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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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Exped UL7
I only have a couple of nights on it in low 40's but it is a keeper. It feels warmer than R-3.1 to me. With a closed cell pad underneath it could be a nice combo for winter as well. I will h...

In GEAR » Anybody own the New Exped Synmat UL7?
May 23, 9:14am

I have a Sawatch and am looking at adding a Chisos with a 2oz overfill. After speaking with Aaron a number of times, I feel confident that this would work down into the twenties for me. I spent s...

In GEAR » What quilt ?
May 22, 4:59pm

H31 +1
I have the H31 and am a Steripen user. The clincher for me is the fact that when the CR123s won't light my Steripen, the voltage regulation in the H31 takes that "dead" battery and g...

In GEAR » Which Zebralight ?
May 20, 8:22am

Swift with air pad
I am using a SMD Swift with an air mattress. I also have a lengthy review up on the Sixmoons site about how it works for me. I have a down mat I have been using and an Exped UL7 that I plan on u...

In GEAR » Air pads with UL packs?
May 20, 8:20am

Daily Dip
I wash everyday, weather permitting, and it has to be some really nasty cold weather to keep me from jumping in. I have broken the ice on a couple of occasions to get in but conditions have to be ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
May 18, 2:05pm

Thanks for the info!
I ordered 2 pair for a total of $28.00

In Gear Deals » 3 oz neoprene camp/kayak/rafting shoes (group purchase to mitigate shipping?)
May 16, 12:06pm

I'm in!
Thanks for the link. I am in and glad to see such an innovative product being funded in an innovative way.

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler Mk II available!
May 13, 8:15am

Two Bags
Depending on the coldest temps you expect to encounter, I think the Chisos and either a wide Alsek or Sawatch. As an option, if you got either the Alsek or Sawatch in wide, assuming the reg width ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Chisos-40 degree quilt...
May 12, 8:31am

As a side note the Megalite can be had with a 2 oz overfilled. Hermit hut has these in stock.

In GEAR » WM Summelrite Sleeping cold patches
May 11, 2:18pm

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

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