Even before I got the reel wet, I noticed that the tolerances felt incredibly tight while spooling up some 7-weight line. No metal-on-metal rubbing within the frame or jiggling in the reel foot. I also like the no-click line intake and comfortable inward-tapering handle. Frankly, based on feel, I wasn't at all surprised that when I tied into my first steelie, the reel performed flawlessly. The drag was buttery-smooth, and I couldn't feel any torquing or shifting in the frame when cranking like crazy to keep up with the fish. I own a few reels with much higher price tags that don't perform as well, so I'm thinking this utilitarian Quest is going to become a workhorse I lean on often.