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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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New never use
First of I must confess that I am a gear sleeze. Now that is out of the way I currently have the following that have never been used: Golite Shangrila 3 (I carried it twice but just cowboy camp...

In Chaff » Never Used Gear
February 12, 8:07am

Pad recommendations
I tried all the various insulated air mattress's and found the exped down air mat and the Kookabay down air mat to work very well. Due to the comfort, I use mine year round. The Exped is a bi...

In GEAR » Best Shelter For Wind
February 09, 8:32am

Warmer Pad
You may also want to look at a down insulated air mattress. I was very surprised at how much warmer I slept with at least an R5 pad(s) under me. I use one throughout the summer as well, although ...

In GEAR » Best Shelter For Wind
February 08, 11:42am

Kooka Bay
I am another that "sung early and often" concerning the praise of the product. While delays and long wait times may be the norm for the cottage industry, communication should be better m...

In GEAR » Kooka Bay
February 07, 10:13am

BS +1!
If I didn't believe in "bad kharma" I would spend my free time making sure he never sold to another unsuspecting buyer. I can't comment on his products as I never received mine, ...

In GEAR » Any recent experiences with Big Sky International?
February 06, 1:11pm

Best Gear of 2010
In no particular order: SMD Swift '10 - I am in lightweight heaven. Katabatic Sawatch - Uber comfortable and warm at 23.5oz. Kookabay Downmat - Custom 24" x 60" has room for ...

In GEAR » Your Best Gear of 2010
December 28, 8:21am

I have owned many custom bags over the years as well as top offerings from pretty much all the major players and have been extremely impressed with the Katabatic quilts. It may measure a bit narr...

In GEAR » Trying to decide on a quilt...need advice
December 17, 9:26am

Memories vs Pictures
I hiked the PCT in 1983 with gear from the 70's so all my equipment narrative would be pretty much irrelavent. Having said that, I wish I had taken a camera for the whole trip. I started with...

In GEAR » PCT Gear Faves/Disasters
December 05, 8:08am

My shoulders are 20" wide and I have no problems as a tossing and turning side sleeper. I have the Sawatch and don't use the pad attachment system. I use elastic bungie cords when the te...

In GEAR » Katabatic Palisade or Arc Specialist?
December 01, 4:46pm

Quilt Option
I have spent time in every bag you are considering and liked the WM Ultralite the best. I used the Hummingbird on my CDT hike in 1983 and it is a fine bag, Just a little more slim than the ultralit...

In GEAR » Best 15-20 Degree bag for the Weight? WM UltraLite? Hummingbird? Others?
October 13, 10:43am

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