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for occasional catastrophic failure if they get nicked or abraded into the fiber matrix. I would expect carbon fiber poles to have the same problem. I protect my carbon fiber paddle shafts by having the maker(s) put 18" of shrink down tubing over the lower part of the shaft. I don't see a way to use such a precaution on a carbon fiber pole.
Aluminum poles feel colder than carbon. Wear gloves in cold weather. T6061 aluminum poles have a low failure rate, and while they may bend, they can be bent back.
How you want it to perform and I will build them to your desire specs and expectations ... NOT a big deal to do this and I can reinforce any high load or abrasion areas ... Same same on multi-piece. Can do.
Edit to add. Dragonplate.com is a total rip off... (IMO
Hmm, Thinking out loud here...
A stainless steel bolt protruding 1" from either end capable of withstanding 1,000,000 repeated blows of 200-300 lbs force.
Able to withstand constant abrasion from being forced against and jammed between granite boulders at least 3' from either end.
Able to withstand having the last 4" to 12" tightly jammed between two of the aforementioned boulders while the 200lbs poler foolishly hangs from the other end.
Having similar stiffness and flexibility to 1.125" x 0.058" wall T6061 aluminum tubing while being lighter and or more durable that a 12" length of that tubing.