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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: bonneville
You'll be fine. If after crossing the pass you head down to the south end of Bonneville lake you should pick up the trail heading west to the Fremont trail and Highline trail. Heading north e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind River Range Bonneville Pass Experience
August 04, 11:55am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: SNEAK PEEK: 2015 Sierra Designs TENSEGRITY ShelterS
I think it's different since it isn't seam sealed and doesn't comply with flame retardant standards - both things the current UL versions have. My guess is that it is sil-nylon with no...

In GEAR » SNEAK PEEK: 2015 Sierra Designs TENSEGRITY ShelterS
July 26, 12:53pm

Re: Re: Re: SNEAK PEEK: 2015 Sierra Designs TENSEGRITY ShelterS
Will there be any other current shelters that will get the option of the "elite" fabric?

In GEAR » SNEAK PEEK: 2015 Sierra Designs TENSEGRITY ShelterS
July 26, 8:28am

Re: Re: Ralph Burgress' Unsupported SOBO JMT Record
50 is young..... Inspiring and depressing at the same time.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ralph Burgress' Unsupported SOBO JMT Record
July 25, 8:26am

I have purchased a number of Katabatic quilts and highly recommend them. To date I am using a wide Chisos with a 2oz overfill for temps down to mid to upper 20f. This has been atop an Exped Downm...

In GEAR » Questions about Katabatic Gear Quilts, Bristlecone Bivy, EE Prodigy...ordering soon.
July 22, 8:18am

Edited...wrong thread...

In Gear Swap » wanting to buy golite shangri la 5
July 21, 10:34pm

Late Sept JMT
Unless unseasonably cool weather moves in, I think you would be fine with that list. With Dri Ducks, gloves, and extra socks you should be good, although you may be pushing it with the xlite. A 1...

In GEAR » Cost and Fill Power
July 17, 10:13am

Bag/Quilt Collection
I have two primary quilts - Katabatic Chiso for 90% of the time and a Katabatic Alsek that I have yet to use. Both are wide regulars. I also have the following, some of which haven't been us...

In GEAR » How many sleeping bags do you own?
July 09, 9:37am

Kings Peak
I have done that same trip a number of times. 3 days will do it but you can certainly take another day on a side trip from Dollar lake and another day may be nice if the weather doesn't cooper...

In Pre-Trip Planning » King's Peak Utah
June 28, 11:01pm

Tight tights
I can say from personal experience that sleeping in compression tights can mean cool/cold from the waist down due to decreased circulation. Hiking in them has been fine but not sleeping. With t...

In GEAR » Baselayer question: How tight is too tight?
June 27, 4:03pm

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