[NATO Stock No 4220-99-665-6237]
Only 7.5cm in diameter by 5cm deep - the new BUDDY Pocket Reel is the perfect solution to the problem of bulky and cumbersome SMB/Navigation reels.
Weighing in at only 205g the Pocket Reel can be easily stowed in your BCD pocket or clipped unobtrusively to a D Ring.
The enclosed design is superior to open reels in that it helps prevent loose loops from falling off the bobbin and jamming.
The dome-sided design sits comfortably in the palm of the hand and a simple press-release /auto-lock-action spring mechanism is ideally placed for thumb operation. Alternatively, the spring can be removed so that the thumb catch has a lock-on/click-off release action, if preferred.
The Pocket Reel also features a comfort-padded strap with toggle adjustment for tightening onto the wrist when used as a navigation reel.*
The reel is wound with 40m of floating line - manufactured to our own specifications for the optimum combination of strength and flotation.
The cord has a breaking strain of 50kg and the advantage of being positively buoyant which means that it will rise above the sea-bed or wreckage when played out and so help avoid entanglement. If the line is accidentally wound all the way into the reel body, the end is easily identified and recovered by means of a large attached O ring.
A large loop in the end of the cord makes tying off at the shot-line or connection to an SMB a simple operation. The winding handle also features a groove which is useful for temporary lock-off of the line.
The BUDDY Pocket Reel is constructed from durable polypropylene with a chromed brass centre spindle which has the double function of providing structural strength and ultra-smooth reel operation.
*Warning Note: The BUDDY Reel is designed to be as snag-free as possible but the safe deployment of an SMB depends very much on your technique. To stay safe and avoid being dragged to the surface by a tangled line you SHOULD NOT have a reel attached to any part of your kit or use the wrist-strap when sending an SMB to the surface. As per the instructions: simply having the retaining strap in the palm of your hand allows rapid release should you decide it necessary.