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  • De-burred to eliminate sharp edges
  • Prevents abrasions and cuts to webbing, BC's
  • Designed for flexible accessory mounting
  • Hard coat anodized to prevent oxygenation

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OMS 1.75 lbs. (794g) Aluminum Back Plate Only Customer Reviews

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4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Lightweight & Sturdy

Diving without a backplate is just uncomfortable now, but dragging heavy gear to warm water locations is annoying (and expensive with airline weight restrictions). This backplate is exactly what I was looking for - lightweight, sturdy and all the slots required to make me comfortable down south[...]

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Functional, but that's about it !

Usefull for shedding some weight when you find yourself negatively buoyant diving without a weight belt. My choice of backplate for those short duration tech dives when I still need to carry a couple of side slungs, but only in warm waters. Will not stand up to rugged use like their stainless steel plate will. Also, the finishing of the holes and slots is very poor and will shorten the life of the harness webbing because some of them are quite sharp (but the finishing is due to the manufactur...

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OMS back plate

By Mariano L.

Nice plate, light but strong and confortable. Use it for tech dive with a total of 2 LP 85 tanks and 2 deco bottles

 

Great Backplate

By Matt T.

from San Clemente, CA, US

I was hesitant to buy this backplate based on some of the old reviews. However, I purchased it and I am 100% happy with it. OMS must have fixed their quality issues of sharp and rough edges because the one I received was great in every way, with smooth edges and slots and also including the black anodized finish. I've just completed setting it up with my harness and I'm looking forward to using it on an upcoming technical diving live aboard. Thanks OMS and leisure pro.

 

OMS AL BackPlate

By MORORLES

Great backplate for lower baggage weight when traveling by air. Keeps your doubles very stable, even with stage and/or deco bottles. No problem with sharp edges. Accommodates various harnesses. Can't beat the price.

 

Lightweight & Sturdy

By KimInNB

Diving without a backplate is just uncomfortable now, but dragging heavy gear to warm water locations is annoying (and expensive with airline weight restrictions). This backplate is exactly what I was looking for - lightweight, sturdy and all the slots required to make me comfortable down south[...]

 

An essential

By JAMES S.

Great backplate to travel with or if you don't need the weight.

 

Good but could be better

By czechguy

This back plate is great for a light weight travel setup or as a permanent harness for a twin tank setup, especially for steel tanks, where the extra weight of an SS back plate is usually not needed. The only negative feedback I have, are poorly manufactured slots for webbing. Some edges are razor blade sharp but it can be easily fixed with a file. On the other hand I like the large number of holes that allow for unlimited attachment points.

 

Good price but expected better

By DAVID T.

From OMS I expected the tank mounting holes to be properly machined to enable correct tank mounting. I had to ream out the mounting holes to enable the tank mounting bolts to correctly slide through the holes. This removes the external protective coating which may have a detrimental effect in the lont term especially when used extensively in salt water. I have a steal OMS back plate but was trying to shed some weight especially when I used my steel doubles and was hoping to see the same quality I got in my steel back plate with the Al. one. Overall it worked fine and for the money was a good buy but my concern is how well it will last in salt water after reaming the holes as required to accomidate the tank mount bolts.

 

Functional, but that's about it !

By Phil

Usefull for shedding some weight when you find yourself negatively buoyant diving without a weight belt. My choice of backplate for those short duration tech dives when I still need to carry a couple of side slungs, but only in warm waters. Will not stand up to rugged use like their stainless steel plate will. Also, the finishing of the holes and slots is very poor and will shorten the life of the harness webbing because some of them are quite sharp (but the finishing is due to the manufacture process).

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Hi,
I'm looking to purchase an aluminum backplate (warm water diving and lots of travel). However, I'm very concerned about reviewers commenting that this plate is poorly manufactured. More specifically "the finishing of the holes and slots is very poor and will shorten the life of the harness webbing because some of them are quite sharp".
Does anyone know if OMS has addressed this issue? If not, would you recommend another brand?

Thanks!
A shopper on Sep 25, 2011
BEST ANSWER: I have been diving with this backplate since 2009 (cold and warm water) and have always been well pleased with it. I use it with a Halcyon single webbing harness and a Dive Rite TransPac with double steel 80s. I am always looking to streamline and shed weight where I can so I went with an aluminum backplate instead of steel. Speaking specifically to the issue of the slots and side holes - mine seems very well made with no rough or sharp edges (you could rub your finger around them without a splinter) and I have never experienced any type of rusting, oxidation, patina, chipping or discoloring of any kind. I can be pretty tough on my gear but see no reason why I shouldn't get a lifetimes use out of my OMS aluminum backplate. Hope this helps.
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