A better comparison would be The St. Croix Premiere vs the Compre, and maybe the Avid vs the Crucial. I have a premiere & a compre, tough one, their both MH but the premiere is 3/8 to 3/4 and the compre 3/8 to 1 1/4. I like them both, I don't like the reel seat for the premiere spin rod tho, cheap, keeps coming loose, although its 3 yrs old and may have been upgraded in the last 2 yrs. Don't own an Avid, but I sure liked what I saw at BPS when I looked at them. I do have a Crucial Drop shot spin rod and I really like it, and plan to buy at least 1 more Crucial trigger rod this year. Back to the question, if I had the choice, I would take the Avid.