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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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I prefer the Steripen (Opti) and purchase the Panasonic lithium batteries on Amazon. The last time it was 20 CR123's for $30 with free shipping. Once the Steripen won't light I move the ...

In GEAR » Steripen vs Light Sawyer filter... Which do you prefer?
June 10, 10:45pm

48" Downmat 7
My son has a 48" downmat 7 that he hasn't used for time having replaced it with a Neo air once he grew. I will check with him and see if he is willing to part with it but I am sure he is....

In Gear Swap » WTB: Exped Downmat or UL Downmat short (46")
May 23, 4:10pm

Liner socks
I too was old school with liners and thick wool socks. I now wear double liners and have skipped the heavy/med sock. I tried single smartwool last year and it was the first time in decades th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Liner Socks?
May 18, 4:01pm

I don't know what constitutes "altitude" but I routinely use a piezo igniter above 11,000 feet with few problems. It takes a couple of tries when the canister is nearing the end of i...

In GEAR » Do You Trust a Handheld Piezo Igniter?
May 11, 10:02pm

Katabatic wide
For reference I am 5'9" and 175lbs with a 52" shoulder girth and love the extra width as it means I don't have to use any real straps, just like a blanket at home. I also sleep w...

In GEAR » Quilt similar to Katabatic Gear
May 08, 8:44pm

Re: Katabatic
There really isn't anything out there like the Katabatic quilts in terms of construction, features, and craftsmenship. I have purchased and handled just about everything out there and while so...

In GEAR » Quilt similar to Katabatic Gear
May 08, 8:46am

Boring Diet
I too eat the same thing everyday at home and on the trail. If you are familiar with the Premier Protein bars, I have consumed over 13,000 of these over the years and I don't like them any bett...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)...
May 01, 1:59pm

Winds and weather
This year will mark forty years of going to the Winds. My favorite time of the year is the later part of August through the first part of October and during that time frame I have experienced some...

In GEAR » Tarp in the Wind River Range
April 28, 10:04pm

Re: How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
I was in the same spot as you having recently purchased an Alsek. This is my 2nd quilt from Katabatic that I had the option for the water resistant down and I didn't hesitate to check the 900 ...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
March 16, 10:41am

Re: Great feedback
If you are thinking of overfill and are 5'6", I would recommend going up to the next size. My overfilled Chisos "shrunk" 3 or 4 inches when compared to my non overfilled Alsek a...

In GEAR » 30F Bag Comparisons--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
March 10, 10:25pm

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