You'll never be able to find the equivalent value in any other rod/reel combo, including Okuma (which I have), for the 1.) quality, and 2.) price. If you want a great rig for trolling for Stripers (long rod, planner boards, out riggers, or deep off the stern), these are ideal. Level wind allows a fairly accurate count for line distances when setting to specific lengths. Great balance of stiffness in the rod, strength in the reel, w/o overkill. Again - you can't beat the price - even w/being pre-rigged w/braid/line.