Waterloo makes some great production rods and for the money, are a good buy. While I don't have one I saw this a couple years back and found it in a search. It's not a review of the Salinity series, but ought to give you an idea of some of the qualities the manufacturer puts into his rods. They are made in Victoria and have a great reputation, product wise.viewtopic.php?t=219811
I have owned rods of numerous manufacturers and I have gone exclusively to local manufacturers. You tend to get a better service for warrantee. If you get that Waterloo Salinity series from Academy, be sure you're clear on the details of the warrantee. Academy is generally pretty good as long as you have the receipt.