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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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Re: slightly off topic
> can result in "1000 fill power" hydrophobic down. Why do I immediately think 'marketing creep'? Can I predict that in 5 years time we will see claims of 2000 fill down?...

In GEAR » Dri Down, Does it work?
October 04, 8:01pm

Re: Down bag in SE Alaska?
My thoughts, for what they are worth: Down is far warmer than synthetic, if dry. Condensation inside the shell is your worry - and that applies to both down and synthetic. A bivy bag is only g...

In GEAR » Down bag in SE Alaska?
October 04, 7:53pm

RapidPure Technical Update
Hi all Well, it seems RapidPure have been sufficiently impressed by the level of interest and technical discussion here that they are preparing a technical update with scanning electron microsco...

In Editor's Roundtable » RapidPure Filters Review
October 04, 7:45pm

Re: Re: pre-filtering solids
Yeah, well, sometimes the water just is not 'suitable'. Then you need a two-stage approach: the first is to get the 'gunk' out of the water, because it is going to be 'big';...

In Editor's Roundtable » RapidPure Filters Review
October 04, 7:40pm

Not fun
Hi Greg What can I say? I suspect I would have bailed out when I first saw the water. You survived. Cheers

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
October 04, 7:35pm

Dual use Exped pillow-pump
Both Sue and I love our Exped Synmat UL-7s. Since we have 2 of them it makes sense to take the Exped pillow-pump to blow them up. This means we are not inject moisture into the mat from our mouths,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 04, 5:17pm

Re: Re: supplex
> I have a supplex windshirt in near-identical the design from the link Ken posted, > and I've been unable to destroy it in 15 years. The stuff lasts. Some of the ones I make (Taslan, ~...

In GEAR » durable bushwacking windshirt
October 04, 5:11pm

Re: Re: durable bushwacking windshirt
URLs fixed - thanks. (Missing h in bushwhacking ...) Anna also gove the right links. Cheers

In GEAR » durable bushwacking windshirt
October 04, 3:54pm

Re: durable bushwacking windshirt
Simple: MYOG and

In GEAR » durable bushwacking windshirt
October 04, 5:11am

Re: Re: Winter Footwear Solutions
> for multi-day outings with snow spilling on top of your snowshoes you'll definitely > want some sort of overboot. I agree, and I found that even light coated nylon fabric was enough....

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear Solutions
October 03, 2:59pm

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