To each their own. I've just had bad experiences with Scott and have heard similar stories from several others. Even if some people think it's a great rod, the 2-3 month turn-around time on a breakage is unacceptable in my opinion, especially for the premium price. However, my 9'6" 8 SAS has caught more fish and seen more punishment than any of my other rods, and has held up great. Those rods are pretty much indestructable - it's the fancy S3 and ARC rods that seem to be too fragile. Then again, i got them when they were a relatively new product line so maybe some design issues had to be worked out.