Can't speak about the Allen reels, but would wonder about their longevity. For
the price, it might not matter....
The Evolution is supposed to have a conical drag, but I've never seen a schematic of its system. I do use them, and they are smooth for trout. I've
fiddled with Lamson, mostly trying to scratch the finish on the Hard Alox. No
luck with that.
For as much as I'd like to try the Lamson Litespeed, I can't
get past the looks. I thought the Radius had the best look of all the models,
but that's a matter of individual taste. The one thing that stands out most
with the Evolution's drag is its ability to hold a setting forever
wasn't until I bought my first Evolution that I realized what I had been missing
for so long!