It's actually not that bad as far as "football" handles go. I personally like the Saltiga footballs better as they have an offset on the bottom of the grip. But for the Torques, they are pretty much perfect with the Tiburon handle upgrade.What’s the issue with the handle?
For the money Fathom leverdrag 2speed reels 25 30 0r the 40 model. I have a talica but prefer the fathom by Penn. Size depends on what size spectra you're going to use 50lb spectra go to the 25model 65lb spectra pick the 30size 80lb spectra 40model. Use the money you saved and go on a trip.
Your right Steve. And the torques are made in the USAIts amazing how often Fathoms come up in a discussion of reels that are double or more in price. Its a testimony to Fathoms that they are legitimately even included in that kind of conversation.
When the budget allows discussion of "premium" reels [the OP appears to have it in his budget], but the overall design excellence of the Fathoms is recognized, the logical step is indeed to step up to the Torques.