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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: Volumetrically Dense Food?
I have gone for 5 days on peanut butter mixed with honey at a ratio of 2 to 1. It achieves a cookie dough like consistency, keeps in heat, doesn't freeze even in cold temps and it is quite tas...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Volumetrically Dense Food?
December 09, 1:34pm

Re: Re: What Are You Hoping Santa Brings You This Christmas?
I am good in the equipment department. We just bought a new house and move in this weekend. What I would like is a very motivated buyer for our old house once I get it ready for sale this spring.

In GEAR » What Are You Hoping Santa Brings You This Christmas?
November 25, 10:11pm

Xtherm Dimensions
Check your dimensions, you may have an "oversized" regular. I have seen more variability in weight due to extra length on Neoair pads. My son has an All Season large that is 82" lo...

In GEAR » Xtherm overweight
November 24, 10:38am

Re: Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
I have many nights on a syn ul7, downmat ul7, and an xtherm. I was cold on the syn at temps approaching freezing and swapped it out for the downmat when it was released. Super warm and comfy, I w...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 10:39am

Re: Re: down vest
Like the previous two posters, I use a FF Hyperion vest in the cool mountain summers and use it in conjunction with a Golite Bitteroot for when I am in really cold temps. I also use it with my qui...

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 21, 6:35am

Re: Ruff
Sorry you had to go in at Scab least favorite entry point. I was on much of the WRHR the first week of Sept and didn't experience any bugs - I am suprised they came back for the oth...

In Post-Trip Reports » Central WInds
September 17, 12:17pm

Re: Re: Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
I sleep in long underwear as a quilt user with the xtherm - and every other pad I have owned. Silkweight down to about freezing and Cap 2 or 3 (or their equivalent) as the temps drop. I couldn...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 12:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Question
I have slept year round on a down mat for many many years and recently switched from a UL7 Downmat to a large xtherm and it isn't too hot. If it gets uncomfortable it isn't due to R value,...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 8:45am

Re: length
I had a reg Sawatch and it was plenty roomy (5'9" 170lbs size 12 feet). If you are on a wide pad you should be fine but as a side sleeper I have switched to the wide Chisos and wide Alse...

In GEAR » Katabatic gear sawatch
September 15, 6:04pm

Re: Help with a down bag choice
If you are open to the quilt route, I can't recommend enough the Katabatic Chisos. Under 16oz (14.6oz w/900 fill IIRC) and conservatively rated at 40f.

In GEAR » Help with a down bag choice
September 12, 5:51pm

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