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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2009
I worked a paper route for 4 months and used this to hold the keys for the vending boxes I serviced. I opened 58 boxes 3 times a week and this kept the keys where they should be, on me. I never once had a snag or issue with this unit. I paid this much for it as I knew the average retractor would not hold up under this level of use.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2009
i'm a bartender and i use this product to "holster" my speed opener on my hip. despite the plastic case and parts, it feels sturdy and has stood up to a good deal of use/abuse so far. if it continues to hold up under the stress i put it thru on a nightly basis, i'd give it six stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2009
I use this for scuba diving to secure my scuba console (Sherwood SPG, compass, and depth gauge) when I'm not using it. It isn't very strong on the surface, but works great underwater. My console is fairly heavy but the retractor does an adequate job on the surface keeping my console from dangling. The weight of the console pulls the tether out a few inches, but seems to hold in place. Underwater this isn't an issue and retracts fully back to the housing.

The previous tether I had was one of those phone cord types and it just created a mess. This solved the problem and keeps everything together without any tangling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
Sometimes you find a piece of equipment that simply makes your life easier. The Nikon Retractable Rangefinder Tether is one of those products.

Nikon makes a good product and this is no exception. It is simply a retractable tether with a heavy duty spring. You can attach your rangefinder, or just about any electronic device, to one end and then clip it to your belt. Your rangefinder is now always at your fingertips, never to be lost and never to get tangled in brush.

The housing is made of plastic, so I'm not sure how this would hold up with every day use. If you are like me, you don't go hunting every day, so this is not an issue. The belt clip is on the small side. It will clip to a belt loop or a d-ring, but not around your belt. I like that it attaches to your equipment with a key ring. This is very secure.

The 25 inch cable is coated in nylon and has a 60 pound breaking strength. It has a 9 ounce retraction force, which is more than it sounds. Hanging a range finder on it is no problem. A small digital camera, GPS unit, or knife would also work well on it.

I personally prefer hanging my range finder from my left shoulder via a d-ring on my pack or vest. However, the 25 inch cord is plenty long enough for it to be attached anywhere on a pack or belt. One word of caution: Don't just let go of your range finder. The retraction strength is so great that it will snap back loudly and violently, possibly damaging the unit and hurting you.

I can see lots of uses for The Nikon Retractable Rangefinder Tether. There have been many times that I wished my pistol, knife, or GPS had a tether, but a long string just got in the way. I will probably purchase a couple more of these and attach them to my more critical (and expensive) pieces of gear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
I received one of these on my Military gear as of recently and was very impressed with the retraction and the build quality. I opted to purchase two of these for additional gear and my own needs/wants. I'm pleased to report that the "yellow" sticker is not there on any of the ones I've received and they are instead printed with a white "Nikon" painted on emblem. They have about 25lbs.. YES, 25pounds of retraction force.

These are highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2011
The Nikon looks like a Gear Keeper with a Nikon sticker. Go to Gear Keeper web site and you will see tons of different options with models with different retraction force. The hard part is finding a dealer that sells them as they currently only sell to distributors. Pick a specific model you want and search for that part number. Amazon sells a few of the many models.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
I use this for either my teaching slates or my primary light for scuba diving. Anyhting with the name scuba in it gets an automatic 40% price premium, but this works just as well. It has enough pull above the water to keep my slates tight to my BC, but not enough for my primary light (Princeton Tec LED Miniwave, 4C batteries), but underwater, it has enough pull to keep the light tight if I let it go. So far, no signs of rust on the ring, which is more than I can say for my other retractor, which is designed for diving. The clip is secure and easily clips to a D-ring on my BC. Overall, I wish the whole length was a little shorter, but that is very minor. If I need a future retractor, I will probably come back for another one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This product can be very hard to find. I also paid a lot more than it is currently selling for. I use it to hold my GENUINE WhiBal G7 Certified Neutral White Balance Card - Pocket Card (2.1"x3.35") with a whibal quick release. I simply attach the two together and then attach the tether to either my Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large (Khaki) or my camera bag (Typically a Domke 700-02A F-2 Bag (Brown Waxwear Finish) for street shooting or a Domke F-832 Medium Photo Courier Bag (Brown RuggedWear) for back and forth to work).

Build quality is excellent. However, realistically, any similar tether, without the Nikon logo would work. The Gear Keeper 325-44112 Standard Retractable CB Microphone Holderis about half the price and would probably work just as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2011
I had one , now have 3. My wife saw how slick mine worked on my Nikon Rangefinder so she confiscated it and uses it for her work ID badges. Pull out style works great for swiping cards thru electronic locks apparently. One of her friends liked it so much she took the one I replaced my first one with....Anyway, Now I have my third one and I have passed on the link so my wife's other friends can buy their own. Just one more great accessory from Nikon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2010
just got this little gem and WOW does it hold! doesn't extend out that far but the steel cable is awesome! Problem is, the little metal gadget that holds it onto a belt buckle broke off after just over a week and there's really not a good way to fix it. :( Disappointed.
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