The Rodkicker can be supplied with an optional integral gas spring. This lifts the boom when the kicking strap is released, opening the leech of the sail. A Rodkicker with a gas spring replaces the topping lift, making reefing fast and simple. The gas spring is easily retrofitted to a Rodkicker that does not have a spring.
Gas springs are available in a range of strengths, to cover variations in boom weight (including the stowed sail) and the Rodkicker angle. The angle varies with gooseneck height and kicker length.