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.
This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.