Ideal for ounce-counting hikers and backpackers, Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ trekking poles offer streamlined, adjustable performance. Innovative construction enables the poles to collapse down small.
With its ultra light weight, collapsible, foldable design, Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ trekking poles are ideal for ounce counting hikers, backpackers or even trail runners.
These poles check in at less than 13 ounces for the pair. Let’s take a closer look at the feature set of these ultra light weight trekking poles.
As you can see now that I have broken down these poles, the pack size is really, really small, small enough you could put these inside a pack and obviously you could also lash them to the exterior of the pack. They come in three different length variations from Black Diamond and in each case they are weighing in at less than 13 ounces for the pair. I have got in front of me the pair that maxes out at 120 centimeters. There is a smaller version that maxes out at 110 and a longer version that maxes out at 140 centimeters.
Packed size here on the 120 is just 14 inches. You can shave an inch or pick up just an additional inch if you go with either of those larger sizes. At that weight that pack size, these really are living in some rarified air compared to the other collapsible or certainly telescoping options out there.
Looking here at the... basically the joint or the space between these two sections, you can see that there is cording that runs throughout the poles. Makes them, again, very light weight, gives them that collapsibility, but surprisingly strong and durable at the same time.
To put the poles together, you basically just align the three lowest shaft sections and extend them until you hear positive click. You can see the push button that is in place and now keeping them from collapsing any further. There is, then, the short section above that that gives you that range of adjustability. On this 120 centimeter length pole, you have got an adjustability range that runs from 41 inches on the minimum side to 49 inches on the long side. There is an integrated easy to use external flick lock mechanism. It locks it down. Open that up, adjust it to the size you want it to be. And there are markings here on that upper shaft section. Lock that down into place and you are all set.
There are nice comfortable, but also weight saving grips here on the Carbon FLZ poles. So you have got some cutaways. Again, that is going to cut down on the weight, but also gives that some interesting texture and it feels pretty nice there in hand. EVA foam exterior that gives that nice, next to skin feel. There is an extended portion to these grips, so rather than just where you need it up top, there is a little bit of an extension. Gives you a little bit of versatility on where you decide you want to grab the poles and gives you a little something more to grab on to when you are making adjustments.
A nice, again, weight conscious wrist strap on these poles. There is some Velcro adjustability on those straps so you can kind of dial in the fit there, get it as comfortable for you as you would like it to be. And that helps take some of that strain off your wrists over the course of a long day on the trail using the poles.
I have turned the poles around and you can see the Z pole tips here on the end. Is this entire section here at the bottom of the pole. Right now what is in place on the tip end is a rubber tip. These are threaded in such a fashion that very secure. They are not going anywhere at all. This gives you a nice contact point if you are using this on rock, smoother surfaces, improved surfaces. It is nice for travel as well. But this can be taken off and replaced with carbide tips that Black Diamond includes with each pair. So these can be screwed on in place of the rubber tips and on dirt, on trail, this is actually going to give you a better bite and better performance.
Black Diamond includes a real minimalist Velcro strap that you can use to wrap around the poles and kind of keep them securely in place. But I did want to point out that on that strapping is where there is a very small pocket in which the carbide tips are enclosed. So if you are picking up a pair of these, you will know where to find them and then you have got a nice little storage option there. Whichever pole tips you are going with, you can store the other tips in that little pocket.
Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ trekking poles, that combination of ultra light weight carbon construction, the range of adjustability that you will not often find on a pair of poles that checks in under 13 ounces. This really is an interesting option for anyone who is valuing that weight saving and collapsibility.