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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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Bear Paw
I would recommend contacting John at Bear Paw. If you look under the custom section of his site you will find two examples. One is a true 1/2 inner tent and the other is more like a 3/4 and it is...

In GEAR » Golite Shangri La 3 half inner
March 24, 9:31am

Western Mountaineering too big?
I chose FF over WM based on estimated size/sales of the company. I really have enjoyed products from both but have switched to quilts full time and don't have bags from either. I do have seve...

In GEAR » Whats your top 5 companies?
March 23, 4:26pm

Top 5 "not so big"
In no particular order: Bear Paw Custom work Katabatic Gear Six Moon Designs Mountain Laurel Designs Feathered Friends

In GEAR » Whats your top 5 companies?
March 23, 2:07pm

Another big thumbs up!
John made me a custom inner for my Shangri La 3 which he has photos of on his website under "custom work". It's the mostly solid ripstop with a mesh door. He is great to work with a...

In GEAR » Bear paw
March 23, 8:38am

After WFA
My 1st aid kit shrunk after training as well. The only time I add a fair amount back in is when I am out with young scouts. They seem to find a way to injure themselves no matter what. On my o...

In Philosophy & Technique » For WFA+ trained folks: How has your first-aid kit expanded?
March 22, 11:32am

BD Epic Tents
I have spent many nights in the Highlight, Lighthouse, and Skylight in the Winds, Bighorns, and Uintas. For riding out storms for two in great comfort, the Skylight is a favorite. My only quibble...

In GEAR » Storm worthy 2-3 person tent
March 21, 3:17pm

Only one
I have bought and sold some $300k via the net through various forums, ebay, and audiogon, over the past 10-12 years. I have only been burned once for $2,300. Based on the savings and convenience,...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Fraud?
March 18, 10:45am

Joe, When Texas succeeds, I'll move back - but not to Houston again - I have to have at least some hills. As an added bonus, I will be able to go super ultralite in all that warm weather!

In Chaff » The Wisconsin petri dish
March 17, 9:49am

Stuff and Fold
I stuff bags and fold tarps/tents.

In GEAR » Tarp Stuffing
March 17, 8:42am

OR Sun Runner
I really like the OR sun-runner and use it year round.

In GEAR » best sun hat
March 16, 10:59am

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