Thanks to the wonderful Outdoor Blogger Network, and the amazing company Abu Garcia, I was fortunate enough to put to some new equipment through its paces. I had my pick of the Veritas rod series coupled with my preferred gear ratio on their Revo MGX. I opted for the one piece medium action 6' 6" rod partnered with the 7.9:1 gear ratio. I received the rod first and I was immediately impressed by the aesthetic appeal that it had. It's bright white finish looked stunning as it slid out of the tube. Next came the reel, and when I first received the box I was afraid that they had shipped an empty box as it was so light! After opening the box, I was relieved to see the reel was there, but its size and weight was concerning to me as it was a much smaller frame then I had envisioned. It also weighed hardly anything! At 5.4 ounces it was by far the lightest reel in my line-up. It was time to see how everything performed. As I matched the reel to the rod seat, I was thoroughly impressed by the machined aluminum fittings and how it cradled the reel perfectly. I carefully threaded my line on and started to wind the carbon fiber handle. My chin almost hit the floor as the 30lb. test braided line flew off the roll and laid perfectly onto the spool. At 39 inches of line retrieve per handle turn, I couldn't believe how easy long lengths of line were handled. The other aspect I noticed as I loaded the spool with line is how perfectly the reel settled into my hand and how comfortable it was. Wiping the drool from the corners of my mouth and the few droplets that had landed on the reel, it was time to put the combo to work.