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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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Costco poles
I have used them and experienced no problems with the twist lock or flicklock. The metal tips have worn very quickly and most likely wouldn't last more than a few weeks on granite. My Leki po...

In GEAR » Cheap Carbon Fiber Poles From Costco.
January 02, 8:52am

I carry an SMD Swift at 18oz. With a base weight of 10lbs I can go 12 days without resupply comfortably. That puts me at 28lbs to start with pack weight dropping about 1.5lbs per day. For me it ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Longest ultraight BP w/o replenishing?
December 18, 1:46pm

Early UL
Tube tents were pretty bad between condensation and no way to keep the bugs out. I am embarrassed to say I still had many nights in one. It wasn't until it received a fatal blow from a fallin...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Ray Jardine's "Trail Life" book
December 17, 9:59pm

Early UL
If "back in the day" was 1982 I am really old......I am suprised no one has rediscovered the plastic tube tent. Cheap, light, truly waterproof, and easy to use. Perhaps one made from cu...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Ray Jardine's "Trail Life" book
December 17, 4:07pm

Warm and light
I have a Bitterroot and a Roan. The Roan is my everyday winter coat and is a bit warmer than the Bitterroot. I also have a FF Frontpoint that is very warm but heavy and bulky. If you are looking...

In GEAR » Insulation for changing metabolisms
December 13, 9:17am

Layering for sleep
I routinely take a 40f quilt (Katabatic Chisos wide) with 2z overfill down into the low 20's. On my legs are a light base layer and wind/rain pants. On my feet MYOG fleece booties and socks w...

In GEAR » Sleeping on a cold night. How would you configure..
December 09, 10:03am

Route Finding
I tend to agree. The high places should be reserved for those that have honed their skills and can find their own way. Part of the draw is the adventure and this often lures less prepared hikers...

In Post-Trip Reports » A Complete Guide to the Wind River High Route - mile for mile, the finest non-technical Alpine route in North America
November 21, 10:11pm

FF Booties
I have had pair of the FF booties for 15 or 20 years and have really enjoyed them when winter camping. Don't know how much they have changed over the years but they have a fairly substantial ...

In GEAR » Down booties
November 20, 6:32pm

I have a large Roan and it is a tick over 16oz as well. My Golite Bitteroot in large is dead even at 14oz. Both are great values when purchased on sale. I picked up both between Thanksgiving and...

In GEAR » Compare and contrast two down pieces
November 19, 6:35pm

I have a xs small Gregory womens pack that is either the Jade or the Iris as I recall. Full suspension and a bit over 2lbs. My son used this for one trip as a small scout before outgrowing it. G...

In Gear Swap » WTB 30ish liter for Small Woman
November 19, 4:25pm

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