The shimano curado is hands down, one of the best reels money can buy today. You not only get a reel that rocks, but you get confidence in having a product that wont fail on you when you hook up to that double digit bass. The one I have has performed flawlessly for close to a year now. I like the easy access to the braking system even though I rarely make changes, I usually just run 3 of the 6 friction brakes and make all my adjustments with the tension knob. I didn't like the oversize hanldes at first but now I actually prefer them and another great feature is you can get it with a deeper spool for more line capacity and in several gear ratio's. This reel is easy to palm, has a great drag system, is light weight, and the overall quality is excellent, but I knew that before I purchased it because it was a SHIMANO and all their products are quality mad. Shimanos customer service is the best also.