RE:HOT new reels!
I had the feeling that was you, reading your reviews over on Jeff's board! Good to finally meet you.
The spool was very light, and vented to within an inch of it's life. I (perhaps foolishly) trust Loop to consider the strength of the materials and design for structural integrity... at least as long as I was blinded by the aesthetics anyway. You're right though it would not be a spool you would dare to abuse. You may have been looking at it more objectively.
If it were not for the swap concerns it would be in one of the top rungs for that dream reel I keep alluding to. If I were a carribean flats angler I wouldn't give it a second thought.
What did you think of the Sage 3500? (3400 being the only ones we could actually see until production catches up). Waterworks makes it as far as anyone will admit.