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Helmet lifespan
5:11:08 PM
Look i guess i want some opinions on the lifespan of the utralight edelrid helmet. Ive recently been put in a new job and im assessing their gear. I dont want to go nuts and smash a bunch of helmets without getting the most info on the topic as i can. Also we've got a surplus of ropes that may be at risk of going out of date and they have hardly been used. Anyone have any info or a link to some info about gear lifespan send it on please.

The good Dr
6:32:57 PM
The best source of information on the lifespan of equipment is the manufacturers documentation. The company should have kept this info, as it will have the batch numbers which allow traceability. The standards that manufacturers use as a reference during the manufacture of the equipment mostly have information on the lifespans of equipment as well. There will also be inspection information in all of the above documents.

If you have an accurate history of the equipment you are wishing to assess that will help a lot. Also, have you had some training in terms of assessing equipment used in a business?
11:51:25 AM
Just give them to your mates

A helmets a helmet untill it develops a crack

My utralight edelrid is 5 years out of date and has lived in the dark cold reccess of my climbing pack for the last three and it seemd happy enough. Helmets are designed to make a rock glance of your head or your head glance of rocks this depends which way up you are, and secondly to fail if the force is great enough

Three years is what the edelrid says so that is what you should say to

Send me one to:
107 Marlborough St
Longford 7301

Or alternativly drop it of at the pines plaza with a note saying Attention Jai: For Darren

12:41:30 PM
I witnessed a guy fall over while walking on the weekend. He had his lightweight helmet clipped to his harness and landed on it, squashed it flat into 3 pieces. There was a ghastly pic posted a few months back from an abseil mishap where another lightweight helmet did a similar thing while someone's head was in it. No chance in hell i'd trust one of these types of helmets to protect my noggin'.

Here is a simple test for your helmet. Actually i think it should replace the lame UIAA test. Put your helmet on the floor and stomp on it! If it shatters to a million pieces it's probably not going to stop a 5kg rock (and definatly not the second!) from contacting your skull...
1:44:39 PM
Your keen 5kg with pointy edges the roof of my house would be doing well to walk away without a puncture.

Helmets or only usefull cours then your partner can stand on your head while wearing poons

Try the squashing of a bike helmet without your head in it that will deform beyoud recognition to, the head is a vital part of the supporting structure of a helmet, Its not like a frog.
One Day Hero
1:49:31 PM
Think of it the same as a car. If you are driving in Bagdad, you probably care more about how thick your panels are than about crumple zones. If you're going to hit a truck at 30kph in the suburbs...........

2:25:30 PM
if you're assessing your gear for work then do whatever the manufacturer or relevant standard says.

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