USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

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USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

Thank you for choosing this HAR500 harness and putting your trust in us. This harness is a single size XS-XXL for users with a waist circumference between 70 and 110 cm and a thigh circumference between 45 and 70 cm. (Figure 1) This harness is a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect against falls from height when canyoning, climbing and mountaineering. For your safety, read and understand these instructions in full before use. Do not destroy them, keeping them for later use (care, lifespan and product warranty).

USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

CAUTION: TRAINING ESSENTIAL

Canyoning, climbing and mountaineering are dangerous. You are responsible for learning the techniques required for undertaking these activities, as well as the correct use of the equipment. Only people trained in these activities, or under the direct and permanent visual control of persons trained in these activities, are authorised to use this equipment. If you have not received such training, do not use this product. Ignorance and/or incorrect use of the techniques can result in serious injury or death. These instructions have been drawn up in accordance with the standard EN 12277:2015 + A1:2018 and European regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment. It is impossible for us to foresee all improper uses of this harness. Generally speaking, uses which differ from those described herein are prohibited. Failure to follow any of these warnings could result in serious injury or death. 

USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

1 – Nomenclature Figure 2

A – Roping-in point (attachment loop)
B – Belt adjustment buckle
C – Leg loop adjustment buckles
D – Gear strap (x 2)
E – Belt loops
F – Strap protection skirt
G – Comfort pad

2 – GENERAL

This product is a sit harness, intended for use in canyoning, climbing or mountaineering. This harness has been designed for use with personal protective equipment that meets the standards in force. Ensure the inter-compatibility of all the safety items and that none of the items in the belaying chain affects the operation and safety features of another item. It is imperative to observe the harness roping-in and closing diagrams. Remember to check the buckles and adjustment elements during use. Always consider how to best organise rescue for yourself or others if necessary. This harness is not suitable for users with a weight less than or equal to 40 kg and/or a crotch-to-shoulder length less than 50 cm; risk of injury in case of overturning. In this case, a full body harness (type B harness defined by EN12277:2015 + A1:2018) is more appropriate

USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

2.1 – Fitting the harness

- Take the harness from its carrying bag and unfold it.
- To put this harness on, hold it in front of you, rope-in point forward, and check that the thigh and waist straps are not twisted. If they are, untangle them.
- Pass your legs through the belt and into the thigh loops (Figure 3). You can pair this Harness with a body harness defined by the EN12277:2015 + A1:2018 standard concerning type D (harness that goes around the upper part of the body, passing around the chest and under the arms), to ensure proper body support. Check the compatibility of the body harness with which you wish to use this harness. For roping-in in this situation, refer to the body harness manual. 

2.2 – Adjustments

The belt and leg circumferences are adjusted using straps fitted with self-locking buckles (Figure 4). Always start with the belt adjustment, then the leg loops. When properly fitted at the waist, not the hips, the harness should not slip or be too loose at the thighs. Conversely, it should not impede movement nor prevent breathing. When optimally tightened, you can pass two fingers between the thigh and the thigh loop. Initially, the harness belt strap passes over the strap loop. (1st pictogram, Figure 5). Should you need more length to adjust, disassemble the main strap and pass it under the loop for better support of the Pad (2nd pictogram, Figure 5). This will let you use the full adjustment range. Before use in the field, carry out suspension tests in a safe place, to ensure the harness is the right size, the fit is correct and the harness is comfortable enough for use. When using the harness, regularly check the proper fit and tightness of the self-locking buckles. 

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  • USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

2.3 – Roping in

Roping in should be done only at roping-in point A (Figure 6). We recommend using a double figure of eight knot with stop-knot (easy to tie and check visually) for roping in. Any other choice of roping in, directly to the strap or to an equipment carrier (as shown in Figure 7) is prohibited. Their strength is not designed for such stress (risk of serious injury or death). Don’t forget to carry out a visual check of the different knots in the belay chain before using the harness. 

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  • USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

2.4 – Belaying and Abseiling

To belay another climber, connect a belay device to a locking karabiner installed at rope-in point A. To rappel, connect a braking device in parallel to a back-up device at rope-in point A.

3 – CARE, STORAGE AND TRANSPORT

3.1 – Care
To clean your harness, wash it with warm, clear water (30°C) and mild soap. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap. Allow it to dry in the open air, away from light and heat. If you need to use your harness in a saline atmosphere, be sure to rinse it with clean water after use and then leave it to air dry, away from light and heat.

3.2 – Storage and transport
Store your harness in a dry, cool and ventilated place, away from light. If the harness comes into contact with chemicals or corrosive substances, whatever they may be, destroy it. The harness should be transported in its original transport bag. Take care not to expose your harness to a temperature below -40°C or above 80°C. You should never leave your harness inside a car in direct sunlight, for example.

4 – MODIFICATIONS AND REPAIRS

Any modification or repair of the product is forbidden. It is strongly discouraged to buy a «used» harness because its history can be falsified.

5 – CHECKS AND LIFE SPAN

5.1 – Checks
Regularly inspect your entire harness: - Check for abrasion, burns and/or cuts on the straps, seams and rope-in point on the entire harness (Figure 8). Rope-in point A is provided with a wear indicator; if a red textile appears, it indicates the end of life of the reinforcement part (Figure 9). In this case, the harness must be discarded. Please note, if affected by moisture or frost, the harness becomes much more sensitive to abrasion, so take extra precautions. - Ensure that the self-locking buckles do not show any cracks, deformation, corrosion, wear or other damage. Make sure they work well. A more detailed inspection should be carried out at least once a year by a qualified person. Following the checks outlined above, if you find that the harness has any signs of wear on the various straps or self-locking buckles, do not use it any more and destroy it.

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  • USER GUIDE HAR500 CANYONING HARNESS

5.2 – Lifespan
The maximum life of this harness is 10 years. This service life is defined from the date of manufacture of the product, stamped on the harness label in day/month/year format. This may be reduced, depending on the type and frequency of use. It can be reduced to just one use in case of extreme stress (arresting a heavy fall, exposure to chemicals, extreme temperatures, severe abrasion...). These phenomena are not always visible on the product, but must be taken into account when analysing the life of the product. If you don’t know the product history, destroy it.  High-tenacity polyethylene webbing have a melting point of 140°C, beware of its low coefficient of friction. As long as your harness meets the control requirements set out above, you can use it. If you have any doubts on the condition of the product, have a competent, trained person check it or destroy it. In any case, beyond the maximum life of the product, destroy it.

6 – WARRANTY

This harness is guaranteed for 2 years starting from the date of purchase of the product and against all manufacturing defects. Normal wear and tear, oxidation as well as damage caused by poor use or modification of the product are not covered by the warranty.

7 – MEANING OF MARKINGS

dd/mm/yy: batch manufacture date (day/month/year)
UIAA: this product complies with the UIAA 105 safety label
Type C: type C harness (sit harness)
0082: Certified laboratory that carried out the EU type examination: Apave Exploitation France SAS (n°0082) - 6 Rue du Général Audran - 92412 COURBEVOIE cedex - France

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    : refer to the user guide before using the equipment

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    : SIMOND (manufacturer) logo

  • 7 – MEANING OF MARKINGS

    : DECATHLON (group to which SIMOND belongs) logo

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    : equipment compliant with the requirements of European regulation 2016/425 on personal protective equipment.

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    : recyclable product or packaging complies with EN12277:2015 + A1:2018 for mountaineering climbing harnesses.

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