Any bad press about Okuma drags was from many years ago (some people can't give it up)
I have used Okuma reels for well over 10 years and have found many ways to loose a fish but it has never been the reels fault (including Magdas)
Yes, drag washer upgrades might be needed on the older ones, but I believe all new Okumas use the Carbonite drag washers.
If you want to talk about drag problems contact Tuna Tom in Ludington and ask him what is the #1 reel he has had to upgrade the drags on!
It starts with a T and everyone acts like those reels are the best thing ever made
I will keep my Okumas and spend the extra money on drugs and alcohol (I do not condone this type of activity, but it has worked for me)