I am not sure if this information is common knowledge or if it has been posted before, but here is an instructional video detailing how to contact emergency service in areas where there is apparently no mobile signal:
Yes, Ideally, I would have both. The Duomid is better for snow loading. I am interested in using the Trailstar without a door i.e. in full limpet mode in a blizzard, but it sounds like the cuben version would not allow this. Therefore, I'll probably have to go for a sil-nylon one, or perhaps a cuben Solomid, if I can find one second hand. I am primarily a bivy man, so saving the weight on a supplimentary shelter is a good thing.
Look, if anyone else is not happy with anything they have bought from me, email, PM or use the telephone number provided, you can return it and I will pay the postage. This is not Ebay. I am not running a business. I was hoping someone would make use of these items.
Simmsy, why not just message me to inform me about this? It was obviously more important to you to expose what you perceived as a misrepresentation, hence your disingenuous post in which you appear to be trying to contact me.
"Difficult to see how they match upwith " only used once", seems the've been used for many trips/years !!"
Firstly, I did not use the cliche "only used once". I said they had been used on one trip. That trip involved no climbing, was mostly on snow, but I did encounter ice and rock. The trip was 5 days. Perhaps, this is your first pair of crampons or maybe not. But is difficult to avoid flaking off of paint and oxidation of crampons even after light use. Do a google search, this is inevitable even with the best brands. They can be rubbed with oil after use, but on a multi day trip this is not feasible. That said, what you have are not some old pair of crampons caked in rust that you sometimes see on Ebay. And yes, crampons are a tool and need sharpening from time to time.
I described the only thing wrong with these crampons that might give some consideration regarding future use: the split rubber on the anti balling plate. Please examine this rubber, the straps, buckles and the rest of the crampon and you will see that this is not consistent with the years of use that you describe.
You did not pay a premium for these crampons, and what you have is a pair of functional crampons for serious use. I am sorry that you are not happy with the aesthetic appearance, but I thought that the photos reflected their condition adequately, and would have provided additional details, photos if requested as I always do. I also would have resolved this without hesitation had you let me know your dissatisfaction, even though it will have zero effect on their functionality or longevity of use.
Yes, "seems the've been used for many trips/years !!", does suggest to anyone reading that I am dishonest and therefore liar. I bought them new, live in London and so am lucky if I get Scotland in winter once a year, and have photos, a receipt etc. to prove so, yes I do consider that slander, by suggesting that my description was a deliberate misrepresentation. As far as I am concerned the damage to my reputation is already done. You have really gone about this in the wrong way.
They actually have only been used on one trip (to the mamores winter 2012). I also provided photos. It is really unfortunate that you chose this way of letting me know you were dissatisfied with them. I had other interest in them, but held on to them even though you messed me about with communication and payment.
The crampons are entirely fit for purpose, have not had years of use, but do have years of use left in them. The flaking paint occurs on first use with some brands. If you hadn't of done this, I would have had no problem returning them at my cost. You have basically slandered me and called me a liar on a public forum, others who who have bought or sold to me, or know of me will know how far off the mark you really are. Sorry, you are not happy, but you must now understand that the goodwill has been significantly erroded.