The Arx reels are designed for Spey rods and saltwater fishing. They are bad-ass-looking reels with a matte black, super tough finish utilizing Waterworks-Lamson’s type III anodized Hard Alox finish.
The Arx reels feature a “full cage”, which means the spool is completely enclosed inside the reel frame for additional support. This is especially helpful for eliminating small diameter running lines (like monofilament running lines often used with Skagit/Scandi heads) from slipping into gaps between the spool and frame. It is also great for eliminating flex in the reel in saltwater applications when putting heavy pressure on big saltwater fish. The full cage is cut away at the bottom of the reel to still allow palming of the reel for additional drag pressure when needed.
The drag knob and handle also have no exposed gaps to eliminate thin running lines from getting damaged on the reel.
The Waterworks-Lamson Arx reels are also a bit heavier than other top-end Waterworks reels for an ideal balance on Spey rods.