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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
CitySydney
StateNSW
CountryAustralia
My Website URLhttp://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: how long does it take to wear out a down sleeping bag?
How roughly do you treat it? How often do you wash it? Mine have lasted over 20 years. Cheers

In GEAR » how long does it take to wear out a down sleeping bag?
February 15, 12:46am

Re: weight of cord
> the weight difference between 1 and 3 mm cord can be a ounce or more. Well, yes, probably, but who at BPL would ever use 3 mm line for a guy rope???? A hammock maybe ... (try Vectran, it w...

In Philosophy & Technique » guyline adjustment strategies--line-locs vs adjustable knots
February 14, 2:09pm

Re: Down redistribution after washing 0 degree bag
Very simple. If the down does not fluff out easily and properly, it is not yet dry. Yes, it can take a LONG time. Cheers

In GEAR » Down redistribution after washing 0 degree bag
February 13, 1:18pm

Re: guyline adjustment strategies--line-locs vs adjustable knots
Options: * Fixed guy line length and move the stake. Works fine a lot of the time under good conditions. Very suitable for 1 mm Spectra and thinner. * Guy line knot (taut line hitch) on suita...

In Philosophy & Technique » guyline adjustment strategies--line-locs vs adjustable knots
February 13, 1:16pm

Re: Article
Your wife's quilt is rated at 20 F but your $30 one is rated 45 F. I imagine your wife's quilt was more expensive too. So ... I think your quilt let a lot of heat through, keeping the ou...

In GEAR » Tarp Condensation
February 13, 2:51am

Re: My first DIY tent!
Purely as a helpful suggestion: you might want to add some ridge-level vents at both ends. Without some ventilation you might get a lot of condensation - and some CO as well. A guy-out point in ...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first DIY tent!
February 12, 11:02pm

Re: Re: Forum police
> BPL should really revamp the gear swap along with the rest of the forum Are you prepared to fund the rewrite? > incorporate readily available features like feedback and FS/SOLD/WTB but...

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell wind shirt, Montbell rain trekker, GG The One.
February 12, 10:43pm

Re: Pack liner trash bag as feet VBL for sleeping?
If you are talking about 'average 3 season conditions', then you don't need a VBL. It might in fact do more harm than good, creating and trapping a lot of perspiration. Cheers

In Multiple Use Gear » Pack liner trash bag as feet VBL for sleeping?
February 11, 1:28pm

Re: needles
> but I've heard ... that the scarf ... on the needles are different. That is true, but when the needle is 0.8 mm diameter, minor changes in the scarf are going to be very small in size, an...

In Make Your Own Gear » thread loop issues
February 10, 7:53pm

Re: Re: Re: thread loop issues
The Schmetz MicroTex needle is very fine, but it is rather specialised (being very thin). It would suit silnylon and M90, but not pack fabric. I suggest using 'Universal' needles where-e...

In Make Your Own Gear » thread loop issues
February 10, 3:59pm

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