The CAFFIN tents come!
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Feb 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm #2068861just Justin WhitsonMember
Roger have you considered contacting Michael from Sierra Designs, the guy who posted here awhile back?Feb 2, 2014 at 1:34 am #2068867Ito JakuchuBPL Member
"Too bad, this reminds me of the old quote "Quantity has a quality of it's own." I believe this was atributed to Joseph Stalin."
CorrectFeb 2, 2014 at 2:21 am #2068870Miguel ArboledaBPL Member
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
What about giving the Scottish tent manufacturer Vango a try? Aarn Tate, the designer of Aarn packs now, used to design their high-end tents for them back in the 90's. Vango then went through a long slump, mostly selling family-style tents. Recently, however, they've started picking up again and are slowly putting together some great new, innovative designs. They might be willing to listen to you.Feb 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm #2069161
Thanks for all the suggestions. (Truly.)
I think I will try to complete the stoves first. Which means I have to rebuild the electronics for the CNC before I can do that. Hassles, hassles …
RogerFeb 6, 2014 at 11:43 am #2070612Jacques de PlumeBPL Member
That really is a shame. I was looking forward to getting one!Feb 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm #2070671MFRSpectator
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.Feb 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm #2070760
The frightening thing is that I know of a woman who sews ski-racing Lycra tights …
and tops too.
CheersFeb 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm #2070769Desert DwellerMember
@drusillaLocale: Wild Wild West
:-PFeb 8, 2014 at 3:33 am #2071079scree rideMember
I've been looking for a high end tent made by some low wage workers.Feb 8, 2014 at 4:52 am #2071085Woubeir (from Europe)BPL Member
"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 ?Feb 8, 2014 at 4:57 am #2071086Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Dead in the water.
Just two suggestions for a new thread title.Feb 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm #2074483Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
@oystersLocale: South Australia
Bugger about the lack of Easton Support.
:-|Feb 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm #2074920Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
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.Feb 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm #2074959
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.
CheersFeb 19, 2014 at 9:25 am #2075081Mobile CalculatorSpectator
…Feb 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm #2075162
> North Korea will guarantee you low cost and zero defects.
Yes, but can you wash the blood stains out?
CheersFeb 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm #2075195Mobile CalculatorSpectator
…Feb 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm #2075212Rick MBPL Member
delFeb 20, 2014 at 3:35 am #2075348slavenya slavenyaBPL Member
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 EuropeFeb 20, 2014 at 10:26 am #2075423Paul HatfieldBPL Member
Since the Caffin tents are on indefinite hold, the Force Ten Nitro Lite 200 would seem to be a reasonable substitute:
Anyone know a distributor in the U.S.?Feb 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm #2075480marc DBPL Member
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.Feb 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm #2075485
> Is there no way they can be made economically in Australia?
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.
CheersFeb 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm #2075529Feb 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm #2075541Jim ColtenBPL Member
Another PM headed your way.Feb 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm #2075550
> check your PMs.
I don't get PMS … :-)
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