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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.
CitySalt Lake City
StateUtah
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Katabatic
I am a side sleeper as well and have a Sawatch that has worked very well. My shoulder width is about 21" and I have yet to use the pad straps. I am sleeping on a 24" wide pad which has ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Chisos-40 degree quilt...
May 11, 8:29am

Summerlite Underfill
I had the same problem unless I laid flat on my back and didn't move. In my opinion, the Summerlite could use another oz or two of down. I tried several times to get Western Mountaineering to...

In GEAR » WM Summelrite Sleeping cold patches
May 11, 8:15am

Bear
They omitted the part about sleeping in clothes worn while cooking, food in the tent, and a food covered camper. The bear was known to be in the area and had been a problem the previous day, but t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Judge awards $1.9 million to family of boy killed by bear
May 07, 7:13am

Down mat
I was using either a short or regular length 20" wide exped DM7 year round with great success, but recently moved to a wider pad at 24". This made all the difference for me, particularly...

In GEAR » I don't sleep well when camping...
May 04, 1:45pm

Katabatic Wide Quilts
Looks like the first of the Katabatic Wide quilts are available. Alsek currently with others shortly. The could make a great over quilt as well as being extra comfy.

In GEAR » Katabatic Wide Quilts
April 30, 7:49am

Very Nice Pack at a nice price
Bump for a nice pack!

In Gear Swap » New! New! New! Six Moons Designs Swift 10 pack size Medium!
April 30, 7:02am

WM Bag Weights
I had a Versalite Reg and it was 2oz over the stated weight. Both Highlite's were 16.1oz, both Megalites where within 0.2oz of the published weight of 24oz, and my Summerlite was 1.1oz over th...

In GEAR » Confirmed Weight of the WM HighLite 6'0"
April 30, 6:49am

Drafts
I have a Sawatch and just got a Palisade in the mail yesterday. I don't use the cords attached to the pad and haven't had any draft issues. I do use some light bungee cord in the tabs whi...

In GEAR » 15 degree bag for 3-three season in the PNW?
April 29, 12:41pm

HG Summer Burrow
I had not seen the HG Summer Burrow. Wow, a fully baffled summer quilt for $200. Very nice if the 48" width will work for you.

In GEAR » new PHD Designs quilt
April 28, 10:03am

Gram Weenies
We used to be known in the Roadie world as "gram weenies", and this sick ailment has taken a greater hold on me with backpacking equipment. The only positive thing is that generally back...

In GEAR » This would be great if we had it for backpacking gear
April 27, 11:12am

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