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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)

Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels Specifications

Line Material
Dupont Fiber Braided
Line Diameter
Cave Primary: 073" (1.86 Mm) #24, Wreck Explorer: .083" (2.11 Mm) #36
Line Length
Cave Primary: 400' (122 Meters), Wreck Primary: 250' (76.2 Meters)
Line Tensile Strength
#24 Line: 220 Lbs (99.80 Kg), #36 Line: 350 Lbs (158.76 Kg)
Reel Materials
Spools: Polycarbonate, Axles: Stainless Steel, Frames: Cnc Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Available in the Following Sizes:
Cave 400' #24, Wreck 250' #36
Weight [with packaging]
Cave 400' #24: 1.4 lb,
Wreck 250' #36: 1.45 lb

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Functional (6)
  • Improves diving experience (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recreation (4)
    • Cold water (3)
    • Professional (3)
    • Warm water (3)
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    5.0

    Great Product

    By rcy7

    from Navarre Beach, FL

    About Me Beginner

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Improves Diving Experience
    • Lightweight
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recreation

      Comments about Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels:

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

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      5.0

      Great Reel

      By Lance and Coleen

      from Colorado

      About Me Professional Diver

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Improves Diving Experience
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cold Water
        • Professional
        • Warm Water

        Comments about Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels:

        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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Primary reel

        By Dr. C

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Advanced Diver

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Won't jam

        Cons

        • Hard plastic reel

        Best Uses

        • Cavern/cave/wreck diving

        Comments about Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels:

        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 Reel

        By Mike

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Advanced Diver

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Improves Diving Experience

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cold Water
          • Extreme Depths
          • Recreation
          • Warm Water

          Comments about Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels:

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

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          4.0

          Great reel, but...

          By Scott

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Advanced Diver

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Won't jam

          Cons

          • Spool is plastic

          Best Uses

          • Cavern, cave, wreck
          • Cold Water
          • Extreme Depths
          • Professional
          • Recreation
          • Warm Water

          Comments about Dive Rite Sidewinder Primary Reels:

          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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