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Dive Rite Stainless Steel Back-Plate
Product OverviewGreg Flanagan first invented the metal back-plate using aluminum in 1979 for North Florida cave divers. He realized that a back-mounted buoyancy system gives a diver natural balance in the water, due to the diver's center of gravity (tanks) being surrounded by the center of buoyancy (BC wings). Plus, the diver gains a clean chest area with room for gear attachment points on the harness. Bill Hogarth Main went on to popularize the back-plate and harness and dive purists who follow the DIR philosophy have come to embrace what is known today as the Hogarthian Rig.
Dive Rite began manufacturing back-plates for the public in 1984 and pioneered 11" (27.9cm) on-center bolt spacing creating an industry standard that is still followed today. Northeastern wreck divers adapted the concept and began using a stainless-steel back-plate; at 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) in weight, it is ideal to counterbalance buoyancy characteristics of thick dry suit exposure protection. The 11" (27.9cm) on-center holes accommodate standard double tank bolt kits.
Holes along the perimeter of the plate allow for mounting lights, pony bottles, lift bags and other accessories. 1" and 2" (2.5cm and 5.1cm) slots permit diver's choice of crotch straps. Two 3/8" (9.5mm) slots along the bottom are designed to fit screws for attaching lift bag sleeves, side mount butt plates or other accessories. 2" (5.1cm) slots along the center allow single tank divers to use cam straps without a single tank adaptor. All edges are de-burred to eliminate sharp edges and prevent abrasion to harness webbing. Back-plate is manufactured from grade 304-stainless-steel and is passivated, to prevent oxidation. The back-plate measures (H x W) 15.5" x 10.5" (39cm x 27cm) and is proudly made in the U.S.A.
- 11 (27.9cm) On-Center Bolt Spacing Creating Industry Standard
- Northeastern Wreck Divers Adapted the Stainless-Steel Back-Plate
- 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) Weight, Ideal to Counterbalance Buoyancy Characteristics of Thick Dry Suit
- On-Center Holes Accommodate Standard Double Tank Bolt Kits
- Perimeter Holes for Mounting Lights, Pony Bottles, Lift Bags and Accessories
- 1 and 2 (2.5cm and 5.1cm) Slots for Crotch Straps
- Two 3/8 (9.5mm) Slots on Bottom for Attaching:
Lift Bag Sleeves
Side Mount Butt Plates
- 2 (5.1cm) Center Slots for Cam Bands to Accommodate Single Tank Use
- All Edges, De-Burred to Eliminate Sharp Edges
- De-Burring: Prevent Abrasion to Harness Webbing
- Material: Corrosion Resistant 304-Stainless Steel
- Passivated, to Prevent Oxidation
- Dimensions: (H x W) 15.5 x 10.5 (39cm x 27cm)
- Made in the USA
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What's in the Box
|Cylinder Capacity||Single or Doubles|
|Crotch Strap Slots||Yes|
|Dimensions||15.5 x 10.5 (39cm x 27cm)|
|Weight||5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)|