It feels like a sturdy reel. It's quite heavy and bulky for the size. Especially compared to my Shimano reels. The weight is somehow very close to my 4000 Shimano Sienna. I paired it with 15 lb braid and my 7 foot medium 2-5 kg soft plastic rod. The HS model is great for fast cranking of lures. Since I'm predominantly pier fishing, the free space above the rotor shouldn't mater too much, however, it doesn't look & feel like the reel is a good waterproof one.