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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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Winter pad
I use a down filled air mattress year round, but on snow I include a full length CF foam pad just in case I spring a leak - but haven't yet. The CF pad also serves double duty sitting in camp,...

In Winter Hiking » Sleeping Pad?
April 09, 12:55pm

The Houdini Large is much larger than the Large Montbell. Where the Montbell was tight over a long sleeve thermal, the Houdini can fit over my FF Hyperion vest or my down filled SD Gnar hoody. In ...

In Gear Deals » Patigonia Houdini at Shoebuy today only $ 81.25
April 09, 12:26pm

I hadn't thought about the higher impact force of a water droplet against the pole. I may be mistaken in thinking that it was condensation collecting on the pole due to higher thermal mass.

In Make Your Own Gear » XX Tarp Tent - A Work in Progress
April 09, 12:12pm

Polycro, Silnylon, and Slopes
I have purposely set up in a lower spot to avoid the combination of silnylon on polycro and a slope. With a thick mattress I have gambled that any water that may collect between the groundcloth an...

In GEAR » GG Polycryo ground cloth
April 08, 2:50pm

Lumbar Packing
I have gone for 3 days and 2 nights with my Mt Smith lumbar pack. I don't recall the model but it is the largest and only really works if I use the shoulder strap with it to keep it from bounc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lumbar pack
April 08, 1:09pm

That sounds great! I am 5'9" 170lbs and wear a 41-42 jacket and have "monkey arms" and wanted enough room to cover a mid fleece layer. Any comments on the Gecko Green?

In Gear Deals » Patigonia Houdini at Shoebuy today only $ 81.25
April 08, 1:01pm

Mine was just delivered in Large and I will update sizing once I get home. I have an XL MontBell (Japan sizing) windshirt that was a bit snug across the chest and armholes and was hoping for a bit...

In Gear Deals » Patigonia Houdini at Shoebuy today only $ 81.25
April 08, 12:28pm

I've camped there before and it's great. As a general rule, I try to limit my time in the Cirque as beautiful as it is, because of the people and rangers. In all my time in the Winds I ha...

In Fishing » Wind River Range in July
April 08, 11:40am

Carbon Pole
I have been looking at the same two poles for my SL3. The Seek Outside pole is 0.85" outside diameter and should be plenty stiff but the 24" section length is a bit off-putting. The TiG...

In GEAR » carbon fiber section pole for Pyramid
April 07, 4:33pm

Liner vs Long underwear
I moved to long silk underwear, socks, and beenie to keep the bag clean and use them only for sleeping/camp. They do little to stop drafts and add little warmth, but I couldn't stand the liner...

In GEAR » Thermals or silk liner ?
April 07, 2:53pm

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