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    Default Steel Vs aluminum backplates

    What do you dive ? Considering switching from SS to aluminum diving 108s with stages


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    Ss for ow or al80s doubled in sw. Aluminum for steel doubles.


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    usually kydex with doubles unless in cold or salty stuff in a drysuit but my doubles are PST HP120's which are a couple pounds heavier than 108's.
    Be aware that with aluminum backplates the holes will eventually start rounding out with heavy doubles as the steel threaded rods wear against the aluminum. 108's are pretty floaty though so I don't know if I'd use a light plate with those. I would with 104's, but with the buoyancy delta 104's+aluminum plate is about the same as 108's and steel plate


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    I switched to an aluminium plate with the 104s and I am still diving wet.

    Dominick Gheesling

    Hike your own hike.

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    I'm pretty negative in a drysuit with 108s


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    Steel.

    But do a proper weight check with empty tanks and no gas in your wing and enough gas to loft your undergarment in your drysuit. You might be surprised at what you find.


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    I generally use an aluminum plate for warm water diving regardless of steel or al tanks. For cold water I use a steel BP

    Jeff Rouse
    Chicago, IL

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    Same as rddvet.



 

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