I bought the euro 13m version, because that fully meets my needs. In fact rarely fish more than 11m. It's very good up to full range
The pole is rated 18 and I will be pushing up there say with Slik 18-20. Conditions here in Spain require stopping power. Absolutely no problem with black hydro. In my view I just paid for the length I could afford to get quality. I hope that message gets to people who are on a limited budget (my wife went how much anyway!) Lovely pole at that length.