I bought this reel after buying a Shimano Chronarch 201E7. At first I was afraid I would regret buying it. I was wrong! I feel in love this reel after the first outing. I am able to cast this reel like a dream. the gears are as smooth as butter, and I was able to fine tune this reel in seconds. I ended up returning the Shimano because the Shimano had backplay. For $200, I expected more from Shimano. I end up returning the Shimano and bought another one of these reels.
This is one UNDER-RATED reel. I highly recommend this reel to any serious fisherman. I can't seem to say enough good things about this reel. I paired this up with a Fenwick Elite Tech Smallmouth and its a killer on smallies and largemouths. This is the best reel you can find for $200. Not to bash on Shimano because shimano makes some great reels but in my opinion, this reel makes the Chronarch ($200) a piece of $#*&. You will not be dissapointed.