- 10 Gauge low carbon 316L Stainless Steel
- Laser cut, hand finished edges
- Electropolished and Laser Engraved
- 5.41 lbs (2.45 kg)
- 10.5″ (26.7cm)(widest point) x 13.5″ (39.4cm)
- 1.25″ (3.2cm) depth (with contour)
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Dive Rite - Short Stainless Steel XT Backplate
Perfect for the diver with a shorter torso to provide a comfortable fit.
The Stainless Steel XT Backplate is now offered in a “short” size. Ideal for women or any diver with a shorter torso length, the short plate has an overall length of 13.5” (34.3cm) which is 1.5” (3.8cm) shorter than the standard size. All features are the same as the standard plate except that there is only one bolt hole position, and the 1” crotch strap slot was eliminated to save space. The Short XT Backplate is still 100% compatible with the Dive Rite Single Tank Adapter (STA), all Dive Rite Wings, and backplate harnesses.
Based on the original Dive Rite backplates produced since 1984, the XT Backplate design has evolved to include new features and ergonomics for the modern diver. Laser cut from 10 gauge low carbon, rust resistant 316L stainless steel, the unique shape contours the diver’s back while generously rounded corners prevent the plate from digging in or damaging exposure suits. All XT plates are individually finished by hand guaranteeing there are no rough or sharp edges that could potentially damage harness webbing. They are then electropolished to a mirror finish and laser engraved to ensure that they look as good as they perform.
The XT backplate is set up with 11" (27.9cm) on-center mounting holes to accommodate standard double tank bolt kits. Two sets of 2" slots along the center channel allow divers to weave cam straps onto the backplate for single tank diving use without the need for a single tank adapter. Two pairs of holes on side tabs are positioned for use with bungees to be able to sidemount stage bottles. A series of additional holes along the outer edges of the backplate provide different options for mounting lights, pony and suit inflation bottles, lift bags, and other accessories.
2” harness webbing slots are used throughout to accommodate either a Basic, Deluxe or Transplate style harness. A 2" (50mm) slot at the bottom center of the plate allows for any crotch strap up to 2" (50mm) in width to be used. Weighing in at 5.41 lbs (2.45 kg) for the short model, stainless steel plates are a popular option for divers looking for a more even distribution of ballast weight.