The CAFFIN tents come!
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Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: :-( on 02/06/2014 16:27:19 MST Print View

This is frustrating. I was looking forward to eventually cooking in a Caffin tent with my Caffin stove.

I have already begun scouring thrift shops for neon, leopard-print ski pants to complete the winter backpacking experience. I was hoping that you might eventually license those as well.

Edited by GlacierRambler on 02/06/2014 16:30:06 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: :-( on 02/06/2014 22:51:34 MST Print View

The frightening thing is that I know of a woman who sews ski-racing Lycra tights ...
and tops too.

Cheers

Desert Dweller
(Drusilla)

Locale: Wild Wild West
The CAFFIN tents come! on 02/06/2014 23:47:38 MST Print View

:-P

Edited by Drusilla on 02/20/2014 13:07:03 MST.

scree ride
(scree)
Shame they can't understand English on 02/08/2014 04:33:45 MST Print View

I've been looking for a high end tent made by some low wage workers.

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: The CAFFIN tents come! on 02/08/2014 05:52:16 MST Print View

"Awesome, simply awesome. Very happy for you and can't wait to see them."
Euh, did you actually went through the thread or did you only based yourself on the title ?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
The Caffin tent not coming. Or... on 02/08/2014 05:57:16 MST Print View

Dead in the water.

Just two suggestions for a new thread title.

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Caffin Tents on 02/17/2014 16:32:21 MST Print View

Bugger about the lack of Easton Support.

:-|

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Philippines on 02/18/2014 20:46:06 MST Print View

Roger, as I mentioned in a PM to you a while back I think the Philippines is the best place for you to get your tents made.

English is spoken by 90% of the population so nothing gets "lost in translation". There are a LOT of call centers in the Phils because of their English speaking population, at least 30% of which have college degrees.

Filipinos make a lot clothing for export and some items like gloves are a speciality of that country. Finding truly skilled seamstresses there is no problem.

GOOGLE about a bit on that topic and you may find just what you are looking for.

BTW, Korean made DAC poles ar another alternative to Easton poles.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Philippines on 02/18/2014 22:33:31 MST Print View

Hi Eric

Yes, you mentioned the Philippines, but the levels of corruption at the Customs and Bureaucracy levels seem to me to be more than I could handle. OK, I am a wimp.

Cheers

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Re: Philippines on 02/19/2014 10:25:21 MST Print View

North Korea will guarantee you low cost and zero defects.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Philippines on 02/19/2014 14:32:38 MST Print View

> North Korea will guarantee you low cost and zero defects.

Yes, but can you wash the blood stains out?

Cheers

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
North Korea on 02/19/2014 16:19:01 MST Print View

> Yes, but can you wash the blood stains out?

I saw the photos... the tent comes in red.
Called it Organic Red. problem solved.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Re: The CAFFIN tents come! on 02/19/2014 17:09:16 MST Print View

I was poking around the Nemo website looking for info on their Shield Edition military shelters and noticed they use this USA company to make some of their mountain tents, http://www.diamondbrand.com/

slavenya slavenya
(slavenya) - F

Locale: Israel
Israel is another option on 02/20/2014 04:35:10 MST Print View

Did you consider Israel?

They have all required techniques and resources to produce great products.

Probably not cheap as China yet not as expensive as US or Europe

Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Force Ten Nitro Lite 200 on 02/20/2014 11:26:55 MST Print View

Since the Caffin tents are on indefinite hold, the Force Ten Nitro Lite 200 would seem to be a reasonable substitute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C63UdeZb4dY&t=4m0s

Anyone know a distributor in the U.S.?

marc D
(mareco) - M

Locale: Scotland
The CAFFIN tents come on 02/20/2014 14:22:18 MST Print View

Its a shame these are not going into production, I think they are better than any other tunnel tents on the market.

Is there no way they can be made economically in Australia? When you look at Hyperlite Mountain Gear, MLD and Tarptent, all made in the USA, surely there must be a way to do these (high end of market) tents in Oz?

I suspect Ron Bell, Henry Shires et al are putting in a lot of hours for a basic financial return when there are easier ways to make money.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: The CAFFIN tents come on 02/20/2014 14:31:55 MST Print View

> Is there no way they can be made economically in Australia?
Don't know.
Right now I am rebuilding the electronics on my CNC from scratch. That's half done, but it will take another couple of weeks.
Then I will finish off making enough the winter stoves to use up all the burners I have in stock.
THEN I should have some time to consider the next step, whatever it may be. The advent of the Chinese and other Asian factories destroyed the clothing and textiles industry in Australia many years ago, although some claimed that the very militant Union in that field helped a lot too. But it seems there are still people doing small-volume stuff here, so we aren't dead yet. And I have had 2 offers from America as well. That said, how many of them can handle silnylon? Not many (not any?) of the Australian ones I would think.

Cheers

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
The CAFFIN tents come on 02/20/2014 16:53:50 MST Print View

@Roger:

check your PMs.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: The CAFFIN tents come on 02/20/2014 17:35:39 MST Print View

Hi Roger,

Another PM headed your way.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: The CAFFIN tents come on 02/20/2014 17:51:50 MST Print View

Hi Bob

> check your PMs.
I don't get PMS ... :-)

Thanks