Charlton reels have been called the most technologically advanced in the industry. Machined from block aluminum, these hard-anodized reels are built to withstand anything except perhaps a direct hit by a hydrogen bomb. The reels ulilize a carbon-fiber drag material that is enclosed in a hydraulically sealed system (meaning that it’s likely there will never be any maintenance required). Charlton’s newest light model is its 8350C. It uses a standard spool to handle up to 5-weight lines. ($375; 800-525-6290)