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About Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate

Greg 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" (27.9 cm) 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" (27.9 cm) 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" (2.5 and 5.1 cm) Slots permit diver's choice of Crotch Straps. Two 3/8" (9.5 mm) Slots along the Bottom are designed to fit Screws for attaching Lift Bag Sleeves, Side Mount Butt Plates or other Accessories. 2" (5.1 cm) 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" (39 x 27 cm) comes with a 12 month limited warranty and is proudly made in the U.S.A.

The Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate is commonly used for Recreation and more. One reason why the Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate is popular is because of its Durable.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.


Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate Features

  • 11" (27.9 cm) 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 Exposure Protection
  • 11" (27.9 cm) On-Center Holes Accommodate Standard Double Tank Bolt Kits
  • Perimeter Holes for Mounting Lights, Pony Bottles, Lift Bags and Accessories
  • 1" and 2" (2.5 and 5.1 cm) Slots for Crotch Straps
  • Two 3/8" (9.5 mm) Slots on Bottom for Attaching Lift Bag Sleeves, Side Mount Butt Plates or Accessories
  • 2" (5.1 cm) 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" (39 x 27 cm)
  • Made in the USA
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate Specifications

Material
304-Stainless Steel
Cylinder Capacity
Single Or Doubles
Crotch Strap Slots
Yes
Dimensions
(H X W) 15.5" X 10.5" (39 X 27 Cm)
Weight
5.5 Lbs (2.5 Kg)
Compatibility
Multiple Harness & Wings
Weight [with packaging]
5 lb
Mfr #
SKU
DIV2116

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Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recreation (4)
    • Professional (3)

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    5.0

    Perfect for cold water diving.

    By nitro

    from northcoast, ca

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Improves Diving Experience
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cold Water
      • Professional
      • Recreation

      Comments about Dive Rite Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate:

      Switching to the backplate and wing style of diving made a huge difference in my diving. Steel plate distributed weight evenly and is perfect for diving in colder water. The whole backplate system makes it feel like it's part of your body, feels very streamlined unlike traditional bc's. Just amazing!

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Backplate

      By Emerald Diver

      from Catalina Island, CA

      About Me Divemaster

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dive Rite Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate:

          Great nicely made back plate but does not work with the Transpac. All around a very strong product.

          • Diving Type:
          • Drift Diving, Night Diving, Open Water Diving

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Average...

          By JarJar

          from Trier, Germany

          About Me Divemaster

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cold Water
            • Extreme Depths
            • Professional
            • Recreation

            Comments about Dive Rite Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate:

            The Backplate works good witch the other Dive Rite stuff. But the holes dont match with other brands, for example: u cant use a backpad manufactored by OMS, DIRZone or Halcyon.
            Next time i would buy an OMS-Backplate

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            DIve Rite Transplate Setup

            By Charles

            from Vallejo

            About Me Recreational Diver

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            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Long time to configure

            Best Uses

            • Recreation

            Comments about Dive Rite Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate:

            I purchased the complete Transplate Setup with SS Backplate, Lumbar Pad, 2" Crotch Strap, a couple of pockets, STA, and Tank Straps. Dive Rite has a well thought out, high quality and well engineered product. It took me a long time of pulling and adjusting the strapping (2-3hr). But once set-up, it is a custom fit that has no comparison. This set-up allowed me to remove weight from my belt, improved my trim in the water, and I have no more annoying movement of my tank whether I am hiking down a cliff or chasing down a fish.

            Service and delivery comments:

            I have been doing business with LeisurePro for over 10 years. I have always had excellent service. This Dive Rite equipment was the best price.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Backplates are the way to go

            By H-tech.research

            from Florida

            About Me Advanced Diver

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Low profile

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • ALL TYPES OF DIVING
            • Professional
            • Recreation
            • Warm Water

            Comments about Dive Rite Dive-Rite Stainless Steel Backplate:

            I actually bought the Halcyon SS backplate and Explorer (30lb wing), but it is very similar to the Dive-rite equipment.

            However, I'm writing this review for the SS Backplate and wing combo. I had a Mares tech BCD that inflated all around and I didn't think it was very streamlined while diving. The backplate is just the opposite.

            I bought the wing and it cuts through the water like nobody's business. I dropped from 12 lbs (standard BCD) to just the SS plate (5 lbs) and it is soooo much better. The plate is actually comfortable. I don't feel anything under the water. It take a few tries to get the harness adusted (if you have the continuous web harness), but once you've got it adjusted its always ready to go.

            I can't say enough about the backplate and wing combo. If you're even thinking about the switch, just go for it and you won't regret it. It's just a better set-up all around.

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            ANDREW Z  NA no longer have this item
            Shopper  Do the cam straps come with this item or with the Transplate harness or with the wings or do I need to buy them separatly?
            LeisurePro S  The cam straps come with the Transpac harness. If you are looking at the Transplate harness, you will have to look at product DIV2035 which is a set of 2 cam straps.
            Shopper  Does this back plate have the tank strap slots for use with with single tanks? The picture looks as though it has then!
            LeisurePro S  Yes it has them
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