Updated some gear this year as well. Mostly all Shimano spinning reels that have lasted for many years of hard use. Was very surprised to see the anti-reverse eliminated as well on most models. After much shopping,fondling of many reels and deliberation, ended up getting a couple Shimano Nasci's, three Pflueger President and one XT. All paired with the same rod. To date, though I do miss the anti-reverse, the Nasci's have proven to be extra smooth with an excellent drag. They are light for their size and operated well in 45-85 degree rainy/sunny weather. If they wear like my old Shimano's, they will have been an excellent $100 reel....time will tell All the Pflueger's have been flawless also in the same weather. IMO, the drags between the Nasci's and the Presidents is very compatible but I believe the overall smoothness in operation goes to the Nasci's by just a slight bit. Also think the Nasci is a bit lighter than the compatible President 6930 series. But the President still has the anti-reverse. That said, the President 6930 at $50, the XT at $80 and Nasci at $100, IMO, it's a really close call between the reels. Have been using the Nasci's throwing crank baits cause they are lighter and use the Presidents drop shotting,trolling etc.