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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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Coldest Night
Mine was -27f inside the tent at floor level. About 35 miles north of Sawbill Lake Boundry Waters Canoe Area February 1974. It was on a week long ski trip and the only time I have had to zip bag...

In Winter Hiking » Your coldest night camping?
February 06, 4:17pm

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In Gear Swap » WTB: Golite SL3
February 03, 11:22am

Cottage quilts
I have had nothing but good experiences with Aaron at Katabatic having purchased 5 quilts and a hood. While Katabatic quilts certainly aren't low cost, the "value" proposition is the...

In GEAR » Looking To Get a Quality Down Quilt at a Good Value
January 29, 4:02pm

Exped ul7 down mat
REI shows the small exped downmat UL7 on sale for $149.95 - out of stock but can be back ordered.

In GEAR » Sleeping pads
January 28, 8:39pm

Pads
I am a quilt and inflatable pad user and carry a frameless pack. I tend to move from back to side to stomach and repeat all night. I have purchased and used just about every pad out there and he...

In GEAR » Sleeping pads
January 28, 1:36pm

Passes
They each pose different challenges and will be unique based on snowpack and weather. I would rate them about the same in terms of overall difficulty but you could pick a different line and have a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Illinois Pass in the Winds
January 23, 4:48pm

DWR Down
I am going to take a wait and see approach. Having just layed down five bills for another new quilt, I didn't even hesitate checking the 900 fill non treated down box.

In GEAR » Water Repellent Down, One Year In
January 16, 4:47pm

I've got one
I have a custom inner. Will PM the details.

In Gear Swap » Wanted: Golite Sl3 Custon inner
January 11, 2:41pm

FS NWT Golite Z-30 Regular Size Quilt
I currently have one, and perhaps two brand new Golite Z30 regular length quilts available. When the online stock dropped to 8 units I couldn’t take it anymore and ordered 4, one for me, one for...

In Gear Swap » FS NWT Golite Z-30 Regular Size Quilt
January 02, 10:45am

Costco poles
I have used them and experienced no problems with the twist lock or flicklock. The metal tips have worn very quickly and most likely wouldn't last more than a few weeks on granite. My Leki po...

In GEAR » Cheap Carbon Fiber Poles From Costco.
January 02, 8:52am

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