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Soft backplates

Discussion in 'Deep 6 Outfitters' started by kelemvor, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
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    Any chance you guys will release any kind of a soft backplate system similar to the Transpac from Diverite? I'm considering taking some steps to lighten my luggage and was thinking about trying some alternatives to my current hard backplates.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2018
  2. fmerkel

    fmerkel Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Salish Sea (Seattle)
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    I have a Transpac. I did put a plate on it. IMO it's not light at all. My wife's Halcyon (they are similar lift size) is considerably lighter with the same plate. The soft pack is not as comfortable or stable.

    For travel she got a small wing and a SS carved out plate (2#). It's pretty nice and will replace her old Zeagle Concept.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2018
  3. Anthony A.

    Anthony A. Manta Ray

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    I tried the apeks soft plate and although nicely made, it really wasnt very stable. If alumimum plate is too heavy for you, I would recommend a plastic backplate from Piranha. They are just as stable as an aluminum/ss but weigh nothing at all.
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    Until then, DSS Kydex or OxyCheq "Dogbone".....
     
  5. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    Or VDH
     
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  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    I'll let you know how it (VDH) travels in a little bit (Curacao). I do really like that plate, but I'm sure it just freaks out the masses with the DH sculpted top, and it's description as a "vintage plate"....
     
  7. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
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    Just to be clear, aluminum (or steel depending on my configuration on a given dive) plates suit me just fine in the water. I'm looking to comprimise performance in order to reduce luggage weight when traveling. The DSS Kydex plate is pretty cool but it's also VERY expensive. It's also not very flexible so it would be just as hard to pack even if it did save a pound or two.
     
  8. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Not to take anything away from Chris and Deep6 but until they come out with a plate, this is one I’ve been using. Absolutely awesome, firm but super light weight, fits standard 2” webbing, Has bolt holes and cam strap holes and even some neutrally buoyant padding......
    UTD Soft Back Plate- Camo - New 2018 · UTD Scuba Diving
     
  9. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    5,876
    3,075
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    Thanks, that's an interesting option I was unaware of.
     
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  10. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    Took mine to Thailand a year ago, México last June as a travel backpack, Hawaii next week and Truk in June, I think you’ll find it travels well. Have a great trip.
     
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