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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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I initially had my sun glasses with the variable reading but didn't like the blurry peripheral vision. With my helmet on, bike, motorcycle, or ski, they rode up and I was looking through the r...

In GEAR » Rx Sunglasses
April 02, 11:15am

RX sunglasses
After years of transition lenses I recently got dedicated polarized sunglasses and couldn't be happier. My rx isn't that bad so I can get away with just one pair but I like stargazing whil...

In GEAR » Rx Sunglasses
April 02, 10:44am

I used an optimus 8r for a decade, MSR Whisperlite for two decades, alky for 2 years and then moved to cannisters - currently a Jet Boil Sol ti. Convenience and speed sealed the deal for me. Most...

In GEAR » Starting to doubt using my alcohol stove for cannister
March 25, 1:18pm

Sleep wear
I do as well. Silk weight long top and bottom 7.6oz for the pair, put on after a quick dip and my trail clothes are rinsed out nightly. This often makes for a chilly morning but it does motivate ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
March 25, 1:00pm

Down ul vs syn ul
I have both but if I could only own one it would be the downmat ul. Super warm in the winter and no problem in the summer. I am a little cool below freezing on the syn and it just isn't enoug...

In GEAR » down vs synmats
March 22, 8:45pm

Golite Z-30 quilt
Just picked one up from the local store as curiosity got the best of me. First impressions are favorable but unless I can "fluff" it up a bit there may be some cold spots. I was dissapp...

In GEAR » Z-30 Quilts Up at Golite
March 22, 1:37pm

Quilt quiver
I have been fine with a 15f quilt and a 40f quilt. The 15f quilt is fine for me down to 0f and the 40f quilt is good to the mid twenties by augmenting either with what I normally carry. I don&#...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Complete range of sleep setup, aka the quilt quiver
March 02, 1:50pm

Katabatic +2
I have owned many FF, WM, one Nunatak and 4 Katabatic bags, and would rate all very high in terms of workmanship with an almost tie between FF and Katabatic. Overall I'd give the nod to Ka...

In GEAR » Nunatak craftsmanship compared to other bag makers?
January 02, 9:43am

Golite quilt sold
Quilt sold

In Gear Swap » Gear Closet Cleaning...all but one new with tags
December 18, 9:48am

Kookabay sold
It just last night. Thanks for your inquiry.

In Gear Swap » Gear Closet Cleaning...all but one new with tags
December 18, 6:02am

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