I can believe that. Tearing out is one of the reasons that I'm very picky about my reels, as I want the drag start-up inertia to be very low and the drag very finely adjustable. (Obviously doesn't help with a thrashing fish.) I've used some very expensive reels that were horrible in this regard. Those reels might have been able to stop a train, but as it turns out I don't fish for trains.