I can't comment on these particular reels as I haven't seen them. However, I have five high-end Fenwick reels, and my experience has been good, great in fact. The reels I have are somewhat heavier than a comparable reel, but they have performed flawlessly. Fenwick is a big brand in Europe (or was 10 years ago), and the company sold a wide range of fly gear we never saw. I'm guessing these reels are an extension of a European design.