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Hogarthian Adjustable Shoulder Strap Solution

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by time2sail, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. time2sail

    time2sail Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: South Florida
    As my wife and I work slowly to align our gear configurations I find that I can not successfully play the role of the DIR police and simultaneously maintain a happy marriage.

    Being a simple man, I find that the DIR configuration works very well for me, especially when task loaded and slightly narc’d at depth.

    My wife’s mind works with just a little more complexity and requires slightly more “latitude” when it comes to setting up her BP/W.

    That’s where I need you, the excellent, experienced members of ScubaBoard to step in! She’s asked for adjustable shoulder straps. In part to accommodate different wetsuit thicknesses and (more importantly) to accommodate how she feels on any given dive.

    I know there’s many plastic, adjustable buckle type solutions….even complete off the shelf harness systems from several different manufacturers. Even though I’m sure most are well thought out, ingeniously engineered works of art, I’d like to keep it simple as possible…no proprietary parts!

    I’m hoping to find a way to use a couple of stainless steel belt slides, or possibly a belt slide with 3 or 4 slots to provide a simple, bomb proof, adjustable shoulder strap. One that she can put on loose and then snug down. I’d rather not have to custom sew anything, but if that’s the best answer I can easily take the webbing and belt slides to a nearby sail maker and have them stitched in place for less than $10 ea.

    Love to hear your ideas and solutions!
  2. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
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  4. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Seattle-WA-USA
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  5. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    It is likely that the shoulder straps are too tight. The waist belt is what really holds a backplate in place. The shoulder straps don’t really need to be tightened up.

    I have a cinch in the bottom of a box somewhere and another bp/w with adjustable shoulders (S40 HARNESS ONLY) which I never adjust. Once it is right is stays how it is. Getting it right can be a bit of a pain.

    Also, there are non obvious (to me anyway) techniques involve doing with getting in and out of a single piece harness. The business with the thumbs and the d-rings.
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  6. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    You could get her Eric's plate, it does let the webbing slide.
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  7. taimen

    taimen Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Europe
    The AGIR Harpa system is simple and works.
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  8. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
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  10. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    E21A491A-C408-47C8-9E9F-0B873D409979.jpeg Then there is @Akimbo idea for PVC tube additions to sliders to let webbing adjust more easily. I made a bunch of these but they are a bear to install FYI search Scubaboard for akimbo rollers.
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