:simmadown:We all have different experiences and opinions. Don't take it so personally!I have in person seen that kind of damage to Rasta's multiple times.
I do not want to start another Rasta vs Bud debate. The last one got ugly enough.
I have Buds and have put them to the test many times and they do what they are supposed to. They protect important components.
Here are pictures of my steel skids. They got bent as well, but they protected everything and didn't buckle like aluminum skids do.
My take on the whole thing is, if you are getting skids, go with steel and I don't care what brand. Aluminum and HDPE are for show.
Also, if you aren't going to push your vehicle that hard......e.g. have a vehicle with a 6" lift and 37" tires while you go over 10" rocks, or, you are going to play in sand all day, you might as well cover the under-carriage with paper-towel and spend the cash on something else. You really don't need skids then. But, if you are going to hit some rocks and need protection, steel is the way to go.
Please don't flame me. I don't have a vested interest in steel or any skid manufacturers. Just my two cents.
BTW, let me know if you find a good paper towel skid maker, maybe I'll go with those next!:bigthumb: