DGX Gears SoftPack Harness

$199.00
In Stock
SKU
DX-503001
The very comfortable DGX Gears SoftPack harness is an excellent value that includes a well padded soft backplate integrated with well padded shoulder and waist straps.

DGX Gears SoftPack Harness

Large Size
Large Size Soft Backplate and Waist Padding Placement of Tank Straps (Not Included) at Farthest Distance Placement of Tank Straps (Not Included) at Closest Distance Soft Shoulder Strap Padding Soft Backplate is Attached with Hook and Loop

The very comfortable DGX Gears SoftPack harness is an excellent value that includes a well padded soft backplate integrated with well padded shoulder and waist straps. Weighing less { 4 lb | 2 kg } the harness includes 11-inch centers grommets for use with an optional single tank adapter for compatibility with any brand of wing.

Features include:

  • Three highly adjustable sizes: Small, Large, X-Large
  • Five {2 in | 5 cm} D-rings (two on right shoulder, one on left shoulder, and two on the waist)
  • Hook and loop epaulet on left shoulder for BC inflator hose
  • Four {1 in | 2.5 cm} D-rings (two on each side of soft backplate) to attach accessories
  • Soft backplate with backpad for maximum comfort, with standard 11-inch centers mounting grommets
  • Padded shoulders, adjustable length harness webbing with slide release buckles
  • Padded waist, harness webbing with S/S quick-release buckle
  • Chest strap, adjustable length { 1 in | 2.5 cm } webbing with slide release
  • Crotch strap, adjustable length { 1.5 in | 3.8 cm } soft webbing with slide release
  • Does NOT include tank straps; an optional single-tank-adapter with tank straps is available.

The waist and shoulder stainless steel D-rings, as well as the epaulet, are position adjustable as well as removable. We are sometimes asked if the SoftPack can have a rigid metal plate "added"; the answer is no. Because the SoftPack is designed for comfort, combining hard and soft plates together wouldn't produce any benefit. However, the soft backplate padding is also removable.

Choice of Three Sizes Fit Most Adults: The Large and X-Large size have the same 18-inch long soft backplate, and differ only in the length of the shoulder padding. The Small has as shorter 16-inch long size backplate with proportionately shorter shoulder pads. The waist straps on all the sizes are very generous thus not normally a concern for sizing and can be trimmed for fit as desired. There is considerable adjustability in the shoulder straps, so sizing is not critical: Size the harness based on your preference for a US adult men's t-shirt size (use next larger t-shirt size for reference if wearing thick wetsuit):

  • Choose the Small size harness if you wear an x-small or small size t-shirt
  • Choose the Large size harness if you wear a medium or large size t-shirt
  • Choose the X-Large size harness if you wear an x-large or xx-large size t-shirt
  • If you have an exceptionally short or long torso, then the sizes available in this harness may not be appropriate
More Information
Brand DGX Gears
SKU DX-503001
Weight 4.000000

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