I purchased my Blue Halo without the No Fault Lifetime Guarantee, thus saving the $100. The rod is covered against any manufacturing defects whether you buy the No Fault warranty or not. The extra $100 warranty is to cover carelessness and other incidents beyond your or their control. Glass is generally considerably tougher than graphite and I try to avoid putting my rods in position to break. With the $100 No Fault warranty, I think it is fair to cover only two occurrences. I mean, really, how careless can you get?