/ What to do with old harness

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londonoring - on 22 May 2013
I have a harness that had moderate use for about 12 months then sat in a cotton bag in my bedrooom for 12 years. It looks healthy, but I have since purchased a new harness. I have read soft goods should be disposed of even if they havn't had much use after various numbers of years, any thoughts?
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Nic DW - on 22 May 2013
In reply to londonoring:

I think at that age you wouldn't want to trust it for any major dynamic impacts, and also the belay loops can be a weak-point (saw one on a very old harness fail when weighted for abseil. The wearer managed to catch themselves-was lucky to say the least). Probably OK to keep if you want one to bring up seconds and they belay off a rope loop- I have kept old ones for such purposes in case I ever take friends out to try climbing. I wouldn't trust it under dynamic loading...

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