Saltist and Torium are nice for the money. However, both are cast aluminum reels, not machined. I've never owned a saltist but I've owned a few toriums and currently have 4 progears (the pacifica as well as 3 albacore specials). I love my albacore specials--pro gear makes some great reels.
Honestly, $179 is way too high for the progear, however. But, they don't really make them anymore so maybe it's the rarity factor (I think that I paid about $150 4 years ago for mine).