How can I determine, when it's time to renew my dyneema slings?

How can I determine, when it's time to renew my dyneema slings?

Panu Lehti's picture
By Panu Lehti | Aug 21st 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 24th 2015
Hi Panu, Out of all regularly used pieces of climbing gear, slings are possibly the most likely to fail. You should check them regularly for signs of wear. If the material has become excessively fuzzy from frequent abrasion you should consider retiring it. If the sling has ever come in contact with any harsh chemicals like battery acid or petroleum based fuel you should also consider retiring it. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can also reduce the strength of slings but this is harder to detect; if the material no longer feels as supple as your newer dyneema slings, it might be a sign of UV damage. It is very difficult to answer your question in a general sense. We suggest you check your slings regularly and asses them individually. If you are ever in doubt as to weather a piece of climbing gear needs retiring, then err on the side of caution and retire it. Slings aren't the most expensive piece of gear on your rack so why take the chance. Hope that helps, Dave

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