"FERGAWDSAKE, Cameron, don't get Nick started on Aristotle!!! :0( "
Well, Aristotle says.... just kidding.
I like to see things that can be measured if possible. I think that a subject like this, or HH pressure, or EN Ratings can be helpful, especially to someone deciding to make a first time decision on a new piece of gear.
Things like "accurate" sleeping bag ratings need to be taken inconsideration for the individual. WM, is pretty accurate from what I have read. But some people find they are a little on the low side; I am one since I sleep very cold. But if we have as much information as possible, then we can hopefully make a good first time purchase, or decide not to purchase.
There is no doubt in my mind that poles are advantageous, or even necessary for some people.
I am keeping my poles, because I may need them in the future. I am already hard of hearing, my eyes are not as good as they once were, and my balance and agility may soon start to deteriorate. I just wish my ears would quit pulling my hair out of my head, and rerouting the growth out of said ears.