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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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Kookabay pillow
I would email Bender (Ben) at Kookabay and have him make you a thick pillow to go with the pad. He does custom work but you will have to email him to discuss your needs.

In GEAR » Need help with a sleeping pad!
May 23, 8:34am

Take your time and be patient
I haven't had open heart surgery but I was in a car accident and broke my back in 1991. At the time I was a CAT 2 cyclist and a VERY active backpacker and skier. 5 months laying on my back wa...

In Chaff » Anybody else on here ever have heart surgery ?
May 20, 9:22am

Pre Ordering now available for Katabatic quilts
I just placed my order for the Sawatch quilt in regular length. Shipping should be by June 11th. I deliberated over the two quilts for some time but ultimately pulled the trigger on the heavier q...

In Gear Deals » New Company Manufacturing Down Quilts, Down Balaclavas and Ultralight Biyvs
May 20, 8:28am

Down mats
I have both a Kookabay and an exped 7 and can say that the Kookabay for me is the same, all things being "equal". The great thing about Bender is that he can custom make it so that is is...

In GEAR » JMT Sleeping Pad Advice
May 18, 10:48am

Aching Knees
I used to consider myself an elite cyclist and raced for years at CAT 2...until I hooked up a 25lb trailer, two kids and their associated "travel" gear, and then added a 30lb kid bike to ...

In GEAR » The Shame Of Non-UL Gear (slightly sarcastic)
May 17, 9:11am

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

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