Have a couple of H20's, one Menace that is my main flippin rod. Worked great for 3 years now and 1 tournament season. The other is a Mettle, use it occasionally but not had any issues.
The big steal from Academy was when they had the Pinnical pls100/200 and pxs100's. I have 9 or 10 of those. Don't know honestly when I got the first one. But I have used them almost exclusively for 3 tournament seasons, a couple trips to Orange Beach (AL) for redfish and God knows how many fish I've caught. I've never had one mechanical issue. Even caught a 30lb flat head on a football jig.
Not all cheaper gear sucks. That being said, once these do start to deteriorate and tournaments have more at stake, I will probably go to Curados or equivalent.