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 400 foot spool of braided #24 line provide is the is the standard for a cave primary reel. Available in White or Orange line.
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.
When not in use the SL is secured to the diver with the included marine grade stainless double ended bolt snap. When using the SL, the bolt snap can be removed and clipped to the diver to not interfere with its use. Divers can easily substitute other clip styles using either a quick link or cord.
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.
- Locking/unlocking spool: Thumb activated, spring-loaded locking pin
- Spool: Injection molded polycarbonate plastic (resists cracking and warping)
- Handle: Aircraft grade aluminum with black hardcoat
- Line: Wear resistant braided #24 White line (RE55400) or #21 Orange line (RE65400)
- Double Ended Bolt Snap: 316 marine grade stainless steel (corrosion resistant)