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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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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

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

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