Simple and reliable, the Draeger Dolphin rebreather is the most popular semi-closed-circuit rebreather in the world. However, the plastic case of the unit has a number of drawbacks: the unit is notoriously uncomfortable to wear, is fragile and easily broken, and mounts only its own inadequate jacket-style BC. In addition, it has no provision for accessory or bailout bottles, canister batteries, and other items
The Diving Equipment Specialties Draeger Back plate Mount with side cylinder mounts is the solution to all these problems. The Back plate Mount converts the Dolphin to a standard two-bolt mounting system, replacing the Draeger jacket-style BC and making the unit adaptable to any back plate / harness system or soft pack harness.
The Diving Equipment Specialties Draeger Back plate Mount is easily installed with no modifications to the Draeger shell or internal components. Four stainless steel bolts on each side attach the one-piece stainless-steel frame to the inside of the rebreather using existing mounting holes in the plastic shell. The same bolts also attach the external cylinder mounts which are equipped with G-Snaps for ease of bottle changing . Installation takes minutes using only hand tools. All necessary mounting hardware is included.
The Diving Equipment Specialties Draeger Back plate Mount is also adjustable. Bolt holes in the steel frame are provided for variable mounting depths in the shell. Bigger users can use the shallower or "out" position to allow extra volume for the counterlung, while smaller users can use the deeper position for a closer fit.
The included stainless steel side-cylinder slide mounts are slotted for regular 2" cam bands, or can be used with stainless steel clamps. Typical use would be a battery canister on one side and a bailout bottle on the other ( up to 30 cu.ft. ) The weight of any side-mounted accessories is carried by the internal steel frame, not the plastic shell. The unit can also be assembled without the side mounts if desired. ( Mounting straps are not included but HD stainless steel clamps are. )
Weight of the Diving Equipment Specialties Draeger Back plate Mount is approximately 5.5 lbs. The Diving Equipment Specialties Draeger Back plate Mount retails for $420.
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