Product Review
Light Monkey Reels

Product Tested
Light Monkey 200' Reel
Light Monkey 400' Reel
Light Monkey 800' Reel

Product Description
Light Monkey primary reels are designed to be anti-jam by using precision machine tolerances between the frame and the spool making it very difficultfor the line to slip between the spool and the handle.

Features include:

  • Solid Delrin construction
  • Knurled stainless steel tension knob
  • Marine grade stainless steel 4 3/8" double ender
  • Comes with plastic line stop
  • Comes with #24 white braided cave line

Cost
$135 for 200' reel*
$149 for 400' reel*
$189 for 800' reel*

*Prices are approximations and near what an average consumer might pay.

Would recommend buying this reel?
Absolutely! We have been diving these reels for several years, and have absolutely no problems or issues to report.

The Review
Ergonomically, this is is a great reel. It fits comfortably in either hand, with or without gloves, and can be wound right or left handed. The spool sits at a comfortable thumb distance so you can put a little drag on the line or just feel it spooling out when running lines. As advertised, jamming is tough to do with this reel. The tight machined tolerances keep your line from getting caught between the spool and the handle. This is truly a great reel. Simple, sturdy, functional, and very dependable.

 

Light Monkey Reels
Light Monkey reel
Light Monkey tension screw

PROS

  • Precision machine tolerances between the frame and the spool make it tough for the line to slip between the spool and the handle, although it does happen.
  • Lightweight, shock, and corrosion proof.
  • Marine grade stainless steel bolt snap that continues to actuate easily even after many dives.

CONS

  • Although the reel is machined with near perfect tolerances, our line occasionally unravels and slips out between the spool and the handle. This is kept in check by making sure your lockdown screw is tight when not in use, and making sure you keep a little tension on the reel when paying out line.

Final notes
We love this reel, and can't praise it enough. A great purchase for any serious diver.

 

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