I have a five year old Cortland CL 9', 2pc. 5/6 wt. The finish of the rod and its casting would be comparable to some rods that cost more. I have been happy with its performance and with the money I saved. The CL has a lifetime warranty.
I would say give the Cortland a serious look. If possible try and do a comparison cast with the rods you're interested in.
I can't comment on the prices as I bought my rod in Canada, but the price you stated seems to be good.