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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 Chad!

In Gear Swap » FS Feathered Friends Jackorack
May 01, 8:43am

See through netting
+1 on the netting. I find the bit of stretch beneficial as well as being able to see what is in the bag and where it is located. I then have one big pack liner (compactor bag) that keeps out the ...

In Make Your Own Gear » lol: world's lightest stuff sacs
April 30, 11:21am

Nice Work
I too have been contemplating a weight reduction plan for my JetBoil. I really like the convenience of the whole pkg but it certainly could be lighter. My guess was that 8oz was a minimum and you...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lightning my Jetboil
April 30, 9:08am

Weights by item
For those that have requested a breakdown of weight by item, here goes: Fly with guylines and tensioners 8.4oz Mesh inner with floor 11.5oz Poles 3.3oz 10 Ti skewers 0.8oz Total ...

In Gear Swap » Terra Nova Bivy Tarp Tent FS
April 30, 8:54am

Inner mesh
Yes, the inner mesh is a stand alone item and attaches by a clip/buckle at either end. It is adjustable for a higher or lower pitch. I don't know the weight of just the mesh but I can weigh e...

In Gear Swap » Terra Nova Bivy Tarp Tent FS
April 29, 1:22pm


In Gear Swap » FS Feathered Friends Jackorack
April 28, 10:51am

+2 on Kookabay
I have a down filled Kookabay as well and really like it. He can make the pad to your dimensions to perfectly fit the pad pocket.

In GEAR » Mummy shaped pad warm in 20's
April 28, 8:30am

Info and Pictures

In Gear Swap » Terra Nova Bivy Tarp Tent FS
April 27, 11:39am

Additional Info about weight
Forgot to post that this comes in at just under 9oz on my digital postal scale.

In Gear Swap » FS Feathered Friends Jackorack
April 27, 10:52am

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

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