Despite the XLA's massive diameter, it is extremely lightweight for its size. The drag system has been completely updated and strengthened to account for the wider range of leverage on the arbor. In our testing phases on this reel, we managed several sailfish in Mexico up to 100lbs, and dozens of other bluewater species ranging from dorado to tuna. The rapid line pickup kept us in control of the lengthy battles, helping to connect to the fish in a fraction of the time whether we were frantically reeling in as they charged at the boat, or simply gaining as much progress as we could while slugging it out in tug of war. The speed placement of the handle allows for the fastest retrieve while still maintaining plenty of power, even on the biggest of fish you'll encounter. Despite the smaller circumference of the handle rotation, there is plenty of cranking power to spare.