How are you achieving a tight pole without the spacer? Just crank the pole bolt down?
I’m a fan of tight poles and have ran them in the past. Just was on an xmetal setup and used the pinch bolts. Setting up a KP pole on an rrp bracket and trying to figure out what works without buying things that end up not fitting.
when you weigh a buck and a nickel and have no heavy muscle or fat, you don't need footholds or even gloves to hang on with.
when you do use gloves, they last for many seasons and when you tighten a bolt, you need an impact gun instead of a hand wrench. lol