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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: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cuben usage in mountaineering tents.
Hi John If I am a bit cryptic at times, my apologies. > I will reiterate my main concern: the lack of stretch > what really matters is the length of the unsupported fabric span ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 06, 4:02am

Re: troubles finding trail runners, is it just getting used to it?
> The issue I am having is that the shoe is either too tight on the side of my foot but > then if I go half a size up then there is too much room in the toe box or my heel > moves too mu...

In GEAR » troubles finding trail runners, is it just getting used to it?
April 06, 2:55am

Re: is a fleece just a fleece?
When Malden Mills was the main fleece maker in the world, the cheap copies were not very good. For a start, the cheapies pilled badly. But then the big discount shops moved into the market and d...

In GEAR » is a fleece just a fleece?
April 06, 1:04am

Re: Titanium kettle/pot I can suspend above a fire?
It's called a billy, at least here in Oz. A large tin can and a bit of tomato wire. Holes made with a hammer and nail. Used to be the default. You can drill the Ti walls with a standard (sh...

In GEAR » Titanium kettle/pot I can suspend above a fire?
April 06, 12:53am

Re: Re: Re: Cuben usage in mountaineering tents.
Hi Ron No, polyester fibre does not have as much stretch as nylon fibre, but polyester FABRIC does (usually) have enough stretch in practice - in my experience. Often the stretch you need is on ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 05, 6:13pm

Re: Cuben usage in mountaineering tents.
Hi Ron I did get some Cuben fibree fabric of various weights and did some testing over the weight range. But as you suggest, that was all done in the lab. So not speculation, but not vast field ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 05, 2:47pm

Re: Cuban leaks
> What about cuben rain gear? Well, if we ignore Gore's utterly fatuous claim of 'guaranteed to keep you dry', then there is considerable concensus that in bad weather you are very ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 04, 11:46pm

Re: Re: Re: BPA & Tritan, and more reasons not to use plastic
The rumour mills grind on... We seem to love scare stories more than facts. To be sure, if there are certain chemicals present in food or water in concentrations of 'parts per thousand',...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Bisphenol A, Plastic Bottles, Poisoning Ourselves Each Hike?
April 04, 2:53pm

Re: Thanks
You may need to test your tarp under a bit of water pressure. First noticed under heavy rain of course, then it gets worse as the cracks at the folds develop. Search here at BPL for hydrostatic hea...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 04, 2:02am

Re: Easton CF poles from Quest super rigid
Yes, that stuff is stiff, and strong. No, you cannot make it more flexible. Good stuff though. Cheers

In Make Your Own Gear » Easton CF poles from Quest super rigid
April 03, 4:21pm

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