I purchased this rod thinking I would be giving it to my daughter. While I was unpacking it, my husband was putting it together. This rod is sweet. I could tell by the look on his face he liked it! He commented how nice this rod is and needless to say he decided we needed to keep it for him. The packed length is 31.25". It has a zippered tube carry case, which includes an additional sleeve with individual sewn in sections so that each rod piece is protected inside. Easily put together, the rod is very stable. Add your favorite reel and you’re ready to roll. This rod is smooth and steady. It has preformed above expectations. The low price does not dictate the quality of this rod.