Hogarthian Stage Strap Kit
This top quality Hogarthian cylinder harness kit includes everything you need to set up your stage or deco cylinder in accordance with the DIR style of diving.
- Stainless steel cylinder clamp
- Webbing sheath for cylinder clamp
- 2 stainless steel bolt snaps, medium size
- Black braided nylon cord
- Black rubber fuel hose
- EPDM hose retainer
- Small: Cylinders around 14 cm (5.5 in) diameter (AL30, AL40)
- Large: Cylinders around 18 cm (7 in) diameter (AL80)
Hoses on your stage and deco cylinders should be neatly stowed and streamlined. This helps reduce drag as well as the risk of entanglement. Some divers use a single hose retainer but at XR Scuba we prefer to use 2 retainers per cylinder (especially for CCR bailout cylinders). We use 1 retainer at the top, near the shoulder of the cylinder, and another at the bottom, just above the cylinder clamp. This kit comes with 1 EPDM hose retainer. You may another retainer here.
Cord vs. Webbing
Which material is best for your cylinder harness? The answer depends on how easily you want to adjust the 2 bolt snaps.
With a cord-style harness, the 2 bolt snaps are knotted into the cord and you cannot adjust their positions (e.g. to trim out your cylinder) without loosening and redoing the knots. Furthermore, if you want to reduce the overall distance between the bolt snaps then you may need to cut and shorten the cord itself.
With a webbing-style harness (see here) , the 2 bolt snaps slide along the webbing and are held in place with small belt slides (just like the D-rings on your shoulder straps). This makes it much easier to independently adjust their positions to suit your preferences.
Cord may also stretch over time and require readjustment. Webbing tends to keep its shape for longer and also lays flat against the cylinder. However, many divers favour the simplicity of cord-style harnesses and the assurance that once the set-up is properly configured, it will not slip or change. Webbing-style harnesses are prone to the bolt snaps sliding out of position whenever the harness is removed from the cylinder.