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Help deciding between brands backplate/wing

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by scubapr1705, Jun 15, 2021.

Which one should I get?

  1. DGX 30# package

    11 vote(s)
  2. HOG 32# total BC package

    3 vote(s)
  3. Deep6 30# package

    5 vote(s)
  1. scubapr1705

    scubapr1705 Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Puerto Rico
    I am trying to decide in my first backplate/wing.

    Currently have a Hollis Katana 2 which I love for both single and double sidemount, but want to get a single backmount BC that stays in budget ($500 top) and that I can easily carry around divesites and possibly travel with it.

    My dives will be in the Caribbean, salt water and I currently use 4 pounds of weight when single sidemounting.

    Also, should I get an aluminum or steel plate?
  2. runsongas

    runsongas Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
    you can go either way with the plate whether you prefer to save a few pounds on luggage or save a few pounds on a belt/trim pocket weights.
  3. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    I voted hog because thats what i have and am happy with it. Id imagine the other options are fine too since a bp/w is pretty straight forward (hog wing does not need sta, not sure about that on the others) As for the weight, the 2 lbs aluminum plate plus a couple lbs of lead in the weight pockets would be best imho. A ss plate would have you a couple lbs heavy even with no additional lead.
    Altamira and scubapr1705 like this.
  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
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  5. Hppyfam

    Hppyfam Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Guam
    Far as just wanting a BP/W I'd vote for the DGX. The lower cost is a huge part of that. I would simply get the DGX and add the trim pockets with alu backplate and call it a day for under $400

    I have been looking how to order one since I'd seen them months ago... how does one order one?!
  6. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    The nice part for the Deep 6 wing is how quickly it dries.
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  7. DBPacific

    DBPacific ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NorCal, USA
    I have the DGX and love it. Served me well even for weeks of multiple dives in cold water, and I really like that DGX has so many spare parts for back-ups or replacements, and it's very affordable. The other bonus was that the DGX was much plainer and seemed very easy to tailor to myself and how I wanted the webbing and D-rings set up.

    I don't have any experience with Hog but have heard good things. I almost got the Deep6 bpw but ended up not due to budget.

    If you're planning on air travel with it, I would go for an aluminum plate. A steel plate could be nice (I know I prefer them for cold water to get weight out of my pockets), but you're diving warm water and probably won't need too much weight. It's a lot easier to add weight than take it off, especially if it's built in
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  8. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    For diving in a 5 mil, I prefer SS as then I need to add less weight with an AL80.
  9. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    Pro: good quality, wing shape, price, good customer service.
    Con: none

    Pro: good quality, good customer service
    Con: wing shape is a little wider than competitor brand for same amount of lift.

    Deep 6
    Pro: good quality, good customer service, wing shape.
    Con: Availability tends to be hit ot miss.

  10. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"

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