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supafly

Trad climber
vancouver, bc
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 13, 2013 - 07:46am PT
I have some draws and they have some slings, about 50% of them are the sport type draws with a rubber "keeper" on them and I am thinking about replacing these with new ones.

The draws are about five years old and are used weekend warrior style so, although they're not too fuzzy they're getting older I guess.

A picture tells a thousand words..

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portent

Social climber
your mom's house
Jun 13, 2013 - 07:50am PT
There's only one person qualified to answer this question.

Werner? Where you at?


--kovar (a stoopid amerikan)
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 13, 2013 - 07:56am PT
I tend to replace slings that show fading. UV does severely weaken slings and fading is generally a good sign of significant UV exposure.

Time also weakens slings even if they just sit on the shelf.

If you have that nagging thought "hmm it might be time to replace these" I suggest listening to it.

Might not be necessary but it's cheap insurance.
supafly

Trad climber
vancouver, bc
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2013 - 08:00am PT
UV does severely weaken slings and fading is generally a good sign of significant UV exposure.

Not much problem with UV damage up here in the good ol' Pacific North West hehe.

I will probably replace them, I'm just interested in what other people do for comparison.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jun 13, 2013 - 08:03am PT

Personally I do not like DYNEEMA anything...

I go with FISH nylon draws...

http://www.fishproducts.com/index1.html
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Jun 13, 2013 - 08:21am PT
those things still look bomber
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Santa Rosa & Bishop, CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 08:26am PT
Maybe you can send one to BD or somewhere else and have it tested. I also like the nylon dog bone over the dynemia.
neversummer

climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jun 13, 2013 - 10:13am PT
Bomber..dyneema tends to get fuzzy early on, stick with nylon.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:10am PT
I'm stupid. I follow the manufacturers recommendations and maintain a log book of when I buy things (also note when I put them into service). Retired a bunch of soft goods I have......
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:12am PT


"I follow the manufacturers recommendations and maintain a log book of when I buy things"...



EDITED:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_retentiveness


On the negative side...

I suspect it must be annoying...

On the positive side, you know how old your sh!t is...

;-)





rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:46am PT
when they dont match your knickers no more
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:48am PT


The draw in the photo looks OK...

But I think I see some hairline fractures on the biners...
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:51am PT
you mean like a micro fracture?!?!?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:55am PT


Like a hairline fracture...

You know, due to stress...
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
isnt a hairline fracture a micro fracture when its a baby?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:26pm PT


I think it's actually a baby micro, hairline fracture...

Either way, the OP should consider retiring those dangerous biners...



Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
For what it's worth I replace about every 7 years (if I keep my draws that long)...pretty much all softgoods for that matter. Often sooner if I actually get out and use them a bit.

Instead of a log, I write the dates on the item or save the receipts and look up the purchase dates that way.

Good luck!
supafly

Trad climber
vancouver, bc
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
I think it's actually a baby micro, hairline fracture...

Could you elucidate a little locker? Where do you see the hairlines?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jun 13, 2013 - 02:57pm PT


"Where do you see the hairlines?"...


When I saw them on ALL of my climbing gear also, it had me wondering...

"What the fuk???"...

Then I looked at my glasses...

Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jun 13, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
I just replaced my draws.

They were about 20 years old, although I really only used them for about 15.

I told myself it was for safety.

But I never liked the color either.
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