The way I fish, if I used kastking or similar reels I would have to replace them every year (I know because I have lol). I cant always afford to buy the latest and greatest so I dont. I look for used dependable reels that will last a long time. I often get them at 1/2 MSRP making it around the same cost as a kastking or lower priced reel but knowing they are made out of quality parts and will last many years.Shoot, let him try one. I think a lot of guy's get carried away on how long a reel will last. I think the answer depend's on how heavy it's used and how well it is taken care of. Is he gonna fish two days a month, one day a week or six days a week eight hours a day. I love my ABU's but no more than I get to fish I bet they out last me! Then to, how many and how big a fish you target is gonna get into it somewhere. Fishing for little bullheads what's it gonna take to wear out a reel then again if your targeting those big blues and flatheads the theme changes. Be nice to be able to afford all the latest and greatest but for the vast majority of us it isn't necessary. And another thing to consider. Do your really need a reel that will last two lifetime's catching great white sharks? Fishermen are always buying new gear they really don't need. So if a reel only last's a few years, so what, you were ready for something new anyway. I have one pair of hands and can really only work one fishing rod at a time. Let's see, I use level winds for cats and I have 11 of them! I use light spinning for trout, crappie, small mouth bass, ect and I've got 8 of them. Haven't fished for trout in years, mostly with spinning I fish for crappie and small mouth bass! Encourage the guy to sample reels and figure out what he likes. Who know's he might like those Kastkings. If they work for him, are they wrong? I have a light Kastking spinning reel that a kid here in town use's. He will go with me or my son 7 days a week if we'd go that much and he love's this rod of mine. Guarantee one thing about it, no better than he is it's gonna out live him, unless someone steps on it. He's always laying it on the ground!
Guy's do these same question trying to find the perfect rifle or shotgun for their six year old daughter with blond hair! Imagine asking about the perfect woman! One guy's perfection is another guy's h*ll! Let him get the Kastking. He'll like it or he won't!
I was just giving my opinion based on my experience with the reels he had mentioned. Feel free to ignore it if you disagree with it.