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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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Carbon Pole
I have been looking at the same two poles for my SL3. The Seek Outside pole is 0.85" outside diameter and should be plenty stiff but the 24" section length is a bit off-putting. The TiG...

In GEAR » carbon fiber section pole for Pyramid
April 07, 4:33pm

Liner vs Long underwear
I moved to long silk underwear, socks, and beenie to keep the bag clean and use them only for sleeping/camp. They do little to stop drafts and add little warmth, but I couldn't stand the liner...

In GEAR » Thermals or silk liner ?
April 07, 2:53pm

Let us know what you think of the new quilt.

In GEAR » Which Quilt?
April 07, 8:36am

Med Wildthings Pants
I have a pair of Med and would say that they will fit up to a 34" measured waist and nearly the same in inseam. The rearend room is a bit slim but fine. Mine only weigh 5.5oz w/o tags. I ...

In Gear Swap » Wild Things Epic Pant-Olive-Medium-NWT
April 07, 8:31am

Bag Shell
Having owned a number of bags with "waterproof breathable" shells over the years, I am a big fan of the most breathable bag fabric possible and using a bivy if you need more protection. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag for tarp
April 07, 8:20am

Cady Size
I picked up a medium last week and it's a bit small in the armhole/shoulders/chest for me. For reference I am 5' 9" 170lbs 41 chest 30 waist. I am usually on the border of a med or l...

In Gear Deals » GoLite Cady synthetic insulated jacket $60
April 06, 8:22pm

Yup, I go handle(s) up as I have had critters chew up my foam and cork grips. I haven't had problems with the pole sinking into the ground.

In GEAR » Could someone please explain to me ...
April 06, 1:45pm

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In Gear Deals » 25% off everything @ Moosejaw
April 06, 12:07pm

Chest Pack
Check this site out. I have one and it works pretty well. I use it for downhill skiing under my jacket as I had the fanny pack often catching on the lift and got tired of hearing, "hey dude,...

In Make Your Own Gear » Load bearing vest/ chest rig?
April 05, 9:30pm

Alone and content
When hiking alone, I too enjoyed singing out loud, making up lyrics to favorite tunes. Not only did it help pass the time, I found that it kept me from hiking too fast. I also enjoyed just standi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself?
April 05, 8:32pm

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