Is this a real nuisance on the trail? One can grab poles that are presumably stronger, cheaper, and lighter than adjustable/collapsible options, but with the added hassle of dealing with their awkward size. I imagine it wouldn't be difficult to stow them on the side of the pack while walking, but they could become a pain in traveling.
Another part of me wants to go for something that REI carries in order to have an easier time of replacing one if it breaks. Any suggestions?