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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.
CitySalt Lake City
StateUtah
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Re: Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
I have many nights on a syn ul7, downmat ul7, and an xtherm. I was cold on the syn at temps approaching freezing and swapped it out for the downmat when it was released. Super warm and comfy, I w...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 10:39am

Re: Re: down vest
Like the previous two posters, I use a FF Hyperion vest in the cool mountain summers and use it in conjunction with a Golite Bitteroot for when I am in really cold temps. I also use it with my qui...

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 21, 6:35am

Re: Ruff
Sorry you had to go in at Scab Creek...my least favorite entry point. I was on much of the WRHR the first week of Sept and didn't experience any bugs - I am suprised they came back for the oth...

In Post-Trip Reports » Central WInds
September 17, 12:17pm

Re: Re: Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
I sleep in long underwear as a quilt user with the xtherm - and every other pad I have owned. Silkweight down to about freezing and Cap 2 or 3 (or their equivalent) as the temps drop. I couldn...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 12:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Question
I have slept year round on a down mat for many many years and recently switched from a UL7 Downmat to a large xtherm and it isn't too hot. If it gets uncomfortable it isn't due to R value,...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 8:45am

Re: length
I had a reg Sawatch and it was plenty roomy (5'9" 170lbs size 12 feet). If you are on a wide pad you should be fine but as a side sleeper I have switched to the wide Chisos and wide Alse...

In GEAR » Katabatic gear sawatch
September 15, 6:04pm

Re: Help with a down bag choice
If you are open to the quilt route, I can't recommend enough the Katabatic Chisos. Under 16oz (14.6oz w/900 fill IIRC) and conservatively rated at 40f.

In GEAR » Help with a down bag choice
September 12, 5:51pm

Large
I am 5'9" and 167lbs and have a large and love it. The extra width is much more comfortable on my back, side, or stomach. The extra length is appreciated for two reasons, it ensures the ...

In GEAR » Therm-a-rest Xtherm - What size?
September 12, 6:04am

Re: Help with a down bag choice
What about the WM Caribou? Highlight with full zipper, robust fabric, room for layering, but slightly heavier.

In GEAR » Help with a down bag choice
September 11, 4:03pm

Re: TT Double Moment
This seems to be old news with no new news. Available 2015?

In GEAR » TT Double Moment
September 10, 10:13am

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