14 lb backplate -- what a marvellous modern world we live in

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Posted by Anon. on August 22, 2006 at 19:26:30:

I happened to be at my local friendly local tech dive store recently, and the owner (who knows I have a weakness for new gadgets) showed me a new-fangled 14 lb steel backplate. Together with an STA, this comes to 15.5 lbs. I bought it, since I need a new backplate for my double tanks anyway (the old one was aluminum and was worn out), together with a steel STA, and tried it the other day for single tank diving with my drysuit, and it worked great!

Imagine, a 14 lb backplate. I would have never guessed.

The buddy diving with me had a classic ScubaPro plastic backplate from the 1970s, and he was very curious about my new heavyweight. As a result, my weight belt was half as heavy as his.

Over Labor Day, I will use the new plate with my big twin tanks on a group tech outing to one of the local pinnacles. I am sure it will work great with the twins. No doubt.

I am just surprised that it works so excellently for single tank diving as well.

(wishing to be Anon. and remain Anon.)

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