I like Abel Reels. I like selling them too. I have three Super Series and I have fished in very cold wet weather with two of them. For instance I have fished in Yellowstone with temperatures as low as 8 degrees but most often in the teens or 20's in late October. I have fished for steelhead in the teens and low 20's. I have had them malfunction a few times in cold wet conditions. They don't freeze up, they free spool usually after a dunking. I guess water gets on the cork and freezes so there is no drag contact. After a little warmup under my jacket they were fine. You might consider a closed drag system. The Ross Momentum comes to mind right now. We sell other reels with a completely sealed drag.
Hope this helps.