(See bottom of this page for the new stratospool)
I'm making a replacement reel
It's the same style as the old one which has given 7 years of faithful service. We made it in 2008 after seeing them at Appeldoorn Vleigerfeest in 2007 where "everybody" had them and we'd never seen them before.
I'd had to redo the handle area on holiday by putting it on the other edge of the reel. Then I dropped it on Dieppe stony beach which cracked another part of the rim. It still worked but was obviously not going to last much longer.
I'm making the new one a little bigger to make more space round the skateboard wheel in the centre and it will have a bit more leverage too.
I contemplated making a stratospool but like some of you I like the portability of the ordinary reels. I've bought a bigger rucksack which should hold the reel and both Power Sleds (14 & 24) gloves, biners etc
Photos here http://www.ipernity.com/doc/suestorey