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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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First Impressions
I just received my 2010 Swift pack and wanted to share my first impressions and comparisons to the 2006 Starlight that I have been using as my only pack. First, by way of aesthetics, I have to a...

In GEAR » SMD new '10 Swift pack is shipping!
May 11, 10:13am

Side pockets
My 2006 Starlight has the same pocket configuration as the 2010 Swift and I don't really use them for much anything as the main compartment holds it all an more. I do keep t.p. and gloves in t...

In GEAR » SMD new '10 Swift pack is shipping!
May 06, 9:53pm

I couldn't resist!!
I too caved, and just placed my order for a Swift. Katabatic better get those quilts out there or I am going to be running low on "mad money"!!!!

In GEAR » SMD new '10 Swift pack is shipping!
May 06, 4:53pm

Total nights in the Hummingbird
Trail nights (and stuffings) are in the 325 to 350 range and I used it as a quilt on my bed in college for another 400 nights or more. I washed it about 5 times, always by hand, and stored it ...

In GEAR » How long did your down bag last?
May 05, 10:44am

The only spare clothing I take is a set of long silk underwear and socks that I sleep in. My trail clothes typically get rinsed out each evening and hung out to dry or more often than not, partial...

In Multiple Use Gear » spare clothes
May 05, 8:23am

FF Humming Bird 35+ years and still going...
I have a FF Hummingbird that I carried on the PCT and half of the CDT that is still going strong. I purchased it in the mid 70's when they were a new company. My son has been using it but, ...

In GEAR » How long did your down bag last?
May 05, 8:17am

Hot Water!
I don't consider it a luxury item but it is the heaviest thing in my pack at 21oz...24" wide down mat. In the past I would say the one luxury item I carried fairly regularly was a 3lb pro...

In GEAR » What is YOUR luxury item
May 05, 8:12am

Only One!
I am down to only one pack now for all overnight to multi week trips. It is an SMD 2006 Starlight. I have been resisting the temptation but have come REALLY close to pulling the trigger on the ne...

In GEAR » Favorite UL Backpack
May 04, 10:22am

More Cottage Industry Reviews
I too must admit that I joined to have access to reviews on less mainstream products that aren't reviewed by other sites or publications. I suspect that much of it has to do with the economics...

In GEAR » BPL reviews etc.
May 01, 7:13pm

Bag Stuffing
I put my quilt/bag in the BA Pumphouse sack that is more than big enough. I prefer an easy stuff into the sack and if I need further compression it happens once the bag (in it's sack) is in to...

In GEAR » Packing your sleeping bag
May 01, 9:00am

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