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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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WM 25% discount
Huzefa, I sent you an email.

In Gear Deals » DISCOUNT on Western Mountaineering
April 17, 8:12am

One for all
I just made the switch to an SL3 with two different inner tents for year round use. I really like being able to setup and take down out of bad weather by pitching the outer first. Tons of room an...

In GEAR » A tent for all year round
April 17, 7:42am

I too, pack clean clothes and jugs of water in the trunk to clean up with, followed by a swim if there is a lake or river and the weather cooperates. Then it's off to find a local place for a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post-hike rituals
April 15, 1:20pm

Sol ti
Will do. I was playing with it last night but didn't get out my scale. It has a more "delicate" feel to it but should prove to be more than durable enough. I will be replacing the ...

In Gear Deals » Jetboil Sol Ti for $102 shipped
April 15, 10:30am

Sol ti Price
The best "all in" price I found was campsaver with the 20% off coupon. No shipping and tax put it just under $120. I did find it for $114.95 but shipping was another 12.95. I came in...

In Gear Deals » Jetboil Sol Ti for $102 shipped
April 15, 9:47am

Going frameless
I too had this same thought process as I have whittled my weight down. Until last year I just couldn't take the leap to frame-less and was perfectly content carrying my SMD Starlight with the ...

In GEAR » Re-thinking the Big 3....
April 14, 2:32pm

Colorado River Water
Your scenario is similar to what I used there as well. We were rafting from just below lake Powell to Lake Mead and used a plastic bucket for the the water to settle, but the rest was the same. F...

In Philosophy & Technique » My plan for drinking the Colorado River- suggestions?
April 13, 9:44am

As I understand it, this mini traveler is good for 3,000 cycles vs the 8,000 for the Opti. I saw this as well but purchased the new opti for $70 with discounts.

In Gear Deals » Steripen Traveller at STP $40-50
April 12, 12:01pm

I agree, fast, reasonable, and great customer service on custom options.

In GEAR » BearPaw, John and PyraTent
April 12, 11:54am

Placed an order
After sending several e-mails over the years asking JetBoil to make a much lighter version and I would buy it, I finally decided to put my money where my mouth is placed an order with campsaver and...

In GEAR » Titanium JetBoil - The Sol Ti
April 12, 11:00am

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