I purchased the Veritas rod, much to my regret. Poor quality was quickly evident, and as already mentioned the guides were cheap and bent very easily. I have seen elsewhere this rod came in for heavy criticism, at the price you would think the rod would come supplied with a rod bag. Sadly this is not the case you need to buy your own.
If I break the rod the test of personal satisfaction comes with the question, would I buy another Veritas rod? No, I believe I can do better.