RE:HOT new reels!
These are very good points re: typical re-branding - maybe that's why LL Bean is selling straight like Sage and Tibor now. Sage doesn't make me nervous though - they have been incredible for service since day #1 whenever I needed it. I couldn't say that for everyone though - to your point(s).
Ryan - did you get a chance to look at the ULA FS series monster Spey / saltwater reels yet? I get no sense of frailness there. Wondering what your thoughts are on it.
Mitch - you didn't mention the new Bauer MX series... what are your opinions on that and the M series reels?