Since giving a lift to hitching PCTers in Independence, CA this past summer, I've wanted a pair of nice light poles with the excellent Gossamer Gear cork grips. My previous rig of BD Traverse poles with the grips wrapped in cycling bar tape left much to be desired.
So at the ski swap this past fall, I snagged a pair of decent fiberglass skate ski poles for $10. The other day I finally got around to ordering some GG grips, and put the whole together last night.
I cut the poles for a 120 cm length, and the upper end just happened to be the right size for fitting snugly up in the grip. My scheme for some kind of t-nut was not put to the test. A bit of dremel and file work to turn the tips into smaller, symmetrical spikes rounded things out.
Each pole is 6 oz on the nose.
I'm pretty confident that the thick fiberglass will hold up well (I don't trust myself with carbon in much of anything), but we'll have to wait and see on that one.
The only immediate disadvantage on the rig is a lack of resistance to flex, if you suspend the ends on tables and weight the middle, they bend a good bit. I'll soon figure out if this is a detriment in practice.
I'm pleased with the weight, excited about the great grip material and shape, and more excited about the low outlay of cash and time.