The Apex Elite gives you superior on the water performance. Ardent’s extremely light weight high strength aluminum frame provides you the comfort and strength needed 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 and externally adjustable 270 degree magnetic 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.
The Apex Elite is always my go to, when fishing the US Open as a AAA angler on Lake Mead I needed to make the longest cast possible with my swim bait in there ultra clear water, and the Apex Elite got it done.
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.