Posted by sigxbill on June 04, 2005 at 01:08:30:
In Reply to: Pony Baloney posted by BigTankTom on June 02, 2005 at 17:15:59:
When I have incorporated a pony as a backup gas source, the following is what I have found is very clean:
Run a 5’ long hose off your primary cylinder worn wrapped around regular Hogarthian style.
Remove the ‘octo’ from your primary first stage and plug the hole.
Continue to run your pony mounted upside down close on right side, but use a bungee style necklace on the pony’s second stage and wear it around your neck for personal backup (you may need to add an octo length hose though).
This config assumes you are using the pony as an emergency backup gas source and is not recomended if plan on using it for non-emergencies while diving with your buddy.
I have swam through kelp with a thirteen cf drysuit pony mounted upside down on the left side of my doubles (and this sticks out even farther than on your single!) at least a hundred times and never had an entanglement.
I have also never had a problem with banging up my first stage, but there have been a few times when I found it inconveniently placed for the seats of some dive boats.
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