Good, factual and fair review, as usual! I use one Goat Pole as my tarp and hiking pole doing the JMT with them, over high water, ice & snow, dangerous spots on passes etc. Really fabulous in every way.
I have the two piece version, which I unqualifyably recommend. Yes I made and glued a small round piece of foam on the top of the grip to keep it from sliding, and to soften to top of the grip, it works perfectly. And, yes, I glued the small basket to keep from losing it. I did not find that the blunt end slipped on rocks, but then again, I don't really depend on my pole for that type of thing, so this may be a fair point, no pun intended.
The two piece version also has a sheath of plastic protecting the first 6" of the shaft. I could not tell it these poles had that from the article.
5/5, really fine poles, and really fair price too.