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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.
CitySalt Lake City
StateUtah
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Deflation
Thanks for the info Ben. I have found over the years that if I release the valve to let out the air when it's time to get up, I have a hard time laying there for long on the cold hard ground. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 11.4 oz 78x20x2.5" Sleeping pad :)
April 09, 1:08pm

New Pad from Kooka Bay!
I thought I would post this in this thread as well since there doesn't seem to be an "official" Kookabay thread. I received my pad from Bender yesterday and have to say I am impres...

In GEAR » Anyone use Kooka Bay sleeping pads?
April 09, 11:21am

New DAM Arrived!
I received 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" w...

In Make Your Own Gear » 11.4 oz 78x20x2.5" Sleeping pad :)
April 09, 11:15am

Ordered and on the way!
I have been waiting for these to be back in stock and finally pulled the trigger today. I had a Lighthouse for some time but have been using a Skylight lately. The epic worked well and I am looki...

In GEAR » New BD Nano Shield FirstLight Tent
April 06, 10:30am

Custom Order
Bender currently has three fabric available from a 30d, 70d, and 200d. In addition you can go no insulation, synthetic, or down. Add in the fact that you can get custom sizes and it is difficult ...

In GEAR » Kookabay pads ?
April 05, 2:12pm

$/oz
Yes, I must admit that I have a $ per oz in my gear spreadsheet that includes both the retail price and the price I paid. This is all in turn broken out by classification, ie, Big 4, Kitchen, Clot...

In Multiple Use Gear » $ / oz.
April 01, 4:28pm

Bump...goes on e-bay monday
Bump...This is all going on E-bay come Monday.

In Gear Swap » New Shangrila 3, Nest, and Floor
March 27, 9:18am

Merdian already makes "Camelback" version
I have been using a Meridian Aquastar for several years with great success. It retails for much less, $69 if memory serves, and has proven to be extremely reliable...as long as the batteries aren&...

In GEAR » Steri-Pen Adventurer vs Steri-Pen Adventurer Opti
March 26, 3:42pm

F/S New Shangrila 3, Nest, and Floor
I have available for sale the following new items with tags that haven't been out of their stuffsacks. I have included the weights for each item on my scale that has been calibrated and certif...

In Gear Swap » New Shangrila 3, Nest, and Floor
March 25, 8:59am

IMHO Liner is better than a cover
I agree. My experience has been that pack covers are more of a hassle than they are worth. I also line my pack with a plastic bag. I have had to swim some water crossings with my pack mostly floa...

In GEAR » Do I really need a pack cover?
March 23, 4:32pm

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