This spinning reel is one of four models in the company’s new thin-line aluminum alloy series. The reels in this series have seven ball bearings; a TYS5 series with five bearings has many similar features. The latter comes in black and silver while the TYS7 series is finished in fawn, silver and gold. Reviewers agreed that the reel offered a good, smooth drag as well as smooth casting and retrieve characteristics. The extended spool made it ‘tough to reach for cast feathering,’ claimed one team member. The classic wooden handle knob seemed at odds with otherwise flashy looks: ‘It feels strange, too,’ said one of our reviewers. (Note: The TYS5 models are equipped with more traditional handle knobs.) Outdoor Life Gear Test 2001