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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: "I'm Your Density."
Yes, Richard's thread is the one that sent me to do more research on insulation factors beyond the typical assumptions. After a fair amount of research it was clear that loft as THE indicator ...

In GEAR » 30F Bag Comparisons--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
March 09, 10:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: 30F Bag Choices--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
I have a Chisos wide with 2oz over fill and it is warm into the low twenties with little extra clothing. I had a Sawatch that at 23.5 oz was warm to zero with a light puffy and thermal tights. Ha...

In GEAR » 30F Bag Comparisons--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
March 09, 6:21pm

Cost of gear changing
I have always been a fan of new gear but this site in particular started me on a gear quest/lust for the past 6 years. I have spent $9,487 on equipment during that time on 26 bags, 5 packs, 9 tent...

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 06, 4:52pm

Down Expense
Quantitative Easing....

In GEAR » Down more expensive?
March 01, 2:12pm

Down vest
I have a Bitteroot that I use for cooler temps with my quilts and a down vest for the warmer seasons. For me warmer still means nights that could get to freezing so I often augment a 40f quilt. ...

In GEAR » lightweight fleece hoodie or really light down parka
February 28, 11:35am

3 pair
One pair dedicated for sleeping and two pair to swap out - one on my feet and one hanging on my pack drying that are often used as hand warmers when it is cold out.

In GEAR » How Many Pairs of Socks Do You Carry?
February 19, 10:31am

Food bags
I put all my breakfast food (packers of instant oatmeal mostly) and spare TP, in a one gallon freezer bag, my dinners loose (freeze dried), and all my other daily calories have been allocated into ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Packing a Food Bag
February 12, 4:29pm

Fire Starting
How many out there typically don't have fires on their trips? I can't remember the last time I had a fire on a backpacking trip...maybe in the mid 1970's. I carry three forms of f...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
February 12, 1:22pm

I have routinely taken a Sawatch down to zero, give or take, with the addition of a hooded puffy and insulated pants atop a downmat UL7. Very warm and comfortable. I have purchased 4 quilts and...

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Sawatch: Extreme temp. limits?
February 10, 8:17am

1st UL piece
My first purchse on the road to UL was an SMD Starlight pack that came in just a tick over 2 lbs. Quite a revelation coming from a Mt Smith Crestone III that was just shy of 8lbs empty. A perfect...

In GEAR » Your first "UL" piece of gear?
February 09, 11:53am

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