I'm with you, I want to like Shimano better and used to but I find myself owning and using Daiwa's way more.
So...... yeah. I'm a Shimano guy. My Bantam and SLX look and feel pretty good to me. Oh yeah and my Stradic Ci4+ is a gorgeous reel too, though the red accents are a little flashy, and I prefer the more understated look of the Stradic FK. All 3 reels perform very well and they feel good and look good. I really want to try out a mid to high end Daiwa reel, but I don't want to take the plunge myself. Not when I have this much confidence in Shimano, at least with the couple reels I have and have tried.
The thing that makes we vote for ABU in the end are my spinning reels, because I feel that they're ahead in that category. I have MGX20, 30 and 2000s reels on my finesse rods, and I just like them better than anything Shimano has to offer in that regard. (Got a Stradic Ci4+ as well and it's fine. Just not great.) Maybe the Excense would change my mind, but I just can't bring myself to even consider putting a $550, 30-size reel (that's rather heavy, as well) on a finesse rod.
Never shimano for me. It's incredible how Shimano is lowering the build quality of their reels, increasing the prices, rising up profits. Plastic worm gears, pawls, frames... Heavy, outdated frames... Pricey. And some people still praising them. I though the Curado K as the pinnacle of shimano lowering quality, until I saw the internals of the socorro spinning reel, with a low budget oscilation system.
Could count how many of those brands on the query are known for their round reels?Dalleinf wrote: ↑Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:02 am
And spinning? Where will it get us.ska4fun wrote: ↑Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:30 pmCould count how many of those brands on the query are known for their round reels?Dalleinf wrote: ↑Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:02 am
One brand (ABU) has been known worldwide for its in-house round reel production in almost 70 years, spinning reels in maybe 50 years (?), and has a short history of outsourced low-profile reel production...and a question on which “manufacturer is truly king on this board with regards to reels” should only have me consider the low profile segment. Funny. If anything, you and I are proving that a question has to be clearly posed - otherwise different interpretations make a poll of little use.