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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.
StateNew York
My Website URL
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: BB Ultra
I've been resisting the BBU for over a year. This thread started me thinking about it all over again since I already have the FireLite SUL-900 that it fits into perfectly. Yes, I broke down an...

In GEAR » BB Ultra + Tibetan Titanium 1100 = Fit
March 21, 5:30pm

Re: Packing/handling light do YOU do it?
My two silnylon TarpTents, the Contrail and the Sublite Sil are somewhat restrictive in the method of folding since they have the bottom end carbon struts. I almost always fold the material of the ...

In GEAR » Packing/handling light do YOU do it?
March 21, 9:30am

Re: Starbucks new instant coffee
As I wrote above, I started with an order for 4 boxes, 2 Italian Roast and 2 Columbian (12 packages in each). Since each package only makes 8oz, I'll be using 2 in my almost full .550L cup/pot....

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » starbucks new instant coffee
March 15, 2:11pm

Re: RE: Nunatak
It's all going to come down to your physical size and how you sleep. I had my Arc Specialist made in a 6'1" length since that's how tall I am. I went with the Specialist for two re...

In GEAR » Nunatak
March 15, 7:28am

Re: Re: Re: Coyote Brown
OK... Here's the State with the normal silnylon bottom (the lighter color of the two toward the bottom of each photo) flipped over just enough for a comparision. To my eye, the Slate has even m...

In GEAR » MLD Momementum Colors
March 13, 2:17pm

Re: Coyote Brown
Dana... Here's what the Coyote Brown color is, and very close to the bivy color. Ron used to have the colors on the bivy site, but the photos don't show up for some reason. http://img47...

In GEAR » MLD Momementum Colors
March 13, 1:15pm

Re: MLD Momementum Colors
I went for the Slate, which, in reality, to me looks about half way between gray and olive drab. Very camo when used without a tarp. My wife liked the coyote brown when I originally asked her opini...

In GEAR » MLD Momementum Colors
March 13, 9:23am

Re: UL Bivy
In the lower price range I'd have to agree that the TiGoat bivy with the netting would be a good choice. The TiGoat was my first, ever, bivy. There were a few things that I wanted in a bivy...

In GEAR » UL Bivi
March 13, 7:09am

Re: Vargo Jet-Ti Titanium Stove
I recently began using the JetTi, and so far have really liked it. I use the very lightweight plastic canister support legs (from JetBoil) to give the stove a lot of stability. With the tiny .55L p...

In GEAR » Vargo Jet-Ti Titanium Stove
March 12, 3:22pm

Re: Neo Air
For a change I didn't join the queue/bandwagon on this one. The NeoAir may be a great pad, but I'll wait to see how it works out in actual use. I'm more than a bit leary that there may ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neo Air vs Ether Thermo 6
March 12, 11:18am

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