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John Haley (Quoddy) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale New York/Vermont Border
About Me I retired in October 2006. Previously a meteorologist for twenty years with the U.S. Air Force, an advanced skydiving instructor for the R.A.F., EMT, Ambulance Dispatcher, and an operations manager for a trucking company.

Regular wilderness and trail hiker. Presently in the SUL gear range.
(Sub 3 for three seasons)

I can almost always be found in the company of my Welsh Springer Spaniel, "Quoddy"...that's where I got the trailname Quoddy.
CityPetersburgh
StateNew York
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/Quoddy
My PDF Gear ListQuoddy's Sub 3 Gear List for 3 Season's Plus

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All Forum Posts by John Haley

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Re: Nunatack competition
"Competition in Europe may come from PHD. Rumour has it they will be producing top quality quilts some time next year." Mike... Even the rumour is good to hear. The gear I already have...

In GEAR » Are Nunataks good or just lack of competition?
December 12, 6:13am

Re: Nunatak
I've been happy with Nunatak's gear. Just make sure that you order at least 3 months before you actually need it.

In GEAR » Are Nunataks good or just lack of competition?
December 11, 8:21am

Re: Hane
Got mine at 6:15 this evening when the FedEx guy knocked on my door. Really nice. Having never seen a Tenkara rod before, the weight of the grip end cap surprised me... I guess that it's almost...

In Fishing » Hane arrived!
December 10, 5:33pm

Re: Your best gear of 2009
I'd have to rate my 2009 MLD Revelation (pack) at the very top of my list... followed by my Nunatak Specialist (quilt) and Warbonnet BlackBird (hammock). These are all items which I never hiked...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 06, 3:32pm

Re: PackaFeather XL
Hi Darwin... I began using the PackaFeather XL when it was first introduced. One of the best features, besides the heat control, is the ability to shut it off when cooking is done and retrieve t...

In GEAR » alcohol stove input needed
November 30, 7:15am

Re: Wool=Base layer or insulation layer
When I was considering base layers I called customer service at Icebreaker. They suggested no more than a 200 weight base layer, particularly for bottoms, unless going into very frigid conditions a...

In GEAR » Wool=Base layer or insulation layer
November 29, 10:05am

Down Jackets
Another top quality jacket or pullover you might consider is one of the PHD line. After a long comparison, I recently purchased a PHD Yukon pullover rather than either a FF or a Nunatak for really ...

In GEAR » Rab or Feather Friends...
November 22, 7:04am

Re: Re: Comparison Inov8 390 and 288
Tom... The ankle area is thinner and less cushioned on the 288's and it feels like there is less support than on the 390's, but even the 390's don't have a lot. Think of the 288'...

In GEAR » Comparison Inov8 390 and 288
November 21, 6:59am

Comparison Inov8 390 and 288
I've had a chance to compare the two boots and my thoughts follow. The 288's in a size 10.5 are 13.4oz, the 390's are 14.5oz each. The 288's have a snugger foot width, so depending ...

In GEAR » Comparison Inov8 390 and 288
November 17, 11:23am

Re: Re : Quilt vs. Bag
I had Tom put detachable straps on my quilt(s). Female clips on the sides, and male fittings on the adjustable interior section. I don't use straps at all when hammocking and only occasionally ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Quilt vrs. Bag
November 16, 4:07pm

All Reader Reviews by John Haley

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Warbonnet BlackBird
I've used several hammocks and always had the feeling, "if only it had". Then I bought a Warbonnet BlackBird. The hammock was designed by, and is hand built by, a long time hammocker and...

In Shelters - Hammocks & Accessories
July 04, 8:40am

Mountain Laurel Designs
Having dealt with Ron Bell for several years and after purchasing tarps, shelters, bivies, and packs... as well as many minor products, I consider Ron's service, help, and products as good as it g...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 3:45pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
This is a perfect jacket, but the parka hood made me drop my score from a 5(+) to a 4. At 7.5oz for a Large, it's the lightest jacket I own, by far. Packs up smaller than a softball. Perfect over...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
December 15, 2:40pm

Montbell U.L. 90 Sleeping Pad U.L. 90
I bought the 90 to use in conjunction with the MB pillow to make what amounts to a 3/4 mat. When I use it in shoulder seasons and into winter, I add a GG Nightlight Torso to the bottom end by punching...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 04, 12:28pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation
I had the chance to begin using my very lightest gear recently. Loaded up this pack with all my gear and food for a slightly rainy weekend. With two 20oz bottles of water the total packweight was 9.5 ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 29, 1:02pm

GlobalStar SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
I purchased a SPOT Personal Satellite Trackier unit from REI and activated it with GlobalStar for unlimited service on January 24. The product and service are almost totally useless for anyone who is ...

In Miscellaneous Products
January 28, 9:39am

5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
I've had a chance to use the nylon canvas version of the 5.11 Tactical pants and have found them to be close to ideal. Slightly heavier than the Railrider's or REI counterpart, they are still ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 04, 4:40pm

Packafeather Featherfire
I've now had a chance to use the FeatherFire on several hikes and it continues to impress me. The adjustability of the flame is great and really allows for simmering after reaching a boil at the h...

In Stoves - Alcohol
November 03, 7:32am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
Rather than write paragraphs concerning trying to get the actual product and color I'd ordered, let me just say that after three attempts to get the right item I'm still waiting. The only reas...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 31, 12:44pm

Titanium Goat Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I waited until after I completed my thru hike of the Long Trail to post this review. I wanted to take them through the wringer that this trail provides and see how they faired…the answer was varied. S...

In Trekking Poles
September 14, 7:32am