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So many hogs to choose, help me narrow em down....

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by Sunfire85, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    70lbs is huge. Beyond huge, gagingous. 55lbs will easily float me with hp100 doubles, 2 AL40s and an AL80 in a drysuit.

    My advice is to not even get a doubles wing.

    With your current experience, the best thing you can spend you money on is a BP/W, a canister light and training. Doubles, huge wings, etc. etc. are all overkill. Hate to break it to you Sunfire85, but you aren't ready for all that carp.

    After another ~50 dives, when you are ready for doubles and such, you will then have a good idea of what kind of wing you need. You said below that you'd like lift low. Almost everyone I know what's lift high, to avoid plowing sand with their forehead. I posit that you don't really know where you need lift.

    So get more experience in a single tank BP wing and you'll start to know how your body is in the water. Then you can get a wing to match your shape and skills, instead of trusting either your instructor or the internet. Both are a poor substitute for your own judgement and experience.
  2. Sunfire85

    Sunfire85 Registered

    Ok, thanks for the advice guys. I'll reconsider and think over this... BTW, rjack321, you getting any snow out there? I miss Montana, I know my families getting snow dumped on them.... stupid northeast.
  3. fire_diver

    fire_diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NW Oklahoma, USA
    What the Borg Queen :11: I mean what TS&M said. Couldn't have said it any better myself.

    Comrade Stroke
  4. Greg Barlow

    Greg Barlow Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Ohio
    All of my dives are made with a BP and wing. In fact, I don't even own a regular BCD anymore. When making dives with a single tank, I use a Dive Rite Venture Wing (30# lift). This wing works well for all of my single tank dives from an AL80 to a LP95. For diving doubles, I use a Halcyon Explorer 55#. Halcyon doesn't even sell a larger wing anymore. You simply don't need more lift than that if you are diving a balanced rig. I've made many tech/cave dives using doubles and two deco/stage bottles, and the 55# Explorer has more than enough lift for a wet suit or dry.

    There are divers who will tell you otherwise, but I don't like the idea of using one wing for both singles and doubles. You basically get one wing that doesn't work well for either use. It falls under the whole idea of a "cross training" athletic shoe....Good at some things, but not great at any.

    I recommend getting a high quality wing for single tank diving. Golem, Halcyon, Dive Rite, Oxycheq...They are all acceptable choices. As far as webbing goes...A Hogarthian rig is pretty tough to beat. If adjusted properly, you can get in and out of it with realtive ease. It will also last for hundreds of dives, and is ultra reliable.

    Greg Barlow
    Former Science Editor for Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine
  5. lof

    lof Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    Sunfire85 PM me I should be able to get you a solid kit for a decent price.
  6. cool_hardware52

    cool_hardware52 Dive Equipment Manufacturer


    Deco bottles should not affect your weighting, or wing lift.

    Look here, scroll down to section on Stages and Deco bottles.


    Now ask your instructor again........

  7. oceancrest67

    oceancrest67 Contributor

    I have to agree with Greg on going overkill with a wing as well as the idea of "growing into" some piece of equipment. After reading several postings...I get the feeling you are attempting to bite off more than you can chew at this stage. There seems to be some impatience at getting "technical". Someone posted the need for gradual training and gradual growth with equipment and technique. If it is of any perspective...I have been diving for 13 years but it was not until 3 years ago that I decided to expand into doubles, cave training, technical training and related equipment...and I have to say that I have come to like what I like...I am not particularly thrilled with cave diving although I find the training and experience valuable in disciplining one's skills and equipment set up.

    I am still learning, re-reading and practicing my skills...it is imperative if one wants to maintain competency and technique. In my opinion, learning to dive well takes time and practice...and patience...rushing through the gates on an ego trip of certification cards is a recipe for disaster.

    If it helps...I use a custom plate from Fred T, Dive Rite webbing (webbing is going to be little stiff one way or the other), and a Dive Rite Classic Wing for my double 104's. I keep my Dive Rite Transpac handy for diving singles and/or resort style fun diving.

    Just my O2.
  8. mwhities

    mwhities Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Mississippi
    I wanted to go all out with doubles (my SAC sucks) and get everything right away. I've since PMed quite a few people and TSandM stands out the most and has helped me realize I am FAR from doing any double rigs. It all makes sense to me to start out with a single, get my trim and buoyancy down and down GOOD before I try to go up to doubles. I'm glad I PMed her and the others that's helped me out. I've also done a LOT of reading to make the selections of primary and secondary regs and back plates and wings.

    So take your time, learn with a single and eventually go to a set of doubles. (I have kinda cheated, I have two Catalina 100's ready so when I go to doubles, I have them, otherwise, I have to single tanks for multiple dives.). I think the transition from a single to double will be easier that way.

  9. Fredi

    Fredi Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NJ,USA

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