The Launch series is a good entry level rod. I have a Orvis Green Mountain and a St. Croix in that price range and the Launch is the best of the bunch. I have the 4 piece - 3 weight and use it at our pond to catch bream and bass. Perfect for that. I bought it with a gift certificate from Cabela's and was trying to stay in the $200 range. It isn't as nice as my higher end rods, but is probably a better value. It is one of my favorites.