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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: "Are cuben fiber packs and tarps holding up?"
"What are you guys using as seam sealer on cuben? Does the sealer actually make sewn points stronger and more durable?" Ron Bell recommended undiluted Seam Grip on the more recent cube...

In GEAR » Are cuben fiber packs and tarps holding up?
November 16, 7:21am

Re: Re: Re: Can't Decide - Ohm or Conduit?
Christopher... The pockets are 8.5" at their deepest point and plenty big enough for 1L bottles (with room left over for snacks). Should work really well and be secure.

In GEAR » Can't Decide - Ohm or Conduit?
November 15, 2:07pm

Re: Can't Decide - Ohm or Conduit?
I've used both quite extensively and would definitely recommend the Ohm if you will be carrying weights above 20 pounds for any distance. In fact, I find the Ohm the more comfortable pack of th...

In GEAR » Can't Decide - Ohm or Conduit?
November 15, 12:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: "MLD Superlight Bivy vs LiteSoul Bivy"
Douglas... You're right...I based that on the Soul (Sidezip) bivy I have and not the the Superlight, which I haven't used.

In GEAR » MLD Superlight Bivy vs LiteSoul Bivy
November 11, 3:41pm

Re: Re: "MLD Superlight Bivy vs LiteSoul Bivy"
"I have a question for you guys regarding the half moon net window. Does this window allow me to zip up the bivy all the way without fear of suffocation?" The net/window is independent...

In GEAR » MLD Superlight Bivy vs LiteSoul Bivy
November 11, 10:09am

Re: MLD Superlight Bivy vs LiteSoul Bivy
First I want to say that I have the Soul Sidezip bivy. The two features that you mentioned, the eVent footbox and particularly the net window, are things, having used them, that I would not give up.

In GEAR » MLD Superlight Bivy vs LiteSoul Bivy
November 11, 7:40am

Re: Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Jacket
For the past two winters I used a similar layering to the one you mentioned. Icebreaker 200 base, MB Down Inner Parka, and a Mountain Hardwear Beryllium Jacket. I was warm enough to 15F while activ...

In GEAR » Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Jacket
November 10, 7:54am

Re: Nunatak Skaha / PHD Question
Richard... I have the Yukon Pullover (box quilted with 900 rated down), which obviously is in a much lower temperature range bracket (5F) than the others being considered. Being new, I haven't...

In GEAR » Golite Ultra 20 and Nunatak Skaha Combo?
November 08, 12:31pm

Re: Golite Ultra 20 and Nunatak Skaha Combo?
The fill weight is only a difference of 1 ounce. I would expect a difference of a bit less than 10F. I had considered a Skaha, but decided to go with a warmer PHD for really cold conditions. For le...

In GEAR » Golite Ultra 20 and Nunatak Skaha Combo?
November 07, 10:16am

Re: UL Gear Questions
Looks like some excellent choices. You might add the ULA Ohm and Gossamer Gear Gorilla as a pack choices. All should handle that one long stretch between resupplies well. OK, David, I stopped to...

In GEAR » UL Gear Questions
November 06, 11:46am

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