Okey dokey, we have heard of quick-draw slings and anchors failing, and a while back the tragic death of a climbing icon from belay loop failure, but how old or worn is too old or worn when talking about a harness? There is a research testing program underway to determine this right now. I saw this at Trailspace.com and thought someone out there might be interested to join in. I have 2 old harnesses I'll probably send in myself (even though the postage largely negates the gift voucher value). The results could be interesting and useful for everyone.
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Is Your Old Harness Reliable?
Posted Friday, August 3, 2007 at 9:40 am by Alicia MacLeay
Are you using a harness that could fail during use because of wear, age, or damage? Arc’teryx, Mountain Gear, and Rock and Ice magazine have launched a harness testing program to find out how reliable old faithful truly is. You can help by sending in your old, used harness for testing. In return you'll receive a $25 gift certificate good toward the purchase of $125 or more of Arc’teryx products at Mountain Gear. The collected harnesses will be tested to determine usable life spans and other safety guidelines for harness use. A full report will be published in a future edition of Rock and Ice. Visit www.mountaingear.com/arcteryx/harness_pro.asp
for the submission form and info.