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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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Re: Different roles
+1 Jimmer. I am in the poncho + wind shirt camp having given up on anything marketed as "waterproof/breathable". I must admit I have almost pulled the trigger on the lightweight Packa a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 25, 1:40pm

Re: Re: Backcountry Bonzai Chevron Blanket
I tried "" but I take it that is not you? It appears to be a tree guy in Wyoming. Do you have a website yet?

In GEAR » Has anyone tried the Backcountry Bonzai Chevron Blanket only 12.3 ounces
March 19, 2:17pm

Re: Re: What do you use to carry food?
I have used a stuff sack exclusively for the past 40+ years. Never had a bear get my food but have had some determined rodents climb down the cord and chew into the sack. I have used the same stu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you use to carry food?
March 13, 10:47pm

Re: Re: Re: Gearbest
I ordered min on the 26th as well and they show that they are shipped.

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
March 06, 2:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Tensegrity Wind Performance
I know it isn't possible, but I would love to see some of the other guys tents/shelters in the wind tunnel that are so well thought of. That would be very interesting. Thanks for posting the ...

In GEAR » Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite
March 05, 9:47pm

Two for $23
Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered two for $23 as well.

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 26, 8:36am

Re: Re: Re: Re: elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
What about the Brooks Range Elephants foot? On at the sale price of $150. 8oz of down and total weight of 16 oz and would make a sweet kids bag to boot. A bit heavy for what it is ...

In GEAR » elephant foot bag in lieu of survival bivy, blankets, etc
February 06, 7:22am

Re: Re: How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
I had a double hernia repaired with mesh two summers ago via traditional surgery. I left the next day for Yellowstone with my family and pretty much layed around the first few days. By day 5 I fe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
January 27, 1:32pm

Re: running
I only run if I don't think I can "take on" what is chasing me. Unfortunately this implies I may have run more the older I get. Out in the woods I just need to outrun one other hik...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 07, 4:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Well...
I would compare Katabatic to Western Mountaineering and Feathered Friends. Having owned multiple bags from all the major players and most of the cottage brands, the others don't readily compar...

In Gear Deals » Katabatic Gear New Years Sale.
January 07, 4:24pm

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