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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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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

Optimus 8R
I have an Optimus 8R somewhere. Noce blue all metal clamshell case with brass stove and tank. Great little stove that roared like a jet engine, didn't hold enough full to finish cooking anyth...

In GEAR » @Nick: Please keep the finds coming! Okay, Old Stoves
January 23, 10:22pm

I have an account but spend little time there. Those few people I care about get phone calls, visits and e-mail. This group has made other threats that didn't come to fruition so we will ...

In Chaff » This Should Be Interesting
January 23, 10:07pm

Top 1%
There are no doubt some liberals and conservatives in the top 1% that think they aren't paying enough. Why do they have to wait for new tax code/laws? They can contribute as much as they wou...

In Chaff » How has the change been?
January 21, 12:02pm

One coming
I have one coming this next week that I may be willing to sell. PM me and I will let you know when it arrives, and if you find one sooner that's fine.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Backcountry Boiler
January 21, 11:53am

Loft vs CLO
This has been discussed before and the science covered by Richard in many other threads. Down can be compressed up to 2.5x and still maintain the majority of the added warmth. If inches of loft i...

In GEAR » Difference in warmth of 800 vs 900FP down FOR THE SAME BAG
January 17, 8:36am

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