There is a dark side to these things. For those of you who want one, the TL;DR version of this: I bet they would go out of business if they didn't move back to the US.
So I worked my way through college on the east coast in a ski shop. Sold LOTS of Goode poles. When I moved to the West Coast, I sold so many poles at a new shop (somewhat lower end shop that sold 4-5 pair of $100 poles a year) I sold through all their poles and ended up selling 20+ pairs that season after reorders. As a young fellow just getting started, I never owned a pair myself. Even with the pro deal, I just didn't spend the money on it for whatever reason but always wanted a pair.
A few (wow time flies maybe 2005? 2006? not sure) years back, my business partner (now I own a small healthcare technology business) bought me a pair as a thank you for Christmas. He had heard me mention these poles a million times and thought it would be a great gift - the kind you don't buy yourself but would love to have. He also bought himself a pair. They were $120 each but figured they would be worth it.
Well it just so happens that this was Goode's first year manufacturing in China. Now before you think I am a flag waving - ain't made here it is junk guy - part of my business at the time was outsourcing to China. The folks I worked with in China were an absolute pleasure to work with and maybe some of the best capitalists I have ever known. I have things made in China that are the best things I own. The thing is that if you are working with a premium product, you need a lot more control over your factory if you want to keep it a premium product. Nothing is free and while there are certainly savings to be had, selling an inferior product at a premium price is a quick way to lose customers.
Case in point - these poles were the worst poles I have ever owned. When you first looked at them, the colors were all off. I mean the plastic in the grip was faded and more pink than orange whereas the rest was supposed to be Orange. The Adjustable grip feature quickly self destructed on two of the four poles and the metal ice tips on three of them broke off. I mean - they are poles. These things shouldn't self destruct. They did. The grips shredded / flaked very quickly and basically fell apart. I ran into an old customer a year ago on the hill and he thanked me for making him buy the poles. They were 13 years old and looked great. While I didn't remember selling them to him specifically, it was telling that the quality took a huge hit when they went to China.
We ordered (paid for) replacement parts to keep them running for a while and have since switched to 6 Speeds from K2 (made in China). They are great poles and everything I had hoped the Goode's would be. I had hoped that maybe in year two or three of Goode being over there, they could have worked out the issues, but I certainly wasn't going to give them another chance. I wrote them a letter detailing this after one season with the cursed pair detailing most of this. They said sorry, but nothing they could do since the issue I described seemed isolated to just me. Now let me tell you. . . there is no way that is the case and there is no way that I was the only one who noticed. This was not a premium response.
For what it is worth, I wish them well. While I don't work in a shop anymore, I am constantly talking to people on the lift, invariably about gear. People find out about gear from me all the time. One thing I try not to talk about is poles. I don't like being negative when I am skiing (maybe I can't because I love it so much and get temporary optimist-sickness). Either way, I hope this works for them. The idea of a company here in the states making great products that they love is a pretty cool thing.