Maybe it's the way I cast, maybe I tried too big of flies for the rod but on my third trip trying this fly rod it broke. At first I thought maybe I didn't have the sections properly connected. After inspecting it more I noticed tons of fractures around the blank. The rod was going to snap eventually no matter what. The rod has a 1yr warranty but honestly I'm not going to bother. For $25 I basically got two trips out of the thing. This is the second Featherlight I've had and I liked the action of the 5-6wt far more than the 3wt but after what happened recently I can't recommend it. I'm probably the first blog that has given this rod a bad review. I have to be honest. For $40-$50 more you can find the Redington Pursuit rods. They by far out perform the Featherlight and have a lifetime warranty.
The buff is a great idea in theory but its flaws prevent many anglers from using it. The first and probably worst part about the buff is ventilation. The buff doesn't necessarily get too hot but it doesn't have enough ventilation to allow your breath to pass through the material. Heat rises and the first exit point is where the buff meets your glasses. If you don't have fogless lenses this will cause your glasses to fog up every time you take a breath. This doesn't seem too bad at first until you combine foggy lenses with trying to wade. Your sight is not only your biggest advantage when fishing but also a huge factor to safe wading. The other problem and it might have been just for me is the material was very irritating if I had any kind of stubble. Moving my head from side to side caused such infuriating irritation I had to take the buff off. I don't know too many people who make sure they are clean shaven before going fishing. These two things for me make the buff almost unwearable. I still give it a try every now and then but once my lenses fog up the thing comes off. I wish I could use it more because I like the idea behind it and the sun protection. Maybe future version of buffs will solve a lot of these issues. Until then I'll continue to slather on the sunscreen.