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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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I have the SOL ti and have no wobble issues. Moreover, I contacted Jetboil to discuss the "flimsy" cozy and was told I could have my choice of the SOL Alu or the Zip cozy. I chose the Z...

In GEAR » Canistor Stove Systems
June 14, 8:21am

Take a look at Six Moon Designs Starlite and Traveler as well.

In GEAR » Oxymoronic pack question?
June 09, 6:37am

Kooka Bay and UL Synmat 7
I have both a Kookabay down mat (24"x60" in the 70D and 21.5oz) and an Exped UL7 that I have taken down into the mid 20's with a 1/4" CF 48" pad underneath. I was using thi...

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 vs NeoAir All Season vs Kooka Bay Apex
June 08, 4:27pm

I am glad you like it. I currently have two, (Sawatch and Chiso),and continue to be impressed with the whole quilt concept and Aaron's design and workmanship. Having taken my Chisos with 2oz ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Alsek quilt w/pictures
June 08, 8:49am

Feathered Friends
FF used to do custom jackets and they have e-vent. However, as I recall they may no be able to seam tape it so you would have to do that yourself. It may be a long shot but it's worth checkin...

In GEAR » Anyone know a custom jacket maker?
June 06, 2:05pm

+1 On silk weight
I use Thermasilk top and bottoms along with thin merino socks (cycling) and a silk hood. I removed the elastic waistband and cuffs on the legs and sleeves. Total weight - 8.5oz.

In GEAR » Sleeping clothes
June 04, 10:10am

Mass production vs market potential
I am not sure what can be brought to the table unless a mass produced bivy/small net "tent" can be made for less and still weigh at or around the cottage gear makers. With a constraint o...

In GEAR » Designing a couple of Bivy sacks
June 03, 2:25pm

History Repeats
I hope he is being charged for this. Based on the article he has an apparent history. I am all for challenges but once waved off the helicopter because I was fine and no one asked them to come l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Overdue Hiker Found By Rangers
June 02, 10:24am

Wide Versions
From what I understand, he will be coming out with wide versions for all his bags, slowly rolling them out across each model. I didn't go with the wide version since the regular works so well....

In GEAR » Katabatic Chisos-40 degree quilt...
June 01, 1:48pm

Chisos update....
Update: Four nights with the Chisos (2oz overfill) on a Med Exped UL 7 with a 48"pad underneath (1/4" CCF) on snow, with temps in the mid 20's makes me a believer. When I first la...

In GEAR » Katabatic Chisos-40 degree quilt...
June 01, 11:02am

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