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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: Re: Re: Re: Well...
I would compare Katabatic to Western Mountaineering and Feathered Friends. Having owned multiple bags from all the major players and most of the cottage brands, the others don't readily compar...

In Gear Deals » Katabatic Gear New Years Sale.
January 07, 4:24pm

Re: Down Jacket vs. Vest
I have have the medium vest and large daybreak so I could wear the jacket over the vest. I am on the high end of a medium for chest circumference so it works. I also like a vest to fit just a bit...

In GEAR » Light down jacket vs vest
January 06, 10:21pm

Re: Light down jacket vs vest
I have both items you are considering but my Hyperion vest is some 6 years older than my Daybreak. I prefer the Hyperion vest over the Daybreak hoody and haven't taken the hoody with me for a ...

In GEAR » Light down jacket vs vest
January 06, 4:14pm

Re: Knapsack Col
Terrain and trail conditions really vary from year to year and July to August. I have been over all the routes you are describing some years with no snow and others with significant snow. All hav...

In Pre-Trip Planning » southern Wind River Range - Texas Pass on August 11th?
January 04, 1:39pm

Re: Smell the flowers and sleep comfy
I too have had to make some changes as time marches on. Most notably are the near elimination of BIG mile days, jumping from boulder to boulder, the move to a tent/shelter with a side door, and bi...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 02, 8:02am

Re: Exiting the Cirque of the Towers
New York pass or Texas are fine and will allow for faster travel northbound to Titcomb basin. I would recommend staying on the old Highline and more specifically Freemont trail on you way up. Muc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Exiting the Cirque of the Towers
December 16, 2:15pm

Re: Re: Volumetrically Dense Food?
I have gone for 5 days on peanut butter mixed with honey at a ratio of 2 to 1. It achieves a cookie dough like consistency, keeps in heat, doesn't freeze even in cold temps and it is quite tas...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 09, 1:34pm

Re: Re: What Are You Hoping Santa Brings You This Christmas?
I am good in the equipment department. We just bought a new house and move in this weekend. What I would like is a very motivated buyer for our old house once I get it ready for sale this spring.

In GEAR » What Are You Hoping Santa Brings You This Christmas?
November 25, 10:11pm

Xtherm Dimensions
Check your dimensions, you may have an "oversized" regular. I have seen more variability in weight due to extra length on Neoair pads. My son has an All Season large that is 82" lo...

In GEAR » Xtherm overweight
November 24, 10:38am

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

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