tried that tech for a bit but it certainly wasn't for me because of taste and wait times. I was an early adopter of UV and haven't looked back. My next favorite is no treatment at all ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 11
July 16, 1:45pm

Re: Re: Wind River Range - Equipment 2015
I have been to the Winds pretty much every year since 1975 and with few exceptions, you will be fine with 30f bags. Just check the weather report to make sure something unusual isn't going on ...

In Gear Lists » Wind River Range - Equipment 2015
July 14, 2:23pm

Re: Mod?
I am another Packa convert and really like it. I haven't minded the ballooning without a pack as it provides great ventilation and it is still much more manageable than a full poncho. I woul...

In GEAR » Poncho-esque options?
July 10, 1:18pm

Re: Re: re Gatewood arm coverage
You can also find tyvek arm covers as well. I bought a bunch on Amazon and use them with my poncho. Tyvek 1443r as I recall.

In GEAR » Gatewood cape - arm rain coverage?
July 03, 8:50am

Re: "Camping to close for comfort"
I move on if others are even remotely close. This isn't always and option but I will go to decent efforts to be alone and out of sight.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Camping to close for comfort
June 23, 1:36pm

Re: WTB - RIBZ pack, Medium
I have one new in the bag. I will get you more detail on color and model when I get home from work. I bought two and have never used this one.

In Gear Swap » WTB - RIBZ pack, Medium
June 18, 10:07am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Questioning "dry base layers for sleeping".
On winter trips I don't typically take puffy pants, just heavy weight fleece tights that I wear over my base layer and under outer shell pants that may or may not have insulation. I usually we...

In GEAR » Questioning "dry base layers for sleeping".
June 15, 9:02pm

Re: Re: Questioning "dry base layers for sleeping".
I hike in shorts with built in liners an a long sleeve base layer and that is the extent of my daily clothes. I also carry a Houdini and Dynamo wind pants, a 6.5 oz down vest and historically a po...

In GEAR » Questioning "dry base layers for sleeping".
June 15, 2:42pm

Re: Re: Etiquette - On the Forums, and Life in General
After all those episodes as a kid I still didn't remember it quite correctly but got the gist of it. Using Mr Wizaed to justify being a jerk is taking him a bit out of context but I certainly ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Etiquette - On the Forums, and Life in General
June 11, 1:39pm

Re: Re: RE: Etiquette - On the Forums, and Life in General
"Be what you is and not what you is not...folks who do this are the happiest lot" - Mr Wizard to Tooter Turtle. Sage advice that still rings true.

In Philosophy & Technique » Etiquette - On the Forums, and Life in General
June 11, 1:25pm

All Reader Reviews by John Vance

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Katabatic Chisos
This is from previous posts but I thought I would include it here as well. I received my Chisos with 2oz overfill and just wanted to update those waiting to hear a little more about my initial imp...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
June 06, 11:48am

Katabatic Gear Sawatch
I know I only have spent 4 nights using my Katabatic Sawatch, I wanted to get a review out for those interested that I have posted elsewhere on this site but not in the review area. I can say thi...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
June 10, 10:18am

Six Moon Designs Swift10
Now that I have some miles on my 2010 Swift I thought I would prepare a more thorough review. I have been using a 2006 SMD Starlight for the past few years and really love it coming from a brief stin...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 10, 10:09am

Kookabay Custom Down Air Mattress (DAM)
I recently my pad from Bender yesterday and have to say I am impressed. The seams and sealing is very consistent, straight, and even. My custom pad used the standard 70d fabric and is 24" wide, 6...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 22, 11:08am