When you’re out on a climb, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your gear is going to hold up. But unfortunately, all gear has a lifespan—even your trusty climbing helmet. So how often should you replace your climbing helmet, and what are the signs that it’s time for an upgrade? Keep reading to find out.
How Often Should You Replace Your Climbing Helmet?
Most manufacturers recommend replacing your climbing helmet every five years. However, this is just a general guideline—the truth is that how often you need to replace your helmet depends on how often you use it and how well you take care of it. For example, if you only climb once in a while and always store your helmet in a cool, dry place, it could last much longer than five years. On the other hand, if you’re an avid climber who frequently takes falls or climbs in harsh conditions, you may need to replace your helmet more often.
Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Climbing Helmet
In addition to following the general guideline of replacing your climbing helmet every five years, there are also several signs that indicate it’s time for a new helmet—no matter how well you take care of your gear. For example, if you notice any cracks in the shell or foam of your helmet, it’s time to get a new one.
Additionally, if the straps on your helmet are worn or frayed, they may not be able to provide adequate protection in the event of a fall—so be sure to replace them as well. Finally, if you’ve had any major falls while wearing your helmet or if it otherwise shows signs of wear and tear, it’s definitely time for an upgrade.
Climbing helmets are essential for anyone who hitches themselves up onto a rock face—but like all gear, they have a lifespan. Most manufacturers recommend replacing climbing helmets every five years but the truth is that it depends on how often you use it and how well you take care of it.
There are also several signs that indicate it might be time for a replacement including cracks in the shell or foam, worn or frayed straps, and major signs of wear and tear. So before your next big climb, make sure you check your helmet—it could save your life!
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