I'm not much of a product pimp, but I thought these new rods were worth mentioning, specifically for kayakers.
My son and I snapped a couple of rods last year, and I just broke a tip a couple weeks ago on my favorite baitcasting rod. So I was in need of a couple new rods.
I looked around ALOT. I was pretty sure I was going to have a buddy make me a couple of custom rods. Then I checked out the new Abu Garcis rods, partiicularly the Veritas series. http://www.abugarcia.com/products/rods/veritas
They are great rods no doubt, strong and lightwieght, great guides, etc...but the unique thing is this nano coating technology. Essentially the rod is covered with this super film coating technology that prevents chips and cracks. I bang my rods around a bunch while kayaking, I try not to, but you know...so this is a nice gig for guys like me.
For sure if your rod is "chip and ding free" snapping is much, much less likely.
I bought two baitcasting rods, one for me and one for my son. So far, they are outstanding in the hand and on the water. If they hold up the way they feel like they will, I'm buying several more.