I had been looking at Einarsson for a while, but they were completely unknown in NZ, and not very well known even in the USA. It seemed what I was after though, a light, tough, large diameter reel for fishing the flats, & even small/medium Tuna. The reel is very well made & the full frame design is unique, setting it apart from the other reels on offer in this price range, giving it a great feeling of strength and rigidity. A decent click on the drag knob & the line in/out are a much appreciated feature. The retrieve & drag are very smooth, and the light weight sits very nicely on my Xi3. The backing capacity on the specs is understated as I have fitted very comfortably 370yds of Hatch backing with an 8wt Rio Outbound Short Full Int. I have given the reel a thrashing on Kahawai (a hard fighting fish endemic to NZ and Australia) and it has been wonderful. I suspect I will be able to pass this reel to my son in many years time. I would buy another one, and recommend to friends.