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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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I echo others comments on cantilever or v brakes. Simple, effective, and light.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Building bike for touring and commuting: road, cantilever or disc brakes?
November 21, 8:35am

+1 on getting away
I have taken an mp3 player a couple ot times but didn't really use it much. Unless it's a solo winter trip with lots of tent time, I am fine with the solitude. I had nearly five weeks...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ended trip early
November 18, 11:19am

Site down
Looks like the site is down...perhaps they are fixing this?

In Gear Deals » Moosejaw
November 17, 8:32am

More warmth
Since this last spring I have been using a 16 oz quilt down into the mid 20's with great success. This has been combined with a ul7 synmat and the items that I normally carry with me. I sl...

In Philosophy & Technique » Extending sleeping bag ratings
November 16, 1:01pm

Long nights and short days
I used to worry about boredom winter camping but find as I have gotten older camp chores typically take up more than enough of my time. I also enjoy the long bag time and a good book or music. ...

In Winter Hiking » How do you make winter backpacking more enjoyable?
November 15, 2:34pm

Top or bottom
I have been using a syn ul7 with a Gossamer Gear 1/4" pad under or on top. I didn't really notice a great deal of difference in warmth. I much preferred it on the bottom since it greatly...

In Philosophy & Technique » Boosting thermal insulation of airmats with a CCF; is position important? Why?
November 11, 11:56am

You may want to check out the Yamaha WR250x/r. I am getting 65 to 80 Mpg at 65 to 70 mph. The farthest I have been is a 2,000 mile round trip to Seattle but many have ridden to Patagonia and back...

In Chaff » Honda Ruckus
November 08, 11:49am

Windshirt and poncho
Houdini and poncho for me.

In GEAR » Windshirt + Rain Jacket or Single Shell?
October 30, 7:31pm

Left at home
I haven't used my first aid kit for anything other than to help someone else. I think it is a combination of luck, preparation, experience, and skill. As a result it is pretty minimal and uno...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Gear left at home
October 03, 2:01pm

I always tell my wife before a trip that if they put a heli in the air, make sure they understand that it's on their dime as I will most likely wave them off. It's the Welchman in me.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Teton climber receives disorderly conduct fine
September 30, 4:10pm

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