I have CLA in 3, 4, 6 and Evo (original) 3 & 3.5. Evo LT in 4
I love Ross reels as my sons & I wade fish in messy but redfish filled marshes. Reels get dunked every trip. Both reels stand up to this well. IMHO plastic is great where corrosion is an issue.
I like the larger drag on the CLA but can't say the EVO's will be a let down.
Here's some action pics of my sons with both reels.