when to replace slings on draws

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supafly

Trad climber
vancouver, bc
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 13, 2013 - 10:46am 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 - 10:50am 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 - 10:56am 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 - 11:00am 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.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:21am PT
those things still look bomber
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Santa Rosa & Bishop, CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 11:26am 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 - 01:13pm PT
Bomber..dyneema tends to get fuzzy early on, stick with nylon.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 02:10pm 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......
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jun 13, 2013 - 03:51pm 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 - 05:45pm PT
I think it's actually a baby micro, hairline fracture...

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

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jun 13, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
Lockeryou got a good chuckle out of me! Those damn glasses.
supafly

Trad climber
vancouver, bc
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
I told myself it was for safety.

But I never liked the color either.

I like your style.

1) Look your best.
2) Safety second.
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