This is probably the biggest thing I was worried about with this reel. It had nothing to do with the brand or anything of the sort but let’s be real; how smooth can you really expect a $99 spinning reel’s drag to be? So I went into the test with somewhat tempered expectations.
Man, I’m telling you… this is a legit drag system. It’s much smoother than I expected it to be and it handles boat-side runs really nicely. I did notice that it doesn’t have as much adjustability as some other spinning reels, meaning that the “clicks” are a bit further apart when loosening and tightening the drag. But once you find that sweet spot, this drag system performs excellently and gives me all the confidence in the world.