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SS vs ALU + V weight backplate

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Danielk, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    Congratulations, you've made yourself a P-weight. (Does anyone know what the "P" stands for?)
  2. saxman242

    saxman242 Divemaster Candidate

    Ok, yes, technically it's a plate weight, but that doesn't seem to be an important differentiation to what the real root of what the OP is trying to achieve. The relevant point was that one can put a reasonably sized weight in the BP channel.
  3. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    Yes, but a V-weight isn't the right shape to fit there. Tell me you want this laying along your spine:

  4. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco Bay Area
    For OP's purpose, V weight won't work. He/she is trying to bring a lighter plate and use weight at destination. Casting a weight that fit the plate and to bring it alone totally defeated the purpose.
  5. Fyffer

    Fyffer Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Vancouver bc
    Make a p weight

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  6. Danielk

    Danielk Angel Fish

    I think I'll go with the SS backplate. Since the majority of my dives are local, the SS will allow me to remove some weight from my weight belt (or the pockets on the harness). For traveling, I think that 2 additional Kg will not kill me :).
    And in the worst case scenario, my wife will have to settle for less cloths :wink:

    Another consideration is that a generic ALU packplate can be bought on eBay for cheap (about 60$) with free shipping from China (it is just a piece of metal, what can go wrong, right?)
    Here is an example:
    Diving Aluminum Backplate Underwater Scuba Snorkeling Back Harness System | eBay

    Another option, is to what this guy did (will definitely try this):
  7. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

    There is a soft bag that's sort of workable, but you need to fill it with shot. I haven't seen that as an option at any destinations. It wouldn't be so bad on the spine, but it also doesn't hold much weight: it'll compensate for the difference between Al and SS plates, but that's about it.
  8. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    it can be at least 5# (I use one for my doubles)....

    thing is, you still need a way to then integrate the cam band straps....

    maybe it is a way to make an aluminum (bought for warm water) work for cold water.

    non-starter for travel as you need a source of loose lead shot when you get there.....
  9. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: same ocean as you
    dudes and dudesses, see the weight on the plate


    just use the plate holes and drill a couple more in your aluminium

    for to cable tie a couple of belt weights on at your destination man

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