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Spinlock’s new Deckware fid is the first piece of gear that the DHS has confiscated from me before I boarded a commercial flight. Luckily, I was flying home from a boat show and not to an ocean race, but the experience solidified the fact that this fid packs some punch. The unit features a long needle end, allowing it to work with snap shackles up to Tylaska size T-20’s. Its handle has been drilled out to save weight; Spinlock purports that the fid weighs half as much as a solid-body unit. The fid has a lanyard-attachment point, and the handle features a burled aluminum surface finish for positive grip. $38. Spinlock LTD., 802-362-5258 www.spinlock.co.uk

Posted: August 10, 2008

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