Everyone has a dependable piece of gear from the ‘good ol’ days’. The real question is: How did it last so long? There’s a lot more to the story than the original product quality. If you want your gear to last, you have to take good care of it, and make sure it is properly stored. Here, we’ll show you how.
A study conducted by a renowned magazine recommended replacing quickdraws after 5 years (heavy use) or every 7-10 years (moderate use). In most cases, you can see if you can still use a quickdraw:
"If any stitching is worn, or if the webbing is showing any tears, it must be replaced immediately. Pay special attention to quickdraws left in a project! Sun and weather can affect the strength of the quickdraw without necessarily being able to see any sign of wear. Before you clip any gear, it is important to decide for yourself if you can trust it."
Peter Manhartsberger, AUSTRIALPIN Product Manager
„Ice tools should be filed by hand, and never from a machine. Personally, I use a Mühlsägefeile file. In order to keep the angle fixed while filing, the best is to fix the tool with a vice. Always file towards the tip. Finally, file the pick until it is sharp, but not too sharp. If the pick becomes too thin it will become blunt faster."