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Personally I wouldnt like the handle so exposed, seems to me it would be very easy to get it caught on something, back off and release the pony. Having said that I used to run my pony inverted which would reduce the risk. My pony bracket was released by a sping tag which was down the side and a right cow son to release.
Why not try side/front sling instead, similar to a stage rig, I use that method with my wing (still do) and found it fine. Pretty cheap, easy to hand off etc.

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I'll second Matt's suggestion about side slinging your pony. After reading lots of debate on here I decided it was the way to go. Must admit it can take a bit of fetteling to get it right if you dive with a stab. But once you get the balance right you don't notice it.
 

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I think it was Matt that pointed me in the direction of a thread last year about side slinging a pony, it was brilliant just tucked under my left arm and didnt notice it was there, unlike when i tried clamping it on my single i felt lop-sided even with trying to move weight to compensate for the pony.

Cost next to nothing with 2 jubilee clips, some rope and bungie cord.
 

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Just not enough dive time.
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I think it was Matt that pointed me in the direction of a thread last year about side slinging a pony, it was brilliant just tucked under my left arm and didnt notice it was there, unlike when i tried clamping it on my single i felt lop-sided even with trying to move weight to compensate for the pony.

Cost next to nothing with 2 jubilee clips, some rope and bungie cord.
Ta for that, but I have to say with my new avatar I cant be doing with bungie (or bungee) :)

Matt
(oh how the dir lot are going to giggle when they see my kit)
 

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They are waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than SS bands and latching system. It's just about indestructible. The chances of 'knocking' it off due to the handle are totally non existant, it's a heck of a locking mechanism!.
I also personally know the guy who designed, built and developed it.He, and his family have been diving for a living since before time began!
For the cynical out there, I'm in no way financially attached to the guy or the clamp system, I just know that it's a damn fine, and well thought out bit of kit.
Hope that helps matey.
 

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Many thanks guys. I'll give the underslung options a go. I am rubbish at all this DIY stuff, so if I lose my little pony, I'm blaming you :)
 
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