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Replacing parts with equal or better rated parts, perhaps of a different brand. I would say it can be safe if done by a competent person, but is it allowable? Would a loler inspector be forced to fail it even if they agree it is safe?


My old harness had fraying and the new unused one has the same part with rough edges, which caused the fraying. If I replace that part, it should last a very long time, rather than months. The old one is due for loler.


I want to replace the bridge metal attachment with a petzl openable ring, as used on older Sequoia harnesses. This will allow me to replace the barrel knot bridge rope - a stupid design, far too long, annoying tail, with sewn eye bridge rope  (also on older sequoia or treemotions).

The bridge has webbing that threads around the waist through the side rings, but is not permenently connected/sewn to the waist. As the old one is frayed, I could replace it with a DMM 30kn nylon 26mm sling which is far stronger than the original webbing.


What are your thoughts? The old harness I may do anyway and only use it for only for recreational climbing practise if it cant be passed - loler does not apply to recreational use.


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Unless specifically stated by the manufacturer in the user instructions/handbook then no, all replacement parts have to be the ones specified by manufacturer for the harness to meet the certs/regs it was tested under, and pass a LOLER thorough inspection.


What make and model of harness are you using? I'd be asking why a rough edge is consistently causing fraying and sending it back. You should be expecting more than months from a harness...bigger climbers can burn through the webbing on the legs of a TM but they're user replaceable.

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