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About Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels

North Florida cave diver, Woody Jasper, first invented sidewinder-style reels around 1980. Less likely to entangle than other reels on the market, Woody's original reel was made of aluminum and a PVC spool. The side-handle style of the reel lent itself to exploration because it could easily switch from hand to hand while laying out line. Twenty years later, sidewinder-style reels were popularized in the technical diving community when DIR enthusiasts began using them for paying out line in deep caves at high speed on a Dive Propulsion Vehicle (DPV).

Dive Rite's Sidewinder Series of Reels are designed to be Anti-Jam by using Precision Machine Tolerances between the Frame and the Spool making it nearly impossible for the line to slip between the spool and the handle. The Sidewinder Cave Primary Reel with 400' (122 meters) of 220 lbs (99.80 kg) Breakage Strength and Dive Rite's Wreck Primary Reel with 250' (76.2 meters) of Durable DuPont Fiber Braided #36-Line which has 350 lbs (158.76 kg) of Breakage Strength both with Extra Large Stainless Steel Bolt Snap. Both Reels have an Injected Molded Polycarbonate Spool which is Breakage and Crack Resistant, they come with a Stainless Steel Axle and High Quality Machined CNC Aircraft Grade Aluminum Frame which are Corrosion Resistant. A Knurled Lockdown Screw has a Low Profile to Prevent Snagging and is Easy-to-Use even with Gloved Hands. Reels weigh 1.37lb (620 g) and are covered by a 12 month limited warranty.

The Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels is commonly used for Recreation and more. The Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced Diver among others. The Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels: Easy To Use, Functional.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.


Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels Features

  • Inspired by Woody Jaspers Original Design
  • Side-Handle Style Allows Ease Switching from Hand-to-Hand
  • Anti-Jam Design: Precision Machine Tolerances Between Frame and Spool
  • Nearly Impossible for Line to Slip Between Spool and Handle
  • X-Large Stainless Steel Bolt Snap
  • Molded Polycarbonte Spool with Knurled Lockdown Screw
  • Stainless Steel Axle
  • Frame: High Quality CNC Machined Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Knurled Lockdown Screw: Low Profile to Prevent Snagging
  • Corrosion Resistant and to Breakage and Cracking
  • DIR Enthusiasts Use for Paying-Out Line in Deep Caves at High Speed on Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Cave Primary Reel:
  • 400' (122 metersmeters) Durable DuPont Fiber Braided #24-Line
  • Line Breakage Strength of 220 lbs (99.80 kg)
  • Wreck Primary Reel:
  • 250' (76.2 meters) of Durable DuPont Fiber Braided #36-Line
  • Line Breakage Strength of 350 lbs (158.76 kg)

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4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

83%

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This is a nice reel in that it will not jam and the I prefer the side winder reel. If I had to spend the money again I would purchase a similar reel from Salvo Supply because it is made of 100%derlin, which is a superior product to hard plastic. My Dive Rite reel has not broken but I know of others whose has.

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5.0

Great Product

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I'm left-handed and it is easy to wind.

 
5.0

Great Reel

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I use this reel for deep penetration and cross lines for wrecks. The side handle makes it real easy to use, espically turning around in low to zero vis. It is also an easy one to teach wreck students with. I dropped the reel on a tile floor and broke the "winder knob" off. Dive Rite sent me the replacement part the next day. It may be a good idea to keep one or two in your kit.

 
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This is a nice reel in that it will not jam and the I prefer the side winder reel. If I had to spend the money again I would purchase a similar reel from Salvo Supply because it is made of 100%derlin, which is a superior product to hard plastic. My Dive Rite reel has not broken but I know of others whose has.

 
5.0

Great Reel

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If you're in the market for a reel look no further.

 
4.0

Great reel, but...

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Very nice reel. I prefer the side winding handle over the handle on top. This reel won't jam. The only negative is that the spool is made of a hard plastic, which has the potential of breaking. Salvo supply makes a reel & spool that is 100% delrin which makes it superior to the DiveRite reel.

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DMITRI R  Is the handle big enough to comfortably fit a hand with a 5 mil glove?
clement d  I Have big dry glove with warm glove under it. And I can used easily the reel under water, I'm satisfy
greg s  When winding up this reel, or any reel, how do you make sure it spools back evenly? Does it do it automatically?
MICHAEL W  I have been using reels for 20 years from cave diving to low visibility diving in Massachusetts and other types of diving. I have not found a fool proof reel system and instead, I rely on the motion of my left hand holding the reel to pivot the reel slightly left to right as my right hand winds it in. That keeps the line spooling relatively evenly. It is difficult to get the line prefect and so before an important dive I unwind the line and reel it back in while on land to ensure proper operation on the dive.
WILLIAM V  It does not spool back evenly. You need to take care of that manually.
michael c  The manta junior requires you to spool it across manually as you reel it in. Great little reel .... I use it to deploy my SMB when tech diving
ROGER A  You will have to tilt your hand back n forth to get an even line on the spool.
RICHARD A  Never let the line get slack and rotate the reel as needed so the line lays evenly while reeling the line back in . . should not be a problem when ascending slowly.
JOEY Z  This reel does not wind back automatically. As you respool the line, you assure that it returns evenly.
Eric D  You just need to take care when reeling in the line to spool it up evenly. It's a manual process for all scuba reels.
ERIK F  It's like a garden hose. If you want it even, you hold the line with your fingers moving it from side to side so it winds up evenly.
Shopper  Where is the handle on the DR Sidewinder?
JEANIE W  You hold it on the left by a full length black piece and reel it up on the right by the black knob. Hope this helps.
RONALD Y  I meant to say the winder on one side and handle on the other side.
RONALD Y  It's on the other side. handle on one side and the handle on the other side.
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