Speaking of rubber tips, I know that supposedly they are intended for pavement only, but I have generally used them all the time. On my last trip, I tried taking them off for the final day and found that I was really annoyed by the noise of the steel tips on the granite. I did decide that in wet conditions the steel tips would be superior on rock, but otherwise the rubber actually seems to grip more quickly, whereas the steel tips needed to slide into their niche first. But mostly it was the noise that got to me.
Anyone else feel the same way, or am I just weird?