I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
This one is compact and easy to carry. I use it as a back up for my larger reel. Most of my diving is wreck diving. Where one needs a reel for penetration. Also if one misses the up line you can tie to the wreck and come up controlling your assent rate and do the deco stops properly. Either reel works for these functions but it is good to have a back up. PHIL
I like the compact size
A finger spool is a finger spool. The difference between a $45 finger spool and a $16 finger spool is $29 and that is it. A finger spool should be cheap since one may have to abandon it. Doing the crossover circuit at Peacock usually forces one to abandon the jump spool at the Peanut-Crossover junction. It's better to abandon a cheap spool than an expensive one.
I wanted a spool that I could keep as a dedicated SMB line. I wanted something small for my pocket and it didn't need to be longer than 100' for most situations. Also, orange line is way more visible than white. I've used it in a semi-stressful situation and it performed perfectly.
Have been a cave diver for 15 years and use this reel for jumps. Good spool and brass clip for the money.
Simple, inexpensive, well made. Lower profile and doesn't get in the way as much as larger ones do. Cold water glove fingers can fit through center hole for ease of deployment of safety sausage/SMB or for winding it back up again.
It is a great kit, easy to carry all the times and unseful for deco stop and many other use like mapping areas and work in low visibility. I never dive without one mostly I do have with me 2, light and compact are perfect for normal dives.
I have 2 spools and use this one most of the time. Small, easy to use, and great for running up buoys. Used it twice now in Bonaire on unmarked reefs to mark entry/exit points. Only downside is that sometimes you want to use the ring to connect the spool to your BCD, there's not a lot of room in the holes (note the picture - there's a lot of string without a lot of open room). Not a big deal as you can either remove some of the length of string or just be careful when you're rewinding to allow a little more room on one side. Other than that - cost and usability has been great.
It compact and very user friendly.
I was looking for a simple, straightforward design without excess bells and whistles that didn't necessarily improve functionality (only add to the number of things that can break). This reel fits the bill, and easily stores away in my BC pocket until needed. It has served me well, especially at this price point.
My only reasoning was that I was looking for an affordable reel that was small enough to carry in my BC when I didn't want to carry my larger reel, but I wanted at least 100' of line.