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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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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

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

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