This little reel works wonderfully. I own the Syncopate and the Spirex models as well, which essentially are the same style reel just more bells and whistles and this IX model, in my opinion, is going to be just as reliable as the other 2. I love that it was only $10! The Syncopate was $30 and the Spirex was $60, so $10 for a reel that competes with them is impressive. It is smooth casting and the reels in nicely. The Quickfire is my favorite, which is why I own all three models, it works just as good on this IX model as it does on the other two. The only reason for the 4 stars is the drag. It could use some work but it is functional and really isn't that big of a deal if you are a guy (or gal) like me and does the ol' "set it and forget it" thing. Overall I would recommend this reel to anyone looking for a budget reel that gets the job done. The 1000 model is a great way to go for a kids starter reel or for backpacking. Good luck.
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