thanks folks! It's hard to describe the feeling I had when I first saw that hole. Sort of like I've felt with other self-inflicted accidents...did I ever tell you about the time I ran the thread injector through a fingertip?
So this could be a useful idea borne out of a bad situation. I like the utility of an attached stuff sack best of all I think.
gmcttr--those are 0.625" diameter Easton poles, from questoutfitters.com