This rod surprised me and I'm very impressed with it. Honestly, I ordered it to use for light tackle surf fishing, but after trying it, I decided to keep it out of the surf and use it for salmon.
It's extremely sensitive, has top-shelf reel seat and guides, has a top quality cork handle, has a true extra-fast tip action, and easily tossed 2-1/2 ounce weights the one time I used it in the surf.
I dropped a star - honestly: half a star - because of the matte finish. Nothing aesthetically, structurally or functionally wrong with a matte finish, but I'm very careful about cleaning gear to stop invasive species, and the matte finish means I need to spend a few more moments cleaning this rod.
It is an impressive rod at a bargain price. Highly recommend it for budget conscious anglers - grab one before someone figures out that it's under-priced!