Jonathan, have you caught a cow on the Tac 25? If so, curious as to how the gear ratio worked out. As others have said, on a big fish the Mak 16’s lower low gear might be an advantage. On smaller fish perhaps not so much. I get what you are saying about spool weight which is why I prefer my ATD 12 to the Mak 16. My son however likes the Mak so a lot of this is personal preference.