Me thinks you're taking this way too seriously. Of course the mags are biased, as Kestrel said, it's their job ! Anyone with half a brain though knows that. Some people are 'fashion victims' and they always will be. Let them do what makes them feel happy. I'd rather put fish on the bank than sit behind a set of bling tackle and accessories but each to their own.
people dont get me wrong i pay a fortune for rods they are hand made wot makes me mad is the way CARP guys pay throuhg there teeth because the whole set up is to promote a negative response they knock your confidance on purpose not promote positives some are brtter than others but the mags are so biased it makes me weep