Why Everol is Better
The good news is you can't go too wrong if you buy any of our competitors. Penn International, Shimano, Avet, Accurate, Alutecnos, and Everol all make very good reels. We think, if one takes their time to do the research, many educated buyers will invest in an Everol.
Better Materials & Machining: Bigger, Stronger Internal Parts
The first time you pick up an Everol, you will instantly recognize the supurb quality from the "fit and finish". Tear apart a Penn, Shimano, or Avet and compare their components to ours. Everol parts are bigger, thicker, and last much longer.
Proprietary Side Plate Drag Scale
You can recognize an Everol from a mile away. The Drag Scale gives it away. Everol is the ONLY manufacturer in the world whose reel tells you at any moment during a fish fight exactly how much drag force is being applied to the line. Is that important? Hell, yes it is! Now you can actively and accurately "manage" your fight with the world's most powerful fish. "Setting the drag" is so important that pros always set it manually every day of a tournament; on land, and usually with a small fish weight scale. It's a lengthy manual process that is tedious an often wrong due to faulty calibration. So, the problem is they are eventually blind as soon as they leave the dock, unless they are using an Everol.
Everol makes its drag disks, washers, and gears bigger and thicker for a reason. It certainly isn't to make the reels cheaper to manufacture. It is to juice up the pulling power and longevity of the reels. Everol carbon fiber drag components are the identical materials that Ferrari uses for its brake systems.
Simple, Unchanged Design
If you like complex, buy a Shimano reel. Everol's design is simple enough a 12 year old could take one apart and get it back together without a schematic. The "reel" secret to the longevity of our drag system is its one of a kind "motorcycle clutch" design, which ensures friction loads are applied evenly accross the drag plates. The design also guarantees the drag discs are mechanically pushed apart in free spool, not just unloaded. Landing a single 1500 lb black marlin could possibly require a rebuild on a Penn. This is not likely with an Everol.
Hand Made in Italy
90% of all fishing tackle is made in China or Japan. We won't say that is a bad thing , but we certainly won't say it is a good thing either. Would you? Everols are hand crafted in Italy, one at a time, with pain staking craftsmanship. Picture a man with grey hair and rough hands , who is slowly pursuing perfection. He is an Everol craftsman. Visit the factory in San Salvatore and you will not see a hundred women and children packed elbow to elbow , working on a fast moving assembly line. However, you might possibly fin Gianni Sganzerla. He helped found Everol 50 years ago and he stilll comes to work every day.
Better Value: "Your Grandson's Next Reel"
Everol Reels are not cheap. We do not apologize for this either. We had a choice to make it expensive or make the best reel we can. If you want an expensive purchase, you have plenty of choices. If you want a reel that with proper care, maintenance, and maybe a rebuild every decade, has a strong chance of lasting you 20, 30 or even 40+ years, we suggest you buy an Everol. If you re-rig your boat with new shiny gold reels every 2-3 years, you probably shoud NOT buy Everol Reels. Everols can last for decades. So the 20-30% price premium for an Everol is not worth it, unless you are the type who "Buys it once and takes care of it."
Twice the Industry Standard Warranty
Almost every major reel manufacturer in the world offers a one year warranty (or less). Everol gives its customers twice that with a 2 year warranty.
Heat is the enemy of most machinery. Reels and drags are no different. (You didn't think the smoke coming from that reel was a good thing did you?) Heat warps and burns up drag disks. Everols resist this problem differently in two ways. First, the Everol internals are engineered with small fin vents that actually force more air through the reel frame as the spool spins faster and faster. Second, Everol's proprietary clutch design ensures disks wear evenly and are less susceptible to hot spots and warping.
Classic Old School Look
If you want flashy gizmos and the latest fashion or fads, then Everol is probably NOT the reel for you. Our classic design is essentially unchanged since 1958. It is something like Ernest Hemingway might have used. It will never be confused with a futuristc space-aged look or feel. Another positive to this consistent design is you can rebuild a 1970's Everol reel using parts that were made today. Try getting parts from competitors for a reel that is more than 20 years old. It won't happen! Or, they will be so expensive you might as well by another new reel.
Best of Breed
Not all Everol users are high stakes tournament fishermen, but many do fall into this category. Sportfishing has entered the era where a single fish could be worth over $3,000,000. People who drag spreads from million dollar boats and plunk down $100,000 for a Calcutta are ultra-competitive. They may even change line and sharpen hooks every day of a tournament. They can afford to fish any brand of reel on this wondrous blue planet... and many choose Everol reels. They do not do it for snob appeal or for standing out in the marina. They do it for a "competitive advantage." Reliability is not up for discussion, it is just expected. The Drag Scale gives them the edge when battling an angry billfish that is fighting with all its might.
Here's the winning formula:
Everol = Drag Scale = Competitive Advantage = Catching Big Fish = WINNING!
Drag Scale = Line Test Strength + Drag Force Applied + Line Remaining = WINNING!