The reel has composite side covers with an Ocean Armor 2 Protective process throughout the reel. What you get is a lightweight bait caster at just a hair over 6 ounces with a much greater resistance to dirt, debris and saltwater corrosion issues. I did have a little chip finally appear on the reel where I had hung a crankbait on the front edge of the reel while storing in my rod locker, so I don’t advice hanging hooks on the frame of the reel as you may chip the reel doing that.
But other than that, the reel still looks and feels brand new after more than 6 months of use. The tension knobs are tight and allow for micro adjustments as does the drag star. The drag is an impressive 22 pounds, which is a lot for such a lightweight, compact bait caster with composite sides. The Dead Stop anti-reverse rounds out the overall tightness and solid feel of the reel while casting and retrieving lures.