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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: Fenix LD01
I've found the Fenix LD01 perfect for both around camp on low power or trail walking on medium. Runs on one AAA battery, has a long battery life (3.5 hours and medium), weights .52oz, and comes...

In GEAR » Market update: UL Flashlights
September 23, 5:51am

Re: How do I get and stay asleep on the trail?
I wondered how long it would be before someone mentioned a Warbonnet BlackBird. On the majority of my recent hikes I used one with an 8.6oz Spinntex tarp and was able to keep my base weight at 5 po...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I get and stay asleep on the trail?
September 21, 7:06am

Re: Tarp for Hammock backpacking
I have a couple of OES/MacCat tarps, and for lightweight backpacking like the Spinntex best. The slightly longer Deluxe length combined with the Standard width, seam sealed, weighs only 8.6oz witho...

In GEAR » Tarp for Hammock backpacking
August 29, 8:03am

Re: revelation
Nathaniel... Yes, the Spectralite (cuben) version used in the the 2009 Revelation is waterproof just as received. I've used it some torrential rain and everything stayed completely dry. I used ...

In GEAR » Waterproof Backpacks
August 26, 1:46pm

Re: WTB Trekking Poles
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In Gear Swap » WTB Trekking Poles
August 22, 6:52am

Re: 2.5 Inch Pad in Oware Bivy?
I have photos posted on two threads now with a NeoAir in an MLD Soul Sidezip bivy. In the large configuration that I have, it has a 76" girth and I fit fine (6'1" 190) using a Nunatak...

In GEAR » 2.5 Inch Pad in Oware Bivy?
August 19, 9:58am

Re: NeoAir Large?
Tim... A quilt would work with a large NeoAir, but not in any known single bivy. Oware makes a good double bivy... see bivys at the site Most, but not all, bivys have a ...

In GEAR » neo air and quilt?
August 18, 6:45pm

Re: neo air and quilt?
I've used my Nunatak Specialist with a NeoAir and also used them in an MLD Soul Sidezip bivy (large). Works fine for me.

In GEAR » neo air and quilt?
August 18, 4:46pm

Re: BackCountry Coffee
Since I stopped using a JB, and it's press attachment, I've been carrying the Starbuck's instant. I've found I like a combination of the Italian and Colombian roasts. One of each in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
August 17, 7:13am

ZPacks Blast 26 is still For Sale
Jeff needed a smaller size, so the pack is still available. I'll be posting it on other sites later this afternoon.

In Gear Swap » ZPacks Blast 26 for sale
August 16, 11:07am

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