The Apex Elite gives you superior on the water performance. Ardent’s extremely light weight high strength aluminum frame, provides you comfort and strength need for Elite level fishing. 12+1 ball bearing produces top-level smoothness and casting distance. Featuring a deep V6061 T6 machined aluminum spool, a carbon fiber swept back handle with EVA grip knobs. Externally adjustable 270 degree Mag brake system. Available in 6.5:1 gear ratio in both right and left hand retrieve and 5.3:1 and 7.3:1 gear ratios in right hand retreive.
I've been using the Elite all season and I am very happy with the performance. Solid reliability, no mechanical issues at all. Only gripe I have is the raised magnetic brake. I unintentionally move it from time to time during use. I can usually tell when it's moved by the sound of the line peeling off the reel, but when I don't I can get some backlashes. Otherwise it's flawless!!
Very smooth reel and you can cast a mile, I use 15lb floro fishing rattle traps. I will be getting another one in 7.3:1.
This is my favorite reel on the market, it is lighter than any reel I own and feels the best in my hand. It cast further than any shimano i’ve ever thrown and i’ve thrown a metanium dc and i’d say the elite cast further. It is an all around great reel that comes for a great price. I own two at the moment looking to order more soon.