Indeed, the stock pole is a bit heavy. I like its strength and simplicity but not the weight.
I already use trekking poles, so I made a pole adapter similar to the one Eugene linked to above; it works great and it's only about .6oz. As far as durability - after a few nights, "so far so good." I made two adapters and will be bringing both for a while, just in case. 1.2oz for two adapters sure beats that pole weight.
I also thought about removing the [sewn in] plastic stays that shape the vents. It certainly would make packing a little easier while dropping a wee-bit of weight. Perhaps a strand or two of weed-eater cable could be slipped in when needs be; perhaps two little pockets, if you will, could be attached/sewn in, on each side of the vent, for the purpose of "holding" a little stick that would prop the vent(s) open.