I'm going to compare the following spinning reels, they are all below $200, over 30 lbs of max drag & below 700 grams in weight: - Daiwa Emblem Pro 5500a (Australian domestic model) - Okuma Vsystem V-65Sa - Abu Garcia Soron STX 70 I've been using the Emblem Pro for almost a year now, but the other 2 are still in the box, so I'll need some more time using them to give my opinion. Meanwhile I'm going to talk about first impression, packaging & reel quality. The Daiwa packaging & quality is excellent for a reel assembled in Thailand, it gets smother after 1/2 an hour of fishing (like a diesel motor, needs time to warm up!!) The Okuma Vsystem was a total surprise!! Very nice & clean packaging, reel quality & feeling in hand is excellent. Now this reel quality wasn't what I expected, Abu Garcia reel came in a low grade packaging, the quality of the reel is not so good, but it is the smoothest spinning reel I ever held. Its also the smallest compared to the other 2 reels. I'll let you guys know how they perform after I get some salt on'em.