I'll probably end up with a smoke pts for my next reel. The main reason this peaked my interest was it was made in america. I've yet to see any reviews like panhandle slim said so I just figured to ask here. I always do a little research before I buyMy advice, for what it's worth (probably not all that much) would be to scrap the idea of buying that Ardent & go with something else for the price. Lots of other good, proven options out there.