work out. On the cheap ones, the rod itself does not go all the way through the handle, thus creating a potential weak spot.
But i DID find a collapsible crappie pole, whose main section is super light, and exactly the right height for my wife at 5-7. It has a nice, sturdy rubber plug for the small end, and a nice screw plug for the bigger end. I stripped off the line keeper, but I reckon the fishermen amongst you might keep the pole sections inside with it for fishing in far-away ponds and streams. gotta get a scale ...