SLX just came out this year and gets good reviews so far. It falls in the budget enthusiast slot below the Curado and Citica and from what I've read and seen, very compact and casts well. The reel sells for $99 most places, the rod for the same price, so nice deal on the combo. Free ground shipping which is a plus since some places charge oversize fees for fishing rods. Spring will be here soon so stock up!