While I understand that some of us like a solid staff, I do not use mine at all times. The folding staff is the ticket if you only need them when you need them. Like Jack's experience, mine has never acted like it will collapse on me. After getting stuck between a couple rocks once and seeing how that can go, you learn to be as careful where you place the staff as you are with your feet.
When walking a riverside or trail (scarce here) it's nice to have it in the pouch out of hand.