Certainly a radical design when considering what I am accustomed to using. I would imagine it comes down to the weight of the reel as opposed to other makes, this in accordance with the rod you plan to use a new reel on. If drag is an important issue for you getting a hands on test may be a good thing to do.
I would look to reviews posted on the open Internet and hope to gather a consensus from them. I know no one who has owned one.
I see in another thread that Joni uses the reel and likes them. I am not opposed to the look or design of the reel. What I meant in the earlier post is that most of my reels are of a traditional sort. However I do have a Lamson Velocity 3.5 that I bought a couple years ago and have become fond of it. As with all new things I left it set for a year before I actually took it out and used it. For me this was a 'radical' change from the reels I'm used to but the drag is good and the appearance kinda grows on ya, I'm sure you'll like one of these air flo reels once you settle on one. I think they are interesting at the very least.
This is what I was used to............
This was my new reel........... pretty radical for me;
It is a cool reel, very light weight and a really good drag.
Now the con: The spool and the cage have a small gap, but big enough for the leader to slide through and wrap around the center pin. Not a big deal, but also not common.
Other than that, a great reel for the price, and if nothing else, a great conversation peice.
Remember I tie with a Vosseler Double as well.....LOL
It puts the spool right on top your hand. Doesn't feel different than any other reel.
I love mine and glad I have it....would I buy another....probably not.
Just the leader, the line doesn't. It is a hassle some times. I like the rod cases with the reel pouch on them so I usually leave the reel on and leader pulled through the first guides.
Lot quicker set up and on the water that way.