It'll be interesting to see what George has to say...

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Posted by R Bear on March 07, 2001 at 15:08:07:

In Reply to: Re: Hi guys!... posted by MHK on March 07, 2001 at 13:38:49:

I'll stand by everything I said.
You'll note that most of my examples did not even include a backplate. They are mostly not examples of DIR weighting. Correct weighting is however closer to the entire idea of DIR than over weighting or rigging yourself to drop entirely too much weight.
From this website I definitely get the idea that most of the guys are NOT using a backplate. Even an Al backplate with a AL 80 is more negative than a single PST 104 on a traditional BC.
I digress...
The question is...
Can some steel tank be the ideal DIR match for some divers?
The answer HAS to be yes.
I wrote what my saltwater buoyancy characteristics are. Almost any woman my same height will be several pounds more buoyant. So will guys who are carrying a little extra fat. If an Al 80 on a Al backplate is good for me, then a PST 104 on the same backplate will be exactly as good on a person who is three pounds more buoyant than me.
Pretty simple huh?

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