View Full Version : Pony Size?

06-05-2008, 17:04
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a size pony bottle? I was wondering if there was a size that was most common over any others. I am hoping to purchase one sometime in the near future. Also What would I need to attach it to my Zeagle Brigade BCD? Thanks for the help

06-05-2008, 17:10
Really depends on what you want to do with your pony. More commonly you'll see 19, 30 and 40 cft. If you know you will regularily dive deeper than 110' or maybe technical diving is in your thing in the future, than I would definately go with 30 or 40 cft bottles. If you just want to stay shallow, than 19 cft is fine.

06-05-2008, 17:19
I am quite content with my 19 pony, slung on my BCD with a SP reg. for the type of diving I am doing now, lake diving above 100ffw.

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
06-05-2008, 18:27
I am quite content with my 19 pony, slung on my BCD with a SP reg. for the type of diving I am doing now, lake diving above 100ffw.

That seems about right. In the open ocean at those depths I'd want more.

06-05-2008, 21:27
I would go with a 30-I like that its more than the 19 and the size is only a little bigger...The whole rig will come to about $300(reg, tank, button gauge) plus the stuff for the sling kit...Here is a popular link on how to rig it

DIR-diver.com - Stagebottle rigging (http://dir-diver.com/en/equipment/stagebottle_rigging.html)

Its all on my list...Diving-expensive and worth every penny.

06-06-2008, 08:02
I use a 19 and a 30 depending on depth. I have used many methods of carrying one but have decided slinging one is the best method I have used.

06-06-2008, 08:12
I looked at it this way - a 30 is not much bigger than a 19, and a 40 is not much bigger than a 30...


seriously... can you tell me that a 40 will be that much harder to carry than a 19 or 30??? also, if you sling it, then I think it actually works out better - the additional 4" or so are really not even felt... the buoyancy doesn't change much either, 19, 30 and 40's are all about -1 lb full, and 1-2 lbs positive when completely empty (hopefully empty never happens)... I'll also add that cost is within $20-$30 for all the sizes...

To me, the only choices here really are 13 cf and 40 cf... that decision should be based on how deep you plan on diving...

Keep in mind, you will need a tank, regulator, 6" hose spg or button gauge spg, and either make or buy a sling kit (I bought the Dive Rite one - it's simple, clean, straightforward) I am pretty sure your BC will have attachments to let the Dive Rite or similar sling attach directly to it... The clip by the tank valve clips on your shoulder harness, the clip on the body of the tank clips along your waist belt...

06-06-2008, 12:53
Lots of threads on this. Here's one post where you can see the numbers behind WHY you might to choose one size over the other:


In general, 19 is the smallest you should choose for recreational diving, IMO, although 13 will cut it (closer), strictly for shallower depths. If there's any chance you'll be interested in technical diving later in your diving, just get a 40 now, be happy that you have lots of extra gas that is still very easy to carry (slung), and you'll have a good bottle you can use for deco later down the road.

06-06-2008, 15:13
Why do you need the pony? What kinds of depths are you diving to? What kinds of depths do you plan to be diving to in the near future? Do you see yourself doing technical training in the next few years?

Not really sure how people are making recommendations without first asking some questions.

06-06-2008, 17:59
Many many posts on this subject. Remember, you can never have to much air:smiley20:

06-06-2008, 21:13
I plan on a pony because I sometimes solo. 13cf wil suffice for me as I will not solo beyond 80FT. My "true" solo diving does not exceed 60ft.

Beyond 60, I have somebody near by. Beyond 80, I will have a real buddy.

And I have made a free accent, from 60ft, before.

06-06-2008, 21:22
It depends on the depth you dive.....
Most of my dives are 20'-75' along old river channels in the lakes.
I have a 13cf pony.

Jack Hammer
06-07-2008, 00:39
I use a 30cf pony. I was having a difficult time deciding because I'm considering getting into technical diving, but wanted something small I can sling on solo dives. I ended up with the 30 because it was a good blend of size and capacity, that and I got a good deal on a used 30cf tank with 4yrs left on the hydro and and a new vis. If I was looking again, I'd probably be looking only at the 30 or 40cf tanks. Mainly because you can grow with those tanks and the 30 isn't really that much more to carry in the water.


06-07-2008, 14:59
I went with the 30 because it looked about as long and I could get and still fit in a suitcase easy. I took the advice I found on here and slung it. Took it out for the first time Thursday and did not even know it was there.

06-07-2008, 15:18
My concern is the surface weight. 12 to 13 # more shimmying up onto rolling boat. That is why I limited my choice to a 13 or 19. I recently went from LP98 to HP100. The weight dif is about 5 # and that is about the empty weight of a 13 AL .

06-10-2008, 18:20
I have a AL19cf
I usually dive between 30'-90'

06-24-2008, 20:47
The 19cf...maybe bigger someday depending on how my diving progresses...its only a few bucks more than the 13 and just a little bigger.

06-24-2008, 22:54
Anyone have any info on the OP's question about slinging this to a Zeagle Brigade?

06-25-2008, 05:32
I went with a 19cf

06-25-2008, 14:41
30cf slung

Charles R
06-25-2008, 14:44
I always use the 40 the 13 is good for DS argon Bottle.:smiley20:

06-25-2008, 17:51
Actually, a 13 is a pretty crappy argon bottle. 6 or 14.

06-25-2008, 21:55
I have a 19 cu ft and so far it has done me well-that is I haven't had to use it yet except in practice. I will probably use it again this weekend and see if it is indeed a good bail out bottle for me. My standard is can it take me from depth slowly to a 15'; safety stop and then to the surface. So we'll see.

07-02-2008, 23:01
I have an alum 19 cf (sling setup) for travel and for local dives of less than 60 feet. If going deeper I dive my double 100s, or a single 100 with a 40 cf stage bottle.

07-03-2008, 17:48
I use a 19 but if I did it over I would consider the 30. I mount it with Zeagle straps and the setup works for me. I don't sling since I spear fish and it would only get in the way.