I have a bunch of Okuma Solaris rods and I've seen many others on the forum with them. 8 & bait is not going far with this rod but 5oz surely won't break it. Hopefully they'll send a replacement for your defective rod.
they are replacing it. Just had to send the broken part and $10 s/h.
I was there, AK was showiing off and we all heard the crack from 100 yards away, priceless.