I needed a rod with a slightly larger reel seat to fit the Lexa 300 I bought, and Amazon had the MH Proteus inshore rod on sale for $132, figured there was a pretty good chance it was going to fit. The good news was that the reel fit great, the bad news was they shipped it in a box rather than a tube and it arrived with a broken tip in spite of that section being encased in foam. Oh well, no biggie, I'll just get a replacement. I see the replacement was delivered, I ask my wife to check it out and... lol. What? Who ships a rod like that? She said it's all in one piece and there are no nicks or anything but come on now.