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Plate Selection

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by MikadoWu, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. MikadoWu

    MikadoWu Barracuda

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    Hello All,

    I am purchasing my first BP/W. I have gone through the Beginners guide on selecting one.

    Other then weight, what other considerations are there in selecting the Back Plate?

    Why AL over SS, why Softpack other then travel?

    What I dive - I presently own a Dive Rite TravelPac, Zeagle Ranger and Express Tech.

    I generally dive on LP85 or HP100, or AL63 for pool sessions.

    Also, I am negatively buoyant in generally. Using my Express Tech, 2mm short and al80 I sink.

    Thanks you,

    Oh, and I will be buying my BP/W from Hog.
     
  2. saxman242

    saxman242 Divemaster Candidate

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    You sound like a good candidate for an Al plate. No need for the extra mass of an SS plate if you normally sink using an al80 and no lead.
     
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  3. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

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    Soft plate is for travel ease but not good for doubles. The reason to choose between steel or aluminum is just the weight, nothing fancy.
     
  4. MikadoWu

    MikadoWu Barracuda

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    Thank you both. Sounds like AL is my direction. Is there a comfort different between Soft and AL/SS (guessing AL and SS has no difference)
     
  5. saxman242

    saxman242 Divemaster Candidate

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    Metal plates seem like they'd be uncomfortable. They aren't.
     
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  6. marsh9077

    marsh9077 Angel Fish

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    yes sounds like AL plate is best choice for you. as saxman242 said they look uncomfortable however they are not, they are actually very comfy. I would not even bother looking at soft ones IMO kind of useless. I know some people say its to save travel weight but really?? an AL plate weight is about 700-800g basically nothing. If I am single tank diving I can easy pack a bag with all my dive gear and clothes under 23kg and that is with a SS backplate and I fly a lot with dive gear, practically live in airplanes and airports.
     
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  7. MikadoWu

    MikadoWu Barracuda

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    Thank you both. I really appreciate the information. AL it is. Best of luck to you.
     
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  8. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    There is a comfort difference between Eric's plate and the regular ones. And he makes them in Al now, too.
     
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  9. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    if you are negatively buoyant with an al80 @ 500 psi, in salt water, and an express tech already, you should get a kydex or soft plate.

    if that quoted buoyancy is with a full tank or for fresh water but you will dive in salt water predominantly, then an AL or SS plate with more ballast may work fine.
     
  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    Al has relatively low density, actually, so the amount of ballast it provides in the water is not that much. It's more rigid than soft pads, but if you need ballast: go steel.
     
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