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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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Memories vs Pictures
I hiked the PCT in 1983 with gear from the 70's so all my equipment narrative would be pretty much irrelavent. Having said that, I wish I had taken a camera for the whole trip. I started with...

In GEAR » PCT Gear Faves/Disasters
December 05, 8:08am

My shoulders are 20" wide and I have no problems as a tossing and turning side sleeper. I have the Sawatch and don't use the pad attachment system. I use elastic bungie cords when the te...

In GEAR » Katabatic Palisade or Arc Specialist?
December 01, 4:46pm

Quilt Option
I have spent time in every bag you are considering and liked the WM Ultralite the best. I used the Hummingbird on my CDT hike in 1983 and it is a fine bag, Just a little more slim than the ultralit...

In GEAR » Best 15-20 Degree bag for the Weight? WM UltraLite? Hummingbird? Others?
October 13, 10:43am

+1 on Quilt
I too gave up on what was available as a "childs" bag and went with a small bag for my son. Initially I purchased a Golite Adrenaline(2009)in a womens short but he wasn't going to ha...

In GEAR » Kids sleeping bag
October 10, 7:20am

I would have to say my weakness is anything "new and improved." As was stated earlier, I have the "buy, sell, buy, sell, buy" problem as well. It seems to be as much of a hobby...

In GEAR » What's Your Weakness?
October 08, 5:56am

Down Items
Western Mountaineering won't add 2oz to a Summerlite. I tried a couple of years ago but to no avail. I have since moved to quilts, first a Golite Ultra 20 and now a Katabatic Sawatch but you ...

In GEAR » New Down Gear
October 01, 10:59am

Early 70's
My first "real" bag was a Feathered Friends bag (Hummingbird if I remember correctly or at least the equivalent bag) purchased from the then new company in 1973. I paid $60 but at the ti...

In Chaff » Cost of gear "then" and now
September 18, 10:09pm

Antelope MF +1
I have owned the FF Snowbunting and the WM Versalite and both will be a little cool to cold when approaching 0. The Antelope, and Versalite, have a cut that is a little roomier in the torso for la...

In GEAR » new winter sleeping bag
September 13, 8:31am

Thanks for the heads up. I got a quilt for a friend.

In Gear Deals » GoLite Outerwear | Apparel | Gear
September 10, 8:44am

Cold Spots
I haven't noticed any cold spots due to down shifting. I think that even if you can't actually feel down in the chamber it doesn't mean there isn't some there keeping convection cu...

In GEAR » Kooka Bay pads - long-term reviews
September 09, 2:09pm

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