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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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How is THIS Allowed
How can a Brand Manager for MSR give his product a 5/5 and refute the many readers that have rated it as a poor quality product? I also found this filter useless after a few days on the trail. For...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How is THIS Allowed
March 02, 2:53pm

Re: What's a good summertime quilt?
Since you're talking about the mountains in summer you probably want to go with a quilt that will keep you warm to 30F to 35F at night. I went with a Nunatak Arc Specialist (16 to 17oz). http:...

In GEAR » What's a good summertime quilt?
March 02, 11:45am

Re: Re: "How many people on here are actually using Innov(8)s?"
I've been using Inov-8's exclusively since first trying them a couple of years ago. I started with the Roclite 315's, but have changed to the Terroc 330's for the wider toe box. I u...

In GEAR » How many people on here are actually using Innov's?
March 02, 9:35am

Re: liteflux cree?
Christopher... The Fenix lights all use the Cree. Most of the latest versions are the Q5 which is not only brighter but also uses less energy. I have both the LD01 with the Q5 (AAA) and also the LD...

In GEAR » Need Advice on Which Headlamp?
March 01, 1:43pm

Re: Need Advice on Which Headlamp?
Lawton... I switched from the Photon for the same reason. Great around camp and for short emergencies otherwise, but battery life was way too short. Although not a true headlamp, I now have a clip ...

In GEAR » Need Advice on Which Headlamp?
March 01, 6:24am

Re: Need the skinny on Icebreaker
Although I have many Icebreaker items my favorites seem to be the Bodyfit 200, both top and bottom for a winter base layer. For the remainder of the year the Oasis Bodyfit or the Atlas Tech T, depe...

In GEAR » Need the skinny on Icebreaker
February 28, 5:59am

Re: Trekking Pole and Strap Question
Before switching to SUL poles (I now have both the TiGoat AGP's and the GG Lightrek 4 poles), I firmly believed in straps. When I changed over from the heavy Leki's, I quickly got used to t...

In GEAR » trekking pole question
February 27, 5:20pm

Re: How to pack a frameless pack?
There have been a few discussions on this subject recently including... http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=18973 The Prolite wil...

In GEAR » How to pack a frameless pack?
February 26, 11:59am

Re: Which SUL Pack?
I, sort of, have both. I have a 2008 Revelation which doesn't really correspond to the 2009 version. For SUL it is absolutely my favorite pack, but won't carry much, if any, over the rated ...

In GEAR » Which SUL Pack?
February 26, 10:18am

Re: Bivy & Zips
When I originally ordered my Soul Sidezip bivy from Ron it was to accomodate various seasonal bags. Shortly afterwards I went the Nunatak quilt route, but am still glad I have the convenience of th...

In GEAR » Bivy solution for use with multiple bags?
February 25, 4:17pm

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