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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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Left Shelter
I don't like leaving a shelter unless it is ready for any anticipated weather. An unsupported shelter doesn't fare well in wind and precipitation and anything left inside is equally compro...

In Philosophy & Technique » Leaving collapsed tarps or tents in the rain
April 11, 11:16am

Pack - pillow or footpad
I use my pack as part of my sleeping pad, either under my head or under my feet, depending on the slope of my site. Depending on how much stuff is in your pack at night, this may or may not work. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » where to put the pack at night?
April 10, 1:35pm

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

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