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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: Thoughts on ULA
Mike... I have both the Conduit and the Ohm. I've used the Conduit on many hikes as long as a month, with resupply every four or five days. I thought that the Conduit would be my go-to pack for...

In GEAR » Looking for a new pack
May 18, 7:23am

Re: Stuff sack for sleeping pad
As mentioned above, the pad only fits in the Thermarest sack if it's folded into thirds. I wanted some protection for the pad and decided to just leave it bungeed in position inside my bivy. In...

In GEAR » Stuff sack for sleeping pad
May 14, 6:24am

Re: Conduit, Ohm or Exodus
Ray... I have all 3 and would definitely recommend the Ohm. The Conduit will carry that much, but not quite as comfortably. The Exodus is probably going to be on the big side for what you're ca...

In GEAR » Conduit, Ohm or Exodus
May 05, 3:59pm

Re: Re: Re: superfeet weights?
Chris... I have high arches and tried the green Superfeet, but the arch on the inserts is about a half inch too far forward and they quickly become unbearably painful. I developed Plantar Faciitis ...

In GEAR » Insoles for Inov-8
April 29, 5:33am

Re: superfeet weights?
Although I can't wear the green Superfeet (they really hurt my arches), I have a pair of size 11 here and they EACH weigh 48g or 1.7oz.

In GEAR » Insoles for Inov-8
April 28, 3:43pm

Re: Choosing a Tarptent
Aaron... I found that the Sublite Sil is as roomy as the Contrail, but in a slightly different way. I went into the differences in detail the week that the Sil came out. I would certainly consider ...

In GEAR » Choosing a Tarptent
April 28, 12:17pm

Re: Re: Insoles for Inov-8
Jonathan... I bought SOLE inserts (Signature version) two years ago to try in my 315's and 330's and found that they were MUCH too wide to fit without butchering them. Did you have to do an...

In GEAR » Insoles for Inov-8
April 28, 6:58am

Re: Bivy idea
You might look into using Momentum for the top. It's only 0.9oz/sq yd, is quite breathable, but also has a very good water repellant surface. Thru hiker has is for $13.59 a yard in your choice ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bivy idea
April 26, 4:58pm

Re: Backpackable Kite
I have an older version of one of "Into the Wind" air foil kites and they're fun. I actually used it a lot on wilderness canoe trips to pull the canoe across lakes when the wind was c...

In GEAR » Backpackable Kite
April 26, 1:43pm

Re: Re: Re: Neo Air Seat as Pillow
Richard... No CCF pad, you may see the bottom of the bivy at the top of the picture which is a different color than the bivy's top. Although I've thought of using a 1/8" Thinlight in c...

In GEAR » Neo Air Seat as Pillow
April 26, 9:45am

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