Daniel at Tenkara USA says the breakages he's had on his rods are from misuse - too heavy a tippet, not collapsing the rods straight, or smashing the tip section in a car door!
I've been using these rods for months now, and will not hesitate to get on of these when they become available.
Or you could go with the graphite crappie pole from Cabelas, which breaks really easily, but who cares since it's only $20! (It also has lousy action for flyfishing!)
Lack of a lifetime warranty is not a big deal!