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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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Thanks for the heads up. I got a quilt for a friend.

In Gear Deals » GoLite Outerwear | Apparel | Gear
September 10, 8:44am

Cold Spots
I haven't noticed any cold spots due to down shifting. I think that even if you can't actually feel down in the chamber it doesn't mean there isn't some there keeping convection cu...

In GEAR » Kooka Bay pads - long-term reviews
September 09, 2:09pm

Longer term experience
I have been using my Kookabay downmat (24"x60"x3.5 w/6 oz of down 21.5oz total weight with the 70d material) for some 35 nights or so now and no problems at all. I wish it would deflate ...

In GEAR » Kooka Bay pads - long-term reviews
September 09, 11:37am

Picked some more! Thanks!
I took adavantage of the "deal" a couple months ago as I recall and picked up a couple of vests. Just ordered another vest and two jackets as well. Now the whole family will match. Tha...

In Gear Deals » Downlight Sweater Now $41.99 with lots of sizes!
September 02, 10:04am

Lightweight Mindset
Based on all the chatter on the net at various sites, it would seem that lightweight backpacking has caught on. In spite of this however, I see very little evidence of lightweight backpacking out...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Has lightweight packing really caught on?
August 25, 10:10am

Sent you an email. Thanks,John.

In Gear Swap » FS: Nunatak Arc Specialist Epic
August 18, 9:56am

Calories and Weight
I have fined tuned my food intake on the trail at 2,200 cals per day (18oz food) up to 10 days with no resupply. It takes me about 3-4 days to get my appetite back and by day 8-10 I spend more tim...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » how many calories per pound per day do you eat?
August 05, 2:16pm

Living Simple or Simply Living?
I have been reading this thread with interest as I have often thought about this myself. I delayed adding my $0.02 cents as I have pondered what others have added to the conversation. For me ther...

In Chaff » How do you save money and live a simple life?
August 04, 1:26pm

wind vs rain
I rarely carry both a windshirt and rain jacket. I may be a bit out of the ordinary in that my rain jacket is a windshirt with hood made of EPIC that handles my needs perfectly. At 8.5oz it isn&#...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt and Rain Jacket?
July 30, 9:12am

WPB Cadion XCR
I have gone back and forth between footwear that lets all the water in and footwear that keeps it out to varying degrees. I currently use a pair of Timberland Cadion XCR's that are just over 2...

In GEAR » Is non-waterproof footwear really better?
July 19, 11:32am

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