Incidentally, the European Quarterstaff was typically in the 7-12' range, so the 10' pole and the quarterstaff can be considered to be the same thing. Some masters recommend a 7-8' staff, George Silver recommends a behemoth staff of 9-12'. Crazy.
People like having a long stick around so they can poke things and not get hurt. But how do people feel about doorways? Corners? I like being able to move around.
Leave the 10' pole at home. Or else pick between:
- your movement rate takes a 33% hit (being careful with the pole)
- you never surprise your foes (pole ends up bumping off everything)