Backplates and Pads

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Backplates and Pads

A scuba backplate is an essential component of a diver's gear, providing the structural foundation for a diver's buoyancy control device (BCD) system. Traditionally crafted from robust materials such as stainless steel or aluminum, modern backplates are also available in lightweight materials like titanium or carbon fiber to meet the diverse needs of recreational and technical divers.


We take pride in offering a comprehensive range of backplates and pads that are compatible with different rigs and diving conditions. Our selection at Dive Right in Scuba caters to the varied preferences and needs of divers, ensuring that everyone can find the combination that best suits their dive style and physique. By choosing the right setup from our curated collection, divers can optimize their gear for a seamless underwater experience.

Choosing the Best Scuba Backplates

In our commitment to equip divers with the best gear, we understand that the scuba backplate is a crucial component of a diver's setup. It's the foundational piece that brings together durability, customization, and comfort.

When we consider the right backplate for diving, the focus should be on achieving a perfect balance between fit and functionality. Dive Right in Scuba brings you a selection designed with precision to meet these exact needs.

Scuba Backplates Manufacturing Material

The two primary materials used in the construction of backplates are stainless steel and aluminum.

  • Stainless Steel Backplates

    Stainless steel backplates are favored for their heft and sturdiness, making them ideal for divers who need additional weight to achieve neutral buoyancy.

  • Aluminum Backplates

    Aluminum Backplates are significantly lighter, which can be a benefit for travel and divers who prefer a lighter rig or need less weight.

The corners and edges of a backplate are typically rounded or beveled to prevent damage to other gear and the diver.

Scuba Pads Material

Our scuba pads are designed with durability and comfort in mind. They often employ molded foam with mesh airflow channels for breathability and to prevent moisture buildup. This combination ensures a snug fit against your back, reducing the potential for abrasions and improving overall comfort.

The crotch strap integration is made smoother through the use of soft yet sturdy materials, minimizing the chafing that can occur during a dive.

Styles and Shapes

Different styles and shapes of backplates cater to the varied needs of divers. The standard shape remains rectangular with a slight contour to accommodate the curvature of the diver's back. Some divers may opt for a short or long version depending on their torso length. Our selection at Dive Right in Scuba offers a range of styles designed to ensure optimal fit and comfort for every diver.

  • Traditional: A classic design that fits most divers.
  • Contoured: Features ergonomic considerations for a snugger fit.

Size and Fit Considerations

When looking at backplates, it’s essential to recognize the structure and stability that one size does not fit all. The backplate should align with the length of your spine, avoiding any overhang that could lead to discomfort. We offer backplates in various sizes, catering to divers of all statures.

  • Contoured vs. Flat

    A contoured backplate follows the natural curve of your back providing a more ergonomic fit, whereas a flat backplate may suit those who prefer a rigid setup.

  • Material

    Choices often include stainless steel for additional weight, aiding in balance underwater, or lightweight aluminum for easier travel.

Weight Distribution and Buoyancy Control

While deciding these critical considerations, we advise looking for a backplate that allows for even weight distribution across your back, which can reduce fatigue and streamline your profile in the water.

  • Integrated Weights

    Some of our backplates have integrated weight systems, providing a cleaner and more efficient way to manage buoyancy.

  • Adjustability

    Multiple attachment points on the backplate allow for fine-tuning, ensuring weights are positioned in a way that supports your individual diving style and conditions.

Remember, the right backplate should enhance your diving experience, improving both comfort and control underwater. Browse our selection to find a backplate that best suits your diving needs.

Maintenance and Care Tips

To ensure the longevity and performance of your diving gear, we focus on meticulous maintenance and care. Our Dive Right in Scuba products deserve nothing less than a thorough and consistent care routine.

Regular Inspection and Cleaning

Before each dive, we recommend a systematic examination of your backplates and pads. Look for signs of wear or damage in high-stress areas.

After diving, cleaning is crucial.

For our backplates, especially models like the TransPac XT backplate pad, rinse thoroughly with fresh water to remove salt, chlorine, and any other particulates. Ensure that all Velcro or attachment points are free from debris that might cause deterioration over time.

Post-Dive Rinse

  • Use fresh, non-chlorinated water
  • Gently scrub off any dirt or grime
  • Pay special attention to crevices and moving parts


  • Hang to dry completely in a location with indirect sunlight to prevent material degradation
  • Avoid folding or stacking when wet to maintain the structural integrity of the pads

Storage and Transportation

How we store and transport our scuba gear directly impacts its life expectancy. Ensure your backplate and pad have complete clearance from sharp or heavy objects to prevent unnecessary stress.

It's best to use a dedicated storage area that is cool, dry, and out of direct sunlight.

For transportation, we use padded bags to protect our gear, especially when dealing with Oxycheq products known for their precision and quality.

Proper Storage

  • Temperature: Store in a moderately cool setting
  • Humidity: Keep in a dry environment to avoid mold and mildew
  • Orientation: Lay flat or hang to prevent warping or deforming

Safe Transportation

  • Utilize padding within your travel cases
  • Secure your gear to prevent shifting and potential damage during movement

From the materials they're made of to the various styles and the trusted brands behind them, backplates are a symbol of the diving spirit—unifying reliability with the love for an underwater adventure. By adhering to these procedures, we help ensure that our diving equipment remains in top shape for every underwater adventure.

At Dive Right in Scuba, our curated selection reflects this ethos, ensuring that every backplate we offer stands up to the demands of the diving community. Visit our website for more details on specific products and their care instructions.

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