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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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Cottage quilts
I have had nothing but good experiences with Aaron at Katabatic having purchased 5 quilts and a hood. While Katabatic quilts certainly aren't low cost, the "value" proposition is the...

In GEAR » Looking To Get a Quality Down Quilt at a Good Value
January 29, 4:02pm

Exped ul7 down mat
REI shows the small exped downmat UL7 on sale for $149.95 - out of stock but can be back ordered.

In GEAR » Sleeping pads
January 28, 8:39pm

Pads
I am a quilt and inflatable pad user and carry a frameless pack. I tend to move from back to side to stomach and repeat all night. I have purchased and used just about every pad out there and he...

In GEAR » Sleeping pads
January 28, 1:36pm

Passes
They each pose different challenges and will be unique based on snowpack and weather. I would rate them about the same in terms of overall difficulty but you could pick a different line and have a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Illinois Pass in the Winds
January 23, 4:48pm

DWR Down
I am going to take a wait and see approach. Having just layed down five bills for another new quilt, I didn't even hesitate checking the 900 fill non treated down box.

In GEAR » Water Repellent Down, One Year In
January 16, 4:47pm

I've got one
I have a custom inner. Will PM the details.

In Gear Swap » Wanted: Golite Sl3 Custon inner
January 11, 2:41pm

FS NWT Golite Z-30 Regular Size Quilt
I currently have one, and perhaps two brand new Golite Z30 regular length quilts available. When the online stock dropped to 8 units I couldn’t take it anymore and ordered 4, one for me, one for...

In Gear Swap » FS NWT Golite Z-30 Regular Size Quilt
January 02, 10:45am

Costco poles
I have used them and experienced no problems with the twist lock or flicklock. The metal tips have worn very quickly and most likely wouldn't last more than a few weeks on granite. My Leki po...

In GEAR » Cheap Carbon Fiber Poles From Costco.
January 02, 8:52am

Swift
I carry an SMD Swift at 18oz. With a base weight of 10lbs I can go 12 days without resupply comfortably. That puts me at 28lbs to start with pack weight dropping about 1.5lbs per day. For me it ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Longest ultraight BP w/o replenishing?
December 18, 1:46pm

Early UL
Tube tents were pretty bad between condensation and no way to keep the bugs out. I am embarrassed to say I still had many nights in one. It wasn't until it received a fatal blow from a fallin...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Ray Jardine's "Trail Life" book
December 17, 9:59pm

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