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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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Impressions after use
Having spent 4 nights using my Katabatic Sawatch I can say it is definitely a keeper. Although the lowest night time temp was only 27 degrees, I am confident that when combined with the down hood ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Sawatch
June 07, 12:21pm

Kookabay DAM
I have a 24" x 60" rectangle in the standard 70d material and 6 oz down. Total weight is 21.5oz

In GEAR » Neoair vs. Kookabay
June 07, 9:08am

Katabatic Sawatch
Just wanted to post my initial review of the Katabatic Sawatch that I received yesterday. For those that like to turn to the last page and see the lower right hand corner of any financial report (...

In GEAR » Katabatic Sawatch
June 03, 11:24am

2009 Golite Ultra 20 new with tags
I have a new regular length ultra 20 that weighs 18.5oz without the straps and 19.1 with them. At 6'1" you may want others to chime in and verify that a regular works at 1" over. ...

In Gear Swap » WTB 30* light weight down quilt
June 03, 8:24am

UPS to deliver 6/2
It looks like my delivery was changed by UPS for tomorrow - bummer. I will have this in time for a trip (leaving on Thursday), which was a big plus as I wasn't expecting shipping until the 11t...

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear?
June 01, 2:40pm

New quilt
I have a quilt coming tomorrow - a Sawatch and will update with my first impressions.

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear?
May 31, 7:17pm

Nice work! I have been kicking this idea around myself but lack the tools to make it look OEM. Please let us know how it works outdoors with a little wind. Adding a windscreen would reduce the a...

In GEAR » Holy stove efficiency batman!!! Soto/Jetboil
May 27, 1:04pm

Food for 4 to 5 days
I find that for trips under 6 to 7 days, I don't really need that many calories. I carry about 17-18oz per day up to the 6-7 days and then add a bit after that but no more than another 4oz per...

In GEAR » 4-5 days worth of food
May 26, 9:27am

Cracking Down
Boy it sounds like things have really changed over the years. We used to roam those mountains at will, never really thought of it as stealth camping, we just wanted as much solitude as possible. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Santa Cruz
May 25, 1:49pm

Westmont Class of 79
Ken, yes I attended Westmont. What year(s) were you there? I didn't have any established campsites and just cowboy camped where ever I liked for the most part. We seemed to just follow cre...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Santa Cruz
May 25, 1:32pm

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