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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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Another cyclist
It has been a while since I toured self supported but was CAT 2 through the eighties with a brief run at MTB racing. My longest tour was U.S. 1 from Port Angeles Wa. To San Diego Ca. I have alway...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So how many bicyclist read this forum?
January 03, 8:47am

Count me in!!
It may be a bit too easy to make no purchases in 2012 seeing how I have been going a bit crazy the past few years. I keep a close accounting of what has been purchased, and since my quest to ligh...

In Philosophy & Technique » No New Gear 2012
January 02, 7:03pm

PM'd on #1 and or #8

In Gear Swap » 2012 PIF
January 01, 1:04pm

Re: Chaff Taxonomy
Rich or Poor…. Some where in between and again relative to whom? I make nearly twice as much as the state average but wouldn’t say that makes me rich. Dem or Rep…. Neither, but if I had t...

In Chaff » Chaff Taxonomy
December 29, 3:01pm

B.S. aka Big Sky
I find it amazing that this company is still in business and even more amazing that people are still trying to buy from them.

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Evolution 2P Tent Review
December 29, 11:46am

2011 Picks
In no particular order; Katabatic Chisos with 2oz overfill - A bit over 16oz and warm to below freezing. Beautifully hand crafted in the USA. In 2010 it was my Katabatic Sawatch and I just rec...

In GEAR » 2011 Backpacking Light Reader Picks
December 28, 8:17pm

WM sizing
Having owned all three bags, I would go with the Versalite as it is a bit roomier allowing for layering better and more comfort on long winter nights. Length wise I would stick with the 6' ...

In GEAR » WM Sizing
December 27, 11:59am

Glad to see some are showing up. I am still waiting but won't be looking to use it until next summer.

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler
December 22, 6:38pm

Winter weight and temps
I think it migt be good to list weights and typical temps. My non winter temps sound like winter temps for some. For non winter I prepare for lows in the 20's with my 8-10lb base and wint...

In Winter Hiking » What is your winter weight?
December 13, 9:27pm

Winter Weight
My first response is that my winter/holiday weight is about ten lbs more than in the summer. After reading the post I see you are asking about my pack weight. Base weight for the other three seas...

In Winter Hiking » What is your winter weight?
December 13, 9:37am

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