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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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FS Marmot Driclime Jacket
This is a Black mens Large Driclime Jacket that has a stow away hood that has been worn a couple of times around town and looks new. $150 new and I am asking $50 and will included shipping at this...

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot Driclime Jacket
April 27, 10:51am

FS Feathered Friends Jackorack****SOLD****
I have a new Feathered Friends Jackorack EPIC (by Nextec) shell in a mens large and blue in color. I picked this up 4 or 5 years ago but have not used it due to having so many other shells. These...

In Gear Swap » FS Feathered Friends Jackorack
April 27, 10:48am

Terra Nova Bivy Tarp Tent FS
I have a brand new Terra Nova Bivy Tarp for sale that includes the tarp, net inner tent with floor, guylines, front and rear poles, and 10 titanium skewers. $110 shipped to the lower 48.

In Gear Swap » Terra Nova Bivy Tarp Tent FS
April 27, 9:44am

All items have sold.

In Gear Swap » New Shangrila 3, Nest, and Floor
April 26, 9:16am

Shangri-La still available
The Shangri-La is still available but the nest and floor have sold.

In Gear Swap » New Shangrila 3, Nest, and Floor
April 25, 7:48am

Bender, thanks for the heads up. I get Sierra Trading Post's emails but most of the time there isn't anything that interests me. I picked up one of these for my son (about 55" tall) ...

In Gear Deals » Women's GoLite Adrenaline 40°F Down Sleeping Bag - $121.87 shipped
April 22, 4:19pm

Quilt width
based on the site's info, the 61" girth is with each edge of the quilt in 4" from the side of a standard width 20" pad making the pad's contribution 12". If you subtrac...

In Gear Deals » New Company Manufacturing Down Quilts, Down Balaclavas and Ultralight Biyvs
April 22, 8:54am

WM Caribou
A Long Caribou from Western Mountaineering at 20% off would fit all your criteria and is a sweet bag.

In GEAR » Looking for summer bag
April 13, 12:09pm

Getting rid of the mint
You might try putting in say a 1/4 cup of baking soda and then filling with water and shaking it up. I would let it sit that way for a couple of days and then rinse it out and see if the mint tast...

In GEAR » Annoying Dr Bronners Platypus Residue
April 13, 8:42am

Thanks for the info Ben. I have found over the years that if I release the valve to let out the air when it's time to get up, I have a hard time laying there for long on the cold hard ground. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 11.4 oz 78x20x2.5" Sleeping pad :)
April 09, 1:08pm

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