There is nothing unique or special about a titanium guide with a ceramic insert. You can get one in your favorite flavor. Carbaloy. Aluminum Oxide. Alconite. NanoLite. Zirconia. Or the undisputed king of hard, Silicon Carbide.I assume they did their fair share of testing those stripping guides but putting an insert in a frame that flexes doesn't make much sense to me. It's hard to tell how the frame is constructed from the picture but I wonder how long or how much flexing it would take before they start popping out.
But isn't the best part of the Meridian the feel and accuracy in close?You're going to want the Sector. I cast some prototypes in May, a guide in the Keys had the 8 and the 11.
You'll be casting further and with more accuracy, especially in windy conditions.