Thanks Hogsticker, appreciate the perspective. Could be I’m just worrying too much and over thinking it, just don’t want to end up with something I don’t like. There’s enough feedback saying the Steez SV TW is a significant improvement that for what probably amounts to a $100 difference I’m probably better off waiting and splurging on one later then just getting the Steez SV103 now because it’s a good deal. You’re desc of the Steez SV103 being lower made me rethink, but then you said wider then the SV103 and I don’t think I’d like that.Hogsticker2 wrote:Interesting comments. The Steez SV103 is the same form factor as the previous Steez. Out of the reels mentioned in this thread, I would place the Steez SV103 at number 2 on my palmability list.
1) Steez SV TW, complete cradle like comfort
2) Steez, perhaps a bit wider than the SV103 (Zillion OG), but not as tall. Sits low when mounted. Reel isn't as tall as the SV103 or Zillion SV TW. I also think it seats lower than both.
The only other reels with better ergonomics than the Steez imo -
Steez SV TW #1
Alphas platform #2
T3 platform #3
Tdz platform #4
I also have quite small hands. There's something special about the overall curvature to the Steez SV TW and T3. Kinda flat, low, and rounded in all the right places. Obviously the Alphas is the smallest of the bunch.
Of the reels I have in level of comfort it’s:
#2 Chronarch CI4+/Chronarch MGL
#3 Tatula SV TW (neck and neck with the Chronarch) despite the wide front end it sits low and is narrow enough at the back
#4 Scorpion 1001XT (almost too small)
#5 Curado 201i
#6 Dead last is my T3 1016, I like how flat and low it is, did it very smooth, but it’s too wide and angular in a few places I’d prefer curves. I’ve tried selling it but so far haven’t found a taker at a decent price.
All this just proves is that ergonomics and comfort are very individual and highly subjective. I may end up ordering the Steez SV103 to check out and if it’s not for me send it back. But I think I’m more interested in waiting to see what The Tackle Trap can do on a Steez SV TW for me, and how I like a couple Zillions first. I love high end gear but with two young kids at home I’m not fishing enough to keep buyin top of the line to let it sit and not get used.