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Topic - 11+ year old harness, never used. Death trap?

LeadMagnet - on 03 Dec 2012
I was a fairly regular indoor climber 11 years ago before swapping up hobbies. I'd purchased new an Arcteryx harness at that point, and due to an unrelated injury that put me out of the game for a while, never ending up using it, not once. It's still packed away and I've recently been considering getting back into climbing as I'm near to a wall for the first time in a long while.

So the question is - what is the expected lifespan of a never-used harness? Does a natural degradation of material occur over time regardless of active use?

And if the answer to the above is "throw it away!", can purchasing a *used* harness ever be considered a viable option for safety sake, or is it just taking a foolish risk?

Thanks in advance!

- LM
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