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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: Re: Re: Re: Re: For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
I use a "winter" pad all year just fine. Any warm weather discomfort has more to do with the non breathable surface than the R value.

In GEAR » For Summer use, do you overheat with high R value pads?
April 14, 10:10pm

Re: Re: Cowboy camping and the bivy
Nope. A few times on the PCT I draped my poncho over me during brief showers during the night.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cowboy camping and the bivy
April 14, 10:32am

Re: Re: Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
I have purchased five quilts from Katabatic (Sawatch reg, Palisade reg, Chisos reg, Chisos wide, and Alsek wide) and much prefer the wide versions. I am 5'9" and 170lbs and a very active ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Quilt advice
April 09, 11:13pm

Re: Re: Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
I use this; for all my small items and it holds an amazing amount of stuff in all the pockets and sections. I us...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
April 07, 12:45pm

Re: Re: Fenix E12 or E15
I would say the E12 unless you are already carrying cr123 batteries in something else. I use a Steri Pen Opti and find that when it uses up the batteries they will go for a long time in my flashli...

In GEAR » Fenix E12 or E15
March 29, 9:47am

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

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