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Back Plate Options and Opinions

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by firemanj24, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. firemanj24

    firemanj24 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Longwood, FL
    We are in the process of manufacturing a back plate that meets the needs of most divers, in a wide range of colors. I am looking for opinions on what everyone would like to see as an option for a back plate. See the attached drawing and let me know what you would change if you were going to buy this piece of equipment.

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  2. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
    Looks like 99% of back plates out there now. Although, I like to see 1" and 2" cut outs for the crotch strap. And because my wife wants one....PiNK.

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  3. Tony387

    Tony387 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Marcos, Texas
    My SS plate has an extra set of band slots, positioned exactly halfway between the standard two as depicted in your diagram. IMO, it allows for maximum adjustment of a variety of styles of wings on the plate.
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    if it is not offered in "tall" or "x-tall", at 6'-7", I could care less.....
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  5. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    I'd like to see the corners @ the top waaay rounded over.
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  6. maniago

    maniago PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Mid-Atlantic (MD)
    This backplate is going to be made out of what exactly? And why would I want it colored/painted?
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  7. LeadTurn_SD

    LeadTurn_SD Solo Diver

    Offer the plate in stainless steel and aluminum

    Offer the plate in the "standard" size, and this will work for most divers, but also in "Tall" and "Small" sizes for divers who are extremely tall or short.

    Consider a slight "bend" in the lower corners, a few degrees away from the divers back. Usually not needed, but sometimes can help prevent the lower corners "digging" into the lower back of some divers.

    By "colors" I assume you mean for anodized aluminum plates?? I would stay away from any type of "paint" that could scratch...

    De-burr all edges. Don't make the diver do that, unless the plate is sold at a very discounted price.

    And, select a price point that makes you VERY competitive with all the other fine plates out there.

    Good luck with your project!

    Best wishes.
  8. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Just curious, what makes you want to manufacture yet another clone doubles backplate? Since it looks about the same as all the rest, can you make it significantly less expensive or better in some way that your drawing doesn’t indicate?
  9. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor


    What makes you think its a doubles BP? For masochists... maybe.
  10. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Because the design was developed for doubles and was adapted/band aided for singles.
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