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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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Chad, I will take care of the paypal later this afternoon. Thanks again, John

In Gear Swap » FS Brawny Gear Sil Rainjacket, Minus 33 Top
June 05, 2:15pm

Rain jacket
I'll take the rain jacket. Slow thumbs... Next in line please. Thnks

In Gear Swap » FS Brawny Gear Sil Rainjacket, Minus 33 Top
June 05, 10:01am

Sleep aids
I sometimes use a product called "Midnite" to help me stay asleep. I can fall asleep so fast I often don't remember the process, but I tend to wake up and have hard time going back ...

In GEAR » Take any meds to fall asleep after a medium size hiking day?
May 22, 2:09pm

Syn UL7 vs Down UL7
I have both and experienced feeling a bit cool on the syn mat. I found myself augmenting the mat with a 1/4" ccf pad on most trips and ultimately added the UL downmat. Down to about free...

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 felt "cool" under hips at 5-8 deg C
May 21, 2:52pm

Hood vs hoodless
I have a Sawatch and a Chisos along with the lighter Katabatic hood. I also have a hooded Golite Bitteroot as well as a FF Hyperion vest. I much prefer the hood attached to my jacket when worn ...

In GEAR » Hooded down jacket or separate hood?
May 20, 2:06pm

CCF sit pad
I cut my sit/kneel/stand pad from a larger pad and use it all the time. It is some 12"x18" or so and is the last thing placed in my pack on top of everything else. I too would avoid any...

In GEAR » Sit Pad options?
May 16, 2:58pm

JMT ?'s
+1 and checkmate!

In GEAR » Which Pencil for the JMT?
May 15, 4:48pm

Food weight
16 oz is what I take and about 2k calories per day. For a 14 day JMT I would be getting hungry about day 7 or 8 and mileage may start to suffer a bit. I went two weeks on the PCT eating nothin...

In Gear Lists » Everyone needs their own JMT 2012 gear list
April 22, 12:54pm

I tried the All Season, syn UL7, X therm, and down UL7. After at least a week on each, the down UL7 gets carried year-round. The combination of warmth, comfort, and ease of inflation won me over.

In GEAR » Sleeping pad: Exped SynMat UL 7 or BA Q-Core SL or...?
April 11, 10:40am

Just noticed your time frame. Definately my favorite time there, mostly warm days and cool nights with clear skies and few or no bugs. Having said that, I have experienced nightime lows in sing...

April 04, 10:29am

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