They're high on performance and quality, but not necessarily on price. These rods can absorb all sorts of rough treatment (within reason!) and like most rods, it's the tip that cops it the worst. Shimano's clear glass tip design blends beautifully with the rest of the blank for added strength and protection, while still retaining bite sensitivity when needed. Exciting new cosmetics featuring a solar eclipse, and black blanks with black thread and bronze and gold trim give the Eclipse rods a real touch of class, but not at a huge cost.