Never used one.....yet, but have played with the samples I've seen. Just as solid as a Stella but I don't necessarily see them as being as smooth as a Stella. I've used the original Saltiga spin reels and was highly impressed so I don't think this one would fall short.
I have an Expedition which is the low gear version of the dog fight. Its a sexy reel with more drag than you can stand. You used to be able to get these from reelsseller off ebay in the mid 7's which made them a good deal a few hundred less than a stella, but now with them here and the exchange rate lower, they are about the same. I would get an stella 18000 before the dogfight if I were to buy one today.