I know my choices are a bit out there, the reel seat issue is purely based on those first 2 failures, with the conquest seat looking very similar it makes me nervous, would probably go with a PTS seat instead next time
, I have been using n Edge Black Widow ISR 666 for a year or so and oh man, is it crisp and sensitive. Watching a video where Gary Loomis himself explains how weight is the only impediment to a high quality blank and talking through his choice of REC microguides (they don’t get any lighter) and spiral wrapping to allow spin guide spacing on a casting rod reducing guide count by 2 or 3. That philosophy can really be felt in the use of the black widow rod, the carbon grip is surprisingly comfortable (another reason for the REC guide train to avoid tip heaviness) and transmits every knock, bump and swimpast almost as well as hand on blank. What the Edge rod is lacking though is the cross weaving to reduce twist torsion, I have a zodias where the benefits of this are noticeable during cast and fight.
Of course these are only my experiences and are what I believe a rod at this price point should have but it’s a little too non traditional and others may not be as happy with the result.