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Roger Caffin (rcaffin) - BPL Staff

My Locale Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
About Me Research Scientist. Been walking all my life, mainly off-track - we don't have 'trails' here, and I always go with my wife. Summer and winter, lowland and highland, Australia and Europe. Forced into UL gear by heavy packs and increasing age. :-)
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BPL email: roger@backpackinglight.com
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: Bluet Gaz Canisters
They are being deprecated for safety reasons. Might be time to update. Cheers

In GEAR » Bluet Gaz Canisters
August 23, 3:28pm

Re: bladder bags, and other collapsible bottle advantages
Both hard bottles and bladders have advantages, and I have and use both. Basically, much of it boils down to the size of your pack. If it is big enough that it is no trouble to carry a few empty...

In GEAR » Collapsible water bottles - why?
August 23, 3:27pm

Re: Re: 500d gaiters
Hi Adam Yes, I do MYOG, although it takes a little longer than 5 minutes. :-) But what wears out is not the Cordura fabric but the hook&loop fastening tape - after a few years. So I have re...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Let's talk boot gaiters
August 22, 3:48pm

Re: 500d gaiters
Hi Mitch Well, yes, our scrub can be a little ... and the rocks in some places are a bit like broken glass. Slashed a pair of joggers clean open once. And yes, the Crocs are a shade heavy :-)...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Let's talk boot gaiters
August 22, 5:49am

Re: Winter Stove Discussion-2014
Hi James > I have one of Roger's super stoves. I find it a bit wobbly. True. In fact, I commented on this in the article. Comes of being SUL. My solution, which I have to say works ex...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 5:47am

Re: Re: Re: Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
> Will Roger build a new batch of stoves for this season and will he make them > available to all takers or reserve them for BPL Members Only? That is the $64k question! Eh , $64k for a sto...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 12:48am

Re: Re: Re: Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
> Isnt inverting a fuel canister only good to about -10 degrees? In theory ... in theory. But in practice, it is rarely a problem. Water in your pack can stay liquid when you are walking due t...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 12:45am

Re: Batteries
> Not sure if they all come with expensive proprietary batteries Not these days, afaik. Just buy GOOD (ie top brands and more expensive) CR123 batteries (for the Opti), and you will be fine. ...

In GEAR » Would a newbie survive PCT w/ a steripen?
August 21, 4:00pm

Re: Extra Hat and Base Layer Top
> Bring an extra warm hat/balaclava and base layer top. When you get to your camp site, > the ones you have been hiking in will be wet with perspiration. If they are wet with perspiration, ...

In GEAR » What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
August 21, 3:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Let's talk boot gaiters
> > "I use MYOG gaiters in the Dirty Girl style, using a heavy Lycra fabric. > You don't use them for walking off trail through brush though, right? Those lycra gaiters > do...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Let's talk boot gaiters
August 21, 3:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Roger Caffin

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Skinny Skis, Jacksons Hole XC Skis
My wife and I had to re-equip with new XC skis, NNN-BC bindings and boots this year. We found several companies which could supply the models we were looking for and ship overseas (to Australia), and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 28, 3:08pm

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Customer Service
I got a pair of the DTV boot socks in a BGT Test. I gave them hell for four months. It didn't seem to have had any effect on them. Roland B is a very helpful guy too.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 06, 3:53am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
I have been using the Xtreme in the snow for many years. I have never ever had any problems with it. It lights and runs completely reliably. It will run down to -26 C (-15 F) because the gas mix in t...

In Stoves - White Gas
October 24, 4:17pm

Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
I've used mine for ... many years now. I was initially irritated by the valve off position, but then I wondered: It is otherwise superbly made: what if the valve position is deliberate? Why would th...

In Stoves - Canister
December 29, 10:04pm