After having said all of this... I didn't go off because I felt like it. A comment was made in a thread I was reading that stated "I still would not by a Sage, too expensive lots of cheaper and as good options available from other manufacturers." I just don't like it when I spend $700 per rod I own and then someone says that you get the same thing for lots less. It's not true. This doesn't mean that the less expensive stuff is crap, it's not. In fact those rods are fun to fish and are good for the price. So I'm sorry if anyone thinks that I'm dogging their gear, I didn't mean to put you down.
I feel that this is a problem that you have to identify for yourself not leave it up to a forum to reinforce your ideas or beliefs. Who really cares, if someone has an opinion that an Eagle Claw fishes as well as a Sage Z Axis, leave that up to them to decide for themselves how much they want to pay for their equipment.
I own all premium rods and don't for one second think twice if someone feels that my Z-Axis, Zero Gravity, T&T rod is an overpriced rod. I simply don't care!
I can't see how someone or a few who made comments about you over paying for your equipment, has made you lose conviction in your purchases.
I love cars and even though right now I can't afford a Porsche 911 or BMW 9 series, when I buy one, I won't care if someone tells me that was a snobbish purchase or that I overpayed for what I own. I drive a Civic now and it is high quality cheap vechicle and will get me from point A to point B, but the high end exotics will give me a different gratification.