This patented self-belay sling ensures best survey and maximum safety at the belay station and when rappelling. Tested in accordance with EN 566.
Big Wall Climbing
CHARACTERISTICS / FEATURES
Slings age according to the same principles as rope, since they are produced from materials with very similar ageing behaviour. It is difficult to define their lifetime, since slings are often used differently. Check your sling every so often for signs of damage and use the following criteria to decide whether or not a sling or webbing needs to be replaced;
After a hard fall (mechanical damage as the result of frictional heat)
If the seam pattern is damaged (doubts in relation to strength)
In the event of irreversibly heavy soiling (for example, by grease, bitumen, oil, etc.)
After contact with acids, for instance from a car battery
After high thermal exposure (melting or signs of melting as a result of contact or frictional heat)
In the end, your own personal feeling of safety will decide when you no longer trust your sling.
The table below shows guide values for the service life of slings and webbing:
Frequency of use
maximum 10 years
Rarely used: once or twice a year
up to 7 years
Used occasionally: once a month
up to 5 years
Used regularly: several times a month
up to 3 years
Used frequently: every week
up to 1 year
Used constantly: almost daily
less than 1 year
After a hard day on the cliffs, slings and webbing are often covered with dirt and dust. To maintain the quality and safety of your slings, you need to clean them regularly.
Clean soiled slings in hand-hot water with soap and a small amount of mild detergent, or in a delicates machine cycle at up to 30°C.
Rinse in clear water.
Leave to dry in the shade.Store slings in a dry, dark and cool place, outside transport containers.
Protect them from direct sunlight, chemicals and heat. In particular, avoid contact with chemicals and sources of heat.
Aggressive chemicals can significantly reduce the breaking force of webbing while leaving no visible sign of damage. In the event of contact, replace the sling immediately.