I had 2 of the combos. My 5:4:1 was giving me problems where the handle wouldn't engage all the way after a cast. Took it back yesterday and was an even trade for the newer white Carbonlite combo. Other than that I've had no issues and love the reels. They cast great and reel smooth. Ready to try out the newer one and see if there is any difference. To your question, I would not hesitate at all to buy this reel at this price, well worth it. I personally would go with the 6:4:1, I felt the 5:4:1 was painfully slow, even for that ratio.