How do I know when my harness needs to be retired?

How do I know when my harness needs to be retired?

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By Dixon Austyn | Aug 4th 2015 |
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Feb 15th 2016
The maximum lifetime of your harness is provided by the manufacturer on its instructions for use leaflet (which can also be found on the manufacturers website) and may varie due to different materials and methods of construction. Be aware that frequency and intensity of use, abrasion, prolonged exposure to sunlight and harsh environments will increase the natural wear of the harness and reduce its lifespan. Check areas of high wear such as the belay loop, tie in points, buckles and webbing as well as for loose stitching, discoloration and loss of shape. A harness must be retired immediately after being subjected to a high factor fall, exposed to chemicals or extreme heat and if you have any doubt about its reliability.

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