A very good explanation of Cuben fibre and DCF

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A very good explanation of Cuben fibre and DCF

Postby Suresh » Wed 25 Apr, 2018 5:48 pm

I recently bought some Cuben DCF articles from ZPacks and like what I got.

This podcast gave me an understanding of what this material is and what to look for. All DCF is not the same

https://backpackinglight.com/podcast/
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Re: A very good explanation of Cuben fibre and DCF

Postby Franco » Thu 26 Apr, 2018 9:10 am

I think that it works without a membership , if it does not let me know because there is another link to it.
At 1 hour and 20 minutes it is rather long but I found it very informative particularly interesting for me to hear the different opinions several of the manufacturers had.
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Re: A very good explanation of Cuben fibre and DCF

Postby Orion » Thu 26 Apr, 2018 10:49 am

That linked page includes a link to youtube where I was able to "watch" the podcast. Well, at least the first 4-5 minutes of it. It's pretty dang boring. Plus the hosts both have kind of high register whiny nerd voices. They should have got Peter Coyote to narrate.

I'd love to see a text version that summarizes what they had to say.
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