I installed 6 monster rod holders 0 degree and 6 other rod holders on my boat the other day. And within 20 min of finishing i had broken one of the other rod holders. I jumped out of the boat and the rod holder had caught on my pants and it broke off on the stem. The other rod holders are 3/8" and monster are a rock solid 1/2". I know its on an 1/8" bigger but the strength of the monsters compared to the others are unmatched. Steve isn't paying me or giving me a discount(as of now.Just kidding) to say any of this. The other rod holders will hold a rod, but i set my drag loose with them. The monsters I am not scared to tighten my drag and set the rod in there. They are a great product and i recommend them to anyone wanting a rock solid rod holder.