I tried the rod sock style mesh ones. I honestly find it hard to believe anyone uses them. Guides get hung on the and they don't do jack lol.
I agree if your rods are susceptible to being stricken harder than a bump like from another rod I agree this mesh style is not "the best" for collision type of protection.
However I disagree that they don't do jack.
- These do provide some protection from scratches and light bumps. It completely solved the potential scratching issue in my rod locker they slide in and out with ease thanks to the slick mesh.
- They also do a great job protecting my rods from my not so fancy rod locker. It has a lip about 1/2 way down that inevitably the eyes of my rods love to catch on even when I was fully aware it seemed one would catch as I tried to ease my rods in or out. These cured that instantly.
- I also use the color coding on my rods. I use solid black for my standard casting rods, Gun Metal color on all my Moderate action rods (rods used for treble hooks), and solid blue for my spinning rods.
So they do have a great use just not maybe as much as some may want or need. If I traveled long distances or hauled my rods in a vehicle etc. I would possibly want the more padded ones.
Full on padded rod sleeve for me would probably be a nuisance for me having to deal with the bulkier padded ones. I don't travel far, and my rod locker, and boat, are not that big. So keeping things slim and minimal is a bonus.
I do need to get the proper Micro Rod Glove for my 2 micro guide rods but other than that I haven't had any issues with standard eyes coming through them.