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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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Down Items
Western Mountaineering won't add 2oz to a Summerlite. I tried a couple of years ago but to no avail. I have since moved to quilts, first a Golite Ultra 20 and now a Katabatic Sawatch but you ...

In GEAR » New Down Gear
October 01, 10:59am

Early 70's
My first "real" bag was a Feathered Friends bag (Hummingbird if I remember correctly or at least the equivalent bag) purchased from the then new company in 1973. I paid $60 but at the ti...

In Chaff » Cost of gear "then" and now
September 18, 10:09pm

Antelope MF +1
I have owned the FF Snowbunting and the WM Versalite and both will be a little cool to cold when approaching 0. The Antelope, and Versalite, have a cut that is a little roomier in the torso for la...

In GEAR » new winter sleeping bag
September 13, 8:31am

Thanks!
Thanks for the heads up. I got a quilt for a friend.

In Gear Deals » GoLite Outerwear | Apparel | Gear
September 10, 8:44am

Cold Spots
I haven't noticed any cold spots due to down shifting. I think that even if you can't actually feel down in the chamber it doesn't mean there isn't some there keeping convection cu...

In GEAR » Kooka Bay pads - long-term reviews
September 09, 2:09pm

Longer term experience
I have been using my Kookabay downmat (24"x60"x3.5 w/6 oz of down 21.5oz total weight with the 70d material) for some 35 nights or so now and no problems at all. I wish it would deflate ...

In GEAR » Kooka Bay pads - long-term reviews
September 09, 11:37am

Picked some more! Thanks!
I took adavantage of the "deal" a couple months ago as I recall and picked up a couple of vests. Just ordered another vest and two jackets as well. Now the whole family will match. Tha...

In Gear Deals » Downlight Sweater Now $41.99 with lots of sizes!
September 02, 10:04am

Lightweight Mindset
Based on all the chatter on the net at various sites, it would seem that lightweight backpacking has caught on. In spite of this however, I see very little evidence of lightweight backpacking out...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Has lightweight packing really caught on?
August 25, 10:10am

PM'd
Sent you an email. Thanks,John.

In Gear Swap » FS: Nunatak Arc Specialist Epic
August 18, 9:56am

Calories and Weight
I have fined tuned my food intake on the trail at 2,200 cals per day (18oz food) up to 10 days with no resupply. It takes me about 3-4 days to get my appetite back and by day 8-10 I spend more tim...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » how many calories per pound per day do you eat?
August 05, 2:16pm

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