How does this retractor lock and unlock? Is it easy to accomplish while wearing gloves?
Not sure if anyone has already answered this question, but it does not lock. Actually has enough tension to keep it in place during a dive. It holds my computer without an issue and allows it to easily pull away for viewing.
The retraction function itself doesn't lock. It only retracts in and out. The connection works by pressing the sides with your thumb and index finger as in a quick release. I generally wear 7mm gloves due to local water temps. They make it a little difficult to connect the keeper but it's doable. Disconnecting is easier. If you wear a thinner glove it would be even easier. I have my gauge console connected to this retractor and it works great. Would recommend the product.
I have the loop wrapped around through my computer console, and then the clip attaches to the main component in a M to F connection, which is relatively easy to take off even with gloves - think about BC clips, same sort of thing. I never take off tho unless I'm getting out of the water, as the extension part of the retractor is long enough for me to clearly see it. Tho I don't usually wear gloves, it shouldn't be an issue unless you normally have a dexterity problem. Love mine!
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The model of retractor that I purchased does NOT lock. I'm sure there is another one that LeisurePro sells that does. However this model has been GREAT for me and keeps going strong for the past 3 years. I used it to keep my dive computer (ProPlus 2) close to me and easily extends when I need to check my readings. Just let go and it snaps right back and secured close to my body. The different connectors included adds great flexibility for what you need to attach (light, camera, slate, etc.).
The entire unit is attached to the BCD. Attached to your equipment (in our case it is a dive computer) is thelong rope with trident on the right. Just push and click into the gear keeper piece on the bottom. When you need piece of equipment, just pull it out, accomplish what you need to do, then let it retract back in. Easy enough when wearing gloves, even though we never take it apart until after day's diving is over.
Danny. It says there is a locking mechanism. Will this lock up preventing this from dangling. For instance, my current retractor doesn't lock so it is free to retract and dangle. I want one that will stay until I pull it out
Not too sure what you mean by 'lock & unlock'. But this thing clips to your bcd D ring using the clip (top part of the picture) and you connect your console to the 'seperate piece' and you clip that into the bottom of the main piece, thus keeping your console from dangling and close to your body. When you want to view your console, just pull the console away from your body (the retractor unspool) and when you release the console, it snap back. Exellent product. I have only used it on thin reef glove, but once it's setup properly, it should be easy to use even for cold water gloves. To unhook everything, it might be difficult for thick gloves though.