Did you ever see Alias Smith and Jones?.....did you see them draw in a gunfight .Each to their own I say.
But you must be quick setting a rod up if you can beat taking 2 protectors off. 10 seconds. Joining rod together. 10 seconds. Adding weight 10 seconds. Rod ready to go.
Ps I only pleasure fish with cheapish rods so anyone who match fishes with expensive rods might do different.
Back in the day when I was poor I used to used pipe lagging for tip protection.
Then upgraded to NGT .
Never owned a reel protector.