(San Diego, CA)
When I bought my pole I needed one that could be taken down if I needed it to be. My very first pole I bought at Hustler. I used to work at the retail store and it was my birthday, so I got a good discount on it. My very first pole was a Pink Lil Minx pole. It bolted to the ceiling, but you could take it down if you needed to.
When I got to my new apartment the managers did not want me bolting anything into the ceiling so I needed a pole with a compression pad. So I found S Factor. I bought the Chrome and 50 mm. I have small hands so a smaller pole would have made better since, but I figured if I can handle 50mm then the others are a breeze. But I didn't know that chrome was so slippery. I am a person that sweats every where! So I invested in a lot of grip aids. Some times they work and some times they don't.
I also bought that pole because it has spinning capability and I wanted to make sure that if I was ready to move forward in technique then I didn't have to buy another. I had no idea that X-Pole and platinum even existed. So I don't know I might change poles, but they are expensive.