Bill Hogarth Main went on to popularize the backplate and harness and dive purists who follow the DIR philosophy have come to embrace what is known today as the "Hogarthian Rig." Northeastern wreck divers adapted the concept and began using a stainless steel backplate; at six pounds in weight, it is ideal to counterbalance buoyancy characteristics of thick drysuit exposure protection.
Eleven-inch on center holes accommodate standard double tank bolt kits. Holes along the perimeter of the plate allow for mounting lights, pony bottles, lift bags and other accessories. One-inch and 2-inch slots permit diver’s choice of crotch straps. Two 3/8-inch slots along the bottom are designed to fit screws for attaching lift bag sleeves, sidemount butt plates or other accessories. Two-inch slots along the center allow single-tank divers to use cam straps without a single tank adaptor. All edges are deburred to eliminate sharp edges and prevent abrasion to harness webbing. Grade 304 stainless steel is passivated, which prevents oxidation. Made in the U.S.A.
- 5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
- 11-inch on center holes accomodate standard bolt kits
- Two 3/8 slots along the bottom are designed to fit assembly screws for attaching accessories.
- Center slots accommodate cam straps without a single tank adaptor
- One-inch and 2-inch slots permit diver’s choice of crotch strap
- Perimeter holes for mounting lights, pony bottles and lift bags
- All edges are smooth and rounded to eliminate sharp edges and prevent abrasion to harness webbing.
~The Stainless Steel backplate is ideal when diving aluminum tanks because it adds weight to counteract aluminum buoyancy characteristics.