What is you favorite recreational tank size

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby ljjames » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:35 pm

60' and shallower - such as goofing around at the junkyard - hp80
something like the i-beams (80-100ish) or am video'ing something, or diving with an unknown or new to me buddy then HP100, which i guess is really my go to.
Deeper than 100, or 80-100 for any length of time with the camera or for long long dives at any depth... well... two wee tanks plus bailout AKA CCR AKA dark side AKA we have cookies ;)
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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby GearHead » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:38 pm

My Faber FX117s for the simple shallow dives. They're the lightest of the 119 lass tanks. For a little deeper, twin LP 72s - low profile, perfect trim and full redundancy. These tanks cover 90% of all the local dives that I do. Of course Alu 80s are the thing for warm water diving, either single or twin sidemount.

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby Tom Nic » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:29 pm

I love my HP 119's, because of how they trim out, and the extra gas cushion. I'm almost always coming back with 1,000 to 1,500 psi after an hour dive, and if I go deeper or work harder the extra gas is wonderful.

That said, I also own a couple HP 100's and they are a great tank as well!

When I go North or to the coast where I might be doing some dives where I want to maximize my time between 100 and 130 fsw I bum my buddies 130's - a delightful tank! That and a slung 40 if desired and I have all the gas I need for pretty much any recreational dive in the sound.

Beyond that there are double's, side mount, and ....the ...dark side. But i hear they have cookies!! :taco:
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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby Desert Diver » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:09 pm

Steel 100, but I don't want it filled to only 3000#. I want the air left over afterwards.

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby Penopolypants » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:04 pm

I have HP 119's, HP 100's, and LP 95's. The 100's are hands down my favorites, as singles and doubles. I have dove 130's and intensely disliked them.

Air consumption changes over time with practice, so I'd be wary of basing tank size off of much until you both get more practice in cold water. Try a bunch of different tanks as many times as possible and see what works. Then don't be surprised if it changes! Even with the 95 it takes a long, deep dive before I've used even close to a full tank, but that certainly wasn't always the case. And more air is way better than not enough. :)
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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby 60south » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:02 pm

Steel HP 100 for casual diving.

HP 130 if things could go sideways.

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby Gdog » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:50 pm

I'm partial to hp119. Hp130 feels like a dump truck on my back, and hp100 isn't enough air.

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby ScubaJess » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:35 pm

I love my HP 117, I can usually get anywhere from 60-90 min on it. My longest was 115 min on a shallow (PSL) Lumpy Dive at Redondo.
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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby H20doctor » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:18 pm

My 119 ... Never lets me down
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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby Jeff Pack » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:40 pm

when I dove OC, I used faber lp95s boosted to around a 110-115 I think. But that would require your own compressor

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby johndo88 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:34 am

When I dive singles, I dive an HP 100 and my wife dives an HP 80. Turns out her air consumption is better than mine, so much so that our pressure gauges read the same. By the time I suck my HP 100 down to 2000 psi, he HP 80 will be nearly 2000 psi as well. But again, that was with single tanks.
I've since switched to double HP 100's (Worthington) with back plate and wing. With all my weight on my back and not on my waist, I can finally get horizontally trimmed.
BTW, an HP100 filled to 3,000psi yields 87cu.ft. of gas (100 / 3442 x 3000).

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Re: What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby Grateful Diver » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:53 am

I don't really have a favorite size, it depends on the circumstances of the dive. I own HP130's, HP119's, LP95's, and HP100's. Overall I prefer the 100's, as they're relatively small and lightweight. However, they're often not enough gas unless I'm diving sidemount ... in which case I'm carrying two of them ...

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What is you favorite recreational tank size

Postby JJHACK » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:37 am

I suppose this depends somewhat on the physical capability of the person as well. I personally have taken a Liking to a HP100 filled to 3000psi, That's about 90cf if I remember.

My wife would struggle with this size tank. She still likes the steel LP 80's but that makes us a bit mismatched when we dive together. Although I often use one tank to about 1.8 of hers. In many cases, we are stuck with what we can rent because we do not own any tanks now. However, where we live it is something to consider. Would be nice to dive without the travel to rent them every time out.

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