I really don’t get the selling point of the BB1 from Lews. It’s a new take on the old classic with no instant anti-reverse, but from watching the videos, that backplay looks like it’s only slightly more pronounced than the Curado E series, which is not that significant. When I was reading the selling point on it last year, it was so you could back the crank up when you hit something, but moving back 1/32 of turn is only gonna give you an inch at best on a 21” per turn reel. Now Fritts is selling it like that tiny bit of backplay increases sensitivity & feel for cranks on a TW video, not that backing a crank up sell I heard when it was first announced. Either way, I’m not interested, backplay annoys the hell out of me & I’m not paying over $150 for it & some concocted advantages it has. I’m sure black & white TV has advantages over HD broadcast, doesn’t mean I want it on my plasma.
Lews does have a ton of reels coming out but everything is black & boring, so I’m not all that interested in any of their new stuff, especially with all the stuff Abu has coming with their revamped Revo line, namely the new STX, which is an old Premier only slightly lighter & significantly cheaper.