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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. :-)
Example Gear List at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/caffins_4_month_gear_list.html

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: 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

Hi Jen > Perhaps Roger would publish here at BPL… I would absolutely love to publish this ! ! ! My only concern is that it is a bit late for my feet: I think they have done their big gr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » FOOT GROWTH STUDY!!!!
February 10, 2:57pm

Re: thread loop issues
There's very little difference between Schmetz and Organ Universal-type needles. A lot of the 'difference' is in the eye of the vendor or is just urban myth. On the other hand, match...

In Make Your Own Gear » thread loop issues
February 10, 2:53pm

Re: Flowcharts for complicated projects
Perhaps the classic flow chart is the Naval one: Salute it Yes / Does it move? No \ Paint it Cheers

In Make Your Own Gear » Flowcharts for complicated projects
February 10, 1:18pm

Re: Urtek
If you sew fast, or the polyester thread has a lot of friction, the needle heats up and you can get a small amount of localised melting around the needle. Melted material then gets on the thread or...

In Make Your Own Gear » thread loop issues
February 09, 4:14pm

Re: somewhat resolved
I am not convinced that the tension spring is the source of ALL the problem. What is an Urtek zip, what thread are you using, and what size needle? I ask, because there is a possibility that the...

In Make Your Own Gear » thread loop issues
February 09, 3:47pm

Re: How did I get so heavy? Late Aug JMT solo
Hi Jen It is good to think about the weight, but it is NOT good to focus solely on the weight. Comfort = sleep = enjoyment I had a Synmat UL7 - but my wife pinched it and won't give it ba...

In Gear Lists » How did I get so heavy? Late Aug JMT solo
February 09, 12:48pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MYOG Gone Bad
> If she can find two rods or tubes about 1/4" od and about 18" long she can replace > the broken ones without tools. Archery shop. Cheers

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Gone Bad
February 08, 11:57pm

Re: List
> high-breathability wind shirts that are water-resistant. A moment's thought will show that this is really a contradiction in terms, at least with current (and foreseeable) technology. Y...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 08, 2:05pm

Re: Which shoes to wear? Twinges in ankles....
Your idea that 'the new shoes will break in' is probably a bit off the mark. That is a very old idea based on leather shoes which could adapt when the leather got damp. Modern injection-mol...

In Gear Lists » Which shoes to wear? Twinges in ankles....
February 08, 2:02pm

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