Spinning reels are getting better in both their internal and external construction and what you get for your buck. You'll also pay less, in general, for a spinning reel than you would for a bait-cast reel, which is understandable, considering the latter's greater complexity. Though it has become somewhat of a cliché and smacks of advertising hype, what we found in this year's models is a definite increase in smooth operation. That means it's both easier and quieter to crank the reel-with or without a fish on-and to close a bail, and the oscillating spools do their in/out thing evenly and without gritty sounds-unless you've dropped the whole shebang in the kitty-litter box, and even that won't hurt at least one debris-shielded model. (We tried.) The reason for this operational slickness has to do with more bearings stuck about everywhere you can imagine and, equally important, precision-cut and precisely aligned gears that should stay that way.