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The Origin of Hogarthian Configuration

The hogarthian equipment configuration is a minimalist approach to dive gear that was originally conceived by Bill Hogarth Main and refined in the 1990's over an enormous body of dives including the cave exploration dives of the Wakulla Karst Plains Project (WKPP). The hogarthian configuration has been incorporated into holistic philosophies of diving such as Doing It Right (DIR) and the curriculum of several dive training agencies. Every piece of equipment has been considered in a synergistic relationship to every other, resulting in a configuration where carefully selected components along with the skills of the diver are integrated into a complete system. There is no latitude for 'personal preference' in the hogarthian configuration. However, refinements continue with benefit of experience, advancements in technology and availability of products tailored for the hogarthian diver. Adopted by exploration divers of all types, many expert divers view the hogarthian configuration as exceptionally streamlined, safe and relatively inexpensive.

The hogarthian equipment configuration is always a balanced rig, meaning the diver is properly weighted with a minimal amount of compensation lift to maintain neutral buoyancy. The balanced hogarthian diver is never so heavy that they require lift from the BC to ascend, and they can always swim to the surface in event of BC failure. The distribution of weight and lift on the hogarthian diver is also balanced in order to be able to easily maintain proper trim. Balance is achieved with a carefully selected combination of the cylinders, backplate, wing, exposure suit and other equipment. The most common configuration is 8-inch diameter steel cylinders with a harness, aluminum plate, wing and a drysuit. Another popular configuration is 7.25-inch diameter aluminum cylinders with a harness, steel backplate, wing and a wetsuit.



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The hogarthian harness is a continuous piece of { 2 in | 5 cm } webbing that has a total of five D-rings: one at each shoulder and one on the left waist, one at the rear of the crotch strap plus the one at the front. The left shoulder has a bungee loop for use in retaining the BC inflation hose assembly. The combination of the left shoulder and waist D-rings are used for carrying stage and deco bottles. The SPG is also clipped to the waist D-ring. The crotch strap front D-ring is used when being towed by a DPV. The rear D-ring is used to carry additional equipment such as reels. The right shoulder D-ring is used to clip the head of the primary canister light, and also the primary long hose second stage regulator following gas switches. Backup lights are clipped to each of the shoulder D-rings and held in place by the elastic bands.

The Dive Gear Express premium Ultimate Harness kit includes a lot of quality extras: webbing sleeves for improved abrasion resistance, crotch strap with neoprene comfort sleeve, durable neoprene elastic bands, additional webbing slides to support a variety of assembly options, extra buckle for securing light canister or accessory pocket, snap line and of course a copy of our very detailed assembly and fitting instructions. Backplate and waistbelt sheath not included, sold separately. See below for popular BPW packages.

Click Here to read Hogarthian Harness Assembly Instructions.

Ultimate Hogarthian Harness Kit Contents

  • Nylon webbing harness (Continuous with S/S grommet at center and tubular webbing sleeves)    
  • Nylon webbing crotch strap (Sewn-in scooter ring, rear bent D-ring and belt slide, and abrasion sleeve)    
  • 2 bent D-rings
  • 1 straight D-ring
  • 5 serrated belt slides
  • 1 S/S belt buckle
  • 4 neoprene elastic bands
  • 2 tubular webbing sleeves
  • 1 plastic belt buckle
  • 1 bungee cord loop
  • { 10 ft | 3 m } of #24 cave line
  • assembly instructions

    Backplate and Waistbelt Sheath not included.

The nylon harness webbing has been carefully selected and is soft enough for comfort yet stiff enough to keep it's shape for ease of doff and don. To minimize wear, the harness also features tubular nylon webbing sleeves where the webbing would normally be in contact with the metal plate. The tubular sleeves woven through plate slots also serve to hold the straps in position. Optionally you may choose not to use the tubular sleeves and two additional belt slides are included because some divers prefer to rig the harness with belt slides behind the lower slots instead of the sleeves.

Divers commonly use rubber or EPDM bike tire inner tube as elastic bands to hold their backup lights in place. Unfortunately, tire inner tube is not durable and some divers prefer to have a spare second band. Our kit includes neoprene elastic bands that are proven exceptionally reliable. However, the kit includes additional elastic bands for those who prefer two elastic bands on each side.

Stainless-steel snap clips are used in a variety of ways with technical diving equipment configurations. The hogarthian method to attach the clip to most objects is to tie it on with braided nylon line (aka cave line). This is because nylon line is tough enough to withstand a great deal of abuse, yet can be easily cut in an emergency if the clip is jammed or entangled. A length of #24 braided nylon line is included for tying snap clips to your equipment as appropriate so they may be clipped to the D-rings. See our separate article titled How to Attach a Snap for instructions.


DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Dive Rite EXP
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Build a custom configured BC using our exclusive Ultimate hogarthian style harness, together with Dive Rite brand backplate and their EXP series wing:

  • Ultimate Hogarthian Harness w/assembly instructions
  • Waistbelt Sheath w/Knife and Shears
  • Backplate: choice of stainless steel or aluminum
  • Dive Rite EXP Aircell: choice of single or double wings

For single tank diving with Dive Rite wings you will need to add two S/S cam buckle tank straps and an optional single tank adapter if you wish. The Rec wing can be used with both singles and doubles. We do not recommend the use of the Dive Rite Classic wing with singles.

A terrific complement to your hogarthian harness, backplate and wing are our hogarthian configuration regulator packages.


DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Dive Rite XT
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Build a custom configured BC using our exclusive Ultimate hogarthian style harness, together with Dive Rite brand backplate and XT Armored series wings:

  • Ultimate Hogarthian Harness w/assembly instructions
  • Waistbelt Sheath w/Knife and Shears
  • Backplate: choice of stainless steel or aluminum
  • Dive Rite XT Armored Aircell: choice of single or double wings

For single tank diving with Dive Rite wings you will need to add two S/S cam buckle tank straps and an optional single tank adapter if you wish. The Rec wing can be used with both singles and doubles. We do not recommend the use of the Classic or CCR wing with singles.

A terrific complement to your hogarthian harness, backplate and wing are our hogarthian configuration regulator packages.


DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Hollis Gear
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Build a custom configured BC using our exclusive Ultimate hogarthian style harness and backplate, together with Hollis Gear brand wing components:

  • Ultimate Hogarthian Harness w/assembly instructions
  • Waistbelt Sheath w/Knife and Shears
  • Backplate: choice of stainless steel or aluminum
  • Hollis Gear Aircell: choice of new LX Series wings

For single tank diving you will need to add two S/S cam buckle tank straps and an optional single tank adapter if you wish. We do not recommend the use of the Hollis Gear doubles wings with singles, although Hollis does include slots to accommodate tank straps on their doubles wings.


DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Light Monkey
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Build a custom configured BC using our exclusive Ultimate hogarthian style harness, together with backplate and Light Monkey brand wing:

  • Ultimate Hogarthian Harness w/assembly instructions
  • Waistbelt Sheath w/Knife and Shears
  • Backplate: choice of stainless steel or aluminum
  • Light Monkey Aircell: choice of single or double wings

The Light Monkey singles wing requires the addition of a single tank adapter if you do not already have one. Use of a single tank adapter with the Light Monkey doubles wing is not recommended.


DIR Knife and Titanium Shears w/Waistbelt Sheath
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Titanium Shears in Waistbelt Sheath Our hogarthian waistbelt webbing sheath is hot-knife trimmed and professionally stitched. It is designed to hold either a knife or EMT shears, and both are included. Cave divers will load the traditional hogarthian line cutting tool, a blunt-tip knife with a very sharp stainless steel { 2 in | 5.1 cm } serrated blade. For open water and wreck diving, load the sheath with heavy-duty EMT shears that have saltwater ready stainless steel construction and an industrial titanium nitride coating for longer lasting, corrosion resisting edges.



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Hogarthian Diver

You Can't Get Everything On-Line

The hogarthian configuration also includes a component that you are not able to add to cart - a skilled diver. Because this minimalist approach places emphasis on skills rather than equipment, merely wearing the hogarthian equipment configuration without developing and practicing the necessary skills will not deliver the benefits of the hogarthian system.



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Adult T-Shirt is preshrunk 100% Ultra Cotton jersey from GildanUSA Activewear with an ultra tight knit surface. Features a traditional fit with seamless double-needle collar, taped neck and shoulders, double-needle sleeve and bottom hems. Our logo is printed in glossy black (yes, black!) silkscreened color on the front of deep black color material. Available in Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and 2X-Large sizes.

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Pricing for Ultimate Hogarthian Harness, Backplate and Wing Systems

Image Item SKU Description Ship Status US $ Price
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DGX Ultimate Hogarthian Harness  DR-BC1063HOGNY DGX Ultimate Hogarthian Harness In Stock  $69.95
DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Dive Rite EXP  PK-251004 DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Dive Rite EXP
In Stock  $399.00
DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Dive Rite XT  PK-251007 DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Dive Rite XT
In Stock  $449.00
DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Hollis Gear  PK-271002 DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Hollis Gear
In Stock  $399.00
DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Light Monkey  PK-291001 DGX Custom - Ultimate Harness Package - Light Monkey
In Stock  $499.00
DIR Knife and Titanium Shears w/Waistbelt Sheath  DR-AC2042KS DIR Knife and Titanium Shears w/Waistbelt Sheath In Stock  $29.95
Dive Gear Express Logo T-Shirt, Black  DGX-10.201B Dive Gear Express Logo T-Shirt, Black
In Stock  $12.50

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