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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: MLD Duomid
>John - you can still sleep diagonal with the pole in the middle? I usually offset the pole just over a foot, which I can just barely manage with the GG LT4's without an extension. It'...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
June 29, 9:56am

Re: MLD Duomid
Yes, particularly if you're solo in it since you can then sleep on a diagonal.

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
June 29, 7:29am

Re: Nunatak Alpinist down
My Specialist came through in the usual mailing envelope, with no other protection, and had only a small amount of down on the exterior fabric. What bothered me, both then and now, was the amount o...

In GEAR » Nunatak Alpinist down
June 26, 7:02am

Lightrek 4/Tigoat Locking Mechanism
The locking mechanism of each is almost identical in design. Because the TiGoat expanders are quite a bit smaller in surface area they are prone to loosening over a period of trail time. I attribut...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lighttrek 4's vs Ti Goat adjustables
June 02, 7:06am

Re: Lighttrek 4's vs Ti Goat adjustables
I have both. I have the first set of adjustable TiGoat poles ever sold and they have carried me for many, many hundreds of rugged miles. I recently purchased the Lightrek 4's and have only had ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lighttrek 4's vs Ti Goat adjustables
June 01, 5:58pm

Re: Best flashlight
The single AAA powered Fenix L0D clipped on my hat is near perfect at mid-level for night time trail hiking. For for use around camp the low level is more than adequate. I seldom have to switch to ...

In GEAR » Best flashlight
May 29, 5:54am

Re: ULA Conduit users - what pad to use
When I first hiked with the Conduit I used a Nightlight Torso, folded in it's natural thirds, in the pad holder. Toward the end of a month long hike I realized that the pad was keeping the heav...

In GEAR » ULA Conduit users - what pad to use
May 29, 5:47am

Re: UL 'all in one' alternative to the Jetboil?
As a former JetBoil user, I've found the the Vargo TiJet (2.7oz) combined with a FireLite pot/lid (2.75oz) is working almost as well. Not quite as wind proof or fast lighting, but so very much ...

In GEAR » UL 'all in one' alternative to the Jetboil?
May 25, 1:21pm

Re: Which packs should I be looking at?
You can stay in your price range and get a new ULA pack. I'm partial to the new Ohm, myself. It will easily carry the gear and food you mentioned, weighs only 21oz (under 24oz fully optioned), ...

In GEAR » Which packs should I be looking at?
May 23, 5:25am

Re: fenix lights
Dennis.. They're what I'd call a modified spot. Most of the reflectors are textured (orange peel) surfaced and do throw a soft flood around the intense central spot. I have both the LD10 an...

In GEAR » Petzl e+ Switch Failure
May 19, 4:52pm

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