cptxkirk, first, I have no association with Okuma other than owning some of their fly reels. In general, I've become quite impressed with Okuma & their products. It seems to me they are a company intent on improving their products, providing excellent quality, but at a reasonable price. They appear to be improving their products, with better designs & components year after year too rather than just adding "bling"! Although I have no issues with the appearance of the Okuma reels I own, or of their other products I've seen. My primary concern when buying a fly reel is function, not looks.
I've looked at the Vashon & the SLV reels too & from what I've read about them, would buy either if I had the need.
Okuma is a sponsor on a bass fishing site I frequent, and several folks are using their rods & reels, with very positive results. I've also read on other fishing forums, Okuma surf rods & reels are gaining in popularity. Also, some folks here in MD who troll in the Chesapeake Bay have said they're using Okuma reels, where Penn, Shimano & ABU used to be the standard.
There are still many other very good brands on the market, and Okuma is not replacing them. However, for the price ranges & quality that Okuma provides, they certainly should be & are seriously considered now.
Other than fly reels, and I own several, both Sierra's & Integrity's, I don't own any other Okuma products, but likely will in the future. IMO, they're not the best on the market, but do provide a good value for the price.