It's hard to argue with Shimano quality. From the least expensive to the most expensive reel in their lineup, Shimano conventional reels deliver excellent performance. Shimano is constantly improving the technology in their reels and their new line up is no exception. Better drags, best castability and smoother performance while increasing power. Some anglers go all their life fishing only Shimano reels. Shimano conventional reels have been consistently good for a very long time.