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

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All Forum Posts by Roger Caffin

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Re: DWR & Breathability
Ryan wrote in 2006: >I wash out the DWR and try to make the surfaces hydrophilic, so that when > moisture condenses on (or sweat wicks to) the inside of the fabric, it dissipates > via ...

In GEAR » DWR & Breathability
June 11, 1:51am

Re: Selling Lightweight: How Retailers Can Help Your Pack Weight
> Contrast this to what you would take for a week long trip to the rain forest that also > involves a bit of bushwacking. Only the most optimistic would venture out on a trip > like that...

In Editor's Roundtable » Selling Lightweight: How Retailers Can Help Your Pack Weight
June 10, 7:01pm

Re: Re: work
Hi herman > I've yet to meet anyone in the long distance hiker category who wouldn't lighten > his pack by carrying a smart phone. ??? Lighten??? I don't. I take pictur...

In Multiple Use Gear » A case for smartphones on the trail.
June 10, 4:43pm

Re: Re: quilt and bag
Hi Lynn Yeah, but the tent is a LOT more complex! > I just can't figure out how to make those bent pole joiners...hint hint. Ah, that should be fairly easy for you. It's called a ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag
June 10, 4:36pm

Re: Reverse zipper for footbox
Hi Brad and Lance Yep, agree 100%. I don't unbalance the ends. Instead I mount the zip upright in a little bench vise (gently!), push the second slider down gently onto it and prise the two...

In Make Your Own Gear » Reverse zipper for footbox
June 10, 4:31pm

Well said Brad
I found your article fascinating. Thank you. I would only add that many retailers I have met do not seem to share your philosophies, being quite content to peddle out the dearest junk for the ma...

In Editor's Roundtable » Selling Lightweight: How Retailers Can Help Your Pack Weight
June 10, 2:16am

Re: Re: Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag
Or a ... ? Cheers

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag
June 10, 1:42am

Re: Re: Reverse zipper for footbox
Yes, BUT ... it requires a huge leap of faith and does NOT necessarily allow you to separate the two halves later. It doe NOT necessarily make a separable jacket-type zip. Method 1: You have ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Reverse zipper for footbox
June 09, 8:47pm

Re: This picture made me go lightweight
Hi Casey > I'll give that a try next time. That's what the Forums are for: sharing ideas. Cheers

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » This picture made me go lightweight
June 09, 8:36pm

Re: Re: Balaclava question for Roger Caffin and other cold weather experts
Hi Nick I think it is a UL60 from memory. Synthetic insulation, both the Ul60 and the UL90, but That may be better than down in this case - down distribution gets tricky in a hood. Condensati...

In GEAR » Balaclava question for Roger Caffin and other cold weather experts
June 09, 4:28am

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