Dive Rite Stainless Steel XT Backplate

Dive Rite Stainless Steel XT Backplate

Sale price£224.00

The unique shape of the Dive Rite Stainless Steel XT Backplate contours the diver’s back while generously rounded corners prevent the plate from digging in or damaging drysuits.


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How can we help?

If you need to contact us for any issue or assistance, you can do so online by filling out the online Contact Form, emailing us at sales@dirdirect.com or calling us on +44(0)1305 824 555. If it's about a purchase you've made for us please also include your order number.

Our brick-and-mortar store Underwater Explorers based on Portland, Dorset is staffed 7 days a week, including weekends and bank holidays. As it's an active store visited by divers from around the country and world regularly, if we can't make it to the phone for any reason please leave a message and we'll get back to you asap.

Any queries are usually answered the very same day and at most within 24 hours.


Why Portland?

We’re located on the Isle of Portland (in Dorset) because Portland has been one of the most popular scuba diving locations in the United Kingdom even before we set up operations here back in the year 2000.

On one side, we’re minutes away from the sheltered waters of Portland Marina and Harbour, while on the other, it’s just a brief walk to reach our famous scuba diving destination Chesil Cove and start of the 16-mile-long Chesil Beach.  

Portland’s location makes it ideal for scuba diving, freediving, snorkelling and other surface water sports activities. 

Check out how many wrecks we have around here by clicking on Scimitar Diving's Wreck & Dive Sites chart!

Alongside dive clubs, many instructors and dive schools travel here to train and offer scuba diving certification ranging from open water diver to mixed-gas tech diving or rebreather diving levels.

Whether you’re doing a boat dive from Portland Marina or Castletown or a shore dive at Chesil Cove, Portland is well known for offering many possibilities: Reef diving to wreck diving and night diving, underwater photography or underwater videography. Anything other than cave diving is possible here.

Likely being the best-stocked diving shop in the UK, at Underwater Explorers we offer in-store scuba diving equipment advice and sales, as well as gas fills, to locals and visitors (read About Us).

But... If you’re googling “scuba diving shop near me” like some, look no further, there's DirDirect online.

Here at DirDirect, we list our cutting-edge equipment for worldwide delivery and we’ve got you covered whatever your level of diving: We’re your local dive store wherever you are in the world.

All that with over 20 years of experience especially in technical diving, from training to equipment, advice and sales.


Underwater Explorers, Unit 1, Maritime Business Centre
Mereside, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1FD


The Dive Rite Stainless Steel XT Backplate is 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 drysuits.

Dive Rite XT Backplate plates are individually finished by hand, guaranteeing no rough or sharp edges that could potentially damage harness webbing. They are then electropolished to a mirror finish and laser engraved to ensure they look as good as they perform.

Dive Rite Stainless Steel XT Backplate design

The XT backplate is set up with 27.9cm on-centre mounting holes to accommodate standard twinset bolt kits, including two hole positions for the upper bolt providing user adjustability of tank height.

Two sets of 2" slots along the centre channel allow divers to weave cam straps onto the backplate for single-tank diving without needing a single-tank adapter.

Two pairs of holes on side tabs are positioned for use with bungees to sidemount stage bottles.

A series of additional holes along the outer edges of the backplate provides different options for mounting lights, pony and suit inflation bottles, lift bags, and other accessories.

5cm wide harness webbing slots are used throughout to accommodate a harness, and 5cm and 2.5cm slots at the bottom centre of the plate allow for any crotch strap up to 5cm in width to be used.


  • 10 Gauge low carbon 316L Stainless Steel
  • Laser-cut, hand-finished edges
  • Electropolished and Laser Engraved
  • Weight 2.50kg
  • Widht 26.7cm, Height 39.4cm, Depth 3.2cm (with contour)
SKU: BC2118