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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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WPB bay shells
I have owned a number of bags with Gore-tex, Gore Dryloft, EPIC, eVENT, Endurance, and other in house versions. The bags were from FF, WM, TNF, SD, Marmot, and Moonstone. Except for a very cold...

In GEAR » Waterproof/Breathable Sleeping Bags
January 12, 10:46am

Neo Air Length
I would be another that would like a 70-72" pad in a wide width. I have a 60"x24" DAM from Bender and just swapped out my Exped UL 7 for a NeoAir All Season, but I find a wider pad ...

In GEAR » Neoair XLite and Z Lite Sol Now Available
January 09, 8:10am

All Season
Appearantly REI decided to carry the All Season as I purchased one at Christmas and they had a dozen or more in stock.

In GEAR » Thermarest NeoAir XTherm..R5.7..15oz?
January 08, 8:20pm

Only One
I have been going through this process this past year and have slowing been whittling down my gear to one of everything. If I didn’t go out in winter I would be there, but I really enjoy the few...

In Gear Lists » One item per type gear list
January 05, 9:43am

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

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