Sturdy and easy to remove for boat storage and transportation. Compatible with both spinning rod combos and trolling combos -- that makes them useful for a variety of applications, deadsticking, slip-bobbers, and trolling. Do not use the right thread rod holders on the port side if you plan to troll. Cabela's should carry the left-thread Driftmasters -- it would be easier to rig both sides of the boat with one purchase.
I have a small row boat so I needed something to hold my pole while I trolled to a new location of the lake. I wanted something to hold the pole and affordable. Just by looking at the design, I knew from the start that this holder will not stay in place but I wanted something to secure my pole for me. What I mean is, because of the long thread and winged nut, the holder spins around and the pole will not stay in the direction you want it to. You'll have to be creative and use washers or a rubber spacer to get it from not swinging around. It's has to be be tighter in order for it not to swing backward. Would I leave my pole in it while I troll without securing it better to the boat? NO. What I use it for is to secure my pole by placing my pole on the floor of the boat and then put the rod between the fingers of the holder. This works for me as I troll slowly. I don't need it expanding 6-7 feet from the side of my boat. I just need the pole secured enough so the 30 inch Pike doesn't take my rod for a waterskiing trip. So if you're looking for something that is secure and more stable in holding a pole out from the boat, I would look elsewhere or think of a creative way to keep it from swinging around. For the price, it's exactly what I needed and expected. The construction is tough durable metal too so no worries on it bending. I think my boat will bend before this thing ever does? I do recommend it if you are not a picky fisherman.