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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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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

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

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