So I know some of you still climb on stiff Friends and have an original 1985 Woody Keen Fudge harness, but what I am interested in is what you have retired over the years and whether you've ever retired something just due to outright age or a frayed belay loop or kinked stem wire (You know who you are!) rather than having it literally disintegrate around your goobied body.
Speaking for myself, I really have only retired ropes and majorly frayed webbing and a few biners half sawn. I have a Blue Water helmet made in 2000 that seems to be getting brittle and my main harness dates from 2006 but seems to be going strong. My other harness is a pure webbing harness from 1998 that has a burly belay loop. It has seen moderate use but seems to be fine. Barring UV damage, will oxidation be enough reason to retire it?
I even still use those dropped biners. Yes, I know I am going to die.
I retire ropes and slings and if cam slings on your rigid friends are sketch back them up with cord. Otherwise I think so long as u feel ok about it you r probably just fine. But if it's kinda old ish don't place it for your first couple peices.
Most of the gear makers seem to agree on a five year lifespan for ropes, draws and webbing (and harnesses). Black Diamond and Metolius will replace the slings on their cams for a fee, I've done that twice.
BS points. ^^^^^^^ Real Points (climbing) Different webbing Smaller Webbing Different Stitching - Smaller Ground in dirt Abrasive rock contact Other elements Climbing = multiple loading Car = One time use (really) Car seat belts have expiration dates. It's true, they do. Child car seat = Life span is one child
The webbing used for automobile seat belts is polyester, not nylon. Apples to oranges.