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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 went for nearly 5 weeks without a stove on the PCT and didn't miss it a bit. When going solo I rarely take a stove on three season trips. My diet at home is mostly no cook as well, so for ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ditching the stove and my new SUL gear list
February 08, 6:58pm

I too have a 4sevens quark mini123 and love it. About the size of your thumb and nearly 200 lumens. .62oz w/o battery and I made a headband for it that brings total weight to 1.4oz as I recall.

In GEAR » Ultra light flashlights
February 08, 1:43pm

This is what I use and like the fact that they cover all conditions. They go dark faster than they "transition" back, but it hasn't been a problem.

In GEAR » Transition lenses for backpacking?
February 08, 10:17am

I have one being shipped to the Cabela's near me that will be here Monday or Tuesday. I sure hope it's the xtherm as I am not interested in the xlite.

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm - In Stock at Cabelas !!!
February 08, 8:22am

Neoair allseason and xtherm
You may want to check these out. I purchased both and will be testing them the 17 th through the 21st. I have slept one night on the allseason and it was impressive.

In GEAR » Sleeping pad R-Value questions
February 07, 4:46pm

With pad itself, I have been good down to freezing. By adding a 1/4" ccf pad I have been down to the lower 20's but it was a bit cool under me. I was sleeping in silkweight long underwe...

In GEAR » SynMat UL 7 Limbo: How Low Can You Go?
February 07, 8:30am

-27f inside the tent during a ski touring trip in the Boundry Waters Canoe Area. This was at Sawbill Lake Jan 1975. Great trip but my brother and I thought we were going to die and be eaten by wo...

In Winter Hiking » coldest temperature you've experienced?
February 06, 9:52am

I have purchased 3 quilts from Aaron at Katabatic and love them. Impeccable workmanship and design with materials of the highest quality. They are beyond reproach. I have not seen Tim's work...

In GEAR » Quilts: Katabatic vs Enlightened
February 05, 2:44pm

Still Wating
I am in the same boat .....kind of takes the fun out of it.

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler Mk II available!
February 03, 8:04am

Boulder Lake
I was there just through there this past fall. Lots of burned out forest the first day but fine after that. I will put together something more indepth when I am at my keyboard and not typing with...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range-Boulder Lake TH
January 28, 2:59pm

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