Coming pretty late to this thread, but I'm in the opposite camp --- I like going without baskets. And if I do actually *need* a basket, it's likely I'm in soft snow so in that situation I might as well carry along an actual snow basket (purchased separately). Put it on if needed (two people working together can make this easier), take it off when you don't need it.
I used to carry along the original mini-baskets "just in case", but no longer --- I just very rarely found a condition where I needed them, and in such a condition it would typically be more hassle to put 'em on and then take 'em back off again than to just soldier on w/o.
Apart from whatever weight issue, baskets snag in brush. Sometimes they'll stop your pole from sticking in somewhere too deep, but sometimes a basket-less pole can go down through brush or whatever and find a solid surface just slightly lower where a basket would leave you with a less reliable support. And sometimes they don't help much even where you would expect them to --- I've been surprised to find that sometimes in pretty soft snow my no-basket poles support me pretty well (of course snow comes in many guises).
When I'm going through a muddy area, often if I take an extra micro-second I can find a more substantial place to plant the pole point. And I like the fact that I can *see* exactly where my pole tip is going; even a mini-basket somewhat obscures that.
But the main reason is to minimize the poles snagging when there are bushes close along the sides of the trail.