According to the PS magazine tests, the Lewmars grip almost as well as the Spinlocks but chafe/abrade the line much less...which means your lines will last longer.
Also, a problem with the spinlocks is that under high loads they are not releasable without easing the load first. That is not the case with the Lewmars.
However, the Spinlock and Garhauer clutches can handle a wider range of line diameters than can the Lewmars, so you need to get the right Lewmar for the line size you'll be using, and you may run into problems if you decide to change to a thinner or thicker line at a later date.
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