Dive Rite Executive Scuba Diving 6 Page Dive Slate with Pencil
|Price:||£999.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details|
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The Dive Rite slate has a "woodless" graphite pencil, of the type readily available on Amazon, e.g.:
and a knotted-bungee-plus-plastic-nubin attachment that makes it potentially (I have yet to test this) easy to replace the pencil. Other manufacturers use thin plastic tube that rips open.
That's really enough to justify the price, given the competition:
You can throw away the slate, keep the clip (as other reviews say, you might want to replace it) and the plastic nubin and you are set for life.
That said, the rest of the product seems good too; six 'slates' linked with split rings (attach the snap lock to a split ring; if you put it through the hole as in the picture flipping the slates requires manual dexterity and, as other reviewer comment, this is inconvenient.) The slates are conveniently small; 3 1/2" x 5", yet big enough and easy to flip over (12 surfaces total).
I can see two possibilities for storage; a spring retractor or a BCD pocket (most non-wrist slates are too big to fit).
Time and a few dives will tell.
Aside from that, it is perfect for technical divers carrying backup decompression schedules and other critical information, with pages left over for taking notes and passing messages underwater--if only you could erase them!
I won't bother with the plastic clip. It's not that big a deal, but I replaced it with stainless.
So, as-is, I don't love it for the reasons above, but the idea is right on. My $8 slate ended up wasting time and costing more like $13, but compared to everything else you need for deep technical dives, let alone the price of helium, it's inconsequential. Underwater, it is exactly the right tool.
The pencil seems to first class, but no sure on the replacement unless you go to the "golf" score-type pencil.
You could spend some time 'flipping" back to the previous pages if you kept them clipped together.
The quality is excellent but the execution could use some thought.