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 conduct just one dive safely. Many manufacturers make dive reels today, 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 wearing thick gloves.
The 250-foot spool of braided #24 line provides the right amount of line for many applications, including cave primary, cave safety, wreck diving, and shooting lift bags. 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 the line.
The side handle design lets you quickly switch the reel from hand to hand while deploying the line, no matter what thermal protection you wear. It also allows you to use your hands for other tasks while still holding the reel.
The SL is secured to the diver when not in use 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 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, it is easy to grab the line loop with gloved fingers.