Evolving over the years from one of Dive Rite’s
original products, a basic dive reel, the Slide Lock (SL) line of reels
is in no way basic. Its evolutionary roots stem from serious cave
exploration where a variety of reels were needed to safely conduct just
one dive. Today, many manufacturers make dive reels, but only Dive Rite
has the SL Reel, a reel that quickly and easily locks and unlocks the
spool with just one hand. No more tightening or loosening a lock-down
screw. Using either hand and a simple thumb flick, the SL spool can be
locked or unlocked even while wearing thick gloves.
The 50 foot spool of braided #24 line provides the right amount as a
cavern/safety reel or for shooting lift bags.
A spring loaded, self-lubricating locking pin engages with the
injection molded, polycarbonate plastic spool, to either lock the spool
in place or release it for use. When unlocked, the reel is free spooling
meaning that there is no ratcheting action like on other locking reels.
The free spool allows for a smooth and effortless deployment of line.
The side handle design allows you to quickly switch the reel from
hand to hand while deploying line no matter what type of thermal
protection you’re wearing. It also provides the flexibility to use your
hands for other tasks while still holding the reel.
Securing the reel inside a pocket or to a D-ring on your rig is
simple and safe with a marine grade stainless steel shackle snap
securely attached to the reel. Gone are the days of a double-ended bolt
snap that can easily be lost or roll open. The shackle snap is low
profile for efficiency yet won’t accidentally undo from the reel. Want
to use a different type of snap, no problem; you can easily change it
out for a different solution.
The SL comes with a line stop attached to the loop at the end of the
line. This line stop is designed to self-center on the reel and nicely
fits into the line guard. With a little separation in the line as it
loops through the line stop, grabbing the line loop with gloved fingers
is easily done.