I have been fishing with my reel for a little under a month and I am impressed. As far as reliability, it was up there with charlton and mako, and as far as power it was in a class of own. Handled everything from stripers to an 8foot rough tail ray with ease for me. Drag was smooth and strong. I was hesitant regarding it being unsealed but I have yet to have a problem. Even underwater, the drag didnt really struggle at all and never was there an issue with sandintrusion. I prefer a reel that flushes itself then having a reel sit with a drag cover filled with saltwater.
When it comes to palming I just dont ever understand the need. The drag is enough to handle and fish you might come across with a fly and certainly enough to put the brakes on most you would target with that size reel. Palming is just asking to break off in my opinion.
My only concern with the reel is the handle will get a little cold in the winter months, but will just probably wear gloves.
Truthfully, it is one of the finest reels I've ever used. Friends have used them on GT, tarpon, tuna and everything else imaginable and most have shared a similar feeling.