Can this product be retrofitted to fit a standard tank? If so, what would be needed?
The PonyPac Harness comes with a short strap for holding narrow diameter pony tanks. In anticipation for using a larger tank I have replaced the short strap with a regular, longer strap. The back of this harness has a cylindrically curved friction pad that would accommodate a larger tank. So, the harness appears compatible with a larger tank.
However, I haven't tried carrying the heavier, larger tank yet. My only concern is that its shoulder straps are not designed to carry so much weight. So, I would recommend taking the tank close to the water, and connect them together with the least amount of time carrying it around outside of water. Better still, attach the tank, carry the whole assembly while holding the tank, enter water, wear the harness with the tank floating.
After this experiment, it would be clear if the shoulder straps dig into your body or if it is comfortable to keep the large tank attached outside of water.
Great PonyPac harness. Yet it's name says it all, the shoulder straps including the cumberbund (waist) were probably designed to support the maximum weight of a 40 cu.ft. Tank. Attempting to retrofit it to fit a tank double it's size would probably ruin it.
Yes, I used it with an Alu-80. I replaced the tank cam strap with one for a larger tank. I like the DiveRite, it has a metal cam and is very well made. I also used soft weights in the pockets, I was diving in the Caribbean and I only needed a few pounds, it was perfect. Very simple and very comfortable. I was on a sail boat and didn't want more than I needed. The pony pack, my regulator, fins and a mask. Very Hogarthian, yes I dive with Bill all the time.
Awesome quality....my brother-in-law Loves his...returned mine as wrong size. Buy with confidence ! Brian
yes, it can accomodate a full size tank if you get different straps(the ones that go around the tank, the ones it comes with are too short). I did it with mine, but I don't recall exactly which straps I used for replacements - if it was specific to this product or just a generic standard replacement strap.
Possibly, but you would definitely need to buy longer straps with which to attach the tank. The ones that it comes with are pretty short.
Yes - you can buy tank straps that will accommodate a standard tank as an add-on if you buy the BC with pony tank straps. I have both and switch them out depending on which set-up I will use.