Ideal for ounce-counting thru-hikers, adventure racers, ultra-marathoners or any outdoor enthusiast looking for streamlined performance, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z trekking poles are lightweight and packable.
Ideal for ounce counting through hikers, adventure racers, ultra marathoners or any outdoor enthusiast looking for streamlined performance, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles are lightweight and incredibly collapsible. Let’s take a closer look at these innovative trekking poles.
The Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles differ from traditional trekking poles in that they don’t have a telescoping design where the shaft sections collapse inside the shaft section above it. Instead it is more of a folding, collapsible design. There is cording that connects all of the shaft sections. By extending that grip and clicking that into place you have got a rigid, but fixed length trekking pole. So you don’t have any range of adjustability. Because of that, you have got incredibly light weight poles. But it does mean you have got to select the fixed length that will fit you best. Black Diamond does give you options there, so you have got 100, 110, 120 or 130 centimeter fixed length options to choose from.
I have got the 120 centimeter poles here. They weigh just 10 ounces for the pair and when collapsed they are only 16 inches in length, so significantly lighter, significantly smaller when collapsed than traditional trekking poles.
The poles are equipped with EVA foam grips. You can see that there are some cutaways here. It actually gives it a little bit of texture and some ergonomics, so it feels that much better in the hand, but it also helps to cut down on weight. So, again, you have got that streamlined, weight saving, thought process in every construction feature on these trekking poles.
There is a slight extension of the foam here below the standard grip. It let’s you grab the pole at a slightly different height, depending, again, on how you are traveling, a side hill or up and down slopes. You have got fixed length poles. You don’t have that adjustability. But you can change a little bit where you are grabbing the poles to find it a little more comfortable on varying grades or on changes in the severity of slopes.
You do also have, again, very lightweight wrist straps here on the end of the grip. So it helps to take some of the strain off your wrists on long days on the trail or if you are using these for running, you know, as you are pounding away. This helps to alleviate some of the repetitive stress on your wrists.
There is some adjustability built in, a small Velcro tab there that lets you make some modifications to the fit of that so it is most comfortable for you.
At the other end of the poles is where you will find Flex Tech tips, the Z pole Flex Tech tips. There is a small diameter basket here. If you are in slightly softer surfaces the poles may want to sink in a little bit into the ground. That slows their progress so you can spring off of the poles and be on your way before they sink too deeply. Standard with the poles you have got in play a rubber tip on the end here. That this best on rock or on improved surfaces, but it is a threaded design. You can actually remove that and put in its place the carbide tip which is also included. So, again, threads right into place, confidently stays where you need it to. This would give you better purchase on trails or on dirt.
Again, you have got the versatility with both of those tip ends included and the ability to swap them out.
With Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles you have got that great combination of collapsibility and light weight construction. It makes it a nice option for through hikers, ounce counting adventure racers or ultra marathoners.