Second Jerry's comment on rod tubes not protecting rods from damage if dropped on end. Most have little or no padding on the ends. Or, if the do, there is still room for the rod to slide top to bottom. The best rod tube I own is for my GLoomis Streamdance. It has about a inch of foam on the top and bottom and you have to gently push the rod (in the rod sock) into the foam in order to screw on the top lid. Totally secure. Bummer that your rod was damaged. Hope the warranty will cover it.